Report: Blackpool 1-0 Millwall

RICARDO Fuller scored the only goal of the game to give Blackpool their first win in 19 attempts.

Striker Fuller headed in a 14th-minute corner before Steve Morison's penalty was saved by goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

Millwall hit the woodwork twice in the first half but were limp after the break and were not able to force Gilks into a meaningful save.

Ian Holloway made four changes to his starting line up – three of them enforced by injury.

Danny Shittu (leg), Scott Malone (hip) and DJ Campbell (hamstring) were all ruled out and replaced by Paul Robinson, Fede Bessone and Martyn Woolford.

Right back Ryan Fredricks also came in for Alan Dunne, who was rested after playing 90 minutes against Derby at the weekend.

Millwall spurned a golden chance to take the lead in the fourth minute when a defensive error let in Morison, whose lob sailed over Gilks but hit the bar and bounced clear.

Woolford's header from Fredericks' dangerous cross was then blocked before Shaun Williams' drive was closed down and Owen Garvan's follow up was saved.

David Goodwillie's curling effort came back off the foot of the post at the other end as Blackpool registered their first meaningful effort on goal.

In the 15th minute, Garvan sprayed the ball wide to Woolford but his shot was tame. And the hosts took the lead soon after when Fuller's header crept in.

The Lions should have restored parity when Morison was bundled over in the area and a penalty was awarded, but the striker saw his effort saved.

Woolford then smacked the outside of the post as Millwall continued to create the better of the chances.

Tony McMahon went close to adding a killer second goal for the hosts shortly before the break but his curling effort narrowly cleared the bar.

The second-half was a near non-event as the hosts closed the game out.

Goodwillie went close to doubling Blackpool's lead but David Forde denied him with a full-stretch save.

The Lions' only two efforts of note were Paul Robinson's tame header and Williams' curling free kick, which Gilks caught with ease.

Holloway introduced Simeon Jackson, Fred Onyedinma and Richard Chaplow from the bench but Millwall lacked the fluency of their first-half display and limped to defeat.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

28 thoughts on “Report: Blackpool 1-0 Millwall

  • March 11, 2014 at 22:15
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    Gutted!

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    • March 11, 2014 at 23:19
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      @bigC: i think we all are big c
      i didnt go to game for obvious reasons.but seen stats we p***ed all over em.
      rome wasnt built in a day 1 win dosnt make us unbeatable.had to change side again because of injuries.how many of you would of honestly expected 3 points from last 2 games.
      Ive said before we peaked at our level by getting into this division.blackpool are still getting parachute payments from prem league,but still they are struggling.
      Saturday key game of the season if we win ,shows plyers have got the bottle for a fight,lose we F***ed

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      • March 11, 2014 at 23:25
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        @gatecrasher: Blackpool are rubbish by the way and we haven't scored in open play - I am not interested in excuses any more - bad luck can only last so long - it is not bad fortune - is it too much to ask we win 2 games in a row - really

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    • March 12, 2014 at 09:45
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      @bigC:
      DON'T WORRY ANYONE !!! LOTS OF TIME IN FOOTBALL TERMS,
      AND LOTS OF POINTS TO BE WON.................
      NO OTHER TEAM IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP HAS THE SUPER SUPPORT
      THAT MILLWALL FANS GIVE.
      " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
      STORMIN' NORMAN

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  • March 11, 2014 at 22:18
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    And to top it off, Billy Sharpe scores the winner for Donny, our only hope of staying up....! Still, beat Charlton sat and it's still 6 points outta 9 and we all would ave taken that a week ago.... Coyl

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  • March 11, 2014 at 22:22
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    Choker really, all along we have lacked a good striker, we could have won many more games if we had that killer touch which let us down every game

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    • March 11, 2014 at 22:24
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      @Peckhamlad: why can't we get two performances back to back

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      • March 11, 2014 at 22:58
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        cannot beat or even draw ,against a team who have not won in 18 games .we are poor very poor .we cannot string 2 decent results together and it goes to show what a fluke Saturday was .morrisons penalty was p*** poor he might as well have sent the goalkeeper a letter,stevie wonder would have saved that .

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  • March 11, 2014 at 22:25
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    1 step forward 2 steps back COYL

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  • March 11, 2014 at 22:25
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    Same old s*** week in week out, I've had enough can't take it anymore never scoring never winning it's boring! Players are crap, let's not kid ourselves anymore!
    Let's go down, regroup and come back stronger!
    Not looking forward to Saturday, but I'll be there, giving my support, going home after the game p***** off no doubt as per usual!!! Really am f***** off!!!
    P.s who was that c*** playing left back ?? Had any Millwall fan heard of him prior to joining?

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    • March 11, 2014 at 22:34
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      @dpendet: Your spot on dpendet, why is it we always end a teams unbeaten run, I'll tell you why cos were f- ing crap, don't fool yourself on here we are down! reason why is crap midfield crap defence, crap attack , only decent player is fordey, all the rest can f..k off, I hope they all f.off at the end of the season as the chairman said he wouldn't renew their contracts, none of them are fit for this league, when u think of all the ex lions players who would fight for this club, this lot don't give a f..k, even if we beat the anoraks it's too late were f..Ked, enjoy league 1 next season fellow long suffering lions fans.

