Report: Millwall 0-0 Blackburn Rovers

MILLWALL'S FA Cup quarter-final with Blackburn Rovers will go to a replay at Ewood Park on Wednesday after the sides cancelled each other out at The Den.

The Lions will feel aggrieved not to have won after striker Rob Hulse spurned a golden opportunity midway through the second-half when he fired over from inside the six-yard box.

Kenny Jackett made sweeping changes to his starting line-up following the midweek loss to Wolves, bringing in Alan Dunne, Jack Smith, Liam Trotter, Dany N'Guessan, Hulse and Andy Keogh.



Millwall lined-up in a 4-3-3 formation with Chris Taylor, typically a wide man, operating in a central role, while Blackburn handed striker Leon Best his first start of the season.

The game began at a frantic pace with plenty of blood and thunder, albeit little quality, with neither side prepared to take a risk that could cost them the crucial first goal.

Smith had the first shot in anger in the 20th minute when Dunne's cross was punched clear by goalkeeper Jake Keane to the edge of the area, but the ball flew well wide.



Liam Trotter went much closer moments later when his curling effort from 25 yards dropped a yard wide, before former West Ham midfielder David Bentley drove a free-kick into the wall.

On the half-hour mark, Hulse nodded in Taylor's corner but referee Martin Atkinson penalised a foul by N'Guessan on Kean as the ball came into the box and ruled the goal out.

The Lions were slowly working their way through the gears and a half-chance fell Hulse's way when Dunne rifled a defensive header back into the area, but his cross-shot evaded the QPR loanee.

The best chance of the half fell to Keogh when Smith cut in from the left flank and clipped a flighted cross to Keogh at the back post, but his header came off the inside of the post.

Blackburn top scorer Jordan Rhodes had been uncharacteristically quiet in the opening 45 minutes and he fired over after Bentley's cross fell to him at the back post at the start of the second period.

Keogh then fired tamely at Kean before captain Danny Shittu blasted an astonishing 40-yard drive towards the top corner that the Rovers 'keeper tipped over for a corner.

Millwall should have taken the lead in the 63rd minute when Smith's cross-field pass was knocked back across goal by Keogh, but Hulse somehow lofted the ball over from close range.

Dunne then crossed for Keogh but the striker could not direct his header goalwards before Shane Lowry made an important block to divert Rhodes' shot over the bar.

The visitors went close to breaking the deadlock in the 77th minute when Josh King's close-range header clipped the woodwork before Shittu's ferocious drive was parried by Kean at the other end.

Both sides huffed and puffed in the closing stages but neither could find a winner.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

21 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-0 Blackburn Rovers

  • March 10, 2013 at 16:12
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    Rob hulse ?
    Well played jack smith if only you had a left foot. Unlucky boys deserved the win today but we could have done without the replay this week, KJ needs to look at bringing one or two in this week but now his time is set on this replay. Never mind much better though wall.
    Lets av em on Wednesday night. COYL

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  • March 10, 2013 at 16:13
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    Danny shittu, immense

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  • March 10, 2013 at 16:21
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    Much better performance - Smith, Taylor and the whole back four were superb. I'm surprised JK didn't make any substitutions to freshen up the front line - I thought N'Guessan was a little frustrating today, making fouls in the final third when he didn't need to, dribbling into dead ends and some wasteful shooting. Would like to see Marquis involved in the replay.

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    • March 10, 2013 at 16:30
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      I agree about n'guessan, although he did enough to frustrate Bentley by cutting out his supply from their right back. He did annoy the life out of me though, keoghe looked better as well.

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  • March 10, 2013 at 16:30
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    Well done Millwall. 100 times better. Taylor, Beevers and I can't believe I'm saying this, dunne, were superb. Jack smith was great. Hopefully that's the last we've seen of wright. At least today we looked like we can get the points to keep us safe! And if we play like that, Wembley????? COYL

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  • March 10, 2013 at 16:30
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    Oh and Shittu was brilliant as well!!!!

