Report: Blackpool 1-0 Millwall

MILLWALL'S season reached a new low after they were beaten 1-0 by bottom club Blackpool.

Peter Clarke headed the only goal of a scrappy game to suck the Lions further into the relegation battle.

The visitors bossed the second half and had 16 shots in total but far too few of them tested goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

Ian Holloway made three changes following last weekend's 3-3 draw with Bradford City in the third round of the FA Cup.

Andy Wilkinson was passed fit to return after a back injury, while loan signing Dan Harding made his debut at left back.

Martyn Woolford also came into the side as Millwall lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with ex-Blackpool striker Ricardo Fuller the lone frontman.

Three points were a must for the Lions but Blackpool made the better start.

In the second minute, Jimmy Abdou gave the ball away on the edge of the area but, to his relief, David Perkins' cross-shot went wide.

David Forde was then called into action to palm away Andrea Orlandi's bobbling drive before ex-Millwall loanee Jamie O'Hara blazed over from distance.

The Lions were slow out of the traps but almost went in front when Martyn Woolford's 23rd-minute header was hacked off the line by Clarke, with goalkeeper Joe Lewis beaten.

When the ball was crossed back into the box, Woolford stabbed it into the side netting before Scott McDonald was thwarted by Lewis as Millwall showed signs of life.

But Clarke headed Blackpool in front minutes later from a set piece.

The centre back didn't generate a lot of power on the ball but it somehow bounced beyond David Forde and into the far corner.

After a half-time grilling, Millwall upped the tempo in the second half.

McDonald almost teed up Lee Martin for the equaliser but the forward's square pass was slightly over-hit and the chance came to nothing.

Fuller was withdrawn after gesturing in frustration to the away fans and Stefan Maierhofer came on to make his second debut for the club.

And Maierhofer made an immediate impact, chesting down Andy Wilkinson's diagonal pass before rifling over on the half volley.

The Lions then had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down when Martin's cross struck a hand but play was waved on.

Millwall's best chance to get level came in the 75th minute when a ricochet presented Maierhofer with an open goal from a tight angle, but he blazed over.

The Austrian sent two looping headers wide of the target in the closing stages and substitute Lee Gregory fired beyond the far corner as more chances went begging.

But for all their territorial dominance, the Lions failed to sufficiently test Lewis in the Blackpool goal and his side saw out four additional minutes to claim the three points.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

112 thoughts on “Report: Blackpool 1-0 Millwall

  • January 10, 2015 at 18:04
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    Holloway- Fall on your sword.
    Ambler-Go and do one.
    JB-Get our club sorted. Contrary to popular belief it is OUR club.
    We want OUR Millwall back.

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    • January 10, 2015 at 18:47
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      @NICKOLA: Four dislikes - what planet are some of our fans on? Holloway and Ambler are both useless - the only thing they excel at is self promotion. And yes, Berylson needs to sort this mess out. Maybe if he spent more time in the country he'd realise just how awful the last three seasons have been.

      And Aldo, please get rid of this 'Dislike' nonsense - too many planks are making it more and more like a Palace or Charlton site.

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      • January 10, 2015 at 18:53
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        @Micky Lions: I think two of these dislikes are from Ollie and Ambler ! The other two are from a pair of w****** who haven't got anything better to do other than hope that we'll stay up. Got some news for them....aint going to happen unless there's an almighty change in SE14 Starting with the removal of the manager. After that, Warnock in for the end of the season to keep us up. Personally, I really and truly think I would do a better job than Ollie.

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        • January 10, 2015 at 19:51
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          @NICKOLA: yes and then we'll have the same s*** at the beginning of next season, because the players holloway inherited are totally s*** that is why he is getting rid and getting players who can play how he wants them to play

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  • January 10, 2015 at 18:05
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    we are a joke

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