|Briggs 27||Venue: The Den
MILLWALL survived a scare to reach the second round of the Capital One Cup.
A spirited Wycombe side ran them close at The Den but Matthew Briggs' first-half strike proved enough for the Lions to progress.
Briggs went from hero to villain when he was shown a second yellow card after the break – having been booked for removing his shirt whilst celebrating the goal.
The Chairboys had chances to draw level but Millwall used their nous and experience to see out the final half an hour with ten men.
Ian Holloway made seven changes to his starting XI, with David Forde, Alan Dunne, Scott McDonald and Jimmy Abdou the only surviving members of the side that beat Leeds.
In came Lee Gregory, Jermaine Easter, Magaye Gueye, Danny Shittu, Byron Webster, Josh Wright and Briggs as Holloway shuffled his pack.
With so many alterations made to the side, it was perhaps unsurprising that Millwall looked disjointed in the opening exchanges.
It took a diving David Forde save in the seventh minute to keep out Paul Hayes, whose first-time volley from inside the area looked goal-bound until the 'keeper's intervention.
And moments later, Paris Cowan-Hall rose above Briggs at the far post to head narrowly wide as the Lions continued to look unsettled.
In the 25th minute, Byron Webster's loose pass was intercepted by Sam Wood, who strode forward and unleashed a fizzing drive that Forde did well to claim at the first attempt.
An animated Holloway was clearly unhappy with his side's start to the match, gesturing furiously in the dugout, but he soon saw them take the lead against the run of play.
After a lengthy spell of Millwall possession, McDonald's clever flick found Briggs bursting into the area and he scored with a composed finish from a narrow angle.
Despite falling behind, Wycombe continued to create the better chances with a last-ditch Webster tackle preventing Wood from striking the equaliser.
Forde was called into action again on the stroke of half time to palm away Sido Jombati's effort and ensure the Lions went into half time with their advantage intact.
Millwall were forced into an early second-half change when Gueye went down with a shoulder complaint and was replaced by Fred Onyedinma.
Briggs was then given his marching orders by referee Andy D'Urso on the hour mark when he caught Jombati with a high boot.
D'Urso then turned down a Lions penalty appeal when Onyedinma went down in the box after appearing to be tripped by goalkeeper Matt Ingram.
Millwall actually improved after going a man down and nearly extended their lead when Gregory sent a curling drive inches over the bar from 20 yards.
Wycombe substitute Steven Craig spurned two headed chances in the dying stages but the visitors were left to rue their missed opportunities.