Philpot on target but Millwall slip to a 2-1 defeat
Millwall U21s were made to pay a heavy price as first-half goals from Darren McQueen and Monty Patterson secured a 2-1 win for Ipswich Town at Playford Road.
McQueen got the home side off to a great start when he fired the Tractor Boys ahead early on with a crisp finish beyond the reach of Lions keeper Denzel Gerrar.
Although Millwall midfielder Ben Thompson tested keeper Michael Crowe on 11 minutes with a long-range effort, it was Town who doubled their tally midway through the opening half. Substitute Cory Galvin's perfectly weighted pass picked out Monty Patterson, who stroked the ball into the bottom right corner.
Stung by this early double-whammy, The Lions responded well and piled on the pressure looking to find a way back.
It took a perfectly timed block by Omar Sowunmi to divert JP Rylah's cross and then Joe Robinson took the full force of Kris Twardek's stinging drive as Millwall prised and probed as the first-half wore on, but without finding a way through a resilient Ipswich rearguard.
The Lions finally got a foothold back in the match nine minutes after the break when Jamie Philpot's flicked header was adjudged to have crossed the line, despite keeper Crowe getting a hand to the ball. It was Philpot's fifth goal for the U21s this season.
It was all Millwall now and although The Lions had the majority of possession, clear scoring chances were few and far between.
Their best opportunity came with 20 minutes remaining when goalscorer Philpot headed over from a well-placed cross from left-back Dylan Casey.
Despite keeping their foot on the gas that second goal just did not come leaving coach Neil Harris and his players to rue those early Ipswich goals.
Chopper said: "In the first half we were very, very disappointing. The normal characteristics that I demand of my team were just not there; we didn't compete, we didn't pass the ball, we didn't get enough balls into the box.
"I changed things round at half-time and went a bit more direct and in the second-half, we were outstanding.
"We put them under a lot of pressure and a positive was that Jamie scored again and looked a real goal threat all afternoon. Unfortunately it wasn't to be because the damage had already been done." Millwall:
Gerrar, Hoyte, Shittu, Wood, Casey, Thompson, Farrell, Pavey, Philpot, Rylah, Twardek. Subs not used: Girling, Webb, Parr.