Report: Millwall 2-1 Bristol City

ADAM Smith picked the perfect time to score his first Millwall goal as his second-half winner settled a tense encounter with Bristol City at The Den.

Dany N'Guessan put the Lions ahead in the first-half before they were pegged back by John Stead's volley at the back post in the 64th minute.

But Smith held his nerve to lash home a ferocious volley and Kenny Jackett's side saw out the remaining time to climb back up to seventh in the Championship table.

Millwall nearly made the perfect start when, after just two minutes, Liam Feeney's cross picked out the run of Darius Henderson, but the striker's header drifted wide.

Robins goalkeeper Tom Heaton produced a superb save to keep out Liam Trotter's low curling shot from inside the area in the 17th minute, but there was nothing he could do to prevent his side falling behind moments later.

Henderson flicked the ball onto N'Guessan, who jinked past Mathew Bates and created a yard of space for himself with two step-overs before drilling home from 20 yards.

It could have been 2-0 when Trotter latched onto Henderson's flick but Stephen McManus recovered well to block the midfielder's shot from close range.

The Lions went even closer to adding a second when Mark Beevers escaped his marker at a James Henry corner, but his header flashed across the face of goal and beyond the far post.

In first-half stoppage time, N'Guessan nearly produced a carbon copy of his first goal but dragged a shot well wide after controlling a long ball.

Having made an attacking double substitution just before the break, it was unsurprising that Bristol City improved after the restart and Neil Danns blasted an effort into the side netting in the 50th minute.

Martyn Woolford, who had been brought on by boss Derek McInnes along with Sam Baldock, looked poised to equalise moments later but Danny Shittu robbed him of the ball with a perfect sliding tackle.

Feeney then headed tamely at Heaton from Henry's deep cross, before Baldock's shot was tipped around the post by David Forde at the other end.

The Robins equalised in the 64th minute when Albert Adomah's hopeful chip dropped into the path of Stead, who stabbed the ball beyond Forde on the volley.

Millwall nearly regained the lead with their next attack but Trotter's curler from the edge of the area was beaten away by Heaton, who kept out Smith's piledriver moments later.

Baldock should have turned in Adomah's cut-back to make it 2-1 and that miss proved costly when, in the 74th minute, the Lions went back in front.

Henry's free-kick was headed back across goal by Trotter and into the path of Smith, who thumped a first-time volley into the roof of the net from 12 yards.

Midfielder Danns should have equalised for the visitors when the ball was deflected into his path at the back post, but he scuffed his lines from no more than three yards out.

Trotter could have made the game safe in the 86th minute but Heaton was equal to his dipping half-volley from 25-yards. Millwall hearts were in mouths soon after when Forde spilled Adomah's shot, but he gathered at the second attempt.

That proved to be the last notable piece of goalmouth action as the Lions held on to claim a precious victory – their first win in four matches.

Millwall: Forde, A.Smith, Lowry, Abdou, Shittu, Beevers, Feeney, Trotter, N'Guessan, Henderson (J.Smith, 82mins), Henry. Subs not used: M.Taylor, Dunne, Osborne, Batt, Wright, Marquis.

Bristol City: Heaton, Wilson, Bates, McManus, Fontaine (Baldock, 44mins), Cunningham, Adomah, Danns, Skuse, Anderson (Woolford, 44mins), Stead. Subs not used: Gerken, Elliott, Taylor, Edwards, Carey.



6 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 2-1 Bristol City

  • January 1, 2013 at 18:03

    Good win,

    1st half Bristol City didn't turn up.
    We should of punished them but 1-0 never looked enough.

    2nd half was tighter but think we deserved the win. Great goal for Smith, shame we won't be able to keep him.

    The bench looked a bit light, need Keogh & Taylor back.

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  • January 1, 2013 at 19:59

    Dany N'Guessan my man of the match today cant belive I said that but the gezza played out of his skin

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  • January 1, 2013 at 21:21

    N'Guessen has showed great attitude this season and that has showed in his good performances. Some goals will help him grow in confidence.

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  • January 2, 2013 at 09:01

    I'd give N'Guessan 'Man of the Match'. Great well taken goal and he run his heart out for the team who were well under par. Perhaps it was to prove to KJ what he can do given the chance. I think Trotter, Henderson and Feeney were the weakest link yesterday and it could have cost us dearly.

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