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Match Report : 21/10/2014

21 October 2014

Full-time from the DW Stadium

Millwall secured a third consecutive draw - and second successive clean sheet on the road - with a dogged display to earn a share of the spoils at Wigan Athletic. 
Winter certainly put in an early appearance at the DW Stadium as swirling winds and rain made conditions less than favourable for the players, and pretty miserable for the 268 Lions fans who swelled the attendance to 10,201.

Both teams went into action without a Championship win in seven so common sense would have had this match as a nailed on draw - and that is exactly how the game panned out. 

Lions boss Ian Holloway made four changes to the team that shared six goals with Wolves on Saturday, most notably handing a debut to Andy Wilkinson at right-back after the Stoke City defender signed on loan barely 36 hours before kick-off.

Millwall had a lucky let-off with just three minutes on the clock when keeper David Forde picked up a back pass from Alan Dunne but his clearance was charged down into the path of James McClean, who swung a boot and hit his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

Wigan were on the attack again barely 60 seconds later when a corner was worked out to Shaun Maloney and his 20-yarder was acrobatically pushed away by Forde.

In a lively opening Millwall tested Scott Carson in the home goal after seven minutes; a neat one-two between Scott McDonald and Fuller saw the former's low shot blocked by the keeper with Fuller dragging the follow-up harmlessly wide.

Carson then did well to hold an inviting, deep delivery from Martin as The Lions enjoyed a little spell of pressure themselves.

Clear scoring opportunties were at a minimum, however, as the opening half wore on although Martyn Woolford's inswinging corner - Millwall's first of the game - on 30 minutes was tipped onto the roof of the net by Carson.

McDonald went close, latching onto his own flick, and rifling a left-foot drive that was smartly saved by Carson and a couple of minutes before the break a rampaging run down the flank by Wilkinson, racing onto Lee Gregory's header, saw the right-back dispatch an inviting delivery across the face of goal and just beyond the reach of Fuller.

Wigan did have the bll in the back of the net in the 48th-minute from Oriol Riera, but Marc-Antoine Fortune had already been flagged for offside before crossing the ball. Fortune then tested Forde moments later with a low cross that the keeper collected low on the slippery surface.

At the other end Fuller had a great chance to break the deadlock on 55 minutes when he  picked up Martin's deep free-kick from the right eight yards out, but just couldn't get enough purchase on the ball and the opportunity was lost.

Latics sub Callum McManaman, a 62nd-replacement for McClean, went close six minutes after entering the fray when he latched onto a loose ball and saw his chip bounce off the top of the cross bar and away to safety.

Despite five additional minutes of injury-time and plenty of endeavour by the teams, that piece of composure and quality in the final third was lacking and the game petered out with the teams taking a point each. 

Millwall produced the move of the game three minutes from time with some slick inter-play between Malone and Martin, but the former's final delivery was just beyond the reach of Fuller. 

The visitors made a couple of changes with Ed Upson and then Fred Onyedinma replacing Woolford and Gregory in a bid to add some fresh attacking impetus. 
Wigan: Carson, Tavernier, Ramis (Kiernan, 52mins), Riera (Espinoza, 74mins), Maloney, McClean (McManaman, 62mins), Barnett, Forshaw, Figueroa, Fortune, Kvist. Subs not used: Al Habsi, Perch, Waghorn, Delort.

Millwall: Forde, Wilkinson, Malone, Webster, Dunne, Chaplow, Woolford (Upson, 64mins), McDonald, Martin (Briggs, 88mins), Gregory (Onyedinma, 76mins), Fuller. Subs not used: King, Powell, Beevers, Shittu. 
Bookings: Dunne (73mins), Wilkinson (82mins), McDonald (85mins)

Ref: E. Ilderton
Att: 10,201 (away 268)

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