Report: Norwich City 6-1 Millwall

MILLWALL were hit for six on a dark day at Carrow Road.

The Lions were 2-0 down at half time and collapsed completely in the second half as free-flowing Norwich ran riot.

The hosts were firmly in control at the break after goals from Stephen Whittaker and Cameron Jerome, and Bradley Johnson killed off slim hopes of a comeback with a third.

Johnson grabbed another in the 61st minute before Gary Hooper raced clear to make it 5-0.

Jermaine Easter pulled one back but Hooper completed the rout with his second and the Canaries' sixth in the final minute.

Millwall are now just three points above the relegation zone and face table-topping Bournemouth at The Den on Sunday.

Ian Holloway made five changes following the defeat to Bolton last time out.

Top scorer Lee Gregory was dropped to the bench, with Ricardo Fuller replacing him as the lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

John Marquis made his first Championship start of the season in an unorthodox right-wing role, while Mark Beevers returned after illness.

Matthew Briggs and Lee Martin also started but Scott Malone (hip) and Andy Wilkinson (back) had knocks, so missed out.

Norwich, who scored five goals in their previous home fixture, began with a swagger and the warning signs for Millwall were evident from the opening minutes.

It should have been 1-0 inside 90 seconds but, after Shittu and Briggs both misjudged a ball over the top, Jerome inexplicably sliced wide with just Forde to beat.

Hooper then had a goal disallowed after chesting in Whittaker's cross from an offside position.

The Canaries continued to pepper the Lions' goal, with Jerome's header and Nathan Redmond's bobbling drive both forcing Forde into action.

But the hosts broke the deadlock when Redmond played a pass inside to Whittaker, whose near-post shot squeezed through Forde's attempted block.

And when Forde's under-hit pass to Beevers was cut-out by Jerome, the forward rolled the ball into an empty net to make it 2-0.

Millwall were in disarray and an error from Briggs presented Jermone with another opportunity but he fluffed his lines when through on goal.

Marquis had the visitors' first noteworthy effort of the match in the 23rd minute, his deflected drive skimming the roof of the net on its way behind for a corner.

Normal service was quickly resumed however, and it took a goal-line clearance from Beevers to prevent Jerome's cross from finding a teammate at the back post.

Jonny Howson dragged the final chance of the half wide of Forde's post as Norwich threatened to further increase their advantage.

The Canaries continued to pour forward after the break and should have gone further ahead when Hooper exchanged passes with Johnson before stabbing wide.

But the same combination combined to score Norwich's third in the 54th minute, with Johnson thumping home Hooper's pass.

Johnson made it 4-0 when, with Millwall ball-watching, he was given the freedom of the penalty area to convert Redmond's unchallenged cross into the box.

Hooper finally got himself on the scoresheet with the fifth goal before Easter nodded into an empty net after Shaun Williams hit the bar.

But Hooper was free at the far post to round Forde and tap in the sixth to complete the scoring.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

20 thoughts on “Report: Norwich City 6-1 Millwall

  • December 26, 2014 at 17:49
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    Worse than lomas, do the right thing Ian

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  • December 26, 2014 at 17:52
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    Bournemouth are going to get 7

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  • December 26, 2014 at 17:55
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    Once that line up was announced we were looking at the same outcome as the Christmas turkey. Absolutely stuffed! IH is a mug.

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    • December 26, 2014 at 18:01
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      @southlondon1885: taking the fans for mugs too. It's like he thinks everyone is daft but him. The team is a soft touch and it's a joke at our expense.

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      • December 26, 2014 at 18:14
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        @sl28: Malone and Wilko were injured, so he played whoever he had left in those positions. Can't blame him for that. Still don't understand why Gregory didn't play though. And even with the man who can do no wrong, Shittu, in the squad. Where was his amazing leadership today. Entire squad barring 3-4players need getting rid of.

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        • December 27, 2014 at 14:38
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          IF WILKINSON WAS INJURED WHY WAS HE ON THE BENCH ?

