Result: Millwall 0-2 Southend

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SOUTHEND brought Millwall’s winning streak to an end and also handed the Lions their fourth home league defeat with a 2-0 win at The Den.

Goals in each half from the away side preserved their own unbeaten away run in the league and lifted them out of the relegation places.

Striker David Mooney put Southend ahead in the 37th minute when he rose unmarked in the box to head David Worrall’s cross past Jordan Archer.

Aiden O’Brien had a great chance to put Millwall ahead in the first period but he was denied in a one-on-one against Daniel Bentley, who was superb throughout for Phil Brown’s side.

Millwall lacked an edge up front and it was Southend who doubled their lead on 50 minutes through defender Adam Barrett. After Southend had won a set-piece on the left wing, Michael Timlin swung a dangerous cross into the box and Barrett, again unmarked, powered a header past the exposed Archer.

Neil Harris immediately brought on Lee Gregory with O’Brien pushing wide left but it didn’t have the desired effect in terms of reducing the deficit.

Shane Ferguson and Paris Cowan-Hall came on soon after to provide better service into the box.

And while the home side did create a number of half chances, Southend were comfortable defending deep and trying to hit the hosts on the counter.

Millwall forced a flurry of corners late on but Bentley was solid and Southend were able to relatively comfortably hang on for the three points.

No changes for Millwall

Unsurprisingly Harris opted to stick with the side that had performed so promisingly against Port Vale, with Sid Nelson again left out after he had failed to recover from his rib injury.

But the sharpness that was in evidence at Vale Park was absent in the opening 45 minutes, particularly on the edge of the opposition area.

There were numerous times when an accurate final ball would have given a Millwall attacker a great opportunity to score. The most obvious was near the end of the half when Ed Upson did well to set up Tony Craig to cross, but with Steve Morison free six yards out Craig just couldn’t get the ball in quickly enough and ended up dragging it behind the striker.

There were other occasions when players just didn’t seem on each other’s wavelengths. At one point Jimmy Abdou and Fred Onyedinma had a chance to break but just before Abdou attempted to pass to his winger, Onyedinma looked away and the ball ended up flicking off his heels.

That summed up Millwall’s attacking fortunes in the first half.

Southend more clinical than the Lions

Where Millwall struggled to get the final ball right, and then snatched at chances when they did have them, Southend were the definition of clinical in going 2-0 ahead.

Mooney was only a few yards out when he beat Archer but it still needed finishing and the quality of Worrall’s little dinked cross set him up perfectly.

The sharpness that was absent up front was also missing at the back as just before that Millwall had allowed a throw into the box to bounce before Shaun Williams cleared.

In the lead-up to Southend’s second goal the away side played a free-kick short before the ball found its way back to captain Timlin. The tactic worked because when the midfielder drove in the cross the Lions’ defence had taken a step forward to leave Barrett in space in the box. Again, he took his chance when it came, planting a header past Archer who could do little to keep it out.

It was the same story again at the other end again as O’Brien had arguably his side’s best chance to get back into it, but the ball just didn’t fall quite right for him and Bentley was able to save.

Fred off form

The attacker was excellent in August when his side were going through a bad spell. But he hasn’t been as effective over the last number of weeks and sometimes he looks like he’s trying just a little too hard.

Maybe a more experienced winger going through a difficult spell in the game would revert to basics and cross rather than try to beat his direct opponent. But Onyedinma is just 18 years old and that kind of nous will come in time.

Cowan-Hall came on for the winger in the second half and Ferguson also added pace from deep from left-back.

Craig didn’t look altogether comfortable there, especially when he had the chance to deliver the ball into the box. Although there was a totally different shape to the game when Ferguson came on, he is much more suited to that role joining the attack from deep.

But this was a missed opportunity for Millwall with another home game to come next Saturday against Rochdale, and hugely frustrating after such an encouraging last week.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

52 thoughts on “Result: Millwall 0-2 Southend

  • September 19, 2015 at 17:13
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    Some things never change.The fans turn up to get behind the team thinking we've turned the corner only to be let down yet again. For the first time in our illustrious history,we have lost the first 4 home games in a season - Enough said!

