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Posted Tue 10 Apr 12 at 15:49 PM

Millwall 2 Hull City 0

Millwall paid the best possible tribute to the late Barry Kitchener as a resolute defensive performance coupled with goals from Harry Kane and Andy Keogh helped The Lions seal three crucial points against Hull City.
With many fans paying their respects to the Lions legend before the game, you got the feeling that today might be the day that Millwall managed to record the elusive home victory that had evaded them throughout 2012, and the long-awaited 1,000th home league win.
And so it proved as Kane's 25th-minute header settled the home side before Keogh made sure of the points with a second half penalty.
With Darius Henderson missing, it was left for the pair to spearhead the Lions attack, with a return to the squad of fellow forwards Shaun Batt and John Marquis.
However it was the visitors who produced the first real opening of the match. Some neat build up play saw Richard Garcia released on the left-hand side of the box and he had all the time in the world to check back onto his right foot before firing straight at Maik Taylor.
The let off spurred on the hosts and they promptly went in front. James Henry swung over a fizzing corner from the left and Spurs loanee Kane was strong enough to hold off a defender and power a header down and past Hull's on-loan Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone.
The lively Kane was very nearly gifted a second, minutes later, as he capitalised on an errant pass and drove towards goal. Unfortunately, he could not muster enough power on his left-foot shot to trouble Mannone, who saved down low to his right with ease.
An even better chance fell the frontman's way on 33 minutes. Tony Craig's pinpoint cross was helped into his path by strike partner Keogh but, at full stretch, he could only divert the ball wide. Three minutes later, Millwall again carved out a golden chance as Kane's shot was deflected into the path of Josh Wright in space to the right of the goal, but he contrived to guide a curling effort wide.
The Tigers introduced Matty Fryatt at half time to try and pose a greater threat going forward but any pressure they could muster was brilliantly dealt with by skipper Paul Robinson, supported superbly by Shane Lowry, as the duo refused to allow Hull even a sniff at Taylor's goal.
Whilst City were enjoying the greater share of possession in the second period, Millwall were quite happy to soak up the pressure and attack on the counter, and one such foray forward saw Kane seemingly bundled over in the box. Referee Darren Deadman however, waved away claims for a penalty.
But the official was soon pointing to the spot as Keogh broke free down the right, cut inside onto his left foot but was felled by a clumsy challenge from Liam Cooper. With usual penalty taker Henderson missing, it was left to Irishman Keogh to step up and send Mannone the wrong way for his sixth goal in a Lions shirt.
From then on it was all about keeping the clean sheet but the home element of the 12,372-strong rose to their feet to welcome the introduction of Batt as a 90th-minute substitute for the tireless Keogh.
By that time, of course, the game was up and upon the final whistle, Millwall were left celebrating their 1,000th home League win and three vital points in the fight for Championship survival.

Millwall: Taylor, Smith, Robinson, Lowry, Craig, Henry, Abdou, Wright, Bouazza (Feeney, 53mins), Kane, Keogh (Batt, 90mins). Subs not used: Forde, Dunne, Marquis.
Scorer: Kane (25mins), Keogh (pen 81mins)
Bookings: Lowry (71 mins)

Hull: Mannone, Rosenior (King, 69mins), Bradley, Cooper, Dawson, Stewart (Fryatt, 46mins), Cairney, Evans, McKenna, Garcia, Mclean (Brady, 75mins). Subs not used: Gulacsi, Olofinjana.
Bookings: Garcia (73mins), Dawson (80mins), McKenna (85mins)

Att: 12,372 (away 393)
Ref: D. Deadman

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