Report: Barnsley 2-0 Millwall

MILLWALL were brought back down to earth with a bump after their FA Cup heroics against Aston Villa by defeat at Barnsley.

Second-half goals from Chris Dagnall and Jason Scotland consigned the Lions to defeat and they rarely looked like producing a comeback.

Manager Kenny Jackett kept faith with the side that started against Villa last Friday, although Shane Lowry, Martyn Woolford and new signing Rob Hulse were all added to the bench.

Both teams were slow to settle in testing conditions and it took until the seventh minute for either to register an effort at goal when Chris Dagnall dragged a shot wide from the edge of the area.

Millwall spurned a golden chance soon after when, after Adam Smith's clever backheel, James Henry whipped in a cross for Andy Keogh but the striker volleyed over from close range.

Tykes left-back Tom Kennedy blasted over from 25-yards in the 15th minute before Danny Shittu produced a crucial block to prevent John Stones' shot from finding its way through a crowded area.

Midfielder Etuhu then spearheaded a Barnsley counter-attack from inside his own half but he could only shoot wide when the ball was played back into his path 20-yards out.

On the half-hour mark, Smith's deep cross was cleared into the path of John Marquis but the Lions' hero against Villa could only scuff a first-time volley well wide.

After Harewood had waltzed into a dangerous position only to fire tamely wide, Forde was then forced to rush out to clear the ball to deny Dagnall a one-on-one opportunity.

With half-time approaching, Millwall rallied and after Keogh's weak header failed to trouble Luke Steele, Liam Feeney had a shot blocked before Liam Trotter's half-volley was saved comfortably.

Barnsley began the second period on top and nearly took the lead when Jim O'Brien's shot squirmed under David Forde, but the keeper got enough on the ball to force it behind for a corner.

In the 55th minute, Dagnall's cross-shot hit the foot of the post but the striker made no mistake with his next effort, dinking home after beating the offside trap to make it 1-0.

Marquis sought to respond for Millwall but his shot from the edge of the area was deflected wide by the head of centre-back Martin Cranie.

And the Tykes put the game to bed when David Perkins burst from midfield and slid a through ball into the path of substitute Jason Scotland, who rifled in with what was his first touch.

The Lions should have pulled one back in the 76th minute when a defensive error gave Marquis a clear run on goal, but he tried to take the ball around Steele and the keeper gathered with ease.

Barnsley sub Jacob Mellis went close to adding a third goal with a late free-kick that sailed just over but Millwall were already well-beaten.

Barnsley: Steele, Golbourne, Kennedy, Foster, Cranie, Stones, Perkins, O'Brien (Mellis, 74mins), Etuhu, Harewood (Scotland, 66mins), Dagnall (Rose, 82mins). Subs not used: Alnwick, Hassell, Wiseman, Mellis, Noble-Lazarus.

Millwall: Forde, A.Smith, Beevers, Abdou, Shittu, Osborne (Lowry, 64mins), Feeney (Woolford, 64mins) , Trotter, Keogh (Hulse, 64mins), Marquis, Henry. Subs: M.Taylor, Wright, Hulse, Batt, J.Smith.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

19 thoughts on “Report: Barnsley 2-0 Millwall

  • January 29, 2013 at 21:58
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    Second half sounded awful. Barnsley commentators said it all 'no cutting edge'. Poor Marquis isn't up to the job he's being asked to do and Keogh is completely out of form!!!!

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  • January 29, 2013 at 22:00
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    So, what did you expect ?
    3 substitutes all at the same time !!
    A carthorse that's injured but still taking the money thanks.
    Another carthorse signed for the end of the season and happy with the money thanks.
    What about signing the 3 players we need NOW.
    Sens Tyson back to where he came from. Sell Batt and N''Guesson and all that adds up to ver 300k. Add that to the 1.5 million we've apparently got plus the FA cup money and that adds up to over 2 million.
    Our record transfer paid is 800k. How long ago was that ??
    It's an absolute embarassment.
    Another defeat will occur this weekend. With the crap we're signing it's like trying to plug a sieve. Absolute joke. Do Millwall really believe that a 2 million investment in GOOD players is not going to pay dividends ? Here we go again...mid table when a top six position was attainable. They're insulting our intelligence. What a joke supporting this team is.

