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Four-some Lions end campaign in style

Final day at The Den...

22 July 2020

Millwall signed off their 2019/20 campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over Huddersfield Town at The Den on Wednesday evening.

Connor Mahoney, Jake Cooper, Jiri Skalak and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson were all on target as The Lions eased to victory. Karlan Grant's goal acted as no more than consolation for The Terriers.

Alongside James Brown and Billy Mitchell, who were named in the squad, the night also saw Hayden Muller and Tyler Burey make their professional debuts.

Gary Rowett opted to rest Alex Pearce, Jed Wallace, Mahlon Romeo and Ryan Woods for the visit of The Terriers, with James Brown, Mahoney, Ben Thompson and Shaun Williams all coming into the starting XI. The likes of Junior Tiensia, Burey, Mitchell and Muller, meanwhile, were all among the substitutes.

Just four minutes in, in the first real action of the game, The Lions took the lead, as Mahoney beat his marker and drilled home across the goal for the opener.

From there, the game became more of a midfield battle, with The Lions perhaps making more of the attacking play - the next real chance came on 23 minutes, but as goalscorer Mahoney whipped in a free-kick, Matt Smith nodded into the arms of Joel Coleman.

Just a minute later at the other end came Huddersfield's best chance of the night to date, but after Alex Pritchard's close-range header was blocked by Cooper, Andy King's shot was wayward and went wide.

The Terriers began to venture forward more as the half went on, and on 34 minutes Steve Mounie looked to dance his way through to a shot, but he was closed down by the Millwall defence, with the ball rolling into the arms of Bartosz Bialkowski.

Two minutes later, however, Huddersfield were level after Grant broke through the last line and fired an effort into the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

A minute from the end of the first-half Shane Ferguson looked to deceive Coleman with a cross-cum-shot, but it dipped wide of the goalkeeper's far post.

Two minutes into the second-half - with the first chance after the break - The Lions regained the lead as Mahoney's corner to the back post was powered home by the head of Cooper.

The visitors, smarting from their early concession, attacked the other end almost straight away and almost found a second equaliser of the evening, but after Grant's trickery and shot saw Bialkowski pull off a strong save, King blasted the rebound just over the crossbar.

Mahoney's deliveries into the penalty area were causing Huddersfield problems, and with 50 minutes on the clock another one nearly produced a third, but Smith glanced a header just over.

Muller was brought on for a professional debut with half-hour remaining, but it was another substitute, Skalak, who was on the mark for Millwall's third, taking advantage of a defensive lapse to fire home from the edge of the penalty area for his first goal in a Lions shirt.

A lofted pass found another substitute, Bodvarsson, with 16 minutes remaining, but his vicious drive was well saved by Coleman, before Bodvarsson and Smith both attempted to force the ball home for a fourth, but to no avail.

That fourth did arrive, however, 11 minutes from time, as Bodvarsson took Mahoney's cutback in his stride before slotting home.

Burey was the next Academy product to make his debut with 10 minutes remaining, shortly before a Mahoney corner was headed over the bar by Cooper, but despite more pressure, Millwall had to settle for a four-star show to end their season.

Millwall: Bialkowski, M. Wallace, Hutchinson, Cooper, Williams, Thompson (Bodvarsson 69'), Smith (Burey 80'), Ferguson (Skalak 60'), Molumby (Mitchell 69'), James Brown (Muller 61'), Mahoney. Subs not used: Steele, Bradshaw, Leonard, Tiensia.

Scorer: Mahoney 4', Cooper 47', Skalak 63', Bodvarsson 79'

Booking: Thompson

Huddersfield Town: Coleman, Toffolo, Chalobah, Stearman, Grant (Jaden Brown 83'), Pritchard (Daly 70'), Mounie (Smith-Rowe 70'), King (High 77'), Duhaney, O'Brien, Rowe (Obiero 46'). Subs not used: Lossl, Hogg, Willock.

Scorer: Grant 36'

Referee: Keith Stroud

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