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Defeat at the KCOM

Our report from Humberside...

26 February 2019

Millwall slipped to defeat at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday night at Hull City were 2-1 winners in the Sky Bet Championship.

All three goals came in the first half on Humberside, as Jarrod Bowen opened the scoring early on, before Shaun Hutchinson equalised for Millwall. Marc Pugh, however, found the net to win the game for The Tigers.

Millwall boss Neil Harris made three changes from Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Preston North End at The Den, with Ryan Tunniciffe, Ben Thompson and Shane Ferguson replacing Mahlon Romeo, Shaun Williams and Tom Elliott in the starting XI. Ryan Leonard was deployed at right-back.

With eight minutes on the clock, in the first action of the evening, Hull took the lead. Kamil Grosicki crossed into the path of Chris Martin, but the challenge of both Jake Cooper and Murray Wallace diverted the ball away - only into the path of Henriksen, however, who slotted under Jordan Archer to open the scoring, with the final deflection seemingly coming off Bowen.

That particular passage of play was to spell the end of Murray Wallace's night, as he was injured in the collision with Cooper and Martin - Steve Morison his replacement.

In what was a midfield battle in a lowkey atmosphere, the next chance came on 25 minutes and went the way of the hosts, but Grosicki curled just wide.

Millwall began to gain a foothold around the half-hour mark and began to throw crosses into the penalty area, and on 34 minutes they were level as Hutchinson fired home from close range after a bout of pinball inside the six yard box.

However, three minutes from the half-time break, The Tigers were back in front as a cross evaded everyone, apart from Pugh, who had time to pick his spot and smash the ball past Archer.

Five minutes into the second-half a neat passing move ended with the ball at the feet of Jed Wallace, but after his fizzed a cross into the box, Lee Gregory was just unable to reach the ball yards from an empty goal. Tunnicliffe then had an attempt from range, but that went past the post.

The Lions were much improved after the break and nearly equalised with 57 minutes on the clock, but after a tight passage of play inside the Hull City area, Tunnicliffe's shot was palmed behind by David Marshall.

Ferguson's shot was then saved by the stopper as the final quarter of the game got underway, with Hull's first effort of the half coming on 72 minutes, as an effort from Grosicki thumped the post, rebounded off the back of Archer and fortunately crept behind. Bowen then shot wide as The Tigers looked for their third and decisive goal.

With six minutes remaining substitute Elliott's knockdown found Morison at the back post, but the striker's attempt was saved, with the ball cleared to safety before a follow-up effort could happen. Cooper's goal-bound header was then cleared off the line as Millwall pushed for an equalising goal.

Try as they might, the second goal would not come for The Lions, as they fell to defeat.

Hull City: D. Marshall, Lichaj, de Wijs, Burke, Pugh (Dicko 60'), Grosicki (Milinkovic 88'), Irvine, Kane, Bowen, Henriksen, Martin (Ridgewell 79'). Subs not used: Long, Evandro, McKenzie, Sheaf.

Scorer: Bowen 8', Pugh 42'

Millwall: Archer, Hutchinson, Cooper, J. Wallace, Thompson (Elliott 78'), Gregory, Ferguson, Tunnciliffe, M. Wallace (Morison 13'), Leonard, B. Marshall (O'Brien 70'). Subs not used: Martin, Williams, Onyedinma, Pearce.

Scorer: Hutchinson 34'

Booking: Marshall, Cooper

Referee: Mr. D. Bond

Attendance: 10,191 (211)

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