Report: Millwall 0-0 Brighton

MILLWALL were held to a goalless draw by Brighton as Neil Harris picked up his first point as Lions boss.

The two sides mustered just four shots on target between them during a scrappy 90 minutes – although Joe Bennett hit the bar for the Seagulls with a second-half free kick.

The Lions' best spell came in the first half when they created a flurry of half-chances without seriously testing visiting goalkeeper David Stockdale.

A draw means Millwall are now eight points behind fourth-bottom Rotherham, who are in action at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening.

Interim manager Harris made two changes to the side beaten by Bolton – one enforced and one by choice.

Sid Nelson was recalled to the defence in the wake of Alan Dunne's suspension, triggered by his tenth booking of the season at the weekend.

Martyn Woolford, who was left out of the squad altogether for Harris' first game in charge, started on the left wing as Ed Upson was dropped to the bench.

Paris Cowan-Hall's ankle knock saw him miss out on a place in the squad and he was replaced by Watford loanee Diego Fabbrini.

Millwall didn't get a result at Bolton on Saturday but they certainly produced a much-improved performance, and Harris' charges made a fast start under the lights at The Den.

In the fourth minute, Shaun Williams' corner was hooked goalwards by Aiden O'Brien but his flick fell between Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Lee Gregory, neither of whom could get a decisive touch.

Gregory then latched onto Williams' early pass down the channel before firing a low cross towards Woolford, but this time the ball flashed inches behind the on-rushing winger.

O'Brien was able to collect possession at the far post but he shot tamely into the side netting after jinking onto his right foot.

David Forde avoided a potential disaster in the 11th minute when Craig Mackail-Smith beat him to a through ball, leaving the goal wide open, but the striker failed to pick out a teammate with a clear shot.

Williams then saw a half-volley blocked inside the area before Gregory teed up Woolford, who, from a tight angle, diverted the ball into the side netting.

After O'Brien was felled 25 yards out, Williams went for goal from the resulting free kick but his shot flew the wrong side of the bar, brushing the roof of the net.

Brighton improved as half-time approached and went close through Leon Best's near-post drive and Dale Stephen's shot which was blocked in front of the line by Shaun Cummings.

But after surviving a spell of heavy pressure, Millwall came forward again and O'Brien tested Stockdale from 20 yards after a driving run through the middle.

Bennett, whose on loan at the Amex Stadium from Aston Villa, had Forde rooted to the spot with his 52nd-minute free kick but the ball came back off the woodwork.

Both sides began to look heavy on their feet and chances became even scarcer, with Best's tame downward header the only notable effort during a dull 20-minute period.

Gregory almost brought the game to life with a near-post header from Woolford's delivery but the striker failed to make proper contact with the ball, which flashed across goal.

Brighton sub Kazenga LuaLua sent a swerving drive wide of Forde's post and Jos Hooiveld headed over from a corner late on as the sides cancelled each other out.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

12 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-0 Brighton

  • March 17, 2015 at 22:19
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    I can deal with this result, had we taken 4 points off more teams this season it's fair to say we wouldn't be where we are now!

    Keep going Bomber, you have a sell-out support behind you at Brentford Saturday!

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  • March 17, 2015 at 22:27
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    No goals again totally s*** kept a cleen sheet IM SHOCKED

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  • March 17, 2015 at 22:53
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    I bet JB's glad he made the trip over!
    Hope u were proud of that performance tonight coz I wasn't.
    Totally inept. How much have you spent since taking over...£40 million?
    £40 million on s*** players that no other c*** wants.
    I well, you'll be flying back tomorrow and we probably won't see you til next season.
    P.S-Wtf was discussed during that 3 day meeting at the end of last season coz f****** all's changed.

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    • March 18, 2015 at 17:44
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      @Syd the Lion: Think your being a bit hard on JB Syd. Some people on here have also criticised him, saying "his only interested in property development" or "he will walk away if we get relegated" . Well the property development didn't happen, and we are going down to league 1 but he hasn't walked away. I believe him when he says his a fan, God knows where we would be without him, probably in administration. As you said yourself he has put 40 million into the club,which has kept us afloat. Its not his fault rubbish players were brought in, that's down to the manager and Ambler. I personally think he is the best owner we have ever had,

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  • March 17, 2015 at 22:57
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    Something to build on.
    Played well in the first half.
    Wanted to see the subs made earlier in the second half but it was much too late for me.
    Give me the Hoff anyday over Taylor Fletcher.
    O'Brien played well and I love his attitude and the same goes for Sid.
    Cummings also deserves a mention as he looks better by the game for me.
    Forde was his usual no brain goalkeeping.
    His judgement coming out for a couple of their attacks was sunday park stuff. He has always been a great shot stopper but the rest of his game has always been dodgy in my eyes.
    Well done Harris. You have got them playing and organised already.
    P.S. Please do not have Woolford in the starting X1 ever again.

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  • March 17, 2015 at 22:59
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    Awful performance, looks like the players have given up. At 0-0 with 20 mins left, 10, 5 where is the urgency to go and get a winner?!!

    Bomber deserves much better than what he got. Didn't see the Bolton game but sounds like they tried in that game, why not tonight?

    Any slim chance we had well and truly gone. Going down with a whimper. Players as much to blame for this s*** as Ollie it seems.

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  • March 17, 2015 at 23:24
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    When all said and done this was THE absolutely must win game against a poor Brighton team. Would give us priceless 3 points, close gap on the few teams we can possibly catch and be a massive blow to Brighton (I mean to lose to us!) which would get them nervously looking over their shoulders. With the fans right behind em and with so much at stake the lads just didn't seem urgent enough to get forward. Looks like they've accepted our fate. 1 shot on target says it all, not good enough. I love bomber to bits but he's not the answer as our manager. Holloway has broke our bank and I expect bomber to get the job for next season to keep costs as low as poss. Hope he grows into it and is able to distance himself as one of the lads - not easy

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  • March 17, 2015 at 23:38
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    Why was woolford brought back he's like a bad penny and playing the pub landlord up front meant another nil ,thought Gregory and obrian were lively and with the Italian and the hof alongside could have seen us score Brighton were the worst side I've seen this season

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  • March 18, 2015 at 06:36
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    I don't understand you lot we can't get a goal all season and you think it will be ok now the clown as gone ? Harris we look a better team then under the clown time to start again it's not the first time

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  • March 18, 2015 at 09:10
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    we looked much more like a millwall team, i agree woolford shold not have played, diego should have started, the lads looked tired but gave their all. O brian and Gregory starting to come together, back four looked solid, fordee ffs you s*** me up, taylor fletch showed good touches

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  • March 18, 2015 at 12:31
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    No goals no wins simple as that can't see us scoring this season, but then we might go on a run when it's to late, oh forgot it is to late our fate is sealed, I ll still be there next season league champ One or two it's wall and it's ours

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