October 27, 2012
Lions maul Huddersfield to extend run
Millwall extended their unbeaten run in the npower Championship to six games with an impressive 4-0 victory over high-flying Huddersfield at the Den.
Striker Chris Wood took his Lions tally to five since arriving on loan in September, with a brace either side of the break, while James Henry and Liam Trotter added goals after 78 and 87 minutes respectively to cement the win.
Huddersfield had Jack Hunt sent off on a straight red card late on, as Millwall celebrated only their fourth league win of the season.
Lee Novak took just two minutes to scare the hosts with a 20-yard strike that sailed over the bar but neither side could take full control of early proceedings.
It needed Wood, brought in on loan from West Brom, to rouse Millwall from their slumber, as he shot from outside the penalty box only to see it go wide of the left-hand post.
Huddersfield looked to have taken the initiative by peppering Millwall's defence with a string of corners, but the Lions' resolve finally yielded the opener just before the half hour mark.
Darius Henderson won the ball back in midfield and did well to cross in from the left for a grateful Wood who made no mistake in sliding the ball in from 12 yards past Terriers keeper Alex Smithies.
Keith Southern attempted to restore parity for the visitors but could only fire over from close range, while Jermaine Beckford did well to make room in the box after 37 minutes but his tight-angle shot went wide.
Huddersfield controlled possession early in the second half with Millwall once again content to absorb pressure and wait for the opportune moment.
And it came after back-to-back Terriers corners, as a quick break by Millwall after 60 minutes saw them outnumber Huddersfield five to three as Henry fed Wood through for a neat finish and his second goal of the game.
Huddersfield were forced into a change as an injury to Anthony Gerrard brought Paul Dixon on before manager Simon Grayson brought Sean Scannell on for Daniel Ward.
But the visitors could not find the killer pass to get back in the game, as Millwall scuppered their efforts in the final third.
Wood then turned provider, unselfishly laying off the ball for Henry from the left hand side, and the midfielder produced a calm strike deep inside the box to all but finish the game off.
Huddersfield's best chance of the second half came late on as Adam Hammill fired straight at Millwall keeper David Forde.
The Terriers' misery was compounded when Hunt was sent off five minutes from time for violent conduct, and Trotter then rounded up Millwall's victory with a superb curling finish after 87 minutes.
|1 David Forde||1 Alex Smithies|
|2 Alan Dunne||5 Peter Clarke|
|3 Dan Shittu||6 Anthony Gerrard|
|16 Mark Beevers||33 Joel Lynch|
|12 Shane Lowry||32 Jack Hunt|
|26 Nadjim Abdou||24 Keith Southern|
|19 Chris Taylor||14 Adam Hammill|
|6 Liam Trotter||8 Adam Clayton|
|14 James Henry||11 Daniel Ward|
|7 Darius Henderson||21 Jermaine Beckford|
|39 Chris Wood||9 Lee Novak|
|33 Maik Taylor||Ian Bennett 13|
|28 Scott Malone||Paul Dixon 3|
|8 Therry Racon||Callum Woods 2|
|15 Liam Feeney||Anton Robinson 22|
|4 Josh Wright||Oliver Norwood 4|
|20 Andrew Keogh||Alan Lee 19|
|22 Dany N'Guessan||Sean Scannell 7|
|Josh Wright for James Henry (90)||Paul Dixon for Anthony Gerrard (63)|
|Sean Scannell for Daniel Ward (69)|
|Oliver Norwood for Lee Novak (82)|
|Alan Dunne (54)||Joel Lynch (42)|
|Jack Hunt (86)|
|· Rosters: Millwall | Huddersfield Town|