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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