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Goalless draw at The Den

Our take on Millwall v Hull City...

21 November 2017

Millwall and Hull City battled to a goalless draw in the Sky Bet Championship at The Den on Tuesday night.

Lions boss Neil Harris opted the keep the same XI and substitutes from Saturday's 2-2 draw at Sunderland, meaning Tom Elliott kept his place up front at the expense of Steve Morison.

The first opportunity of the game went the way of The Lions in the fifth minute, as Lee Gregory shot wide. The striker perhaps could have found the unmarked Elliott on the edge of the penalty area, but instead chose to beat his marker and fire past the post.

Millwall were keeping the ball well in the opening stages and finely executing a gameplan of pressing high and playing at a tempo, but were just unable to find the final ball that would have seen them take the lead.

The visitors first effort on goal of the night came on 20 minutes, as Jarrod Bowen's shot was dragged wide. 

The Tigers grew into the game as the half-hour mark came and went, but could only muster an attempt from Jackson Irvine which flew over the crossbar. Markus Henriksen did test Jordan Archer for the first time ten minutes before the break, however, as the stopper had to be at his best to tip the midfielder's shot over for a corner-kick.

A defence-splitting run from James Meredith three minutes later nearly provided the opening goal, but Allan McGregor was equal to Gregory's drive that looked destined for the roof of the net. From the resulting corner-kick, Aiden O'Brien's fierce shot was blocked by the Hull backline.

The away side broke away on 42 minutes and perhaps should have taken the lead, but Bowen once more dragged his attempt wide of the post. Archer was again called into action shortly after as he tipped Kevin Stewart's shot away from danger. Once more, the stopper had to come to the rescue as the half came to a close, as he raced out to clear from the path of Nouha Dicko, who looked to latch on to a long ball upfield.

The second half was merely seconds old when Frazier Campbell took advantage of Shaun Hutchinson's weak header back towards Archer, but fortunately for The Lions, the striker's cross - aimed into the path of Dicko - was wayward.

An early second half substitution saw Morison replace Elliott, but Millwall's first chance of the half fell the way of George Saville following good work from Gregory and Tunnicliffe - the Northern Irishman, however, blazed wide.

In what was becoming a open game, The Lions turned to Fred Onyedinma just after the hour-mark as he replaced O'Brien. Morison's knockdown was cleared away from the onrushing Gregory on 68 minutes, with Hutchinson's goal-bound header well saved by McGregor from the corner-kick.

Some fantastic last-ditch defending prevented Hull from nosing themselves in front on 74 minutes, whilst Gregory headed Onyedinma's cross over at the other end.

Shane Ferguson's effort was grabbed by McGregor as it looked to sneak into the bottom corner, whilst Gregory fired over the crossbar in Millwall's last attempt of the night.

Millwall: Archer, McLaughlin, Meredith, Hutchinson, Gregory, Ferguson (Twardek 85'), Tunnicliffe, Elliott (Morison 51'), O'Brien (Onyedinma 62'), Saville, Cooper. Subs not used: King, Craig, Thompson, Romeo.

Booking: McLaughlin

Hull City: McGregor, Irvine, Hector, Dicko (Grosicki 62'), Bowen (Goebel 90'), Dawson, Henriksen, Campbell (Diomande 82'), Tomori, Aina, Stewart. Subs not used: Marshall, Mazuch, Meyler, Clark.

Booking: Irvine, Campbell

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Attendance: 9,817 (426)


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