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Report: Millwall 1-0 Cardiff City

DANNY Shittu marked his return to Millwall's starting line up with the winning goal as the Lions saw off Cardiff City at The Den.

The Nigerian powerhouse settled matters when he headed home Shaun William's corner nine minutes after half-time.

Ian Holloway's side were good value for their win and spurned a host of chances to extend their lead during a dominant performance.

The visitors' best chance came at 0-0 when goalkeeper David Forde made an inspired stop to deny Adam Le Fondre after first parrying Craig Noone's drive.

Holloway had promised to freshen up his team after a draining midweek trip to Wigan and he was true to his word, making five changes.

There were three alterations in defence as Shittu, Mark Beevers and Matthew Briggs all started, while there were also recalls for Williams and Ed Upson.

The first half was dotted with half chances as both sides got into promising attacking positions.

In the seventh minute, Briggs's dangerous cross was cut out before Upson's follow up delivery into the box was headed clear as Millwall threatened for the first time.

After Williams sliced wide from the edge of the box, Beevers picked up an early booking for scything down Federico Macheda.

Peter Whittingham drilled the resulting free kick into the wall before Millwall broke down the other end and Upson's fired a half volley well wide.

Cardiff then spurned two opportunities in quick succession as John Brayford fired over the bar and Adam Le Fondre lobbed a tame effort onto the roof of the net.

Ricardo Fuller went close to scoring his third goal in his last two Den outings when Briggs sent a teasing ball into the box, but the striker couldn't connect with a diving header.

Lee Martin's free kick was glanced wide of the far post by Lee Gregory and Upson drove an effort off target as the Lions continued to edge proceedings.

But Forde kept the scores level with an astonishing double save at the other end, parrying Noone's drive before smothering Le Fondre's follow up.

McDonald then shot inches wide on the turn to bring a lively opening 45 minutes to a close with the score still 0-0.

After a subdued start to the second half, Shittu brought the game to life when he climbed above Macheda to bury Williams' hanging corner.

Minutes after going in front, Upson went close with a 20-yard blast following a clever set-piece routine.

It should have been 2-0 when Williams' raking pass found Gregory, who lofted the ball over Marshall but also the bar.

Gregory again spurned a guilt-edged chance to increase Millwall's lead when he fired wide of an unguarded net after Marshall parried McDonald's shot.

Cardiff's response to falling behind was limited to long-range efforts from Fabio and Anthony Pilkington, both of which were dealt with comfortably by Forde.

With the 90-minute mark approaching, the Lions again wasted a chance to put the game to bed when Upson's measured shot flew inches wide of the far post.

Gregory and sub Martyn Woolford both tested Marshall during four minutes of added time but one goal proved enough.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

38 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-0 Cardiff City

  • October 25, 2014 at 14:30
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    Well done Danny...after being out so long what an attitude to bring to the team.....the goal was a bonus.
    well deserved victory

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    • October 25, 2014 at 14:34
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      @tonytowneronthewing: Great to see big Danny Back in the side. A SOLID WIN - THIS IS WHAT WE DO! ⚽️

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  • October 25, 2014 at 14:40
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    Shittu you got to love him

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  • October 25, 2014 at 14:41
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    Great performance from us today. Mcdonald and Shittu were excellent.
    1 thing I learnt from todays game.......
    Alan Dunne should not be looking for a career on tele after hanging his boots up.

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    • October 25, 2014 at 16:32
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      @SE11 Lion: What do you mean? That's the best position I've seen him in all season.

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  • October 25, 2014 at 14:42
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    And to come in and be captin wow, all those who knock him were are you now? Having said that I wouldn't start him week in week out but his better then people give him credit for

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    • October 25, 2014 at 14:50
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      @mfcmike: Someone has been logging in under my name and slagging off Shittu for weeks now. He's better than Dunne in that position so hats of to you for a good game Danny boy.