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    • September 19, 2015 at 18:41
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      @the verminhater: Very true mate, but lets stay positive.... I would of taken 6 pts out of the last three games. I think Ferguson & Paris should start our next game. Ferguson was much more effective getting forward than Craig. Their keeper made four decent saves that was the difference today...

      Chin up everyone its Millwall

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  • September 19, 2015 at 17:18
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    We play team on tuesday who were on a roll and win,today we play a pile of s. hit and lose. Someone please explain.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 18:31
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      @LETEMCOME: Maybe we need to bring in a priest to carry out an exorcism on the ground. In the meantime I reckon we should put a stop to all the Bobby Moore songs until we find out who's behind the curse.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 19:23
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      @LETEMCOME:

      we do not have any pace or height upfront and so cant break teams down - they just wait for us to self destruct

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    • September 19, 2015 at 19:45
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      @timchimes: what part of what I said is rubbish? Or are you saying we are rubbish? What's your view on improvement and development of this new team? I think we need to get results at home and I certainly wasn't expecting us to set league 1 alight with our current squad..

      Our expectations should be stay up develop and improve as a squad for next season... Anyone who thinks we should walk this league is delusional.... If you want us to walk the league call for the chairman to go or get his wallet out...

      I'm unhappy with the result and we need to get home run going, but I'm happy we have taken 6 out of last three games. @LETEMCOME:

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    • September 19, 2015 at 17:52
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      No S--t Sherlock re tony craig he has always been S--t that's why KJ got rid off him and we bring the cast off back and make him captain . This shows how far we have gone backwards

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    • September 19, 2015 at 18:22
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      @LETEMCOME: webster is the biggest pile of s*** at our club, the bloke is a liability, constantly gives away needless free kicks. get rid end of !!

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  • September 19, 2015 at 17:27
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    Rubbish Millwall, absolute rubbish. You shower of shi# should be totally ashamed of yourselves. Get it sorted Harris and the board or f*** off and make way for people who can. Pathetic performance.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 18:13
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      @NPEgentlemansclub:
      Shut up you f.u.c.k.i.n.g docile person. Bet you were one of the usual mouth clan experts who only sing when we're winning...if you were there at all.
      It's a set back yes, we are use to them. Don't post such stupidity unless it's got weight and meaning.
      You boo boys do our heads in.

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      • September 19, 2015 at 23:39
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        @lionindirtyyorkyland: Yeah I only sing when we are winning. Give me a break. I have followed this club through think and thin and will continue to do so. Our home form is pathetic and has been for the last four seasons.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 17:33
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    Fred needs to be 'rested' ASAP.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 17:52
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      @Still_Wall: looked like he was having a rest, shame he was doing while on the pitch.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 18:06
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      @Still_Wall: The trouble with relying on so many youngsters is they're still learning the game and some may not yet live up to expectations.

      I can't understand why we're so poor at home, but the previous two games showed we have the basis of a decent team for this level. Unfortunately, we don't know how long it could take for this stripped-back squad to develop into a consistent & decent side. Personally I don't think we can properly go forward until we see the back of Berylson & his cronies - for me they've sucked all the hope and ambition out of the club. Until that happens I reckon we're going to have to back Harris who's been left managing the team on a shoestring budget.

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      • September 19, 2015 at 18:27
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        @Micky Lions:
        I disagree mate, we're not relying on youngsters- only really Fred today would I class as a kid, even O'Brien is what 21? I personally didn't think we played that bad it's just Fred has had a good start to the season but is now treading water a bit, so I reckon nows the time to take him out the spotlight for a bit, the last 5 games he's been double even treble marked everytime he gets the ball.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 17:33
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    I thought we played well. The only issue I have is why do the referees always give everything against us. He gave everything to Southend and only 2 blatant free kicks to us. I still think we are weak up top and maybe it's time to get a loan in? All in all the best performance at home this season...especially when we played with 2 natural wingers in the later part of the 2nd half. Oh and the whinges and moaners were in their negative elements again! If you wanna watch a team that wins every week support Chelsea or Arsenal!

