Report: Millwall 1-0 Peterborough

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SHAUN Williams powered home an injury-time winner as Millwall finally ended their Den hoodoo at the fifth time of asking.

Williams climbed highest in the box to head in Carlos Edwards’ cross and give Neil Harris a much-needed win before the international break.

It was no more than Williams deserved after he had gone close three times to putting his side ahead.

He whistled two efforts wide of either post in the first half and then saw another long-range strike drift just over Ben Alnwick’s crossbar in the second half.

Peterborough had their chances too and Jordan Archer once again came to the Lions’ rescue when he produced a brilliant stop to deny Conor Washington on 51 minutes.

He also had to be at his best to tip Chris Forrester’s close-range shot over the bar minutes later.

Mark Beevers went close in an end-to-end second half as he saw his volley scrape off the outside of Alnwick’s post.

Ed Upson also had a great chance to win it for his side but Alnwick, again, spread himself well to deny the midfielder after he had weaved his way into the box.

And after a flurry of chances late on, Williams finally gave the home support something to shout about just when it looked like penalties beckoned.

Did Harris make wholesale changes after the poor run of home form?

Not really, but it was interesting to see Aiden O’Brien and John Marquis start up front together for the first time this season. It was no surprise that Steve Morison was rested, while Lee Gregory has been struggling for form lately.

O’Brien did well when he came on against Chesterfield and most of the good things Millwall did went through him as they sought an equaliser. He started the deeper of the pair against the Posh and constantly sought to get involved. He could never be faulted for a lack of enthusiasm and was again the link between midfield and attack.

Marquis had two efforts in the first half that he could have made more of but first he shot over from 25 yards before he scuffed a weak shot at Alnwick when he could maybe have squared the ball for his strike partner.

Edwards also started his first game for almost a year at right-back and though he gave the ball away a few times he certainly didn’t look like a 36-year-old recovering from such a serious injury. He also offers a better defensive positioning sense than Shaun Cummings.

A smaller crowd took some pressure off the players  

There were times when you could hear what the players were saying to each other. It was very quiet, which is understandable.

At one point Marquis berated Beevers for not playing a long ball quicker and the players did look more relaxed, though it often felt more like a pre-season friendly with some pedestrian sequences of play.

Williams, one of the players who’s been on the brunt of the home fans’ criticism this season, certainly played with a bit more confidence and he came closest to scoring for Millwall in the first half with those two efforts from long range. There was also a bit of magical footwork in midfield in the first period that showcased the skill Lions fans don’t get to see often enough.

He went close again with a 30 yarder in the second half before he finally got the clincher.

Archer was once again on top form

He found himself the senior keeper in the squad with 17-year-old Harry Girling on the bench – and he looked every inch the experienced pro.

His positioning under crosses was excellent and, for the third game in a row, he produced a brilliant one-on-one stop to deny Washington. There was something Schmeichel-esque in the way he came out and made every bit of his frame count to divert the ball away.

While that was a positive, it still highlighted that Millwall are vulnerable just after they have lost the ball.

Archer is quick to sense danger, though, and, with just 2,050 in the ground, one could also hear him command his box and let his defenders know when he was coming to claim possession.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

23 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-0 Peterborough

  • September 1, 2015 at 22:01
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    2 clean sheets in 3 games for archer now. Solid. Onwards and upwards. Miiiiiii

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  • September 1, 2015 at 22:03
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    Well done wall hope everyone who paid to be there enjoyed a home win at last. Let's hope this allows the players to handle the pressure of a home league game better with a lot more fans. And although in pleased we won at home it's still a crap cup and let's focus on what really matters the league.

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    • September 2, 2015 at 09:53
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      @spartacus: not just saying this because I'm a season ticket holder (ok maybe I am) but surely the club should be including these games to get more through the gates.

      At the very least a 50% discount. A little over 2000 turned up and on a wet Tuesday night to watch the first round of a nothing paint cup.

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  • September 1, 2015 at 22:04
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    NOW we can take the positives out of the game and move forwards.
    Let's Stay grounded and see if the screw has turned.
    Fingers crossed.
    Well done wall, Carlos, Jordan and shaun.

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  • September 1, 2015 at 22:09
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    Maybe judging by the article the trick to us winning is playing in front of small crowds.

    Seriously well done boy, well done Neil. One game at a time!
    Let's hope it is a start if better things

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  • September 1, 2015 at 22:09
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    They'll be dancing down the Old Kent Road tonight.

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  • September 1, 2015 at 22:13
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    Wembley here we come.
    Its our second home in this league after all.
    Happy to get a home win at last.
    Well done Lions.

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  • September 1, 2015 at 22:13
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    Can we please start playing behind closed doors and the 100k a game that we give the Police can go on players ,,,just a thought

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  • September 1, 2015 at 22:13
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    Happy for players and fans. Carlos coming through unscathed big big plus.

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  • September 1, 2015 at 22:23
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    Well done boys tonight played well and it was actually a good game , so well played lads , individually, beevers, archer, sid , upson and williams stood out for me

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  • September 1, 2015 at 22:32
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    Little acorns and all that, it gives a positive to the weeks training.

    Highlight must be the return of Carlos, well done son!

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  • September 1, 2015 at 22:48
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    Like the report, different in format to previous and I like the way you themed each section.

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  • September 1, 2015 at 22:54
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    Yes a win at last. But I am not getting carried away. Lets see what happens in our next league game.

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  • September 1, 2015 at 22:55
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    I said I fancied a win archer and Edwards was quality wasn't pretty but clean sheet and a win is all that matters

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  • September 1, 2015 at 23:10
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    A deserved win in my eyes, first half was a bit pedestrian but we got going in the second, Williams put in his best performance in a long time, while Archer, Thompson and O'Brien had solid games.

    Carlos Edwards however is a real class act, a couple of overhit/underhit passes due to rustiness but overall a calming influence on the whole team. He made some excellent interceptions and was up and down the wing like a man half his age, and indeed made the winner with a lovely flighted cross which picked out Williams a treat. Great to have him back. MOTM for me though was Beevers, always in the right position, calm under pressure and commanding in the air, when he plays like that he is literally head and shoulders above anyone else we have, easily the best CB at the club. I just hope we can kick on from this and start putting a run together and get ourselves up that table.

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    • September 1, 2015 at 23:45
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      @Still_Wall: I'd agree with your comment on Beever's performance, I thought he was first rate tonight. Great to see Carlos back, bit of a shaky start but soon got into his stride. And wasn't it great to see those long throws going into the box - we've really missed having someone who can do that. Quite a few positives from this evening.

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  • September 1, 2015 at 23:14
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    Really good to have Carlos back, such a big influence on the whole team, great player for us ,

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  • September 1, 2015 at 23:22
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    Something to smile about at last. Was a bit eerie with such a small crowd, but glad me and my boy stayed right til the end to applaud the team and see the goal. Beavers was commanding, Carlos was terrific and the crowd were proper Millwall. Wet sham 3 big signings, can stick em up their arses, - we won a game at home and it feels good (strange but good)

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