Report: Millwall 0-2 Burnley

MILLWALL dropped to ninth in the Championship table and lost further ground on the play-off pack after a 2-0 defeat to Burnley at The Den.

Sam Vokes and Danny Ings scored either side of half-time to secure a much-deserved victory for the Clarets, who could have won by a greater margin had they converted a host of other chances.

Kenny Jackett's side, who were second-best throughout, had little to show for their efforts at full-time and will have to improve against Aston Villa in the fourth round of the FA Cup next Friday.

Striker Nathan Tyson, who has signed from Derby County on loan until the end of the season, was named on the bench as boss Jackett stuck with Andy Keogh and Dany N'Guessan up front.

Jack Smith came into the team to replace the suspended Shane Lowry in Millwall's only change from their 1-1 draw with Bolton at the Reebok Stadium last weekend.

In the bitterly cold weather, the Lions were slow out of the traps and Jimmy Abdou made a crucial block in the 13th minute to cut out Dean Marney's cross, with Vokes waiting to pounce.

Millwall carved out their first half-chance when Jack Smith's long ball was headed down by Danny Shittu into the path of N'Guessan, but the striker could only flick the ball behind for a goal kick.

Burnley should have taken the lead in the 16th minute when Vokes forced David Forde into an error and crossed the ball for Ross Walace, who inexplicably scuffed his shot straight at the Lions keeper.

But Sean Dyche's side did not have to wait much longer before going in front. Junior Stanislas intercepted James Henry's pass on the edge of the area and crossed for Vokes, who stabbed the ball between Forde's legs.

With Millwall rocking on their heels, Ings was given time and space on the edge of the area to make it 2-0, but he curled well over the bar.

It was not until the 27th minute that the Lions had their first meaningful effort on goal when Henry took aim from 20-yards-out, but his snapshot brushed the roof of the net.

Henry was growing into the game and it was his deep cross that caused a moment of panic in the Clarets defence in the 34th minute, but Jason Shackell intercepted Martyn Woolford's pass back into the danger zone.

Woolford then turned provider for Liam Trotter, who hooked the winger's cross goalwards, but the ball flew straight into the arms of Burnley 'keeper Lee Grant.

Tyson was introduced at half-time at the expense of Woolford as Jackett sought to breathe fresh energy into his side, who has looked laboured in the opening 45 minutes, and the move nearly paid off.

Millwall should have equalised in the 51st minute when Henry's excellent cross picked out the run of Andy Keogh, but the striker could not adjust his feet in time to steer the ball goalwards and instead bundled wide.

Henry created another opportunity moments later when his first-time delivery narrowly evaded the despairing dives of both N'Guessan and Tyson at the back post.

But Burnley added a decisive second goal just before the hour mark to stifle the Lions' momentum when Ings headed in Trippier's cross after Vokes' near-post flick-on.

Ings should have made it 3-0 in the 70th minute when he brought the ball down down inbetween Mark Beevers and Shittu, but he sliced his shot off target.

Substitute Keith Treacy had an even better chance to add to Millwall's woes when he was played clean through on goal, but Forde made an instinctive one-handed save to keep his shot out.

Jackett's men pushed for a late consolation but the closest they came to doing so was when Trotter's half-volley was blocked on the line by Trippier.

Millwall: Forde, A.Smith, J.Smith, Abdou, Shittu, Beevers, Woolford (Tyson, 46mins), Trotter, Keogh, N'Guessan (Marquis, 66mins), Henry. Subs not used: M.Taylor, Dunne, Osborne, Racon, Wright.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Lafferty, Ings (Paterson, 90+3mins), McCann, Wallace, Stanislas (Treacey, 70mins), Vokes, Edgar, Marney. Subs not used: Jensen, O'Neill, Bartley, Stock, Anderson.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

23 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-2 Burnley

  • January 19, 2013 at 17:20
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    This is not a one man team but since wood left this team seems to be missing him,they played like they had no heart in the game we need to do something and quick or we will slide down the table, what is the score going to be when we play barnsley 3-0 or 4-0 to them we are not finding the net or the rhythm come on kenny sort it out now before it is way to late.

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  • January 19, 2013 at 17:43
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    Too late for what? Mid table finish would be a good season for us.

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  • January 19, 2013 at 17:49
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    I agree, we are missing wood now, twice now we have had a good young striker (morrison and wood) and we've replaced them with 30yr olds who are either 5th choice at there club in OUR league (tyson), or been relegated from OUR league (hendo), I thought we woulda been lookin at a 4/5th choice stiker at a club from premier league this time tbh!! Considering our league position, hendo needs to go,free up some wages..trotter needs to liven up,no where near how he was playin beginning of the season, thank god for danny shittu and jimmy abdou, otherwise we would be in serious trouble right now!!

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  • January 19, 2013 at 18:11
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    Tyson is a s*** signing. If he scores more than two league goals I'll be surprised. We NEED to sign a Wood-calibre striker or at least someone capable of finding the net in the Championship. Come on KJ.

