Report: Brighton 0-1 Millwall

LEE Gregory's fourth goal of the season earned Millwall a vital win at Brighton.

Gregory tucked away one of few clear-cut chances in a scrappy match to move the Lions up to 17th in the Championship table.

The visitors were holding onto their lead for long spells but Danny Shittu marshalled the back four to a hard-earned clean sheet – just a week after Millwall conceded five to Middlesbrough.

It wasn't pretty but the three points were all that mattered for the Lions.

Spaniard Angel Martinez made his first Millwall appearance at the Amex Stadium and his inclusion was one of five changes made by Ian Holloway to the starting XI.

Magaye Gueye, Martyn Woolford, Danny Shittu and Mark Beevers also came into the side as the Lions went with a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Both sides have been on miserable runs of form in recent weeks but Millwall made the markedly better start on the south coast.

After Solly March saw a deflected shot held by David Forde, the Lions took a grip on the early proceedings with some sharp passing and neat interplay.

A clever reverse pass from Martyn Woolford found the run of Gregory inside the box but the striker's snapshot was deflected behind for a corner.

Scott McDonald then fired over the bar from long range after a quickly-taken free kick before successive Scott Malone crosses were scrambled clear by the Seagulls.

But the Lions deservedly took the lead in the 15th minute when Gueye's miss-hit fell kindly to Gregory, who steered his shot across goal and inside the far post.

Brighton's nerves were evident but Millwall failed to ram home their advantage after going in front.

Instead, Sami Hyypia's side edged their way back into the game, with Gary Gardner going close from a free kick and Forde denying Jake Forster-Caskey.

Gardner side-footed over in the 33rd minute before Forde palmed behind Joao Teixeira's drive at his near post.

By the end of the half, the visitors were sitting deeper and deeper inside their own half but they took their 1-0 advantage into the break.

The second period began in a similar fashion, with Brighton on the front foot and looking the more dangerous of the two sides.

Darren Bent, who had been anonymous in the opening 45 minutes, suddenly had two chances in quick succession but shot into the side netting before heading wide.

The Seagulls then carved out their best opportunity so far when Adam Chicksen crossed for March, who was unmarked but fired wide on the half-volley.

At the other end, Gueye's free kick drifted over and Martinez's low drive was pushed away by Stockdale as Millwall finally generated a bit of forward momentum.

Five minutes were added on by the fourth official but the Lions dug deep to clear a flurry of crosses and corners into their box and claim a crucial victory.



9 thoughts on “Report: Brighton 0-1 Millwall

  • December 12, 2014 at 22:28

    About time too....mmmmmiiiiiiiiiillllllllllweeeaaaaaaaalllllllllll

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  • December 12, 2014 at 22:29

    Sorry about the eeee

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  • December 12, 2014 at 23:03

    Good to see Shittu adding some nouse and command to the defence. Boy, has he been missed. Kudos to Holloway for dropping Dunne. Ratings:

    Forde 8 Made all the right decisions
    Wilkinson 6 Committed but skinned a bit too often by Texxiera
    Shittu 9 Magnificent
    Malone 7 Good contribution, especially going forward
    Beevers 8 great performance, so solid
    Woolford 6 full of running, but gave the ball away too much
    McDonald 5 Committed but largely failed to add anything
    Gueye 6 Back to front contribution but not cutting in attack
    Gregory 8 Well taken goal and worked his socks off
    Angel 6 Looked a bit short of sharpness but the quality is there
    Williams 8 Box to box performance

    One thing I would add is we lacked a bit of composure and gave the ball away a bit too easily but I am sure IH will be all over that on Monday. Defence was excellent, though. How long has it been since we can say that?

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    • December 13, 2014 at 00:03

      @junkmale: Good assessment I think apart from McDonald who I would give a 7 for energy & effort which is needed in CM, Angel did not do much but as you said first game so he may do better, should stay in the team for next match, I would bring Martin in if fit in for the next game in place of Gueye, he worked hard but not enough quality going forward but no other changes for me next game

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    • December 13, 2014 at 00:05

      @junkmale: I wouldn't argue with those ratings - especially at central defence where with Shittu & Beavers we looked the most solid we have for ages. Admittedly Brighton were awful and it was the perfect time to play them, but still a good win that'll hopefully kick-start our season again.

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      • December 13, 2014 at 11:59

        @Micky Lions: Keep this Defence of Wilkinson, Beevers And Big Danny Shittu, they look strong and secure, able to go up and support the forward line plus get back to defend confidently.Forde was happy with the good cover , and the Super Lion Supporters were singing their praises for Shittu & Co! ( NOLU, WDC ).

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        • December 13, 2014 at 12:20

          Personally I thought Forde was Dannys equal

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  • December 13, 2014 at 01:16

    here look - shittu wasn't magnificent - he has a wealth of experience and good tonight it helped ... but against perhaps one of the most toothless attacks in the league - so it suits him to sit back with a deep midfield and mop up - but against better forward lines he will be exposed especially at home --
    is there a case for playing him away with the aim of keeping the oppo to 1 goal and that way we always have chance

    at home where we have to make the running is there the case for a different defence - home and away different teams - maybe

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  • December 13, 2014 at 07:33

    @junkmale I think take woolford out he was switching with Gregory all the match because he couldn't track Bruno back and gueye played well in attack and defense he may have not meant it but he got assist

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