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Crawley Town 0 Millwall 2

13 July 2013

Full-time from the Broadfield Stadium

Millwall kicked off their pre-season campaign with a solid 2-0 victory at League One side Crawley Town. 

In manager Steve Lomas' first game at the helm, a Jermaine Easter header put The Lions 1-0 up after 14 minutes before an equally good goal, this time from Dany N'Guessan, doubled the tally on 72 minutes. 

Lomas had indicated beforehand that he would use the match as an opportunity to utilise his squad - and that's just what he did, fielding a different team in either half. 

Notable inclusions in the first-half for The Lions were summer signings Easter, Steve Morison and Lee Martin along with former England international Nicky Shorey. 

Left-back Shorey, who has been training with The Lions for the last couple of days to keep up his match fitness levels, was drafted in as regular left-back Shane Lowry missed out with a minor muscle strain. 

In the scorching heat of the Broadfield Stadium it took 14 minutes for The Lions to open their account; Martin's delicious delivery from the left flank was met by Easter and his glancing header gave Paul Jones no chance in the home goal. 

Crawley plugged away but enjoyed little joy as an attacking threat with Millwall looking comfortable throughout. Alan Dunne could have added a second goal just before the half-hour mark when Shorey's deep corner from the right was met by the right-back with a powerful header that flashed wide of the mark. 

Manager Lomas rang the changes at half-time which meant a welcome return to first team action for skipper Paul Robinson following a six-month spell sidelined through injury.

John Paintsil and Lee Croft, who have also been training with the squad these past few days, were handed an opportunity as they too featured in the second-half. 

But it was the more familiar face of John Marquis who was unlucky not to add a second goal on the hour-mark with a double ricochet that hit Crawley keeper Jones in the face. The ball was picked up by N'Guessan, but his first touch was just a tad too strong enabling Jones to collect at the striker's feet.

Marquis then forced a smart stop from sub keeper Jonathan Maddison, who palmed away the front man's stinging shot before seeing another effort, this time a header, fly wide of the post.

However a second goal duly arrived 18 minutes from time. A fine piece of work by Liam Feeney on the right saw the winger beat two men and despatch a cross that N'Guessan met to head home from close range. 

A thunderous drive by Josh Wright was deflected over as The Lions showed no sign of wilting in the heat. But for all their effort a third goal was not forthcoming to put the seal on proceedings.

 

Crawley Town (first half): Jones, Sadler, Connolly, McFadzean, Essam, Torres, Alexander, Adams, Stinson, Jones, Smith (Clarke, 29mins). Subs not used: Robinson, Clarke, Melville, Isaacs, Day, Proctor, Bulman, Levy, Adekunle, Virgo, Malins, Maddison.

 

Crawley Town (second half): Jones (Maddison, 64mins), Connolly, McFadzean (Virgo, 64min), Essam, Torres (Adekunle, 46mins), Alexander (Melville, 64mins), Adams, Stinson (Day, 83mins), Jones, Clarke (Levy, 83mins) Sadler (Robinson, 64mins). Subs not used: Isaacs, Proctor, Bulman, Malins, Maddison

 

Millwall (first half): Forde, Dunne, Shorey, Shittu, Osborne, Abdou, Smith, Martin, Easter, Morison, Henry. Subs not used: Bywater, Wright, McManus, Robinson, Goodman, Feeney, Marquis, Woolford, Paintsil, Penny, Croft, Malone, Beevers, N'Guessan.

Scorer: Easter (14mins)

 

Millwall (second half): Bywater, Wright, Robinson, Feeney, Marquis, Woolford, Paintsil, Croft, Malone, Beevers, N'Guessan. Subs not used: Goodman and McManus.

Scorer: N'Guessan (72mins)

 

Ref: A. Davies

Att: 1,391 (away 650)


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