Millwall U21s secure excellent away draw at Hull City
Goalkeeper Tom King capped an outstanding display between the sticks with a first-half penalty save as Millwall's U21s brought an end to Hull City's run of five successive wins with a 0-0 draw at North Ferriby on Monday night.
King, who is currently on loan at Welling United but eligible to play for The Lions in the Elite Development League, was drafted into a Millwall squad slightly depleted by the first team's League One match at Wigan 24 hours later.
The young Lions stopper produced a superb performance, as did the rest of his team, to ensure that Hull dropped only their second point of the season.
Following a quiet start to the game the two teams traded scoring chances with Conor Townsend firing over for the Tigers and Mikael Ndjoli shooting straight at Rory Watson in the home goal.
Ebere Eze fired high over the bar from close range for Millwall but then it was the turn of keeper King to avert the danger, producing an excellent low save to deny Johan Ter Horst.
King was called into action 10 minutes before the break when Ter Horst burst in on goal and was brought down by Christian Mbulu, who was booked for the challenge. Up stepped Ter Horst to take the resulting spot-kick, but King flung himself across goal to save the penalty.
It was beginning to turn into a personal battle between King and Ter Horst, who was once again thwarted by the Lions keeper after doing well to create an opening in front of goal.
Millwall, with centre halves Keaton Wood and Chris Parr expertly supported by James Brown and Noah Chesmain, defended resolutely throughout and when Hull did get a hint of goal, King proved an unbeatable last man.
Matty Dixon found that out with a curling goal-bound shot tipped away by the keeper, who also did well to gather an a free-kick by Max Clark that was arrowing towards the bottom corner.
Although Skinner's side soaked up a significant amount of pressure in the second-half, they did create a couple of chances too to steal all three points. The clearest fell to Ndjoli, who fired a late 16-yard effort over the bar.
Hull could have nicked victory deep in injury-time when Annan and Ter Horst combined to set up Calaum Jahraldo-Martin, but the latter was unable to direct his shot from close range on target and The Lions left Humberside with an excellent point in the bag.
Hull City: Rory Watson, Josh Clackstone, Conor Townsend, Matty Dixon, Will Aimson, Harry Maguire, Taylor Tombides (Ben Hinchliffe, 70mins), Max Clark, Johan Ter Horst, Will Annan, Calaum Jahraldo-Martin. Subs not used: Erik Bukran, Greg Olley, Harvey Rodgers, Ellis Barkworth.
Millwall: Tom King, James Brown, Noah Chesmain, Keaton Wood, Chris Parr, Christian Mbulu (Alex Wiles, 58mins), Mahlon Romeo, Jack Powell, Alfie Pavey, Mikael Ndjoli, Ebere Eze. Subs not used: Rian Bray, Jack Howard, Harry Donovan.
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