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Report: Derby County 0-0 Millwall

MILLWALL head into the international break on a high after grinding out a well-earned goalless draw at promotion-chasing Derby.

The Rams have been scoring freely in recent weeks but could not find a way past a well-drilled and well-disciplined Lions back four.

David Forde was only seriously tested on one occasion when he parried Jamie Ward's shot in the first half.

Scott McDonald could have stolen the points for the visitors late on but his half-volley flashed narrowly wide.

After impressing as a second-half substitute against Birmingham, Aiden O'Brien was handed his first Millwall start on his 21st birthday.

Matthew Briggs also made his league debut for the Lions at left back, replacing Scott Malone, while Byron Webster came into the back four at Mark Beevers' expense.

Justin Hoyte (dropped) and Mathias Ranegie (hamstring) were also missing as Richard Chaplow and Martyn Woolford were named in Ian Holloway's line up.

As well as making five changes in personnel, boss Holloway reverted to a 4-3-3 formation with Alan Dunne moved to right back and Shaun Williams playing as a centre half.

The hosts started on the front foot and Ward, playing on the right of Derby's front three, fired wide twice in quick succession inside the opening five minutes.

Ward then teed up top-scorer Chris Martin for a shot inside the box but the former Norwich City striker scuffed his effort well off-target.

Millwall had a penalty appeal turned down in the tenth minute when Lee Gregory appeared to be pushed in the back as he challenged for a header at a corner.

After a nervous start to the game, the Lions settled into their stride and it took a last-ditch tackle from Zak Whitbread to deny O'Brien a shooting opportunity inside the box.

In the 22nd minute, Chaplow's clever pass released Gregory down the right wing but he fired straight into the arms of Lee Grant after cutting inside.

Moments later, a quick counter-attack involving Scott McDonald and Jimmy Abdou ended with O'Brien sending a dangerous low cross into the box which was turned behind for a corner.

And from the resulting set piece, Briggs lashed a swerving drive wide of the post as Millwall went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock.

Forde then parried Ward's drive before Jordan Ibe was booked for diving after he went to ground under pressure from the Lions goalkeeper.

With the break approaching, Gregory curled another shot into Grant's arms and O'Brien's effort deflected behind for a corner.

Derby came out swinging at the start of the second period and saw Ibe's drive brush the side netting after the Liverpool loanee had got beyond Dunne.

But the Rams soon ran out of steam again and saw virtually all of their shots blocked at source by Millwall defenders, much to the frustration of an irritable home crowd.

At the other end, Chaplow's quickly-taken free kick found McDonald, whose shot was cleared, but the ball came back to him and his half-volley zipped just wide.

That was the sum of the goalmouth action in a tight second period but the Lions' superb defensive display more than merited a much-needed point.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

16 thoughts on “Report: Derby County 0-0 Millwall

  • October 4, 2014 at 17:21
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    Great point now stop dropping silly points against so called lesser teams. Well done Wall.

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  • October 4, 2014 at 17:21
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    The rot stops here.

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  • October 4, 2014 at 17:22
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    Well done boys a very good result away from home! Shame we didn't nick a win at the end but a well deserved point. ⚽️

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  • October 4, 2014 at 17:22
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    Ollie was right to drop Beevers today. Liked the look and shape of the team too, Briggs back in, Gregory up top, Dunney at right back, Jimmy in the middle, O'Brien starting, Williams at CB with Webbo etc... Hope he keeps this side for the next match, COYL

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  • October 4, 2014 at 17:23
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    A very good point. But why so many changes from game to game. We need to get a settled side a stick with it.

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    • October 4, 2014 at 17:54
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      @wwlion: it was a good point but after Tuesday nights embarrassing, lacklustre performance, the team, and in particular the defence, needed wholesale changes. I hate all the changes but today's were well called for.

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  • October 4, 2014 at 17:28
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    Big point let's hope we can kick on from this not had a smile on a Saturday for a long time and the point at frost 🙂

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  • October 4, 2014 at 17:30
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    Methinks Ollie will stick with side until we lose again

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  • October 4, 2014 at 17:37
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    Good!

    Time to regroup and refocus.

    Really please for O'Brien and Gregory, they must be beginning to believe they are not out of place at this level.

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  • October 4, 2014 at 17:38
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    No complaints from me.
    Take the point and clean sheet all day.
    Very good point wall.
    Now for the dreaded international break. It's never been kind to us so hopefully we can change that when we come back to welcome Kenny and Henry's return to SE16.
    Not overly fussed about the changes as they improved us today, but f.u.c.k me he don't half make some. Oh well, let's cracking on and have a bumper crowd down the den in a couple weeks.
    enjoy the break chaps

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  • October 4, 2014 at 17:41
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    Sorry n forest my bad lol 🙂

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  • October 4, 2014 at 17:42
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    Only 7-points adrift of the play offs.

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    • October 4, 2014 at 17:56
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      @lionking: love it. We get a draw and the optimism returns. We will be taking about winning the league next time we win.

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  • October 4, 2014 at 18:57
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    listened to it on the laptop, sounds like a WELL earned point

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  • October 4, 2014 at 23:37
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    No complaints towards any player from me today. I just got home and had a cracking day out with the lads but why are we only taking 490 away, ok it's 4,900 worth anywhere else but we really need to get the numbers up if we want to be realistic about challenging the top half of the table purely for money reasons. Over the moon for Webster I thought he done really well. Dunne was solid at RB even though he kicked one of their players up in air, but as long as nothing comes of it who cares, fxxk em. Well done Chaplow, reliable as usual. Like I said as did someone else a day or 2 ago Briggs and Malone on the left caused them some ag, might be a partnership worth trying out again. Congrats O'Brien on your 1st start and happy birthday

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  • October 5, 2014 at 08:17
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    Good point, pleased we kept a clean sheet,would have loved for us to nick it at the death but hey a point is a point,would love to see IH go out and get a right back,winger and maybe a striker even though I'm well happy for o'brian and Gregory to keep playing and maybe give Alfie pavey a little run out when we get him back from Barnet

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