Report: Millwall 0-0 Crystal Palace

MILLWALL'S fate will be decided on the final day of the season after they were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace in a full-blooded South London derby.

The Lions produced a battling, resilient performance against the Eagles but, as has often been the case, they were found wanting in the final third and a draw was ultimately a fair result.

They now travel to Derby County on Saturday knowing that a point would probably be enough to keep them up, although safety could be confirmed by the virtue of other results.



Millwall made five changes following their loss to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, with Danny Shittu and Shane Lowry returning at the expense of Adam Smith and Karleigh Osborne in defence.

Josh Wright and Liam Feeney replaced George Saville and Jimmy Abdou in midfield, while Irishman Andy Keogh took the place of Nathan Tyson up front.

The opening five minutes were predictably tense and Sean St Ledger shot tamely wide from just outside in the area with the first half-chance of the game.



But the visitors soon demonstrated their counter-attacking threat when wide man Yannick Bolasie drove towards the Lions' back four before turning St Ledger inside-out, but his delivery was poor.

Millwall then had two penalty shouts turned down, firstly when Feeney's cross seemed to bounce up and hit the arm of Damien Delaney, moments before Shaun Batt was pushed to the ground.

Batt was involved once more when he collected James Henry's short corner, drove into the area before unleashing a curling shot towards goal but it was cleared by Daniel Gabbidon.

Palace's main man, Wilfried Zaha, almost broke the deadlock when he waltzed down the left before cutting inside, but his tame shot zipped into the side-netting.

Midway through the first period, Keogh lofted a clever pass into the path of Wright, who hit the ball on the half-volley but saw his shot drift just wide.

Palace could have opened the scoring in the 40th minute when 30-goal frontman Glenn Murray latched onto Owen Garvan's precise through-ball, but David Forde was there to collect at his feet.

With half-time approaching, Manchester United loanee Zaha zig-zagged his way through the Lions defence but chipped well over the bar.

Batt went close to opening the scoring five minutes after the restart but Feeney's tantalising cross was just too high for him, before Keogh's heavy touch spurned a promising opening.

Palace had a penalty shout turned down when Murray appeared to be bundled over in the box. As play continued, the tricky Zaha shimmied into a dangerous area but his cross was cleared by Shittu.

The visitors had another chance moments later when a quick Dean Moxey throw in fell to Bolasie, whose thunderous volley was palmed brilliantly away by Forde and out for a corner.

With the game finely balanced heading into the final 20 minutes, Millwall almost nudged themselves in front when Feeney fizzed a cross in for Batt, but Julian Speroni was there to parry.

Shittu's deep free-kick fell kindly for Woolford inside the box, but his shot was blocked before being hacked away. At the other end, Delaney sliced well over from six-yards out after a corner.

The closing stage were frantic at times with Feeney and Zaha both threatening towards the end, but neither team could produce a moment of quality to win the match.

Conor Sefton

(@ConorSeftonNAD)

33 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-0 Crystal Palace

  • April 30, 2013 at 22:04
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    People say "a point at Derby and we're safe", I hear "concede one goal at any point in the Derby match and we're down". Same problem as for the last four months tonight, still worried.

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    • April 30, 2013 at 22:24
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      @jamie: Palace have to get at least a point against Peterborough to be sure of making the play offs, so they won't be rolling over, and that will be enough to save us.
      Both Posh and Barnsley need to win for us to go down. Without the point tonight Posh could have got a draw and we would have gone down on goal diff if we had lost at Derby.
      So all is not lost, Huddersfield still need a point to make sure of their safety, so its not quite as bad as you would imagine. But a bit too close for my health and sanity

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      • April 30, 2013 at 23:56
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        @Sealion: We've gone above Wednesday now too, so they will also need to get a result for us to go down - if Posh and Barnsley win, but us and Weds lose, it will be Bristol C, Wolves and Weds down.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 22:15
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    Nonsense, even if we lost at Derby, we'll survive unless Peterborough and Barnsley both win.
    Tonight's result means Palace still aren't certain of a play-off place so I can't see them losing to Peterborough and Huddersfield aren't mathematically safe so they won't go easy in what is always a competitive Yorkshire derby.
    Clearly we have massive problems upfront - at least N'Guessan won't be there next season, but the priority tonight was to avoid a heavy defeat which would have hit our goal difference and left either Peterborough or Barnsley only needing a point to go above us.

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    • April 30, 2013 at 22:22
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      @Lonz: Well said Lonz. For anyone thinking differently, the Derby, Peterboro, Barnsley treble pays over 25/1, factor in a point for Wednesday and you can go even higher..... Radio said it was a fully committed but drab game with only one real goal chance. That'll do on Saturday as well.

