January 1, 2013
Smith strike snatches win
Adam Smith's first goal for the club gave Millwall a much-needed 2-1 victory against struggling Bristol City.
The Tottenham loanee fired home with 15 minutes to go to secure the Lions their first win in four games and keep them in the play-off mix in the npower Championship.
Dany N'Guessan powered Kenny Jackett's men into a first-half lead before Jon Stead steered a first-time shot beyond David Forde, but City were level for just 12 minutes before Smith's match-winning volley.
Millwall started brightly as they looked to bounce back from Saturday's defeat at Cardiff, Darius Henderson heading wide from inside the box after just 56 seconds following a cross from Liam Feeney.
City goalkeeper Tom Heaton was tested for the first time in the 16th minute, Liam Trotter's effort from the left-hand side of the box being parried by the former Manchester United player.
But Heaton could do nothing about the home side's opener three minutes later, N'Guessan cracking a left-footed shot just out of reach of the 26-year-old to give Millwall a deserved lead with his first of the season.
Three minutes later Danny Shittu tried his luck from 40 yards but the experienced centre-back did not come close to doubling their advantage.
The Lions then missed a great chance to open up a comfortable lead against a side they had failed to beat in the last four League games when Mark Beevers headed just wide of the post from James Henry's corner.
Having offered very little going forward Derek McInnes made the unusual decision of taking off two of his players and changing his side's tactics a minute before the interval. City's double change saw Liam Fontaine and Paul Anderson replaced by Sam Baldock, their two-goal hero on Saturday, and Martyn Woolford with the side moving to 4-4-2.
That change seemed to have the desired effect with Neil Danns' powerful 18-yard shot being tipped round the post by David Forde two minutes into the second half, the visitors first real chance of note.
And only a last-ditch tackle from Shittu denied Woolford just as he was preparing to pull the trigger.
As the game hit the hour mark the visitors upped the tempo, Woolford shooting wide and then Baldock's 25-yard strike forced Forde into a fine stop.
It was no surprise when Stead delighted the 394 travelling fans with a leveller in the 63rd minute. Albert Adomah's long ball found the former Blackburn striker unmarked in front of goal and he guided the ball home.
Millwall's response was immediate with Heaton making two fine saves to deny Trotter and then Smith from putting the Lions back infront.
Smith may have been denied from 20 yards by Forde but he was on the scoresheet with a thumping volley in the 75th minute after Henry's free-kick was knocked down into his path.
Trotter almost secured the points with four minutes to go from long range but Heaton made another fine save and at the other end Forde denied Adomah.
|1 David Forde||1 Tom Heaton|
|3 Dan Shittu||3 Mark Wilson|
|16 Mark Beevers||4 Liam Fontaine|
|12 Shane Lowry||39 Matthew Bates|
|25 Adam Smith||19 Stephen McManus|
|26 Nadjim Abdou||17 Greg Cunningham|
|6 Liam Trotter||38 Neil Danns|
|14 James Henry||14 Cole Skuse|
|15 Liam Feeney||21 Paul Anderson|
|7 Darius Henderson||27 Albert Adomah|
|22 Dany N'Guessan||9 Jonathan Stead|
|33 Maik Taylor||Dean Gerken 22|
|2 Alan Dunne||Louis Carey 6|
|21 Jack Smith||Joe Edwards 23|
|27 Karleigh Osborne||Marvin Elliott 25|
|4 Josh Wright||Martyn Woolford 11|
|11 Shaun Batt||Ryan Taylor 18|
|9 John Marquis||Sam Baldock 7|
|Jack Smith for Darius Henderson (82)||Sam Baldock for Liam Fontaine (45)|
|Shaun Batt for Dany N'Guessan (90)||Martyn Woolford for Paul Anderson (45)|
|Ryan Taylor for Mark Wilson (89)|
|James Henry (90)||Neil Danns (45)|
|Albert Adomah (90)|
|· Squads: Millwall | Bristol City|