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Match Report: Millwall 1-0 Fleetwood Town

19 April 2016

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Steve Morison netted the game's only goal after the break

Fleetwood Town’s five game unbeaten league run came to an end in South East London this evening as they were beaten narrowly by Millwall.

Steve Morison opened the scoring for the Lions early into the second period, as he beat Chris Maxwell with an expert chip from inside the box.

Manager Steven Pressley named an unchanged squad for the fourth successive game as the Cod Army made the trip to The Den for the first ever time.

The game’s opening was one of very few chances, however the home side did carry a threat through Morison’s aerial prowess.

Town settled into the game nicely though and were seeing plenty of the ball in midfield, with Eggert Jonsson, Jimmy Ryan and Antoni Sarcevic working tirelessly.

Midway through the half, Lions keeper Jordan Archer fumbled Ryan’s long range strike and Wes Burns reacted well to the follow up but was deemed offside.

Lee Gregory later spinned his marker on the edge of the box for the Lions, but shot over Maxwell’s bar from a good position.

Conor McLaughlin, Nathan Pond, Stephen Jordan and Amari’i Bell were coping well with Millwall’s set-piece play, and were defending astutely.

Bobby Grant had the game’s best chance on 40 minutes when the ball broke to him in the area, and he fired against the bar on the half volley.

The Cod Army were then denied a blatant penalty before the break as Ryan was tumbled in the area, however referee Ross Joyce waved away appeals.

Morison gave Millwall the lead eight minutes after the interval when he expertly chipped the ball over Maxwell inside the box.

Archer was called into action soon after as he denied Grant from point blank range after Stefan Scougall had slipped him in.

Chris Taylor went close to doubling the advantage on the hour when he rose above his man in the box but headed wide of Maxwell’s near post.

Scougall and Burns were combing well, and the man on loan from Bristol City latched on to the Scotsman’s pass before firing just over.

Pressley introduced Devante Cole, David Ball and Ash Hunter as the half wore on, and the latter forced Archer to tip his fierce effort behind soon after coming on.

Burns went close late on when his dipping 25 yard free kick went just wide of the post, but Town were unable to find an equaliser.

Picture courtesy of Camera Sport

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