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    • April 30, 2013 at 22:26
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      @Lonz: I didn't copy your post lonz its just that you type a bit faster than me, great minds think a like lol.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 22:19
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    At least we didn't lose. Comments on this season saved until Saturday afternoon. I don't want to jinx anything!
    According to my calculations, given that we're safe from Bristol City and Wolves, a draw at Derby would be enough to keep us up. We're in it with Barnsley, Sheff Weds, Peterborough and Huddersfield. I'm discounting Blackburn due to goal difference.
    Huddersfield v Barnsley is the real game to keep an eye on.
    If Millwall draw on saturday then they're safe because irrespective of the Huddersfield result, and given the goal difference, we couldn't be caught.
    If we lose at Derby, then a point for Weds would see them above us whilst Peterborough would have to win.
    I think that's right.

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    • April 30, 2013 at 22:30
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      @NICKOLA: I can't see Middlesborough getting anything at Wednesday their form has been as bad as ours.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 22:21
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    I have been booked into the Priory Clinic...................

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    • April 30, 2013 at 22:33
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      Say hello to Jackett from us all.
      @shoot ffs:

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    • May 1, 2013 at 09:03
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      @shoot ffs: Do they do discount for group bookings ?

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  • April 30, 2013 at 22:21
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    We will go to derby hoping for a 0-0 and then fingers crossed other results go our way! it's a sad state of affairs but it is what it is.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 22:21
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    Peterborough and Barnsley still need to win! I can't hear Peterborough winning.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 22:37
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    Just got home from the game and thinking about it it just dont know where the goals are going to come from, and nguesson getting subbed after being on for 5 mins haha he wont be at the den next season. I would normaly say that i love this time of the season but im old enough to have a heart attack lol cant deal with this need to watch some snooker i think.

    COYL!!!

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    • April 30, 2013 at 22:46
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      @mfc1rob: Well I got my first drab 0-0 Rob, one more isn't too much to ask for....lol

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  • April 30, 2013 at 22:47
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    Proud of the effort put in tonight, Batt + Feeney especially. Still concerned about relegation but it would take a miracle for us to go down. Job not yet done! P.s f*** off n'guessan you hulse wanabee

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  • April 30, 2013 at 22:49
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    I think we'll be okay, but it will only be a stay of execution unless Jacket and Berylson are able to transform the squad during the summer.
    QPR and Reading plus either Villa, Wigan, Newcastle and Sunderland have more resources than Hull and Cardiff so this League is only going to get tougher.
    The parachute payments mean it's already Premier League Two and the last few months have proved that players like Keogh, N'Guessan, Woolford, Hulse, Easter, Tyson, Trotter, Abdou (even though he's a legend),, Wright and even Dunny don't have the quality to get you results against the top sides.
    Our defence is okay(ish), but apart from that we look like what we are - a League One side just about punching above their weight.
    What puzzles me is that just about every team in the Championship has been able to pick up decent foreign players at competitive prices. Do our scouts ever look outside the UK?
    Equally, it's high time our youth system started to produce! When was the last time a top quality player came through our ranks, gave us two or three years and was then sold for decent money which helped strengthen the squad.
    Watching Zaha, Bolasie and Williams really hammered home the gulf in quality.
    Unfortunately there aren't any quick fixes which is why we'll probably have to rely on loan players again.

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    • April 30, 2013 at 23:00
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      You're absolutely right on all fronts there Lonz.
      What is required, afer Saturday, assuming we stay up is a total re-vamp of our scouting system, our youth system and dare I say it, a long hard look at the Football management at Millwall. Jackett got rid of Shaw for his own reasons but the replacement hasn't exactly set the world alight. IF Jackett is still in charge come August then I think he needs to be much more ruthless and maybe lessons have been learnt this season. By the looks of it, it's goodbye to Batt, N'Guessen and a dozen others. I don't care if they're under contract, it's time to get rid of. Let the manager start early in getting the players in we need rather than sitting on the beach.
      I want my old millwall back!!
      @Lonz:

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  • April 30, 2013 at 22:50
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    I couldn't make it to the Den tonight because of work, was N Guessen taken off because of bad performance or was it tactical?

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    • April 30, 2013 at 22:57
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      @glyngo: I think KJ might have heard Steve Claridge coating him in the BBC commentary... I'm paraphrasing but it was along the lines of 'he gets the ball but has no plan in his head of what to do next with it'.

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    • April 30, 2013 at 23:36
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      @glyngo: He was an absolute disgrace Glyngo, didn't even try! Jackett was going mental at him on the touchline before he took him off. I would tell him to f*** off now. The others were all trying their hearts out with varying degrees of success, can't ask for more than that at this stage. Dunne, Feeney, Beevers, Batt and Lowry were proper 'Wall out there tonight IMO

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      • May 1, 2013 at 00:23
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        @Adsy77777: cheers I heard same thing from my old man who was at the game. Good riddance, if he don't want to play he should sling his hook. Just wondering why he got on if his head was so far up his 'arris! KJ must have known he was gonna be crap?

