Report: Millwall 0-0 Ipswich Town

MILLWALL claimed their fifth consecutive clean sheet but could not find a way past a resilient Ipswich Town side as they were held to a goalless draw at The Den.

The Lions edged another point towards Championship safety but will be disappointed not to have claimed all three after spurning a host of chances – particularly in the second-half.

Mark Beevers completed a two-match ban against Leicester City on Friday and made an immediate return to the heart of Millwall's defence, replacing Adam Smith in the starting line-up.



Kenny Jackett also made a change in attack, drafting in John Marquis in place of loanee Rob Hulse, who had not scored in his previous five appearances.

Liam Trotter had the first chance of the game in the second minute when he struck a bouncing ball on the half-volley towards the far corner from the edge of the area, but his effort sailed a foot wide.

The Lions had a goal disallowed shortly afterwards when Andy Keogh converted Jermaine Easter's cross at the back post, albeit from an offside position.



In the 14th minute, Richard Chaplow burst beyond Aaron Cresswell and sent in a dangerouns low cross that was initially spilled by Scott Loach, but the 'keeper seized the ball at the second attempt.

Andy Keogh's sliced cross bounced off the top of the crossbar before, at the other end, frontman Frank Nouble skinned Shane Lowry but produced a poor cross from a promising position.

Luke Hyam's 40-yard lob was headed off the line by Mark Beevers with David Forde out of position, but Forde redeemed himself by denying Hyam from close-range moments later.

Hulse was brought on for Marquis at half-time and nearly put Millwall ahead with his first touch, but Loach made a smart reaction save to parry the striker's flick from Chaplow's free-kick.

The Lions were knocking on the door again in the 53rd minute but after Lowry's inswinging corner nearly drifted straight in, Chaplow's follow up was blocked and then Liam Trotter blazed over.

Hulse nearly diverted Cresswell's free-kick into his own goal before Michael Chopra headed over from close range and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas' rasping drive was palmed away by Forde.

Tommy Smith's stunning last-ditch tackle robbed Easter of possession just as he was about to pull the trigger in the 73rd minute and sub Liam Feeney's follow up was deflected into the side-netting.

Lowry's 22-yard free-kick then clipped the outside of the post before Easter fired over from Feeney's excellent pull back as Millwall continued to search in vein for the opening goal.

After Forde had denied Nouble from a tight angle, Easter should have snatched victory for the Lions at the death but the Crystal Palace loanee drilled into the side netting.

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7 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-0 Ipswich Town

  • April 1, 2013 at 17:54
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    c'mon you lions aim to be higher than leeds then we can get some decent players signing for us.

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  • April 1, 2013 at 18:16
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    Forwards still firing blanks but at least the defence is holding firm, well done lads.
    Win would have been great but at least we didn't lose, every point helps.
    A defeat would have burst our bubble but I can't wait to get this home monkey off our backs as we have a lot of homers coming up.
    Looking at the remaining fixtures of all the teams in the relegation battle on current form I would imagine that we would need 55 to 56 pts to be sure of safety, but I think it will be a nail biter up to the end.
    Bristol City done us a favour nicking 2 points back off Wednesday in stoppage time. Shame haha.

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  • April 1, 2013 at 19:51
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    Although we still need a couple more points to be sure, I can't see all eight teams just below us getting more than 51 points, especially as we have a game in hand. It's more about pride and a finish as far up as we can.

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    • April 1, 2013 at 20:04
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      I hope you're right junkmale guess i'm just a born worrier, lol.

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  • April 2, 2013 at 12:32
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    We can't win at home that's the problem, we got 5 games at home now and given our home record it doesn't bode well, like the rest of the wall faithful I can't see where our goals are going to come from, we got 2 games in hand we need 2 wins out of 8 games we will do it just don't want to go the wire, last game with Palarse at home. Go to Wembley for a good day out with no expectation is my best advice for wall fans. COYL 2wins to stop the jitters

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