Report: Millwall 3-1 Rochdale

Home result ROCH

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 17:17
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    I'm waiting for the "3-1 is all good but" Hahhahahaa who was moaning last week? 9 out of the last 12 I'll take that!!!!

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  • September 26, 2015 at 17:22
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    Who won man of the match???

    Its good to see Ferguson play on the pitch, Marquis could got more minutes.

    well done wall MILLWALL

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    • September 26, 2015 at 21:06
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      @PikeyLion88:Morison for me worked tirelessly, Fred was awful , Upson came on and gave us more Energy , COYL

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  • September 26, 2015 at 17:23
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    And the Lord said 'let there be goals and lo there was goals'
    He works in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform!

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  • September 26, 2015 at 17:28
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    Who'd have thought a home win against Rochdale would feel so good. A really important result and performance - breaking the home hoodoo and suddenly 3 wins out of 4 looks pretty impressive.

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  • September 26, 2015 at 17:32
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    Walked away happy
    They were 4th or 5th
    Not anymore.
    Well done Super Neil and the boys.
    Celebrating down the Asylum

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  • September 26, 2015 at 18:06
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    I thought Morrison was superb today.
    Good all round team performance though I think Fred could do with a rest.
    Well Happy
    COYL MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLL

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  • September 26, 2015 at 18:16
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    Going out for a spicy indian ruby that's going to taste sooooooo sweet.

    Well done lads

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  • September 26, 2015 at 18:18
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    Not a bad performance from anyone today but Ferguson, Jimmi, AOB, Webster all had great games while Williams was exceptional. Archer pulled off a good save first half from a long ranger that was heading for the bottom corner, the sort that left Forde scrambling at thin air many times last season.

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  • September 26, 2015 at 18:30
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    Can we play all our games at home (sic.)

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  • September 26, 2015 at 18:57
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    Played as a team today with our right side looking getting forward and causing problems. Fred does need a rest

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  • September 26, 2015 at 18:58
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    Played as a team today with our right side getting forward and causing problems. Fred does need a rest

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  • September 26, 2015 at 20:47
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    Great team proformance especially from our midfield players and Steve Morison.I don't like the way we funnel back our 18 yard boxs until we put in a challenge against better sides that will cost us goals. Not a day to be to critical well done the Millwall bring on Wigan.

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  • September 26, 2015 at 21:15
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    Well done everyone!!!!!!!! Onward and upward!

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