Report: Millwall 1-2 Brighton

GOALS from Ashley Barnes and Adam El-Abd condemned ten-man Millwall to their third successive Championship defeat.

Debutant Chris Wood pulled a goal back for the Lions in the second half, but Brighton were good value for their victory and would have won by a bigger margin had it not been for goal-line clearances by Shane Lowry and Liam Trotter in either half.

Manager Kenny Jackett had shaken up his startling line-up in the wake of the 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City in midweek, handing West Brom loanee Wood his first start and dropping goalkeeper Maik Taylor for David Forde.



It was Wood who spurned the game's first chance, heading Scott Malone's cross straight at the feet of Tomasz Kuszczak in the fourth minute.

At the other end, Wayne Bridge saw his skidding shot saved by Forde before Will Buckley placed an effort a foot wide of the far post at the end of a jinking run.

Albion took the lead in the 17th minute when Malone and Trotter were beaten cheaply by Buckley, whose low cut-back was smashed home by Barnes from ten yards.



Millwall were slow to respond to going behind but Wood and Malone combined to good effect again in the 26th minute, with the former scooping the latter's cross over the bar from a narrow angle.

But Albion went close to doubling their lead when Buckley latched onto a long pass and nodded the ball past the advancing Forde – only to see his shot hammered clear by Lowry.

James Henry sprung into action as half-time approached, first testing Kuszczak with a curling shot from the edge of the area and then seeing the former Manchester United stopper spill his drilled cross with Trotter and Keogh waiting to pounce – but neither could capitalise.

The Lions were building up a head of steam going into half-time but their good work was undone when El-Abd rifled in a second goal for Brighton after Andrea Orlandi's corner was poorly dealt with.

And it was nearly 3-0 when Barnes' header from Gary Dicker's cross was cleared off the line by Trotter.

But the game finally appeared to be beyond Millwall's reach when substitute Chris Taylor was shown a second yellow card for a robust challenge on Kuszczak – even though the winger appeared to have made minimal contact with the keeper.

However, Wood rifled in from a narrow angle in the 79th minute to set up a dramatic finale – and nearly grabbed a last-gasp equaliser when the ball fell to him at the back-post in stoppage time, only for Kuszczak to made a crucial block.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Malone (Robinson, 62mins), Abdou, Lowry, Osborne, Trotter, Wright, Wood, Keogh (Henderson, 76mins), Henry. Subs not used: M.Taylor, Shittu, Batt, Smith.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor (Calderon, 46mins), Greer, Hammond, El-Abd, Barnes, Orlandi (Lualua, 83mins), Mackail-Smith (Dicker, 42mins), Bridcutt, Bridge, Buckley. Subs not used: Dunk, Dobbie, Ankergren,  Lopez.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

6 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-2 Brighton

  • September 22, 2012 at 22:27
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    Out of ideas and out of form, can only get better from here.

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  • September 23, 2012 at 15:16
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    Never got going till we went down to 10 men ,to much tippie tappy passing need to speed it up !!

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  • September 23, 2012 at 19:47
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    First game that I've been able to get to this season today so an interesting watch,

    Forde...still able to flap around and never inspires me with confidence
    Dunney ....Non stop effort but getting turned too often and left exposed by our midfield
    Lowry.....Prob the best of a poor back 4 today
    Osborne...don't look bothered and I don't think he looks good enough if he was bothered
    Malone...out of his depth and can only play sideways or backwards, doesn't get forward which is a must in home games
    Wright....nope just wrong, contributed nothing really
    Trotter......don't look fit. always plays first 2 games of a season well but was MIA today
    Henry.....Still working hard but no support to exploit his talent
    Jimmy.....couldn't pass to a blue shirt all afternoon
    Wood....Ok but needs more time, not sure if he's first choice above Henderson
    Keogh....Looked off the pace today but didn't get much back up from anyone

    Robbo came on and we seemed to find some leadership
    Chris Taylor....looks proper wall but can't get in the team ??. Silly to get booked in 30 seconds but I thought harsh to get sent off - looked like he never touched the keeper and will be interesting to see the tv footage

    We looked clueless, seemed to be playing a diamond formation in the middle which didn't work and when the ball did get forward we left 2 strikers to slog it out against 4 defenders with no back up.

    We made a semi decent brighton side look decent I thought and if that carry's on it's going to be goodbye kenny and hello league 1 where a performance like that would below par too.

    Anyone else who was there think any different ??

    My typimg finger is exhausted now !!!

    COYL

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    • September 24, 2012 at 00:08
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      Agreed Lion from Birth : )

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