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  • March 10, 2013 at 16:55
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    KJ got them set up well today and made Blackburnlook ineffective and without any ideas. Our problem lies in that final third. I was glad N'guessan was given his chance in a major game but he just didn't seem to be up for it. Andy Keogh ran his socks off and was clearly giving his all for the cause and throwing himself about. Hulse doesn't look happy. I also want to single out Taylor, he put in a massive shift today. Well played lads.

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  • March 10, 2013 at 17:13
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    M'guessan ain't got the minerals. Should've brought on marquis to get a late scrappy goal.

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  • March 10, 2013 at 17:43
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    I am so proud of the boys and proud to be a lion once again. I thought the performance was 200 times better than previous matches, and all of the lads have 110%. If we can play like that until the end of the season then I think we will be safe. Although n'guessan didn't have his best game, he brought a bit of energy and hassled them down that side. Keogh was like a new man, he ran his socks off and created chances. Alan dunne was solid, very good performance from him. Shittu was awesome, and deserved a goal from his drive. But standout player for me has to be Taylor, he was everywhere and creating chances, running at defenders, has been sorely missed. And suprise performance for me was jack smith who I really don't rate, but today he played very well and got the team passing. I was surprised by how well he picked out passes.
    Only bad point for me was hulse. Although he got in the right areas, felt he wasted to many good opportunities and should have scored his sitter.
    Oh well if we play like that will be an interesting end to the season, and hopefully a trip to wembley.

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  • March 10, 2013 at 18:23
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    Jackett said a couple of months that he wasn't going to worry about new contracts for players until March. I hope he pulls his finger out soon with Shittu and Taylor because they are only on 1 year contracts which expire in the Summer and we certainly don't want to lose them. As far as the replay is concerned our away form is better than at home at the moment so it won't be too much of a disadvantage but the fixtures are now piling up so we don't need anymore injuries. Don't always agree with chopping and changing the side but don't think this will be a bad thing at the moment.

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  • March 10, 2013 at 18:54
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    Much, much better

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  • March 10, 2013 at 19:21
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    Better performance, Shittu, Smith Dunne excellent...... Hulse ??? Great to have Taylor back as well..... Blackburn where terrible. ...... Wigan ? What a crap team to loose a semi final too

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  • March 10, 2013 at 19:59
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    at long last some good things said about jack smith on here,cos i'v come to the conclusion i'm the only one who thought he was ok,not a world beater but a decent player, very comfortable on the ball, good passer, good reader. so at long last some possitive comments about him, yes he was excellent today

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    • March 10, 2013 at 20:52
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      Borders If he had a left foot I would have given him man of the match. He run the midfield today until David Dunne came on I thought he changed the game for them but unfortunately we should have been out of sight by then. Even Alan Dunne had a good game. Trotter decided to turn up in the last ten minutes. Shame Lowry picked up yet another booking he's got to be close to another ban - does anyone know how many games for 15 yellow cards ? I'm thinking 3 but not sure. That's the only sore point for me. Andy Keogh was superb back to his normal self. Chris Taylor, how much have we missed him. Quality all round display from him. Lets see what KJ brings in, maybe worth talking to Appleton about Danny murphy. It feels like millwall again. Happy as Larry.

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  • March 10, 2013 at 21:32
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    They gave it everything today. All we lacked was a bit of quality in front of goal and some luck when it mattered. The next two games are massive - hopefully they can maintain the same level of effort.

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  • March 10, 2013 at 22:40
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    J.smith,shittu,beevers,Keogh and Taylor were great in my opinion and everyone else played well enough but the only weak link was hulse he was lazy, slow and didn't look like he cared at all why marquis didn't come on is beyond me.

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  • March 10, 2013 at 23:27
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    Excellent performance, well done guys, surprised how well jack smith played, he actually kept us passing instead of long ball, Hulse? Wtf, he is terrible, Trotter had a good game, the back 4, brilliant, Taylor god we have missed him.

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