JACKETT: THEY GOT IT RIGHT
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.”
LET’S DANCE: Wes Thomas celebrates with Ravel Morrison and Nathan Redmond
GOING IN: Wes Thomas opens the scoring