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    • September 19, 2015 at 17:40
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      @vonhardshaft: i agree with that but must add if you want to see a team who cant win at home support millwall?

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    • September 19, 2015 at 18:46
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      @vonhardshaft: I agree with ya! We win and just a few say good result! Lose and all the miserable to**ers come out and start slagging us!!! Hope they all f**k off soon and get back to palace or Charlton where they belong! We all know there were gonna be ups and downs this season! Admittedly didn't think there was gonna be that many at home!! But that's the great thing about being a Millwall supporter!! COYL

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  • September 19, 2015 at 17:44
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    I don't expect us to win every week , but I think its right to expect us to win sometimes. We have just lost at home to Southend and people are saying we played well. FFS

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  • September 19, 2015 at 17:45
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    I have a ST and have not seen Millwall score a goal this season yet!
    So Neil you have a `proper` team ?????
    How as a Manager did you not take off Fred at half time ???
    Must be the easiest WIN in Southends history.
    What did they do today?
    Not a lot, but anyone gets a easy 3 points at the Den.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 17:55
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    Rochdale match plan for next weeks visit to the Den: turn up, leave with 3 points.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 17:58
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    I dont understand why people think Fred should be rested - he hasnt done anything and from what I have seen he never does - he should be dropped.
    However he is not alone - certainly based on todays performance the following were all very poor
    Craig, Williams, Upson Fred Morrison.
    I know we got relegated last year and deservedly so - but that team was far better than the one we have now.
    We just are not good enough
    PCH and Ferguson both looked more lively than the people they replace

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    • September 19, 2015 at 18:30
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      @crow191049:
      Are you serious? Did you go today? Fred wasn't at the races at all and hadn't been the last 5 games or so.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 17:59
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    Why dont Ferguson ever start. He is miles better than craig and offers us more of a threat going forward. If you bring in loans why sit them on the bench. Strange.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 18:11
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    Another Saturday wasted watching absolute s***.
    P.S- I'm sure someone will say it's the fan's fault again.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 18:12
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    I personally thought that the 1st half was the most organised I have seen us at home this season. But we simply needed to score to get us over the line..
    Second half however was just too slow and one dimensional..
    The move that ended with Upson scuffing the shot was our best move all game.
    And on the subject of Onyedinma, I dont think he is knackered or his head has gone a bit blank, I however feel he is now a marked man. His 1st touch is always stopping the ball, I never see it being touched forwards into space. I think his current skill set has been found out, he is far from the final package so learning to have a positive 1st touch is essential for a winger whose DNA is all about running with the ball and dribbling.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 18:23
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    Gutted
    Their first half goal was against the run of play in my humble opinion then the second goal killed us off.
    We should have finished the chances we had.
    We really need to sort the psychological issue that the players have at home out.
    Morrison should not have had a go at PCH the ball he played was far too long.
    I know Morrison was being held all the game and was frustrated but taking it out on PCH was bang out of order.
    Rightly so the fans instantly turned on Morrison.
    I haven't got a ST but I have seen Millwall win at home!
    Always the optimist we currently have the best away form in League One we just need to sort it out very quickly at home.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 18:54
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      @MillwallGra: I think the Morrison rant was out of frustration more than anything. I also thought we looked the better team overall but after the second goal Southend seem to relax and we pressed but again, at home, just not our day. Ref was a shambles the foul that led to there second goal was never a foul especially considering all the other push in the backs he let go but it was not a biased rubbish performance I also thought we got away with a good penalty shout for them in the second half.
      The team is almost there if we could just get this home win hoodoo off our backs.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 18:29
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    Fred was off torn today can't seem to beat. Player PCH should have been in at half time Craig should have come off not beavers as it should have been straight swap for Ferguson other than that soft goal first half second half bad marking roll on Rochdale

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  • September 19, 2015 at 18:36
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    Morison is trying to drag PCH down to his (conference) level - he is just another old player getting a pay off - no different from Hulse or Fuller

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  • September 19, 2015 at 18:41
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    i think i`m going to watch bromley at home ( won 7-3 today ) & millwall away, that way i wont have my weekends spoilt, bromley have a guy called Moses Emmanuel who has scored 9 goals in 4 games, i know its only conference football but he`s gotta start somewhere all the best strikers do, he`s worth taking a look at .