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  • December 26, 2014 at 17:58
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    Lost the plot if you had one to start with Marquis and Fuller starting a joke
    TAXI for Holloway
    Vote LIKE to see holloway out
    Dislike to stay
    Let's have fair vote no comments just vote and hope JB reads and acts on it

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  • December 26, 2014 at 18:03
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    F^^^ing joke we are a laughingstock atm.

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  • December 26, 2014 at 18:05
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    Can't beleive he started with marquis and on the right wing ' the team was in disarray from kick off ' I wasent there but heard the defence was a joke especially Briggs and forde please go Holloway before its to late and take half the players with you .

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  • December 26, 2014 at 18:06
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    I have never been this disillusioned with a Millwall team. No fight or passion. The defence looked completely shambolic and shameful decisions on the pitch. The decisions across the club from the top down seem to be all wrong. Signing has-been players like Hoyte and Fuller, what do we expect when our record signing was 800k odd in the 80's? We are still paying Ranegie's wages. It's an inflated squad. We knew we needed a striker about three seasons ago and yet nothing substantial was done about it. The list goes on. Why on earth Gregory was left on the bench I will never know. What is going on in the dressing room - there seems to be something fundamentally wrong with the players attitude. What do we do about it? Well I don't think sacking Holloway is the answer. We need to take emergency measures with transfers in January and try and stay in the league. Then the re-building begins the minute this season ends. The squad as it stands are just not good enough to keep us where we are.....

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  • December 26, 2014 at 18:06
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    I was not one calling for his head but this!

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  • December 26, 2014 at 18:14
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    How anyone can say "get down the den and support your team" is beyond me.
    If they can't do it for the man who picks them then there's absolutely no chance of them doing it for us even with a full hse.
    none of em deserve their wages I'd have been sacked by now.
    Even under a new manager we'd struggle to stay up. Come Sunday evening we will be 2nd bottom.
    Money to spend in January apparently but who in their right mind will want to play alongside these s*** c****.
    By far the worst squad ever assembled in my time.
    Hateful bunch to say the least.

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  • December 26, 2014 at 18:21
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    This is getting out of hand now. Holloway needs to go. His team selections are actually Ludacris! His results are simply not acceptable. JB I have massive respect for you but you cannot appoint a manager hoping for the best with an average at best squad, you need to spend money to even survive in this league. That is a fact.

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  • December 26, 2014 at 18:41
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    Midfield over run again defence a shambles 5 goals scored against on the break what's the next formation 1-9-1 got to start jimmy in midfield proved again today no one in midfield to break up play now proved Williams and angel not working.

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  • December 26, 2014 at 18:47
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    I actually feel flat on Millwall at the minute i don't have any hope, expectation or genuine enthusiasm at the minute. I love my team but tactics sucks, the team itself is genuinly poor. Literally we have no skill or nothing exciting? Our standard of football in a nutshell is crap. The championship standard has rose massively over the years and we havent moved with that. Millwall at the minute is a broken club, we can't relate to the club. It seems every club in the league has that one standout player.. even teams below us. Lets be honest we dont really have one. I have no idea who could replace Holloway not many decent managers about! But Holloways team selections, formations and genuine presence is baffling? Feel sorry for our fans who give everything to the club and we are rewarded with the same dross. The one thing we need more than anything is a NEW defence. Beevers and dunne are horrific. Shittu is still a useful squad player etc. But we need 2 new centre halfs who can actually use common sense and good bloody footballers who can pick a pass instead of hoofing it 24/7.

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    • December 26, 2014 at 19:24
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      @SLloyd23
      Talking of centre halves why has webster seemingly lost confidence, after all he was playing well for yeovil ,when we signed him i think he could have gone to two other club's but chose us,when making dunne centre half ahead of him must have been demoralising ,so for me the way IH goes about his business must knock the stuffing out of the player's.

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      • December 26, 2014 at 20:04
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        @jim1222: @jim1222: Jim the first time I saw him was a friendly against Dartford giant of man, but you wouldn't notice him on the pitch, no presence quite as a church mouse not dominant enough for me. Looks like one of big kids who played for the school team but wasn't slot of bottle. Gets lost in most games

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