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Posted Tue 29 Sep 09 at 22:48 PM

Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 0

Millwall suffered another 90 minutes of sheer frustration as they drew a blank against Yeovil Town.
Following the lack-lustre display at Orient, Lions boss Kenny Jackett re-shuffled his playing pack in an attempt to provide that all-important spark in front of goal.
Opting for a four-man midfield with Dave Martin on the left flank and James Henry on the right, the intention was clearly to try and use the duo's pace and skill to create chances and improve on a paltry goal return of just seven in the League this season.
To an extent the plan worked, with The Lions dominating possession, but lacking composure and accuracy in front of goal.
Other than a couple of routine saves from Henry and Neil Harris, the main talking point of the opening half was how Yeovil striker Sam Williams escaped with just a yellow card after elbowing keeper David Forde in the face.
The Lions keeper, who carried on with his head heavily bandaged, was then booked by referee Steve Cook for retaliating to a challenge that would usually have seen a red card brandished without hesitation.
Millwall's clearest chances of the half came from Steve Morison with a header that hit the top of the bar and then on 45 minutes when Alan Dunne swung over a deep free-kick from the right that Morison headed over from eight yards.
The striker was replaced by Gary Alexander after the break with Andy Lindegaard coming on to take over the right-back berth from Craig Alcock for The Glovers.
Within seconds of the restart Jimmy Abdou's long forward pass was flicked on by Alexander to Harris, but the latter hooked his effort over from 16 yards.
The home goal then led a charmed life during a frantic three-minute spell in which Yeovil twice hit the woodwork.
First of all, Shaun McDonald's long-range effort was tipped onto the bar by Forde before Jean-Paul Kalala hit a rasping 55th-minute left-footed effort that rattled the bar with Forde stranded.
The home crowd did their best to try and lift the team as Jackett's men huffed and puffed in a bid to make the breakthrough.
Glovers keeper Alex McCarthy was called into action on 61 minutes when he got just enough of the ball to punch Henry's teasing delivery away.
Henry then sent over an inch-perfect free-kick for Harris, only for the latter to head straight into McCarthy's hands.
Jackett brought on former Glover Danny Schofield and Chris Hackett for Martin and Henry with 20 minutes remaining, with Schofield's neat shot-on-the-turn nearly providing an immediate return just seconds after his introduction.
Unfortunately his effort flashed a yard wide of the target.
Schofield then turned provider 12 minutes from time with a fine delivery that Alexander headed wide, with the frontman thwarted once more on 81 minutes with a thumping low shot that McCarthy saved low to his left on the line.
Millwall's last real opportunity came shortly afterwards when Alexander was well-placed to meet Hackett's cross. Sadly, he glanced his header wide of the mark to sum up a disappointing night at The Den.
On a positive note, the team kept a clean sheet for the first time since Southend United on 28th August - it's just fine-tuning in front of goal that remains the immediate concern now.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Smith, Frampton, Fuseini, Ward, Martin (Schofield, 70mins), Abdou, Harris, Morison (Alexander, 46mins), Henry (Hackett, 69mins). Subs not used: Sullivan, Barron, Bolder, Laird.
Bookings: Forde (35mins), Alexander (73mins), Fuseini (90+5mins)

Yeovil Town: McCarthy, Alcock (Lindegaard, 46mins), Jones, Caulker, Forbes, Williams, Tomlin, Welsh, Kalala (O'Callaghan, 69mins), McDonald, Davies (Murtagh, 84mins). Subs not used: Martin, Murray, Smith, McCollin.
Bookings: Williams (34mins), Davies (45mins), Jones (67mins), Forbes (73mins)

Ref: Steve Cook
Att: 6,617 (away 156)

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