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      • October 25, 2014 at 15:47
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        @NICKOLA: thought you'd have to come up with something snidey. . You know Jack.

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        • October 25, 2014 at 21:19
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          @Lincolnshire Lion: Well, it's all about having an opinion and a sense of humour mate. Left to the likes of you this site would be very stoic. Why don't you go and have another w*** behid the cow shed son?

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      • October 25, 2014 at 20:00
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        @NICKOLA: Finally Nic a bit of praise for the man! Apart from a Couple of slips one in front of the goal I thought Danny was rejuvenated - back to his old self, heading everything in the air and putting a few people face down on the floor. All is forgiven - would you be happy to see him start next game? I would!

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        • October 25, 2014 at 21:04
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          @TURBO_COYL: Yes I would. I'm not the greatest fan of Shittu it must be said, but circumstances today gave him the chance and he took it. As I've said earlier, hats off to him. I would still like someone to partner Gregory up front for 90 mins. Fuller isn't going to be able to do that and for the last two games we have had nothing on the subs bench. I'd sign Pope now, or someone similar and push the boat out. Going to be the diffference between 15th or 6th in my opinion. Fuller is a 'bring on for the last 30 mins if needed' type. Wilkinson looks the biz and with two very good left backs in the squad the defence looks reasonably sound. Dunne is going to find it tough to get back in at centre half and he's not adequate at right back at Championship level IMO.

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          • October 25, 2014 at 23:07
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            @midlands lion: @NICKOLA: I have to agree with you on Dunne, he has struggled and you are right we do need more options upfront. I just could not understand why Holloway left gregory out for as long as he did, despite the injury. He looks the business and it worked better when he went in the centre - we just need to create chances for him and he will definitely start to score more goals.

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  • October 25, 2014 at 14:51
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    BIG DANNY was brilliant as we knew he would, but so was Forde, Williams , Beevers , McDonald & Briggs. All deserved a special mention. We now look a 'POLISHED' team.bring on Watford BUZZERS ! ( NOLU, WDC ).

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    • October 25, 2014 at 15:00
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      @BUSHWACKER14: Oh yes ,sorry, Willkinson should have been on my List ! He was RAZOR SHARP ! ( NOLU, WDC ).

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  • October 25, 2014 at 14:54
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    Agree with all the above but think Wilkinson as made a huge difference at right back - McDonald MOM

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    • October 25, 2014 at 16:12
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      @the verminhater: agree scott had a great game. New position working well for him.

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  • October 25, 2014 at 15:00
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    Danny was a real captain...we needed his attitude it spread to the others

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  • October 25, 2014 at 15:06
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    Well done wall!! Great double save by Fordey - could've been a different game had that went in, but it didn't - and it would've been bloody harsh on us as well, because until that point, Cardiff hadn't bothered us at all.. It's about time we got some good fortune because everybody has been working hard and a lot of our results recently haven't reflected the performances... Keep on fighting and working hard lads - it goes to show it pays off in the end. Very proud of the team as a whole. COYL!!!!!!! MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!
    p.s. my throat hurts......

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  • October 25, 2014 at 15:07
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    Hasn't played for how many months, but shittu looked like he's been playing every game this decade. Well done big man, and well done millwall! Except fuller. F*** off you c***

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    • October 25, 2014 at 15:14
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      @mfclions: slightly harsh on Fuller - you forget about the 2 wonder goals he scored to earn us that point the other day?? Didn't think he had a bad game today either....?

      Would prefer it if we kept him as a super sub - and he probably will be when Reggie's fit.... or we buy Pope.........

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      • October 25, 2014 at 15:19
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        Yes fuller scored 2 good goals last week, but wat does he do all game other than fall over? He was exhausted after 10 minutes and he doesn't run enough to be tired then. I can't stand the f***** or ranegie, and can't wait to see them out of our club.

