Report: Millwall 1-3 Huddersfield Town

MILLWALL wasted a golden opportunity to move out of the relegation zone as they were beaten 3-1 by ten-man Huddersfield.

The Lions looked to be in command after Stefan Maierhofer cancelled out Sean Scannell's opener and Nahki Wells was sent off in the 51st minute.

But Millwall failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage and David Forde handed the Terriers the initiative when he was beaten too easily by Jacob Butterfield's long-range shot.

Things went from bad to worse in the 86th minute when Shaun Williams bundled over Harry Bunn inside the area and James Vaughan converted from the spot.

Brighton's defeat to Nottingham Forest means Millwall are still only two points adrift of safety but this was a big chance spurned to climb out of the bottom three.

Following on from last weekend's 1-0 win over Forest, manager Ian Holloway made just one change to his starting line up.

Winger Lee Martin (bruised ribs) dropped out of the side after failing a late fitness test, with Ed Upson coming into the XI to replace him.

Diego Fabbrini has proved an instant hit since his arrival at The Den and he created the first chance of the game in the 7th minute, bursting through midfield before spreading the play to Magaye Gueye.

Gueye was in space inside the box but a poor first touch led to a second and he was off-balance when he eventually struck his shot, which was pushed away by Alex Smithies.

The Lions were building up a head of steam and they struck the bar when Upson controlled a high ball before finding Maierhofer, whose shot from an acute angle came back off the woodwork.

But the visitors took the lead against the run of play when Scannell finished emphatically beyond Forde after Wells' lobbed through ball beat the offside trap, despite Millwall's protests.

Huddersfield's lead lasted just 11 minutes, however, as Maierhofer bundled the ball over the line after Mark Beevers' initial effort had been saved.

Gueye could have put the Lions in front for the first time but drilled wide before Scannell fired into the side netting at the other end.

Scannell, who was a transfer target for Holloway back in August, then teed up Harry Bunn on the edge of the box and the winger's first-time effort clattered the bar.

Forde palmed Wells' looping header behind for a corner as Huddersfield finished the first half in the ascendency.

But the Terriers were reduced to ten men six minutes after the restart when referee Michael Jones showed Wells his second yellow card after a coming together with Shaun Williams.

The Lions were slow to seize the initiative and half-chances for Upson and Beevers came and went without troubling Smithies.

The game was evenly-poised but out of nothing, Huddersfield retook the lead.

Jimmy Abdou was caught on the ball by Butterfield but his route to goal was quickly closed off by three defenders, leaving the midfielder with a long-range shot as his only option.

Butterfield took it, letting fly from at least 30 yards and his effort bounced awkwardly in front of Forde, who inexplicably allowed the ball to squirm through his attempted parry.

Whatever momentum Millwall did have quickly evaporated after that as the tide turned in favour of Huddersfield.

And they made the points safe when Bunn's charging run into the box was halted by Williams, and Vaughan sent Forde the wrong way from 12 yards to make it 3-1.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

89 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-3 Huddersfield Town

  • February 7, 2015 at 17:29
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    This is all Lomas’s and Jackett’s fault – probably Spackman’s too. So all you nasty & disloyal Ollie-knockers – just lay off. As always, the club knows exactly what its doing and so does our beloved Ollie.

    In Ollie we trust, forever.

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    • February 7, 2015 at 17:49
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      3 players on the pitch from jacketts reign, so the old chestnut of building a team surely can't be used anymore,unacceptable at any level.

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    • February 7, 2015 at 18:02
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      @Micky Lions: You serious? Why don't you blame the groundsman, gatekeepers, ballboys and Uncle Tom Cobbly and all? Any one except this donkey of a manager. He is useless

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      • February 7, 2015 at 18:19
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        @Peckhamlad: Just trying to improve my likes/dislikes ratio. My dislikes have been going through the roof lately, so I thought I'd try and join in being positive about our manager and club, but its clearly not working.

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    • February 7, 2015 at 18:03
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      @Micky Lions:

      Mostly Holloways players. It's his team, he has had it for over a year.
      The blokes shot his bolt, sending this club down the drain with it.

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    • February 7, 2015 at 18:05
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      @Micky Lions: what planet are you on mate , this is all down to our clown of a manager , starts at home with one up top , no goals at all in the team and it looks like Varney is next on the conveyor belt of useless strikers he's after , Ollie out asap .

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      • February 7, 2015 at 18:15
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        @southstandview:

        I suspect he was being sarcastic as there are still lots on here that Wanna kiss holloways axxx utterly useless as a manager got nothing about him talks a good game but nothing left do honourable thing and walk

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    • February 7, 2015 at 19:21
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      @Micky Lions:same S. H. I. T different day. Different day, same HOLLOWAY. As I've said before, narrow diamond rubbish with lack of crosses, no testing of their defence whatsoever, nothing from the byline, a 6ft 7 bloke completely wasted. 1 up front at home.... The list goes on.

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    • February 7, 2015 at 20:47
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      @Micky Lions: f.u.c.k.i.n.g. idiot
      All but 4 from the squad are his players and they've done what.
      Come on give your opinion and a valid one at that not your arm chair one

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      • February 8, 2015 at 13:01
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        @lukesmithmfc: I think we all now know that Micky Lions is being sarcastic and taking the Micky. Great post Micky, had a chuckle at this and boy did you get a reaction!!!

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    • February 7, 2015 at 23:07
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      @Micky Lions: Hey Mickey, - legend mate, great post you made me laugh a lot, thank you (just wait for 82wall to label me a retard now)

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    • February 7, 2015 at 23:45
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      Micky what time ru due back in the nutters home? Ps on your way back take the carrot cruncher with you.

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  • February 7, 2015 at 17:30
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    So s***

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