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 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 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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  • February 21, 2015 at 17:45
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    Teams that don't score enough goals get relegated,it's as simple as that.We must beat Rotherham next Week.

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    • February 21, 2015 at 17:48
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      @the verminhater: At this stage of the season with our top scorer on 4 goals and our shots on target average of about 2 says it all really.

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    • February 21, 2015 at 17:53
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      @the verminhater: one of our shots on target was from Fabrini in the first half which was virtually a back pass and didn't trouble the keeper.

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  • February 21, 2015 at 17:48
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    Much better performance but we will be relegated with IH at the helm. One up front again. Toothless. No point slinging loads of strikers on for the last 10 minutes. Good to see O'Brien playing though he did well. Shame he weren't in a more forward role. Abdou and Dunne had good games in their out of position positions.

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  • February 21, 2015 at 17:50
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    That was like watching paint dry.
    We would not of scored if we stayed there all night.
    Fulham looked much better than us in second half and we were lucky they had their goal disallowed.
    Bottom line is we are not good enough.
    Most players are League 1 at best.

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    • February 21, 2015 at 17:59
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      @Longfield Lion: Correct. We start well enough but somehow we just lose our confidence which in turn the crowd pick up and we find ourselves in a no win situation. Shocking that we've come to this but in all honesty we are destined for the drop this time around. Can't really blame anyone significantly for the demise because it's happened over a long period and with many changes of personnel. Still hurts though.

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  • February 21, 2015 at 17:59
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    It would seem to be the kindest thing to do to put IH out of his misery, he actually looks ill and sounds beyond desperate in his very strange ramblings that seem to make less sense week by week. Call me negative and rack up the dislikes for daring to yet again suggest it but we Millwall fans also deserve to be put out of IH's misery too. It's all very well saying it started with KJ, then SL but KJ did brilliantly for us, dragged us from the brink of Div 2 and gave us back our dignity. SL was always up against it for obvious reasons but I had more confidence in him than I do IH who seems clueless in his tactics, and unable to turn this around. We still have a chance to stay up but this guy is just not up to the task. Just talks total bollo*ks and I'd imagine the players find him difficult to follow too which is evident from what we are witnessing on the pitch week after week. So many players in since he joined, all much of a muchness but no distinct progressive style whatsoever and one of worst win ratios of any Millwall manager. Time to take the flat cap off and on yer way son before you have a breakdown and before you take us down with you. I'm seriously worried for his health but not as worried as I am for ours

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    • February 21, 2015 at 18:14
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      @T20ColdBlowLion: he should put us out of our misery and go! he wont tho. Same old dross on and off the field. i cant remember any manager here or anywhere else for that matter getting away with this garbage.

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    • February 21, 2015 at 18:40
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      @T20ColdBlowLion: In total agreement with your comments. Look at Wolves again today, Five goals and climbing the table with Jacket at the helm. Can we have him back please? If Holloway stays as seems certain Millwall's championship days are probably over.

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      • February 21, 2015 at 19:12
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        @Peckhamlad: I would have Jackett back tomorrow, providing of course he is allowed the same funds that the previous and present mamagers have been given.

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      • February 21, 2015 at 20:34
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        @potty1:@Peckhamlad: I take it you mean provided he has the same funds he has at Wolves....?? An average of 20k fans for EVERY home game, fluctuating to almost 30k fans on Derby days...... Also providing there's loan players knocking about of the quality of players like Kane and Townsend and Strikers lining up to come here that are at Woods' level..... all within our budget of course... yeah I'd have Jackett back too.... Why d'you think he left...??
        You guys are all regulars on here - all the information about the state of our club is there to read, you can't seriously disregard all of it. IH isn't exactly Mourinho for sure, but we ain't exactly Chelsea - so with the amount of s**t going on behind the scenes - it's a constant struggle and I'd imagine ANY manager would have their work cut out for em...... Of course the results aren't good enough, BY FAR, but our financial problems should be taken into account... If we had a goalscorer, with the amount of chances we've created throughout the season, we wouldn't be here.

