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Match Report


Posted Sat 17 Sep 11 at 20:32 PM

Millwall 0 West Ham United 0

Millwall and West Ham United shared the honours as the two London rivals battled out an entertaining goalless draw in front of a season's best Den crowd of 16,078.
The two teams played their part in serving up an entertaining match that produced scoring chances for both The Lions and Hammers, with neither outfit producing that moment of magic to break the deadlock.
For Lions boss Kenny Jackett, there were plenty of positives to come out of his team's resolute, compact display as his charges brought an end to West Ham's 100 per cent away record this season.
"It was a tight game with few chances at either end," said Kenny.
"We gave as good as we got and I'm pleased with the clean sheet.
We are still looking for the right formula up front but it will come."
There was plenty of effort, endeavour and a big dose of passion on offer - and that was just from The Den faithful who were in magnificent voice throughout!
From skipper Paul Robinson, who had England striker Carlton Cole tucked in his back pocket throughout, to Jimmy Abdou's magnificent contribution in midfield and the tireless shift put in by John Marquis up front, this was a dogged, determined display by a Millwall side who were good value for a draw, and their fourth clean sheet in five games on home soil.
There could very easily have been a sensational start to the game when Millwall lost possession immediately after kicking off, with keeper David Forde still setting up in goal after the two teams switched sides.
Henri Lansbury attempted to catch him off guard with a low drive from distance that thankfully bobbled wide as the furious Lions protested to referee Lee Mason that he had blown his whistle to kick-off before Forde was ready.
However, it was Millwall, roared on by the home fans, who showed greater attacking endeavour in the early stages, with Hamer Bouazza's fierce drive after 10 minutes spilled in unconvincing fashion by Robert Green at the expense of a corner.
A soft shot from Cole was comfortably dealt with by Forde as The Hammers started to settle into their stride, but it was Liam Trotter who went close on the quarter hour mark, capitalising on some sloppy defending by James Tomkins and surging forward, only for his shot to lack the necessary power to beat Green.
George McCartney lashed the ball wildly over the bar and then Lansbury had two cracks at goal, the latter rattling the crossbar with the closest chance of the half.
But back came The Lions and when Abdou evaded a scything late challenge from Kevin Nolan and sprayed the ball to Jordan Stewart on the left flank. Stewart's inviting delivery should have been buried by Trotter on the stroke of half-time, but he was only able to drill the ball over at full stretch.
West Ham looked more comfortable in the opening stages of the second half, but it was Millwall who threatened when Bouazza snatched at his shot after working some space out on the left.
The visitors introduced Spurs loanee David Bentley just before the hour mark, whilst Lions boss Jackett brought on James Henry and Jay Simpson for Liam Feeney and Bouazza shortly after in a bid to add some fresh impetus up front.
And the move nearly paid off when a quick break from the home side saw Simpson and James Henry two-on-two at the other end, only for the former's heavy touch to allow Joey O'Brien to avert the danger.
With 20 minutes remaining the visitors embarked on a break of their own following a Millwall corner when Julian Faubert found Lansbury on the right, and his deep delivery was met by Nolan, whose diving header lacked power and direction allowing Forde to save comnfortably.
The visitors had a trio of big opportunities in succession to break the deadlock on 75 minutes when Cole's heavy touch let him down for the first.
Then Faubert's far-post drive was well parried by Forde, and sub Bentley somehow put the rebound wide with the goal at his mercy.
As the game approached the final 10 minutes Trotter's low centre from the right was almost backheeled on target by Henry in audacious fashion and Millwall's third sub Dany N'Guessan brought a fine save from Green in the Hammers goal.
Both teams pressed forward for a late winner, but were unable to make the all-important breakthrough as the game finished even.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Stewart, Abdou, Robinson, Ward, Bouazza (Simpson, 63mins), Mkandawire (N'Guessan, 87mins), Trotter, Marquis, Feeney (Henry, 63mins). Subs not used: Mildenhall, Smith.
Booking: Dunne (18mins)

West Ham United: Green, McCartney, Nolan, Tomkins (Reid, 29mins), Cole, Taylor (Bentley, 59mins), Faye, Noble, O'Brien, Faubert, Lansbury (Baldock, 73mins). Subs not used: Boffin, Carew.
Booking: Cole (38mins)

Ref: L. Mason
Att: 16,078 (away 1,883)

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