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        • October 25, 2014 at 17:12
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          @mfclions: watched a different game mate either that or you don't know your football .. He did well caused them problems never gonna last a full game at 35

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          • October 26, 2014 at 08:25
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            @brockleysfinest: I watched the same game and I agree. Fuller was knackered after 20 minutes and was a passenger. Perhaps a useful sub in the final 20 minutes if the other strikers have given the defence a hard time. Not enough comments about Gregory, he's coming on in leaps and bounds. He's finding positions and making a nuisance of himself. Once he's sharpened up his finishing he will be a top player.

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        • October 25, 2014 at 18:42
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          @mfclions: can't agree with that - he put in a good shift until he ran out of steam with 1/2 an hour left.

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      • October 25, 2014 at 15:58
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        @Lincolnshire Lion: Great win for the wall today everyone put in a shift today, just by the off chance Lincolnshire lion! Where in Lincolnshire do you live? In live in leicester

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    • October 25, 2014 at 16:33
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      @mfclions: Stupid comment. He linked up play well an ran his socks off.

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    • October 25, 2014 at 18:48
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      @mfclions: fuller is our top gole scorer at the moment and probably will be at the end of the season

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  • October 25, 2014 at 15:31
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    I think it shows just how important it is to score the opening goal. Previous matches we've had to chase the game, and by taking the lead today it gave us confidence and something to hang on to.

    Well done to everyone today, a decent performance and well done to Danny Shittu in particular not only for a solid performance but also for grabbing the winner.

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  • October 25, 2014 at 15:31
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    @mfclions fuller has been played as a impact sub for last couple of years He is most effective in last quarter of a game.He has shown that already.

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  • October 25, 2014 at 16:00
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    Here we go! Here we go!! Here we go!!!

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  • October 25, 2014 at 16:17
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    That's great

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  • October 25, 2014 at 17:01
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    Shittu was immense today! What he may lack in pace and mobility at times he makes up with leadership and a aura.. whatever you say macheda and le fondre did not fancy being near him! Real commanding performance we have missed that so much. He also lost quite abit of weight!! Everyone looked good today except for beevers he does worry me at times but not going to be to critical! Very pleased

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    • October 25, 2014 at 18:57
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      @SLloyd23: Absolutely, great game. Starts every time if he can perform like that week in week out. Better skipper than Dunne.

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  • October 25, 2014 at 20:56
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    I stayed up and watched the game as it was the lunch time game....(meaning it was mid night start here in NZ).

    Thought many players looked good....and we were very unlucky it wasn't more goals.....Yes Cardiff had some chances too but thought our back 4 looked good. All I can say is I love a big defender (Mr Shittu) who leaves the striker face down in the mud after they have both jumped for the ball and of course have to say a good ref that just tells the player to get up...many ref's there could have given more fouls. You would think he had been playing all season.....

    IH - Give him the capt's arm band and he play's like that....I know who I would be picking for capt next week.... not the guy who thinks he can talk at half time....If he plays as bad as he talks on TV then he wouldn't be in my starting 11.......

    Fuller - wasn't good but wasn't bad either...agree he looks like he should be playing the last 20 - 25 mins when the defenders are at there worst and he can over power them.

    All in all i'm glad I stayed up to watch the game....as the normal 3am games are hard to do....

    ON WARDS and UP WARDS for wall..............

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  • October 26, 2014 at 09:16
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    I honestly didn't want Shittu in before Beevers BUT I am eating my words today. What a performance. He deserves the credit. Interesting to see Ollie is rotating the squad to keep players fresh and not just due to injuries.

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  • October 26, 2014 at 11:22
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    Must give some mention to the man who helped make that game - Scott Duncan the ref.
    I thought he did a top job.

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  • October 26, 2014 at 23:00
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    I didn't half laugh at the livestock-botherers when one minute they're all chanting 'you fat b'stard' at Shittu, the next they've gone all sheepish when he nods us in front. Poor little lambs!

    COYL!!!

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