RJ DEMELLO - Friday, October 3, 2014
The tough start to the year for Americans in England continued during the week with only three players seeing first team action.
Birmingham City 3 - 1 Millwall
The West Midlands outfit that has three Americans on the books pulled off only its second win of the campaign, with young Will Packwood even getting in on the action.
Packwood came off the bench and roughly 20 minutes for Birmingham in the defender's first appearance of the young season. Jonathan Spector is out for three months with a thigh injury, while Brek Shea didn't appear in the team for the win.
Despite being the away side it was Birmingham who took the first half lead, with Clayton Donaldson putting the Blues ahead in the 32nd minute.
The great first period continued when David Cotterill made it 2-0 Birmingham in the 40th minute.
Millwall did manage to pull one back early in the second half, with Lee Gregory scoring in the 54th minute.
Birmingham was able to hold on and in the end grab an insurance goal in the 84th minute thanks to Wes Thomas.
The win brings The Blues up to 10 points after 10 games on the year, leaving the team in 20th place.
Up next for Birmingham is a Saturday meeting with sixth place Charlton Athletic.
Eric Lichaj started and played the full 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest's 0-0 tie with Wigan.
Tim Ream started and went 90 minutes in Bolton's 4-0 loss to Fulham on Wednesday.
Emerson Hyndman made the bench but didn't appear in Fulham's 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.
Zak Whitbread was an unused substitute in Derby County's 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
Danny Williams continues to recover from knee surgery and missed out on Reading's 0-0 draw with Leeds.