Report: Millwall 0-0 Fulham

MILLWALL and Fulham cancelled each other out during a dull goalless draw in which neither side looked like scoring.

Hugo Rodallega saw a late winner ruled out for offside and Michael Tonge's volley was headed off the line but clear-cut chances were few and far between.

In fact there were only five shots on target shared between the two teams over the whole 90 minutes.

A point leaves the Lions three adrift of safety – effectively four because of their inferior goal difference – ahead of Tuesday's clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

Brighton's 4-3 win at home to Birmingham saw the Seagulls pull clear of the drop zone and leaves Rotherham, beaten 5-0 at Wolves, in 21st place.

Ian Holloway made four changes to his starting XI following defeat at Leeds.

Shaun Cummings' groin injury prompted a return to the side for Jimmy Abdou at right back while Aiden O'Brien replaced Lee Martin (knock) on the wing.

Lee Gregory and Tonge were also recalled to the side with Stefan Maierhofer dropping to the bench and Angel Martinez left out completely.

New signing Gary Taylor-Fletcher was named among the substitutes after joining the club on loan from Leicester City on Friday morning.

After a low-key start to the match, Millwall went close to opening the scoring in the 11th minute when Abdou's cross was volleyed off-target by Gregory at the far post.

Fulham were set up to play on the counter attack and broke away to good effect on several occasions during the first half.

In the 17th minute, Lasse Vigen Christensen scampered down the Lions' right flank before squaring to Alexander Kacaniklic, whose first-time shot was parried by David Forde.

Fabbrini then showed a delightful turn of feet inside the box to engineer a cross for O'Brien but the ball fizzed inches over the youngster's head and Gregory wasn't able to reach it either.

Keeper Marcus Bettinelli made a comfortable save from Fabbrini before Kacaniklic drilled Scott Parker's cut-back just wide at the other end.

Rodallega's swerving drive brushed the side netting and Abdou's awkward cross-shot was hacked away from danger as the sides went into the break deadlocked at 0-0.

Opportunities were even scarcer in the opening stages of the second period, with teasing crosses from Dan Harding and Fabbrini Millwall's most dangerous moments before the hour-mark.

Fulham turned defence into attack yet again from a corner but both Ross McCormack and Rodallega dallied as they broke into the Lions' box.

Sub Ricardo Fuller's wild volley which cleared the top of the two-tier Cold Blow Lane stand just about summed up the standard of finishing on display.

It wasn't until the 82nd minute that Millwall went close to scoring as Tonge's superbly-controlled volley was headed off the line by Kostas Stafylidis.

Rodallega then stabbed a cross into the net at the second attempt but his celebrations were cut-short by the offside flag, leaving the game to peter out into a stalemate.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

40 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-0 Fulham

  • February 21, 2015 at 17:41
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    At least marquis and Fred are scoring so we should have a decent front line next season. In league one.

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    • February 21, 2015 at 17:44
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      @LETEMCOME: Marquis is not coming back, he has had enough of MFC. Frankly I don't blame him.

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      • February 21, 2015 at 17:58
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        @Sealion: I don't blame him either,seems silly to let him go in the summer when he can score goals in the league we are heading into and he will go for free. I would rather IH went instead.

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      • February 21, 2015 at 18:04
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        @Sealion: marquis has been given numerous chances by MFC and never taken them, Fred is part of the deal that brought Paris Cowan hall to the den and can't be recalled.
        Holloway is by far the highest paid manager in the championship and we can't afford to sack him!
        Hooiveld is on £22k a week, we are paying some of his wages and have no chance of signing him in the summer.
        Ipswich are paying a third of Chaplows wages!
        Had one of the directors in my taxi yesterday and got all this info!
        The tv money in the championship is £5m, in league one it is £500k

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        • February 21, 2015 at 18:27
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          @dpendet: what money is Holloway on?

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          • February 21, 2015 at 19:45
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            @MFC Lion: he didn't say, I've heard it's £750k, though

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        • February 21, 2015 at 18:36
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          @dpendet: Holloway one of the highest paid managers? His taking the club's money under false pretenses. It just shows what a bunch of incompetents we have running the club.

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    • February 21, 2015 at 18:56
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      @LETEMCOME: we done f****** everything but score!

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  • February 21, 2015 at 17:43
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    Please J.B. give the management team their P45s if not we are doomed. I strongly believe that with a decent management team who know something about tactics and bringing the best out of the players and bringing some youngsters on we may just and only just have a chance of keeping championship status. Act now, our supporters deserve this.

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