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  • September 19, 2015 at 18:45
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    Not sure how we lost that. We looked very comfortable defensively. Well organised and in control. The difference was they took their chances and we fluffed every one of ours. Not too disappointed - I saw enough today to think we're on the right path. We just looked a bit jaded going forward.. which is different to the Ollie team where it was a mess all over the shop. Think Powell would have provided a bit of extra zip and creativity in the middle.. but there was no bad performances.. Fred I'll excuse - still learning and despite a poor game I'm glad we was clapped off. Beevers and Webster also had a good game. Fans were excellent today - stayed with the side throughout. Oh well - on to the next one. COYL

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  • September 19, 2015 at 18:52
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    We should not criticise young players like Fred, a few weeks ago everyone was full of praise for him. It is the senior players who need sorting out. Listening to the game on Lions player it seemed that Morison did not have a bright game and missed a few chances. How many goals has he scored so far?
    Obviously there is a big problem when they play at home. Another big striker is definitely needed up front and another central midfield player. Having said that did Neil prepare for this match properly?

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  • September 19, 2015 at 18:57
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    Big shout for Carlos again thought he was MOM, very calm and did not stop running.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 19:06
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    what you are describing here John, about Fred, is what is called s*** - he was utterly terrible and is overrated - simply more desperation in an attempt to talk players up who cant do basic things

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  • September 19, 2015 at 19:25
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    I don't think we played bad today; maybe we were missing a little bit of zip. I thought Williams was MoM today, looked like the class act we know he can be and Edwards was quality again. Fred has looked tired IMO for the last few weeks and I would like to see PCH get his chance. I also think Ferguson must be picked over Craig, captain or not. We were getting a lot of joy down that left side and I think we would benefit from Ferguson's better delivery. O'Brien was lively and Moro led the line well. I still think we are a striker light. I would rather see Pavey or Philpott over Gregory or Marquis or, better still, bring someone else in. Gregory, as I've said before, is not good enough. Disappointing result but not all doom and gloom in my book.

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    • September 19, 2015 at 19:32
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      @Adsy77777:

      your expectations have been managed down successfully

      it all depends on what you think the quality of football you should be seeing is
      and today that was numbingly average and unintelligent play

      on 4 or 5 occasions in the 2nd half archer had the ball and ferguson was in 25 yds of space down the left - so instead of throwing it to him and building, archer punted it down for their centre backs to win again and again and again and again and again ....................................................

      f***** rubbish

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      • September 19, 2015 at 20:36
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        @timchimes: Just my opinion Tim. I'm not saying it was particularly good but there are signs of improvement. We were superb against Port Vale. I still think we need a striker and a centre midfielder if we want to mount a challenge.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 19:27
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    NO HEIGHT OR PACE UPFRONT NEIL _ HOW DO YOU EXPECT US TO CARRY A GOAL THREAT

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  • September 19, 2015 at 21:20
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    Maybe we should start playing in our white away kit?
    You never know stranger things have happened!

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  • September 19, 2015 at 23:09
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    Spot on, There should be at least 2 changes to next game against Rochdale add Joe Martin and Marquis.

    next game is a turn around our status is mid-table and we will not sell Fred,AOB or Archer.

    Gutted and Dissapointed today

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  • September 20, 2015 at 00:05
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    Squad looked good today players are beginning to gel home league Ron will come soon Ferguson at LB PCH on the wing 2 guys who can beat players and the goals will come Carlos captain as Beevers and Webster are b good pairings at C H

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  • September 20, 2015 at 00:16
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    Fred is good when he has the ball, he makes ground but today he wasn't concentrating when he didn't have the ball he wasn't aware what was happening therefore was not ready to accept the ball when it was passed to him on several occasions today and hands on hips is never a good sign. I saw Paris win 3 out of 4 areal challenges against players taller and bigger than himself. Everyone else got bullied.
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