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  • February 21, 2015 at 18:08
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    Its quite worrying really,I can't see us staying up but some people say it would be good to go down to rebuild and come back up but if you look at some of the teams in that league who have bigger budgets than us and get bigger gates and have fallen from the premier league struggling to get back up what chance do we realistically stand. Of course I don't want it to happen and I would support Millwall if they were in any league but would going down be a good thing?

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  • February 21, 2015 at 18:09
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    Long ball again I !! But thought Fulham were there for the taking today. Not dissapointed just feel our luck must change soon! But I won't hold my hat

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    • February 21, 2015 at 18:29
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      @lionrampant:

      it is not luck - but a lack of quality - we do not have match winners who can do extra special things to turn a game (like scoring a goal!!!!!!!!!)

      we must get in someone with pace - it is not too late - last year taught us that

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    • February 22, 2015 at 10:55
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      @lionrampant: Our luck did change, an official ruled out a goal that many would have given against us. He probably got confused and thought we had put it in the net.

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  • February 21, 2015 at 18:13
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    One for all of the Dunne haters.
    WhoScored.com
    Top 5 Players
    1Alan Dunne (DC) Millwall 8.0
    2Nikolay Bodurov (DC) Fulham 8.0
    3Shaun Hutchinson DC) Fulham 7.6
    4Ashley Richards (DR) Fulham 7.6
    5Konstantinos Stafylidis (DL) Fulham 7.6

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    • February 21, 2015 at 18:25
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      @lion.ie: what a sad, pathetic comment! You got nothing better to do! Obviously know jack s*** about football as you speak to most fans they will say his heart is there but he's just not good enough! I know people like to suck him off as you do but open ur eyes! He may give it his all but sometimes it's not enough and to accept ur league 1 or 2!

      Some people on here really need to get a life! It's cringy to think some of this s*** is coming from wall supporters!! Sound more like the anoraks! No wonder a lot of ppl have stopped going to the den they don't want to listen to this s***!

      And fyi I don't think anyone hates dunne! Hates a bit strong. He's just not good enough simple like a lot of the other s***!

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      • February 22, 2015 at 11:11
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        @millwalltel: You're obviously a very up tight c*nt and a bit dim and if you don't think there are Dunne haters on here then you obviously have reading difficulties as well. It's a stat from an independent site that bypasses any pre-conceived conceptions about players being 'League One or League Two standard at best' which c*nts like you throw out without the knowledge or facts to back them up.

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    • February 21, 2015 at 18:33
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      @lion.ie: wouldn't trust their ratings if Fabrinni doesn't make the top 5!

      Dunne did play well though.

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      • February 22, 2015 at 11:19
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        @MFC Lion: That's the thing with ratings, they are based on a formula and flair will often get lost. But it's another clean sheet for the defence and another blank for our attacking players, so that might explain why Fabrinni isn't in the top five? We haven't created a goal from open play for weeks and the only goal we have created from a set-piece recently was scored by.....Alan Dunne.

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  • February 21, 2015 at 18:21
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    So much for let's get at them early and give our supporters something to cheer about. Doesn't matter who our strikers are, who we sign, nothing changes. The way we play if we're honest we never look like scoring, one goal is just about all we are capable of. The only positive is that we have stopped shipping goals

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  • February 21, 2015 at 18:26
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    We played well first half, but majority of our possession was in midfield and there is no end product as the bios up is way too slow. Fabrinni is a wizard but even he holds the ball too long and when he gets into a truly dangerous position the final pass or shot is left wanting and as the game wears on he fades... As a team we massively miss a cutting edge, there is no distinct front man, Gregory was in our half or in a wingers position more often then he was in the box, WE NEED SOMEONE IN THE BOX SON YOU ARE A STRIKER!! Woolford was woeful, lost the ball countless time with poor touches and passes, he doesn't look interested. O'Brien didn't see much of the ball, when he did done ok with decent touches/layoffs but doesn't look like the answer. Jimmy played well. Tonge looks a good player and works well along Williams. GTF had a couple of decent touches but didn't offer much, but doesn't seem to offer much different than fuller who scored a world class conversation today!!

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      • February 22, 2015 at 15:36
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        @Marshlion: Thought he done well, made some vital interceptions, never gave the ball away and almost made a goal... Not bad in my book?!

