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Three-sy does it as Lions complete trio of home wins

Remembrance Day at The Den...

27 October 2018

Lee Gregory (2) and Ryan Leonard were on target as Millwall breezed past Ipswich Town at The Den in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Gregory opened the scoring shortly before the half-hour mark and added his seventh of the season in the second-half, with Leonard superbly lobbing Bartosz Bialkowski to open his Lions account and secure the three points - making it three consecutive home wins for Millwall, along with a much-needed clean sheet.

Neil Harris made two changes to the starting XI which defeated Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night, as Shaun Hutchinson returned - taking the armband - in place of James Meredith, whilst Jiri Skalak replaced the injured Jed Wallace. Conor McLaughlin stepped up to the substitutes' bench.

After the remembrance ceremony was completed the game kicked-off, with The Lions having the first chance of the afternoon as Hutchinson headed Shaun Williams' corner-kick over the crossbar.

Skalak's cross was just too high for Leonard's head on 20 minutes, whilst a penalty shout was turned down two minutes as Williams took a tumble inside the box. Leonard chested the ball down and volleyed towards goal shortly after, but his drive narrowly went past the far post.

With 26 minutes on the clock, Millwall took the lead. Williams' deep corner-kick was nodded back across goal by Jake Cooper and, after some indecision in the Ipswich defence, Gregory pounced to turn well and slam home past Bialkowski.

On the half-hour mark, it was nearly two. Skalak's free-kick eventually found its way to Hutchinson at the back post and although the defender crossed to an unmarked Cooper, the pace of the ball just took it away from the centre-half, who would have had a simple tap-in.

Shane Ferguson's free-kick gave Tom Elliott a free header six minutes before the half-time break, but he nodded into the arms of Bialkowski. A hairy moment for Ipswich during first-half stoppage-time saw Gregory race Matthew Pennington after Mahlon Romeo's long ball over the top, but the defender headed into the arms of the goalkeeper.

Six minutes into the second-half, the second goal arrived - in simple fashion. Ipswich were unaware of the run made by Cooper from Leonard's long throw and after the defender flicked the ball closer to danger, Gregory was there to finish the move off and double The Lions' - and his - tally.

Luke Chambers was presented with a glorious opportunity in The Tractor Boys' first meaningful foray into the Millwall area on 65 minutes, but he sliced the ball across the penalty area.

With 20 minutes remaining - owing to some horrendous defending - Leonard beautifully lobbed Bialkowski for The Lions' third of the afternoon. A cross was not dealt with by a combination of the Ipswich back-line and the stopper, allowing the midfielder to expertly pick out the net and score his first goal for the club.

Gregory was replaced by Tom Bradshaw to a standing ovation with 15 minutes remaining, before Trevoh Chalobah viciously struck the post with three minutes to go.

Millwall: Amos, Hutchinson, Cooper, Williams, Gregory (Bradshaw 75'), Ferguson, Romeo, Elliott (Morison 57'), M. Wallace, Skalak (O'Brien 63'), Leonard. Subs not used: Archer, McLaughlin, Meredith, Tunnicliffe.

Scorer: Gregory 26' 51', Leonard 70'

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Knudsen, Chambers, Pennington, Chalobah, Skuse (Spence 46'), Jackson (Lankester 56'), Ward, Sears, Downes, Dozzell (Edwards 81'). Subs not used: Gerken, Nolan, Rowe, Nsiala.

Booking: Pennington

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 15,386 (2,195)


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