Report: Millwall 0-1 Hull City

MILLWALL were sent crashing to their third straight defeat in the Championship by David Meyler's first-minute winner on a frustrating afternoon at The Den.

Mark Beevers' mistake allowed the former Sunderland man to race clear and score what proved to be the decisive goal with just 37 seconds on the clock.

The Lions had chances to get back into the game and should have equalised when James Henry found himself one-on-one with David Stockdale in the second-half, but he blazed over.



Shane Lowry was recalled to Millwall's starting line-up with stand-in left-back Beevers moving back into the middle of the defence at the expense of Karleigh Osbourne.

Boss Kenny Jackett dropped striker Andy Keogh to the bench as John Marquis was handed his third start of the season, spearheading a 4-5-1 formation.

Josh Wright came into midfield alongside Liam Trotter and Jimmy Abdou, while Martyn Woolford replaced Liam Feeney on the left as the Lions made three changes from their 2-0 defeat to Barnsley.



The game sprang into life when Beevers' under-hit back-pass gifted possession to the onrushing Meyler who, with just David Forde in front of him, tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

Millwall thought they had won a penalty when Henry was tripped in the sixth minute, but referee Paul Tierney adjudged the challenge to have been outside the area and awarded a free-kick.

Hull then went in search of a second goal as Ahmed Elmohamady tricked his way past Trotter and crossed to the back post, but Danny Shittu made a crucial defensive header.

In the 17th minute, quick passing between Adam Smith, Woolford and Henry culminated in the latter clipping the ball into Trotter's path, but Tigers 'keeper Stockdale dived on the ball.

Another chance fell to Marquis when he evaded the attentions of Abdoulaye Faye from Smith's cross, but the striker could only head the ball straight into the arms of Stockdale.

Stephen Quinn went close to extending the visitors' lead in the 25th minute when he fizzed an effort just wide after Elmohamady's cross had reached the back post.

Forde was called into action on the half-hour mark to keep out Jay Simpson's snapshot with his feet, before Woolford sent an ambitious overhead kick just wide at the other end.

The Tigers nearly doubled their advantage just before half-time when Robert Koren played a smart one-two with Elmohamady but his goal-bound shot was blocked by Abdou.

Jackett decided to shift back to a 4-4-2 formation at the start of the second-half with Marquis and Wright making way for Keogh and Rob Hulse.

The Lions could have easily been down to ten men in the 50th minutes when Hulse, who had barely touched the ball, lunged in two-footed on Quinn, but the striker escaped with a booking.

However, Hulse was providing a much-needed outlet in the final third and it was his pass out wide to Smith that allowed the right-back to swing over a dangerous cross that was cleared for a corner in the 55th minute.

With an hour gone, Elmohamady broke down the right for Hull and was allowed to whip a cross into the six-yard box but Simpson could not reach the ball at the back post.

Millwall spurned a golden chance to draw level when Henry seized on Jack Hobbs's attempted back-pass but the ball took a bobble at the crucial moment and the winger skied his shot.

The Lions were on top heading into the last 20 minutes but Hull remained a threat on the counter-attack and after a Millwall corner was cleared, £3million-signing Nick Proschwitz raced away before firing over.

Stockdale came to his side's rescue with ten minutes remaining when he kept out Henry's first-time volley after a looping cross had only been cleared as far as the winger on the edge of the area.

Hull could have put the result beyond doubt when Simpson played in Koren late on, but Forde's save proved insignificant as Millwall failed to produce an equaliser in five additional minutes.

Millwall: Forde, A.Smith, Lowry, Abdou, Shittu, Beevers, Wright (Hulse, 46mins), Trotter, Woolford (N'Guessan, 90mins), Marquis (Keogh, 46mins), Henry. Subs not used: M.Taylor, Dunne, Osborne, Feeney.

Hull City: Stockdale, McShane, Faye (Hobbs, 44mins), Chester, Brady, Elmohamady, Quinn, Bruce (Evans, 83mins), Meyler (Proschwitz, 68mins), Koren, Simpson. Subs not used: Jakupovic, Rosenior, Cairney, Olofinjana.

Conor Sefton

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20 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-1 Hull City

  • February 2, 2013 at 17:15
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    Rumour has it, Marquis is going out on loan to S-Club 7.

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  • February 2, 2013 at 17:23
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    in kenny we trust or do we,ok he has been here 5 years,taken us from the bottom of league 1 and got us to two play off finals and promotion and now we are in championship this season he has taken us up to 6th place and then down to 9th and now 11th please i am one who thought he was the one,we played well today but we are going down the table YET again so when we play blackpool will we lose.... of course we are.We have not won away from home since november and i am sick of it i have supported millwall for many years since the old den and i feel we are getting no where with kenny now,NEW manager please.

