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the lines­man be­fore the ref­eree gave the goal and over­ruled him, but then the fourth of­fi­cial changed his mind some­how.

“I was more dis­ap­pointed with the book­ing on Tay­lor as he was tripped just be­fore the off­side – I thought there was con­tact which brought him down. But he scored a crack­ing goal. He’s been out for a cou­ple of games but we’re pleased to have him back as he’s a good wide player who can score. I was pleased with the play­ers coming back from a goal be­hind away from home.”

Lions keeper David Forde pulled off a fan­tas­tic save ten min­utes be­fore the break, div­ing across his left-hand post to deny a vol­ley from Thomas.

But the Ir­ish­man’s re­sis­tance was bro­ken in the 49th minute when Thomas spun sharply to coolly fin­ish for his third goal since his Jan­uary loan from Bournemouth.

How­ever,Tay­lor was to get his re­venge with 20 min­utes to go as he latched on to Rob Hulse’s pass and fired be­yond Jack But­land.

Mo­ments later, Mill­wall – who have not beaten Birm­ing­ham in 17 years – were the bar’s width away from win­ning when Sean St Ledger crashed a header against the wood­work. Birm- ing­ham man­ager Lee Clark in­sisted the of­fi­cials were within their rights to take their time in mak­ing the cor­rect de­ci­sion, while re­serv­ing spe­cial praise for Thomas.

“I was right there by the as­sis­tant and fourth of­fi­cial and within a mil­lisec­ond of their lad putting it in, they were on their ear­piece to say it wasn’t a goal,” Clark said.

“For some rea­son the ref­eree couldn’t hear it but it was the right de­ci­sion. The frus­trat­ing thing for Kenny (Jack­ett) is that his lad didn’t have to touch it.

“What the of­fi­cials have done is worked well as a team and pre­vented a con­tro­ver­sial goal be­ing given.

“Thomas has done really well for the goal and I’m de­lighted for him. I’ve been telling him to keep get­ting in the dan­ger zones and he did.

“It was an ab­so­lutely sen­sa­tional save from Forde to deny him in the first half – I don’t think Wes could have hit it any sweeter.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

LET’S DANCE: Wes Thomas cel­e­brates with Ravel Mor­ri­son and Nathan Red­mond

GO­ING IN: Wes Thomas opens the scor­ing

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