Pavey on target as young Lions see off resilient RobinsMillwall U21s returned to winning ways with a narrow victory in a close-fought Professional Development League clash against Bristol City in a game that also saw a return to action for Lions skipper Tony Craig.
The opening, and eventually, winning goal of the game came early in the first-half; a long looping cross from the right found Alfie Pavey lurking by the far post and he nodded home from a couple of yards to put Millwall in front.
Jamie Philpot came close to doubling the score on 30 minutes with a low 20-yard drive which stung the hands of keeper Jojo Woolacott, and again when a long ball from deep in the Millwall half sailed over the heads of the Bristol defenders leaving the striker with only the keeper to beat. The striker's resulting volley cleared the bar.
Ultimately it was a disciplined Millwalll back four, led by the mercurial Craig, who controlled the passage of the opening 45 minutes, limiting the visitors to a handful of half-chances and one single corner.
The second-half saw both teams return with renewed vigour and it was Bristol who initially looked the most threatening with several goal-mouth scrambles, any of which could ended in an equaliser.
However, it was the home side who consistently created the best chances. Kris Twardek on the right-wing, was a constant threat with a series of accurate crosses to Philpot and Pavey in the centre, and the duo were unlucky not to convert and extend Millwall's lead.
Philpot, in particular, must have been imagining how handsome his name would look on the scorecard a micro-second before the Robins keeper managed to claw the ball over the bar from his well-drilled header.
The visitors had a couple of late attempts but were unable to break down a resolute Millwall defence and a solid workmanlike performance saw The Lions run out deserved 1-0 winners.
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