By Jake Sanders
MILLWALL suffered their third straight Championship defeat as they were beaten 3-1 by leaders Norwich City at The Den.
Marco Stiepermann put the visitors in front on 16 minutes before Shaun Williams bagged for first goal since December to level it up just before the break. But two goals in 10 second-half minutes from Christoph Zimmermann and Teemu Pukki sent the Cananries top of the league.
As for Millwalll, with both Rotherham and Reading taking maximum points, Neil Harris' side sit just one point above the relegation zone ahead of their crucial trip to Bolton Wanderers next week.
The Lions started like a house on fire and came within inches of taking the lead inside the opening five minutes. Jed Wallace whipped over a corner to the back-post and Jake Cooper climbed highest and headed towards goal, but his effort was somehow blocked on the line Stiepermann, as was Steve Morison's goal-bound follow-up.
Moments later, Morison – making his first start in any competition since 15 December – fed Gregory, but his curling effort was easily saved by Tim Krul in the Norwich goal.
But despite their positive start, it was visitors that went in front on 16 minutes. Onel Hernandez played a neat one-two with Emiliano Buendia before his shot was excellently saved by Jordan Archer, but Stiepermann was on hand to thump home the rebound, coolly avoiding two Lions players on the line.
Daniel Farke's men had a wonderful opportunity to double their lead just before the interval, but Pukki couldn't beat Archer after latching on to a delicious through pass from Buendia.
The Canaries began seemed on control of the game but were hit with a sucker-punch just moments before the break. Shane Ferguson's low corner was flicked on by Morison back into the danger-zone and Shaun Williams was there to head home from close-range.
Millwall began the second period just like they did the first, but it was Norwich that came closest to scoring the games third goal. Max Aarons collected the ball on the right and fired towards the far corner, but his curling strike dropped marginally wide of the far post.
That third goal did eventually come and it was the Canaries that got it as Zimmermann sent a thumping header past Archer on 69 minutes from Buendia's corner.
Harris' side looked for an immediate response, but it was the visitors that extended their lead less than ten minutes later as Teemu Pukki got between Cooper and Shaun Hutchinson before firing into the top corner after being put through by Buendia.
Millwall should have reduced the deficit five minutes from time, but Morison and Mahlon Romeo were denied by Krul before substitute Aiden O'Brien fired wide.
Up the other end, Pukki came close to a fourth for Norwich, but Archer palmed away his low strike and despite the Lions throwing everything forward late on, they were unable to influence the scoreline and remain winless at home in the league in 2019.
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