Report: Charlton 0-0 Millwall

MILLWALL extended their unbeaten run against Charlton in a goalless draw at The Valley.

The Lions, who have not lost to their south London rivals since 1996, went close to stealing the points when sub Jermaine Easter's shot was turned around a post.

But they survived a major scare in stoppage time when George Tucudean lifted the ball over David Forde only to be thwarted by Byron Webster's recovery tackle.



So a draw was a fair result between two sides who have enjoyed differing fortunes this season but looked well-matched during a close contest.

Millwall were handed a major injury boost ahead of kick off with the news that key trio Shaun Williams, Scott McDonald and Scott Malone were fit enough to start.

Webster, Ed Upson and Martyn Woolford all came into the line up as Ian Holloway named arguably his strongest XI of the season.



Charlton top-scorer Igor Vetokele had been a doubt before the game but started up front and headed the first chance wide in the sixth minute.

Woolford, who required some early treatment after landing awkwardly in the box, then dragged wide after the Lions did well to work a shooting opportunity.

After an even opening, the Addicks steadily took a grip on proceedings, forcing three successive corners during a spell of pressure in the 24th minute.

Millwall had their first meaningful effort on the half-hour mark when Upson met Lee Martin's cross with a header, but 'keeper Nick Pope held on.

Andre Bikey headed a similar opportunity straight at David Forde before a dangerous-looking Upson shot was blocked in front of goal.

The Lions finished the half strongly and could have gone ahead when Martin crossed towards Gregory and Woolford, but neither could get a touch on the ball.

Millwall had the ball in the net early in the second period but the whistle had long buy cheap effexor online gone for offside by the time McDonald's shot went in off the post.

At the other end, Dunne made an important block to deflect Callum Harriott's shot behind as the Lions weathered a string of corners.

They could have gone in front, though, when Williams' stunning pass picked out Gregory, who couldn't direct his side-foot on target.

Johann Gudmundsson and Harriott both had efforts saved by Forde but, after Ricardo Fuller's introduction from the bench, the visitors looked the better side.

The Jamaican blazed over from distance with virtually his first touch before McDonald dragged wide of the target after a lengthy spell of possession.

Martin was cynically tripped by Andre Bikey in the 75th minute and, from the resulting free kick, Williams' low drive was saved by Pope.

Easter, who had come on in place of Upson, then picked out the overlapping run of Malone, whose shot was held by the Addicks 'keeper at his near post.

Then came Millwall's best chance in the 80th minute as Easter broke into box and drilled the ball across goal, only for Pope to push his shot wide of the target.

Pope made yet another save when McDonald's shot deflected off Fuller as the visitors grew in stature in the closing stages.

Easter had a good shout for a penalty turned down when he was manhandled by Bikey in the box, but Charlton broke and could have won it at the death.

Vetokele turned on the halfway line and picked out Gudmundson, who lifted the ball over Forde but was challenged by Webster as he bore down on an empty net.

From the resulting corner, Vetokele got a foot to the ball but his snap-shot went straight at Forde and the game finished goalless.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

7 thoughts on “Report: Charlton 0-0 Millwall

  • November 22, 2014 at 17:25
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    I'll take a point given Charlton's position/our away form but that now means 1 win in 13. Lomas' head would be on a silver platter by now. Clean sheet is a positive but we need more creativity, Woolford isn't cutting it anymore.

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  • November 22, 2014 at 17:31
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    Got to say DUNNEY superb today.

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  • November 22, 2014 at 17:43
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    My first Post on here. I wasn't able to get a ticket so watched it online, all season I have been saying and seen others say that Webster and Beevers should play together as our strongest defence, we pick them clean sheet proves us right. We said to play Gregory he played him against Birmingham he scores and ever since looks dangerous with his movement. We say play 442 he does that against wolves when we are 3 0 down we come back to 3 3 how is he not learning from his mistakes and we all can see that. I am a big fan of Holloway as since he has come to us he has made good signings (in the most part) enhanced facilities, favoured youth where possible. However, until he learns from his mistakes and picks the right players in the right formation we won't improve and a point today really isn't good enough against an average Charlton side and it puts us right down there now and in trouble. IMPROVEMENT NEEDED AND QUICKLY.

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  • November 22, 2014 at 17:51
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    Good point away from home against a side in the top half, need a few wins on the board as we are now looking over our shoulder

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  • November 22, 2014 at 18:19
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    I just dont see such a big improvement,we only play decent football for small periods in games and would rather lump it up top where there is no one to win it. There is no pattern to our play its looks like school boy football at times and it needs to change quick. One point from saftey and the teams below us are starting to improve.

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  • November 22, 2014 at 18:20
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    safety

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  • November 23, 2014 at 10:57
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    Probably the strongest team we could've put out today. No doubt that will change Ollie will put Dunne in for Webster and Wilkinson back to RB I think though I would rather see Wilkinson at RB Instead of Dunne and leave the CB alone their only mistakes came from miscommunication which will iron itself out if they play plenty of games together. Dunne got caught out of position far to many times for me today but he did make a couple of cracking tackles and blocks. Fuller done well when he came on made a difference straight away. I would've liked to see him play with Gregory instead of Easter as I don't rate Easter at all anymore he just looks like he isn't interested and come January we should let him go and bring a target man who can play 90 mins and has a bit of urgency about them. We need to close the opposition down better Charlton like Brentford the other week had far to much time on the ball and when playing against sides who can knock it about well we cant let them get into a rhythm and take the pxss. NOLU WDC

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