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    • February 2, 2013 at 22:38
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      ^mad much ???? You were all saying this last year till we went on that little run

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  • February 2, 2013 at 17:36
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    It's not a new manager we need, it's a new striker. The club know it, we know it. 6 weeks ago when it looked like Wood was gonna sign, Kenny was a genius and the playoffs were a formality. All that's changed is Wood chose to sign for another club. I get really cheesed off with how short some people's memories are! Coyl

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  • February 2, 2013 at 17:43
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    I'm sorry but I don't agree that we need a new manager, Jenny is great for millwall and all we need to do now is try and get Harry Kane in and then we will get some goals. But you have to remember we are not a premier league club and that we have no money. So you should not aspect Jenny to take us up, we was pushing above our waight last month and you should not expect us to win every game with the team we have compared to others. Yes I would like a new striker in at millwall but I don't think it will change much. I would be happy to finish around mid table and above charlton this season.

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  • February 2, 2013 at 17:44
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    Kenny*

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  • February 2, 2013 at 17:50
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    Mr London- I heard the S Club 7 rumour but I heard it was S Club Juniors. Couldn't agree with you more about KJ. Glad someone has some sense! Couldn't understand why he started with Marquis. Hull are third and but for a horrible mistake from Beevers, a complete shank from Henry , not one but two penalty decisions and a great save by their keeper we'd of got 3 points!!!!!

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  • February 2, 2013 at 18:25
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    Marquis as a lone striker: we set ourselves up to play for a 0-0 and concede after 30 seconds, classic Millwall. We didn't deserve to lose (and that referee is going to walk away with a big fat brown envelope) but I look at the forward line and have no idea where goals are going to come from. I know the likes of Morison, Kane, Wood are hard to find but they turn narrow defeats like today into victories. We can complain about Wood's conduct but he probably kept us up this season.

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  • February 2, 2013 at 18:37
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    Kenny's definitely the right man for the job. I just feel we bottled it on the transfer front. We've spent so many years shopping around the bargain buckets I don't think the club knows how to get hold of a good player or spend the money. Especially if there's any competition for his signature. The signings we have made are players that have had an impact against us in key games, such as half the Scunthorpe side that done us in the play offs. I think we need more imagination in our scouting methods. It's no coincidence that we had a run with Wood in the side. He made us a better team. It's time we got out and about and spent some real money. I reckon they've got it. 4 weeks ago we were on the verge of doing something special, now I don't think we'll finish top half.

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    • February 2, 2013 at 18:42
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      trust me from 14th down wards we will finish and kenny will say we had a good season bless him

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  • February 2, 2013 at 18:48
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    Kenny jackett just said that he thinks Harry Kane will stay at spurs because they don't have many strikers avalable.

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  • February 2, 2013 at 20:33
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    Yep, Same old Millwall.
    When is SOMEONE going to lead us to a top six finish ?
    It aint going to be Jackett.
    Let's be prudent and stay safe and end up in 14th position. Still, better than relegation isn't it.
    What a crock.

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  • February 2, 2013 at 20:43
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    donachie,spackman,colin lee,mcleary,jim nicholl,claridge,bonds, tuttle, just a few of the many past managers we'v had in the years before kj. as managers they are not in the same league as our present manager, so to colin 66 i say be very careful what you wish for.

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    • February 3, 2013 at 15:59
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      Nigel adkins theres one he would get us going but it all comes down to money

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  • February 2, 2013 at 21:10
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    KJ is good manager for Millwall on so many levels, and we benefit from stability and sensible transfer policy which ensures we don't he'd towards administration yet again. Yes he makes mistakes, but most of the time he makes good decisions. Today was a step up from the Burnley game and Hulse really looked a decent outlet up front. Somebody please tell me why Trotter doesn't feel the need to go 100% into tackles or win headers though, he was a waste of space throughout that entire first half. I am struggling to remember a game that he has dominated.

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    • February 2, 2013 at 21:16
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      Cos he hasn't got anyone giving him the royal kick up the a*** that he needs.
      The person that should be doing that is currently knitting his new sweater.

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  • February 2, 2013 at 22:07
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    Better effort this time matched Hull all over the pitch and they are 3 rd.... Missed chances.... We need a powerhouse midfielder and a goal scorer...... Beevers ....well s*** happens

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  • February 2, 2013 at 22:15
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    -so trotter still plays for us does he?? i thought he left ages ago

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  • February 2, 2013 at 22:22
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    So the wheels have fell off, we couldn't hit a Cows a*** with a banjo and soon could be fighting relegation!? But we're 'Wall and have seen it all before. In Kenny we trust.

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