Report: Scunthorpe 0-0 Millwall

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MILLWALL had to be happy with a point at Glanford Park against Scunthorpe – who were left ruing Paddyadden’s late penalty miss.

The Scunthorpe striker blasted his spot-kick over the bar after Mark Beevers had felled Gary McSheffrey.

The Lions were also relieved when Madden’s header approaching 90 minutes was diverted on to the crossbar by Jordan Archer and Byron Webster was able to clear.

In a dramatic last few minutes Millwall countered and Steve Morison’s shot from an angle slammed off Joe Anyon’s near post and went wide.

Archer was making his full league debut after Neil Harris decided to drop David Forde, and he was a key figure in securing Millwall a point.

He justified his selection just a few minutes in when he brilliantly tipped Madden’s low shot around the post for a corner.

He was lucky in the second half, though, when he parried a shot straight to the striker who headed in, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Shaun Williams wasted Millwall’s best chance in the first half when he shot straight at Anyon from eight yards, but Millwall were also lucky at the other end that Kevin van Veen’s effort from 25 yards came back off the bar.

Scunthorpe too rode their luck in the second period, and Millwall should have been awarded a penalty when Williams’ shot came off Charlie Goode’s hands.

The home side also scrambled the ball off the line after Webster headed towards goal, but should have claimed all the points in the last minute when Madden was thwarted by Archer, the ball coming down off the crossbar before being hacked clear.

Harris shows his ruthless side.

Harris made a big call by demoting Forde to the bench and handing Archer his league debut.

And it took just five minutes for Archer to show his ability when he threw himself low to his left after Madden was put through and looked certain to finish one-on-one.

Archer showed that ability against Barnet when he prevented an even worse defeat in the first round of the League Cup and it’s difficult to imagine Forde would have kept Madden’s effort out.

The former Tottenham keeper is more agile and quicker than Forde, and he also showed maturity to punch away a half-volley from Scott Laird midway through the half rather than try and catch the ball.

He could do little, though, about van Veen’s shot that smashed off the bar shortly before half-time, but have we witnessed a change of the guard in goal?

Did Harris get a reaction from the players after three consecutive defeats?

Yes, but with the rider that Millwall looked more relaxed, at least initially, away from home.

Harris switched to 4-3-3 with Morison on the left of Lee Gregory and Fred Onyedinma on the right. Those three inter-changed a number of times in the first half, though generally Scunthorpe’s three-man defence dealt well with the ploy.

The system also seemed to suit Williams much more. He has been over-run at times in a 4-4-2 and it will be interesting now to see if Harris sticks to the system for the visit of Chesterfield next Saturday.

Ben Thompson made his full league debut for the Lions, and he is a player Harris has huge respect for.

Nelson is proving his worth.

Until he went off in the second half Sid Nelson looked a really assured presence beside Mark Beevers.

He got in a number of important blocks and swept well behind his defence when the home side threatened.

He is becoming one of those leaders that Onyedinma called for after the defeat to Barnsley on Tuesday night.

He was also an important figure in tightening things up when Scunthorpe had set-pieces, and so was Beevers, in truth, before he put a black mark beside his name when he fouled McSheffrey in the box.

Harris will hope that Nelson’s injury isn't too serious, and he could become a key player, as well as a folk hero, for the Lions this season.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

23 thoughts on “Report: Scunthorpe 0-0 Millwall

  • August 22, 2015 at 17:06
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    There you go all you forde mugs,archer= clean sheet.

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    • August 22, 2015 at 17:11
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      @eddielarge: Dead right mate. If Forde had been playing we would have lost 3 0.