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    • January 19, 2013 at 18:29
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      Oh there are dozens of players of Wood's calibre just itching to run down to SE16. i'm sure now you've asked him KJ will be signing three or four of them within the week. GET REAL!
      There are very few natural goalscorers outside the prem and even fewer who will come to play for us. Very very rarely you uncover a diamond - like Wood - but nowday's you are never going to be able to keep them. So until we have crowds of 16-17k the Nathan Tyson's of this world are the reality - get used to it. It's what supporting Millwall is all about!

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  • January 19, 2013 at 18:55
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    Bad display all round, but for me our biggest problem is not having a striker who can hold the ball up. We are not only missing Wood's goals but his hold up play allowed the midfield to support with confidence and we could attack as a team, today and against Preston it just kept coming back. I agree with Flacko that another Wood is hard to find, but given the way we want to play I find Tyson a bit of a strange signing as we need a target man who can hold the ball.

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  • January 19, 2013 at 19:00
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    I'm 99% sure there is someone out there who can comfortably hit 15 goals a season for the money we were prepared to pay for Wood. Glenn Murray was a free transfer but scores for fun. Are you telling me Palace were a more attractive proposition? No. Every other club at the top have at least one striker they can rely on for goals but we don't.

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    • January 19, 2013 at 19:07
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      I agree mate, there are plenty out there, we just need to find them. Even when we haven't i think that Conor Wilkinson deserves some play, even if he comes on as a sub, what have we got to lose?

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      • January 19, 2013 at 19:25
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        Dany N'Guessan superb link up play and goalscoring ability. Duh.

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    • January 19, 2013 at 20:25
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      Harry - in answer to your question is Palace a more attractive proposition the answer is sadly yes. They averaged crowds of 15,400 last year - we averaged 11,400. This season they are averaging 16,400 - we are averaging 11,100. If I were a player with no loyalties and I know that in the not too distant future my wages and ultimately success would hinge on the amount of money being generated by the club i played for I would pick them over us. Kills me to say it but those are the bare facts.

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  • January 19, 2013 at 19:41
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    Hendo weren't in the lineup is he on his way?

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    • January 19, 2013 at 19:53
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      hope so

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  • January 19, 2013 at 19:51
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    N'Guessan is a league 1 player, a good athlete but not good enough for this league.

    Wall were second best today, Dyche knows how's to get his teams playing against us. Watford last year as well.

    Marquis look ok when he came on, looks like he has been down the gym whilst he has been injured. Better than Batt & N'Guessan.

    Thought we missed Lowry, he gets forward and likes a cross. Hopefully that isn't A Smiths last league game for us as well.

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  • January 19, 2013 at 21:14
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    Garbage ,rubbish crap, s***,pathetic,abismal,abject,dysfunctional............. I'm more than p***** off

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  • January 20, 2013 at 14:12
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    Obviously the general consensus is that we are missing wood. And it's completely right. When we were on the chase to sign him, the board/chairman were quoted as saying 'they would not break the bank', now the fact of the matter is, this is inherently where the problem lies. The fact is our owners do not wish to 'support' and better the club if it means more expense. This is something that should be made public, so that they would have to address it. The fact of the matter is, if we invested into the club with good talent the reward/return would be promotion. Which is a risk that the board should commit to.
    I have heard so many supporters accept that this club loses talent whenever it comes through the ranks, and I for one do not think this should be something that we take lying down. As a lifetime Millwall supporter and Buisness owner, it's time that we look for change and realise, the lions roar can be heard for miles...

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    • January 20, 2013 at 17:37
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      Spot on mate, i totally agree, if someone came in and pumped us with some cash, inevitably the benefits would be huge, and ultimately the board and owner would benefit 10 fold.

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  • January 20, 2013 at 18:10
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    One of our main problems is Millwall is now in an area where the people living there are either not interested in football or support arsenal and only watch football in pubs most millwall fans now live further afield and thats the main problem for the low crowds we are now competing with clubs like charlton for supporters from kent etc .Maybe the club should look at promoting in these areas than just lewisham.

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    • January 20, 2013 at 18:28
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      The fans are out there. But there needs to be cause to go and watch the games. A large percentage of fans do not want to go and see a club fight for mid-flight.
      The root of the problem is losing players, losing games and watching through clasped fingers.
      Made to shoot ourselves in the foot everytime. We need someone who's heart lies in the clubs success not there silk purse.
      It'll happen, in my lifetime..we will make the premier league!!

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  • January 20, 2013 at 18:34
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    Great ideas to get more investment in, do me a favour though....tell me who is going to buy the club? ...... I look forward to reading the long list of multi millionaires or billionaires that are waiting to put money into Millwall FC.

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  • January 20, 2013 at 18:47
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    Could go over to Dubai, get the boys to play in burkas or rags. But seriously, this is down to the board. How are the other clubs doing it..in sense, strong believer of where there's a will, there's a way..

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  • January 20, 2013 at 18:48
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    I agree with investing you are not going to attract big crowds when we lose at home to the likes of Barnsley and burnley! Invest in the team 2 - 3 million on a few players is not a huge risk we are not in debt like Bolton or many other teams in the league, that 3 million investment if promoted could become 30 million I think it's worth the risk!

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  • January 22, 2013 at 23:35
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    All we need to do is get more tackles in get in there face scare them early on , so we can settle down first and play , with our midfield controlling the game

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