Report: Millwall 3-1 Rochdale

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MILLWALL won for the first time at home in the league this season after overcoming Rochdale at The Den.

Goals from Jimmy Abdou, Shaun Williams and a Steve Morison gave the Lions their first three points on their own patch since they defeated Wigan 2-0 back in April.

Abdou, however, game the hosts the perfect start, albeit after some solid Rochdale possession.

Steve Morison played in Aiden O’Brien down the right-hand side before the latter’s lofted cross into the box fell to an unmarked Abdou who side-footed home from 12 yards.

After the goal, Millwall proceeded to slowly turn the screw and make their mark, forcing their way forward.

Shane Ferguson was industrial down the left wing floating in several dangerous crosses.

The lions would go on to dominate the majority of the half but, on 43 minutes Rochdale restored parity.

There was a hint of offside as Ian Henderson was played in down the right, but the assistant referee’s flag stayed down.

The forward advanced and crossed for Lund to half-volley into the ground, and with the ball bouncing over Archer and Lions defenders, Peter Vincenti – a former Millwall player – was there to head home from close range.

The visitor’s lead would be short lived when Millwall went straight on the attack from the restart when O'Brien’s low centre found Shaun Williams in acres of space.

Williams then rounded Lancashire before hammering into the roof of the net on the stroke of half-time to restore the Lions’ deserved lead.

Rochdale had another sustained spell of pressure but Webster, who was impressive throughout was at the heart of the Lions’ rearguard action.

The visitors would rue their missed opportunity to capitalise on their intense pressure when O’Brien turned provider for a third time.

The youngster played in Morison towards the right-hand side and the striker glided into the box before elegantly chipping the ball over an onrushing Josh Lillis in the Rochdale goal.

The Millwall defence dealt well with several spells of Rochdale pressure with Mark Beevers and Webster both doing well to shut out second-half sub, and another former Lion, Calvin Andrew.

Substitute Ed Upson almost made it four when his finessed effort from distance was parried by Lillis, with the ball then falling to Lee Martin, who followed the ball in, only for his close range effort to be saved and turned out for a corner.

Millwall would ultimately see out the game to secure their first three points of the season at The Den to life them up to 11th in the League One table.

Jay Taylor

(@jay_taylor18)

18 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 3-1 Rochdale

  • September 26, 2015 at 17:14
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    That's a very big monkey off our backs. Well done Wall, now lets kick on.

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  • September 26, 2015 at 17:16
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    Great result !!!!!!!

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