|Maierhofer 28||Venue: The Den
|Scannell 17, Butterfield 74, Vaughan pen 86|
MILLWALL wasted a golden opportunity to move out of the relegation zone as they were beaten 3-1 by ten-man Huddersfield.
The Lions looked to be in command after Stefan Maierhofer cancelled out Sean Scannell's opener and Nahki Wells was sent off in the 51st minute.
But Millwall failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage and David Forde handed the Terriers the initiative when he was beaten too easily by Jacob Butterfield's long-range shot.
Things went from bad to worse in the 86th minute when Shaun Williams bundled over Harry Bunn inside the area and James Vaughan converted from the spot.
Brighton's defeat to Nottingham Forest means Millwall are still only two points adrift of safety but this was a big chance spurned to climb out of the bottom three.
Following on from last weekend's 1-0 win over Forest, manager Ian Holloway made just one change to his starting line up.
Winger Lee Martin (bruised ribs) dropped out of the side after failing a late fitness test, with Ed Upson coming into the XI to replace him.
Diego Fabbrini has proved an instant hit since his arrival at The Den and he created the first chance of the game in the 7th minute, bursting through midfield before spreading the play to Magaye Gueye.
Gueye was in space inside the box but a poor first touch led to a second and he was off-balance when he eventually struck his shot, which was pushed away by Alex Smithies.
The Lions were building up a head of steam and they struck the bar when Upson controlled a high ball before finding Maierhofer, whose shot from an acute angle came back off the woodwork.
But the visitors took the lead against the run of play when Scannell finished emphatically beyond Forde after Wells' lobbed through ball beat the offside trap, despite Millwall's protests.
Huddersfield's lead lasted just 11 minutes, however, as Maierhofer bundled the ball over the line after Mark Beevers' initial effort had been saved.
Gueye could have put the Lions in front for the first time but drilled wide before Scannell fired into the side netting at the other end.
Scannell, who was a transfer target for Holloway back in August, then teed up Harry Bunn on the edge of the box and the winger's first-time effort clattered the bar.
Forde palmed Wells' looping header behind for a corner as Huddersfield finished the first half in the ascendency.
But the Terriers were reduced to ten men six minutes after the restart when referee Michael Jones showed Wells his second yellow card after a coming together with Shaun Williams.
The Lions were slow to seize the initiative and half-chances for Upson and Beevers came and went without troubling Smithies.
The game was evenly-poised but out of nothing, Huddersfield retook the lead.
Jimmy Abdou was caught on the ball by Butterfield but his route to goal was quickly closed off by three defenders, leaving the midfielder with a long-range shot as his only option.
Butterfield took it, letting fly from at least 30 yards and his effort bounced awkwardly in front of Forde, who inexplicably allowed the ball to squirm through his attempted parry.
Whatever momentum Millwall did have quickly evaporated after that as the tide turned in favour of Huddersfield.
And they made the points safe when Bunn's charging run into the box was halted by Williams, and Vaughan sent Forde the wrong way from 12 yards to make it 3-1.