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Report: Millwall 2-1 Blackpool

MILLWALL climbed up to fifth in the Championship table with a hard-fought win over rock-bottom Blackpool at The Den.

Scott McDonald scored his first goal of the new campaign to put the Lions in front before turning provider for Scott Malone to double the advantage.

The hosts were looking comfortable and in the mood to add to their total but substitute Nile Ranger scored on the counter-attack to give the Seasiders hope.

Despite a nervy finish, Millwall held on to move into the play-off positions.

Jack Powell's inclusion in the side, his first league start for the club, was Ian Holloway's only change from last weekend's Championship defeat to Rotherham United.

Josh Wright dropped out of the squad altogether, while Jimmy Abdou was unavailable for selection after being granted permission to attend a family funeral in France.

Ricardo Fuller came close to scoring against his former club in the seventh minute when he was narrowly beaten to Scott Malone's dangerous cross by goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

The visitors then had a goal disallowed after Nathan Delfouneso pulled back Carlos Edwards before his cross was turned in by Ishmael Miller.

Edwards was involved at the other end when his deep cross was side-footed wide by Malone, who couldn't adjust his feet in time to convert the chance.

Visiting centre back Donervon Daniels missed a free header in the six-yard box during Blackpool's best spell of the half.

But McDonald broke the deadlock for Millwall when he curled home from the edge of the area after Powell's free-kick lay-off.

Andrea Orlandi stabbed over a half-chance for the Tangerines after they forced a string of corners as the Lions took their lead into the interval.

And Millwall doubled their advantage six minutes after the restart with a well-worked second goal.

After Fuller did well to hold up the ball, Carlos Edwards found goalscorer McDonald inside the box and the Australian's low cross was turned in by Malone at the far post.

Nathan Delfouneso spurned a guilt-edged chance to pull a goal back when he headed tamely at David Forde from point-blank range when it looked easier to score.

Powell nearly chalked up his second assist of the afternoon when he crossed for Mark Beevers, but the defender powered his header over the bar.

New signing Mathias Ranegie came on for his debut and headed wide from Lee Martin's free kick within moments of his introduction.

Martin then blasted over the bar from the edge of the area as Millwall went in search of the killer third goal.

But Blackpool hauled themselves back in the contest when Ranger finished off a quick counter-attack with a composed finish inside Forde's near post.

And Ranger nearly created an unlikely equaliser when he cut the ball back for Steve Davies inside the area, only for the striker to loft an unconvincing effort over the bar.

Holloway introduced Byron Webster from the bench to shore up his defence and withdrew Powell to a standing ovation from the home fans.

As four minutes of additional time were signalled, Francis Zoko fired into the side netting and Davies' drive was held by Forde as Blackpool's fight back fell short.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

23 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 2-1 Blackpool

  • August 30, 2014 at 17:34
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    Well done to jack Powell thought he done well

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    • August 30, 2014 at 22:05
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      @DANGEROUS: had a great game, looked very composed on the ball.

      Plus a product from our youth team?!!

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  • August 30, 2014 at 17:42
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    Well done 3 points!! And we just signed Sean scannell

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  • August 30, 2014 at 17:44
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    Great win! Over the moon! 😀 Just a bit concerned to why Lee Gregory didn't come on again? 🙁

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  • August 30, 2014 at 17:47
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    So Ricardo who have you come as? Today Mathew I will play like....Steve Morston.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 17:48
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    He may be sending Gregory out on loan? Deffo a attitude problem or somethings been said.. Holloway bigging up ranagie big time aswell. Dissapointing we spend vast amounts on a player then dont see nothing of him? Fuller and ranagie are not long term solutions

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    • August 30, 2014 at 18:22
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      @SLloyd23: Maybe IH is just waiting for the right moment, since this is a big step up and the worst way to get the best out in someone is for their confidence to be shot from day 1. If your thinking is correct that there is an attitude problem, this is pretty ungrateful considering he has the chance at 2nd tier football. Personally I think there is method in the madness of IH.

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    • August 30, 2014 at 18:24
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      @SLloyd23: its all right to guess.the problem is olly's not LG''s..dont dis the bloke until you know the apple

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  • August 30, 2014 at 17:49
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    Ranegie looked mobile and skillful.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 17:53
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    @ nickola. It will be by midnight

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  • August 30, 2014 at 18:15
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    Scannell, no thanks, not what we need. We need a f****** goal scorer and might even have one on the bench. Iam starting to wonder about our very own carrot cruncher but I hope iam wrong.

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    • August 30, 2014 at 19:41
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      @LETEMCOME: why are you questioning IH. You don't have a clue what goes on in training everyday.

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      • August 31, 2014 at 13:37
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        @beedoscores: I don't need to know what goes on in training, I can see what happens on the pitch, no goal scorer wont get us anywhere long term. iam questioning IH after he said Gregory was making great runs and he was so close to the first team. Then he plays marquis against southampton leaves Gregory out and sends marquis out on loan. Like I said I hope iam wrong. I pays me money etc etc.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 18:18
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    Anyone what scannell cost if true?

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  • August 30, 2014 at 18:19
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    Anyone know what scannell cost if true.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 18:48
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    I am not thinking im right, just seems so odd to why gregory our record signing for a long time is getting no look in anywhere? Then a bloke we signed yesterday comes on today? If aldo is true in saying holloway may loan him out i would be worried with only having 2 ageing centre fowards for the rest of the season

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  • August 30, 2014 at 20:08
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    Strange game, for the majority we were very comfortable and capable of scoring 4-5 goals. But we made lots of silly errors in positions that an experienced side would not and gifting chances. We were worth the win but Blackpool had enough clear chances to draw this game.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 20:11
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    Ranegie showed all of Fuller's battling spirit and physicality but also he was mobile and made plenty of channel runs and pulled his markers all over the park. Impressive debut, but Fuller looked disinterested.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 21:22
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    Made hard work out of what should have been a comfortable win once we went 2-0 up. We should have added a 3rd and closed out the game but Ranger troubled Dunne into making mistakes one of which led to thier goal. He almost got them a equaliser as well.

    Mc Donald had a far better game than last week, bit worrying the rumours about Gregory going out on loan before he's even had a real run out, as it stands looks like he's behind Fuller and now Rengie in the pecking order, we don't see what goes on in training so no point making assumptions other than Ollie doesn't feel he's ready yet.

    10 points from five games, 5th in the league, can't ask too much more, sure there's a lot of work to be done but we've come a long way in a short space of time under Ollie and I feel this is very much a work in progress which of course it is.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 21:31
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    Mcdonald was man of the match for me, by a country mile.

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  • August 30, 2014 at 21:33
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    Few good things today, Jack Powell was very impressive, Mcd played well, Martin worked his nuts off as usual and they all looked pretty comfy on the ball. Not so good, Fuller looked poor and if he is our number one striker we're going to struggle to get goals. dont get why Gregory not getting a run out but will trust in IH judgement. Very poor crowd, less than 10,000 got to get more people through the gate.

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  • August 31, 2014 at 00:30
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    Just great we doing well. We crave some success. I think H man to do it?

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