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    • March 11, 2014 at 23:42
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      @dpendet: I reckon this team could seriously struggle in League 1. Do we really think its going to be any easier going to places like Preston, Sheff Utd and Bradford?

      There's also no guarantees a big rebuildings job's going to work - just look at most of the dross brought in by Lomas and Holloway. There might not even be the money to rebuild - the only quality player we've got to sell is Forde, so virtually no money coming in on sales. The only positive will be sending all the s*** loanees back to their own clubs, but I'm sure we'll just replace them with more of the same.

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      • March 12, 2014 at 01:34
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        @Micky Lions: Fordes contract runs out at the end of the season so no money.

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  • March 11, 2014 at 22:26
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    Can just about forgive hitting post and bar, but not the 2nd half display against a team who have not won in nineteen. We need a big performance saturday and if we are capable of getting a result at Derby, then we could still scrap a few points in the most unlikely places.

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  • March 11, 2014 at 22:27
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    limped to defeat...sums it up! Limping to relegation too. They hadn't won since November! Woeful in every respect. It is not as if we would walk League 1, well we might sleepwalk towards the bottom of that too. Livid with the disgraceful way the team has performed over the last year. Last chance saloon Saturday.

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  • March 11, 2014 at 22:37
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    Gutted about the result, just makes saturdays game all that more important !!!!!! COYL

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  • March 11, 2014 at 22:42
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    League 1 for a very long time I'm afraid, led by a carrot crunching bafoon who doesn't know what a 442 formation is, goodbye fordy he'll be off, the rest can go on a bring & buy sell, you get 4 for the price of one, Simeon Jackson dj Campbell Steven Morison , Scott McDonald, your being reported for impersonating strikers!

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  • March 11, 2014 at 22:44
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    I am trying to be patient with IH but why take off Morison - is he injured as well? he might not be in great form but he scored Saturday and you have got to keep him on the pitch with Jackson and others who might score if you are losing - we just don't have enough players who know how to score and we take one off - have a go and let in a second goal if needs be - all this resting players - FFS - did Dunne need a rest - I am at my limit - if we can't beat Charlton or at least totally out play them and draw then just forget it

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  • March 11, 2014 at 22:45
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    What I find really strange is , no matter who plays up front with Morrison, can't score. Easter, Mc Donald, Jackson, Campbell. Not all of them can be s*** or maybe they just are. You would think just by law of averages one of them could score.

    Ps. Has Jackson had a shot at goal yet ?

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    • March 12, 2014 at 00:31
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      NO

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  • March 11, 2014 at 22:51
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    Gutting to say the least.
    3 changes at the back, 2 forced and dunne cant play 2 games so close together, was always going to disrupt the back line. Don't understand why moro was allowed to take pen as williams is the dead ball specialist, he's scored 10 goals for MKDs this season with most from set pieces and pens. Really can't fault em tonight as we had more possession, chances on target and an unbiased ref. 1 booking to bfc 4 is a massive improvement on the disciplinary front as well.
    oh well lets hope charlton lose in front of their new manager tomorrow.
    Can't wait for Saturday.
    Massive 3 points on the line.

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    • March 11, 2014 at 22:57
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      @lukesmithmfc:

      sick of the excuses now - Morison hits the bar - misses penalty - you know what good players don't do that s*** - if we score first we most prob. run out easy winners against a team devoid of confidence , but guess what we let the first goal in again from a corner - 2 goals in a match - I'd settle for one -

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  • March 11, 2014 at 23:02
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    Ian Holloway: "We had to take Steve (Morison) off because of a neck injury and without a big man up there it was tough." yes no fit strikers - you couldn't make it up

    "I don't blame people for missing but we've got to start taking our opportunities, and continue creating them." Wrong - you do blame people for missing - all fkin season

    get a huge loan and stick it all on 0-0 against Charlton -

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  • March 11, 2014 at 23:10
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    Who decided morro to be our penalty taker,almost everytime he shoots( which is hardly ever )he misses ,yet here is taking our penalty and missing again. Ollie brings In Williams ,who took the pens for mk dons,who Ollie said was a dead ball free kick expert, he's got a "left foot like A wand "he said, and then let's a palooka like Morrison loose on pens, who just wacks it and hopes with no class or quality. @ ALDO : when you speak with Ollie you must ask him - why not the wand.???

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    • March 11, 2014 at 23:19
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      @bordersarebest0170:

      completely true - I know Ollie most prob doesn't know Morison can't take penalties but Morison should say , NO , I am not taking them, I am not good

      I can't remember the games but I know he has missed at least two for us - this is professionalism and attention to detail and not just hoping things will be okay - that could be the penalty that puts us down - Why Why Why

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  • March 12, 2014 at 10:21
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    Jackson, Campbell and Morison must be costing us a fortune yet they can't do the job they were brought in for TO SCORE GOALS!!!. The problem is that Jackson and Campbell are too similar to Easter and McDonald giving us no variation in attack. Yeovil signed Miller on loan and he is scoring goals immediately and the same with Sharp at Doncaster. Unless Holloway signs a different type of striker NOW he will still be saying on the final day of the season "we still havn't found the right combination up front!" Next season in League 1 will be even worse because Jackson, Campbell, Morison and possibly McDonald will have gone leaving us with Easter and Marquis to find the back of the net!!!

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  • March 12, 2014 at 10:49
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    our strikers are all million dollar flop that no one wants

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