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    • January 29, 2013 at 22:40
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      Forgive me but ain't that what supporting millwall's all about.when have you seen any different reg bur pheo and JB all the same promises and allegedly giving the manager loads of money to spend, its been the best transfer window for speculation, but at same time the worst for signings I can remember. It's frustrating being wall but I absolutely luv em, come rain or shine
      I'll be taking my little man down the den next season be it prem (I wish) or champship

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      • January 29, 2013 at 22:48
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        Supporting Millwall has always been about what you mentioned and I should know. I've been following them come rain or shine for many, many years. We have been blessed with some fantastic results as underdogs and we revel in it don't we ?
        But, we're living in a different time now. Money cannot be generated with a home support of 10k. It's s*** or bust time. Another 10th finish in the championship good enough ?
        Not for me it aint.

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        • January 30, 2013 at 00:12
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          Your 100% right Nick it's s*** or bust time,now or never just like it was the seasons we played Brighton and Birmingham in the play offs to get back in the top flight. Both over 10 and 20 yrs ago and we fell short cause the club was run by people who for some reason didnt want to take a risk.yes its different times but it feels like same old millwall, I think I may have been a bit harsh on REG he was good to the DOC he got us up and brought in some proper players and broke the clubs transfer record

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  • January 29, 2013 at 22:00
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    That drop in performance levels is unacceptable! We never look like scoring - guess that happens when your 2 top scorers leave!

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  • January 29, 2013 at 22:02
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    i am so pleased we lost tonight so now kenny can you please BUY A YOUNG STRIKER not a O.A.P ,this will teach you,we will now slide down the table thank you,WE have not won away since november and that was wolves will we struggle against hull on saturday who knows ? this is becoming a joke i will becoming much more this season in kenny i have lost trust

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  • January 29, 2013 at 22:04
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    Wermillwall done for this season 🙁

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  • January 29, 2013 at 22:08
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    Didn't travel tonight but I wonder if Adam Smith going back might be a blessing in disguise. Last few games, I've noticed a tendency to depend on him- every time someone comes into possession, first port of call is to give it to him then wait to see if he can create something.

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  • January 29, 2013 at 22:12
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    Sounds like a s*** game. Nice report though!

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  • January 29, 2013 at 22:16
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    If we can hang on for a mid table finish, it will have been a good season for us.

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  • January 29, 2013 at 22:18
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    We are a one man team and that man plays for Leicester. I'm a realist!

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    • January 29, 2013 at 22:32
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      The current Millwall team are not a classic Millwall team it must be said.
      But having lost Wood we have to ask why did we ?

      Answer- Millwall are a Championship team at best. They do not invest in millions on players and all players know that, So, we end up with 'has beens' or 'might be's'. What's the solution ?
      Well, we're not suddenly going to attract 20,000 people because we sign two 30 plus players. Charlton got more at home in League two than we can muster against Villa. Why ? A complete and utter loss of faith in where we're going and what we've done. We can take 45k to a final but UNLESS we sign quality players we're always going to leapfrog between divisions with a top six finish this year nowhere in sight. Jackett IS a good manager but he's got his head in the clouds if he truly believes that Marquis, Tyler and now Hulse are going to push us into a play off position.
      He needs to get a grip....push on...and use the money that we have NOW. No good wating for loans...these are players that can't make their own squad let alone ours. For christ sake....SPEND THE MONEY WE'VE GOT. NOW.

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  • January 29, 2013 at 22:25
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    I know it's all about opinions but we shouldn't forget we were amongst the favourites to go down. We've been punching above our weight. Tonight was disappointing but we need to stick together. KJ is still the best manager in the championship!

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  • January 29, 2013 at 22:48
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    F*** Trotter off, get the 2 mil, sign someone who actually gives a s*** and puts in a shift in midfield to replace him and then sign a proven goalscorer. I'm sorry but how hard can that be? Disagree with me all you want but Abdou gives more to the team than Trotter, fed up of his work ethic.

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  • January 30, 2013 at 13:53
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    If we continue to worry about players that are gone then we may as well five up all together.
    We beat Aston Villa with that side and if we scored those easy chances against Barnsley
    We wouldn't be moaning too much. Remember they beat us at the den with Chris Wood. Ok I am not a Rob Hulse fan but then we get what we are given. This is Millwall, Not Man U. Players do not want to stay with us. Gone ate the days of Neil Harris and proper Millwall stayers. We are not and will not be ready for Premier League for years. Keep the faith I know you all will, after all.....it would be boring without the frustration of being a Millwall supporter. COYL!

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  • January 30, 2013 at 23:27
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    I love wall win or lose top 10 this year what a great season 5 th round FA cup so far players come and go its millwall, people got a bit carried away get a on a run all of the sudden we are talking about play offs it's Wall for good sake we should be pleased every team beats every team in the Championship trust KJ and stay loyal

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