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  • February 21, 2015 at 18:37
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    Bet365 have Millwall 5/6 to get relegated; seems a bit generous to me.

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  • February 21, 2015 at 18:53
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    You've told us time and again to get behind the team we need the fans support blah blah blah
    Today was the biggest crowd I've seen for a while but still we get a changed side and flat performance against a very poor Fulham side.
    They were there for the taking today, all we needed were two wide to run and put the ball in the box but we didn't have them. Between abdou/ Harding and the front two there was no one! Half the block I was in could see it so if ih can't then something's up. The midfield looked bunched together in the middle. half the team are on loan, and from what I saw of Taylor fletcher I can see why!

    Times up for ih in my opinion. The whole club looks different to me. Half the fans don't sing or say anything but if you dare say or shout anything you get dodgy looks! Feel free to stand and clap a team off that's not won at home since oct but I wont

    Moan over time for a ruby

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  • February 21, 2015 at 19:19
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    Overall, I thought we were the better team today - more good performances than bad going through the team... Fabrini my M.O.M..
    Thought our movement was better than it has been and we seemed to be throwing a lot forward in comparison to fulham.. mostly by way of Fabrini....

    BUT.... Once again, NO END PRODUCT.. I thought we wore down Fulham for long periods, just by constantly getting it forward and running at em and I honestly thought at some point a proper chance would open up and we'd nick it.. Well, the chances did open up, but what d'you know - NO ONE CAN PUT IT IN..... One chance in particular that will haunt me and probably a lot of you - was the FREE HEADER Gregory had on the edge of the 6 yard box... You can't ask for a better cross than that - FFS, you MUST be testing the keeper from there, surely?! (equally as hauting - Fullers shot rolling over my head at the top of CBL...!)
    It's like there's a mental block on our strikers - just watching em warming up taking shots before the game, I was thinking we were in for 'one of those afternoons'.... At one stage (during the warm up) I must of counted 20 shots, 15 being off target, the other 5 tame as f**k and saved... OK it's only warming up - but there's no pressure there - why aren't they hitting the target?? If you can't do it there, what chance we got under defensive pressure??
    Saying all this, I still don't think it's management that are solely to blame - Fabrini being the example, because if there was a few more in the squad closer to his level, we wouldn't be in this s**t. As I said at the start, I thought we were good today and MOST of the team are doing their jobs well - but we lack flare big time.
    Plus, Martin out again, see they kept that one quiet! I don't know what everyone expects the manager to do when we're struggling as it is, then key players are dropping like flies left, right and center...
    OK, you have to work with what you've got - but it's just getting f**king ridiculous now... Once again half the team has to be shuffled around and the formations that are left aren't ideal - especially when (let's face it) with respect, the players we have aren't world beaters and we then, on top of that, haven't got a choice but to play them out of position......
    Sorry for the doom and gloom - a point is a point after all, but games are running out and the strikers have to start converting the chances - because that was the difference today IMO...
    COME ON YOU LIONS - BE BRUTAL!! Roll on Tuesday.......

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  • February 21, 2015 at 19:25
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    I thought the lions played quite well today. The Postives: Dunne had a solid game and kept tabs on Rodellega and McCormack. Defence as a whole looked good and Jimmy slotted in well at right back. O'brien battled hard as did Lee Gregory. Fabrini was the best player on the park by a mile, particularly in the first half. The Negatives: Wooly and Tonge drifted in and out of the game as did Williams. No real cutting edge up front although we did create a lot of half chances with no end product.
    We have a handful of decent players but are still short of real quality up front. Can we stay up with the current crop, probably not. But at least they had a go today and stopped Fulham scoring NOLU

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  • February 21, 2015 at 23:10
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    Gregory is not up to the task, defenders look so comfortable against him. Wins no free kicks, doesn't trouble defenders and how he missed that header!!! And I still think Holloway's a berk.l

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  • February 22, 2015 at 01:27
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    You know one of those millwall lottery and you have a chance to win 7.5 million. Oh well why don't millwall f****** use some of that money to buy a decent goalscorer!!!

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  • February 22, 2015 at 20:12
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    Boycott the Seff Weds game let JB see what we think

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