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        • May 1, 2013 at 01:09
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          @glyngo:

          Kenny says that it was worth the risk but something is telling me that the intention was always to humiliate him.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 23:07
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    Back to tonight, why there has not been that commitment in our other home games, god only knows. If ther had been then would not have to worry about Saturday. Some players who I thought were not good enough at this level, prooved that they were. Alan Dunne was Superb as was Josh Wright, Feeney looked ok, and Keough found his mojo again. What baffles me is why just tonight , and not 3 months ago. I think KJ has tinkered with this team to much, players come in and don't do to bad, then they are not even on the bench, that must give them the hump. Also the attitude of some of our loan signings has been s***. Kane's attitude was Superb,as was Puncheon, so KJ cannot read into the minds of these loan players you just hope they have it. As for attitude, Danny N ball bag showed tonight why he is not a footballer full stop. Can't head a ball , can't trap a ball, and could not hit a cows a*** with a banjo, oh and a really s*** attitude. Anyway I am going pot holing till Saturday evening can't take it anymore.

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    • April 30, 2013 at 23:09
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      Say Hi to Jackett down there.
      @sups8892:

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    • May 1, 2013 at 11:40
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      @sups8892: sups just read your post, regarding certain players last night Wright and Dunne I would agree with and a few others but Keogh get his mojo back no I cant agree. He is lightweight no quick enough not good in the air and when the ball is played to him his body shape is all wrong and 8 out of 10 times he either does not control it or loses out to his marker.

      Fenny is similar gets in good positions but rarely delivers a telling ball into the area, but he has a half decent long throw (but he is not picked beacuse of that is he) but after this 2 points I do fully agree with your summing up of our sistuation, and I hope you have a good time pot holing and while you are there see if you can find a couple of quality players because we need them quickly.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 23:10
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    N'Guessen couldn't trap a bag of cement in a broom cupboard.
    Arrivaderci and good riddance.

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  • May 1, 2013 at 01:13
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    well done kj i think the penny has finally dropped ,we will be ok palace will beat pb cos they have to or forest will take there playoff spot , then he will get a decent striker in and chaplow the back four and keeper i think are is good as any in the division , ship the dead wood out sorted .

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  • May 1, 2013 at 01:29
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    It's not hard to work out why it was a better display really isit? 4-4-2, two wingers who actually play on the wing, two strikers who can play off each other a little bit. If the players in those positions had a bit more quality tonight then we could of won. Josh wright can knock a ball and had a good game tonight, I slagged him off proper not too long ago for having no bottle, well if he plays like that every week I'll be ok with that. St ledger ran his nuts off. Back 4 were solid. Dunne , quality again. More importantly , the crowd getting behind the team made a big difference, they played on it and we rattled their team abit especially zaha who kept giving it to the crowd. 15 million my a***. Got Millwall back to how it should be a little bit tonight. Hard working and battling performance from the players and good support from the stands.

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    • May 1, 2013 at 14:39
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      @82wall: @Lonz:

      Every year we stay in this division proves how good a manager Kenny Jackett is.

      Sure he gets a few things wrong but all managers do whether they manage Fisher Athletic or Manchester United. However, when you consider the resources at our disposal compared every team in our divsion it is oustanding what Kenny and the boys have done.

      There is room for improvement but the idiots, no sorry, morons on HOF and MO questioning Jackett's ability are so far wide of the mark it is shocking. How ironic it is that these "fans" are determind to maintain the reputation that puts off new fans and sponsers (whilst also declaring that anyone who buys a replica shirt and wears it to a match aren't "real Wall") despite the fact that our revenue would dramatically increase and allow us to compte on a more level footing if we moved on like the rest of the football World has.

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  • May 1, 2013 at 08:05
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    I was gutted when james henry came off because recently woolford looked a weak link, but last night i thought he was pretty good hes finally learnt which way the goal is and how to run with the ball, even though I can't really see him getting much of a run out next season

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  • May 1, 2013 at 11:37
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    In an earlier post someone mentioned about getting our scouting system sorted out. A couple of weeks agio I read that Huddersfield had signed an 18 year old striker from Dulwich Hamlet who had scored 24 goals this season. Why did we miss a player like that a couple of miles up the road? Instead a club in Yorkshire pick him up for £50,000.

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  • May 1, 2013 at 12:40
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    That same 18 year old was at Liverpool for a month on trial before that. Dulwich had another one sign for hull Aswell recently.

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