Report: Luton Town 0-3 Millwall

MILLWALL put their off-field troubles behind them with a win against Luton Town that sealed their passage into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Goals from James Henry, Rob Hulse and Dany N'Guessan ensured the Lions finished a tough week of negative press coverage on a high.

Captain Danny Shittu was rested as a precaution ahead of the league clash against Peterborough an The Den on Tuesday after complaining of a sore knee during the week.

That meant Karleigh Osborne, who impressed against Aston Villa in the fourth round, returned to the centre of defence, while Alan Dunne replaced Adam Smith at right-back.

Benik Afobe and Martyn Woolford were cup-tied, meaning Andy Keogh and Liam Feeney came into the starting line-up up front and on the right side of midfield respectively.

The non-league side created the first chance of the match in just the second minute when Andre Gray fired straight into the arms of David Forde from the edge of the penalty area.

Hulse broke clear at the other end but dragged his shot well wide, before Forde was forced to parry Gray's shot from a tight angle behind for a corner.

But Millwall took the lead in the 12th minute when Janos Kovacs' moment of hesitation allowed Henry to nip the ball off his toes, round goalkeeper Mark Tyler and slot into an empty net.

The goal did not appear to dent the Hatters' confidence, however, and they nearly drew level when Arnaud Mendy shot-on-the-turn drew a superb reaction save from Forde.

In the 28th minute, Henry battled his way past two Luton defends before digging out a cross at the byline which Hulse, leaning backwards, volleyed awkwardly over the bar.

But Hulse found the back of the net with his next effort on goal, an improvised lob over his left shoulder that dropped inside the far post, after controlling Henry's cross with his head.

On the stroke of half-time, Keogh sliced a shot over the bar after Feeney's through-ball, but the Lions were firmly in control at the break.

They had a chance to extend their lead shortly after the restart, but defender Mark Beevers could not keep his header down from Henry's deep free-kick.

Luton were desperate to find a way back into the tie and nearly grabbed a goal when Gray raced clear, but Forde came out to smother his shot, before Kovacs headed over from a corner.

Forde was on hand again to deny Gray in the 63rd minute when Smith's diagonal pass dropped in behind Shane Lowry and into the striker's path, but the Millwall 'keeper pounced on the ball.

Henry then blasted over from 20-yards out when a return a pass to Liam Trotter looked to be the better option, before substitute N'Guessan's deflected shot fell to Keogh, who dinked over.

Another half-chance fell to Hulse after N'Guessan's lung-busting run and Henry's teasing cross, before the QPR loanee was replaced by John Marquis, scorer of the winning goal against Villa.

Tyler made a stunning reaction save to keep out Keogh's point-blank shot from Dunne's cross in the 75th minute, before the Republic of Ireland international headed wide from Henry's cross.

But Millwall made sure of their place in the last eight when N'Guessan bundled home the rebound after Marquis' shot from inside the area had been spilled by Tyler.

Luton Town: Tyler, Taylor, Kovacs, Lawless, Rendell, Howells, Mendy (Shaw), O'Donnell (Fleetwood, 64mins), J.Smith, Henry, Gray. Subs not used: Lacey, Robinson, Woolley, Brill, Longden.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Lowry, Abdou, Osborne, Beevers, Feeney (N'Guessan, 62mins), Trotter, Hulse (Marquis, 70mins), Keogh, Henry (A.Smith, 88mins). Subs not used: M.Taylor, Goodman, Wright, Malone.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

14 thoughts on “Report: Luton Town 0-3 Millwall

  • February 16, 2013 at 15:56
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    Well done Millwall and fans!!!!

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  • February 16, 2013 at 16:37
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    That was the 1st time I had watched anything on ESPN and what a rubbish channel it is with 99% of the coverage being about Luton & John Cahmpion couldn't help mentioning the 1985 game over & over again. Steve Mcmananananananan saying that Jimi was 'wall creator in midfield - lol. A good professional performance from the Lions but what a dreadful channel.

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  • February 16, 2013 at 17:13
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    Agree mate, John Champion almost sounded disappointed when the first went in and where did they find Brian Stein?

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    • February 16, 2013 at 17:33
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      I thought McManaman was very even handed and non biased . I agree the constant references to 1985 were a bit tiresome . They should have got a Millwall name from the 80's , I'm sure George Graham would have done it for a few grand

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  • February 17, 2013 at 10:28
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    Very pleased with the performances all round. Forde looked as good as a couple seasons ago, dunney had a really good game and I never really rate him, pleased for hulse grabbing his first and Henry with a blistering performance again!

    I know it was only a conference side, but it was a conference side that play well and are capable of beating teams like us as they proved. Thought Andre Gray for then was a great little player, Shame he signed a new contract, wouldn't mind snapping him up.

    On the whole a solid performance from everyone. Lets just hope the draw today does all out hard work justice...

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