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        • August 22, 2015 at 20:14
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          @eddielarge: Yeah Bud they never learn do they. He can't even kick the ball straight. But that's ok cos he USED to be ok occasionally a few years back. Its a real worry. Ha Ha

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  • August 22, 2015 at 17:12
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    4pts from a possible 12.
    Well done to Archer for today's performance. Our first clean sheet.
    Millwall normally start the season well and then mess it up. This season we ain't started well hopefully we can push on and go on a little run. My only problem Harris don't know he's best/starting 11

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    • August 22, 2015 at 17:44
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      @JordieLion: need a proper goal scorer , got to move Greggs on , he's had enough chances.

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      • August 22, 2015 at 19:14
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        @southstandview: I assume that all the dislikes mean that you feel Greggs is good enough so we don't need any new strikers before the deadline, no thought not .

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  • August 22, 2015 at 17:15
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    Beevers conceding a penalty and was at fault for atleast 2 of coventrys goals he's gotta be dropped get Ferguson and joe Martin fit quick.

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    • August 22, 2015 at 21:20
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      @spartacus: He played at centre back and proved today that he is a very good centre back. You clearly didn't go otherwise you would know that. If he is played at left back he is useless and a liability, however if we play him at centre back this year he will be very solid.

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  • August 22, 2015 at 17:16
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    It's still a work in progress give it ten games and then we will see . Well played Millwall well played Archer

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  • August 22, 2015 at 17:22
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    So many positive out of this game I salute archer great 2 see him save every think 2day defo should get another go clean s*** aswel everyone show there best 2day should of won In the last minute Morrison hit the post great point doe now let move on COYL same again lads

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  • August 22, 2015 at 17:51
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    Wasn't there today, how did Williams play? Dire the last 2 games and thought for sure he would be dropped, sounds like he did ok in a different system despite missing a glorious chance?

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  • August 22, 2015 at 17:59
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    I cannot stand the way people are knocking Fordey, he has been a great keeper in the past for the Lions, it is not his fault that he has been picked to play in the first team recently. Millwall should use his skills as a goalkeeping coach.

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    • August 22, 2015 at 18:30
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      @Old lions exile: I'm assuming you've put this on as a joke , when Forde joined he was a good shot stopper , flapped at crosses and anything that was hit from outside the box just trundled past him into the net . That is still the case all these years later which Begs the question, what exactly have our full time goalkeeping coaches been paid to do all this time .

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    • August 22, 2015 at 22:33
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      @Old lions exile: are you forgetting the stalls on his contract talks a year ago, all the Celtic talk and then this season he wanted out because his contract stated his wages will be cut because we was relegated in the summer??? Nobody came in for him at all... His agent blagged us and also he's a rude a*******... Saw my son in Waitrose in the Millwal GOALKEEPERS kit and pretended he couldn't see him!!!! t***** in my eyes it's not like he's Ronaldo and gets pestered everywhere he goes..... Good glad he's out of the team moody turd

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  • August 22, 2015 at 18:15
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    Old lions@ .. Your right mate.. But you know what it's like.. 4.0 at home.. Need to vent your anger. If not Forde . Then the cat as you walk in home lol

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  • August 22, 2015 at 18:18
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    Seems Beevers had a good one (apart from the penalty).
    Hope Bomber gives him a run, because he really deserves it,
    especially after the way the Clown treated him.

    Well done Archer, if Forde wants his place back, make him work for it.

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    • August 22, 2015 at 18:22
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      @lowdown:
      Best centre back we have and we really don't want him gone.
      Hold on to him.

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  • August 22, 2015 at 18:27
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    How did Jimmy play?
    Not one mention of him on any report, was he really that anonymous?

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  • August 22, 2015 at 18:27
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    Ps,,, to all those animal rights people out there only jokes... Would rather a Rottweiler and call him Rhino , rhino , rhino looool

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  • August 22, 2015 at 18:55
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    Oh dear I musn't ask questions ! How dare I!

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  • August 22, 2015 at 20:26
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    Can't always blame forde the defence has to take some of the blame they are not tight enough at the back they are letting players run at them to much ,it could have been 3 .1 today who would you blame then .we are still 2 or 3 players short at this level. Hope NH sees that as well.

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