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PLAYER RATINGS: Millwall 4-1 Barnsley

January 7, 2018

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Picture: TomWestPhotography 

 

After a 4-1 victory over Barnsley saw Millwall through to the 4th Round of the FA Cup for a second consecutive season, Lucas Ball takes a look at who impressed for the Lions.

 

GK: David Martin- 6

 

Martin was well beaten for the first goal and had no chance of stopping that half volley from just a few yards out but did what was expected of him, only making one real save. His distribution was decent and you could hear him organising the defence from the very back row of the West upper.

 

RB: Conor McLaughlin- 7

 

As usual, McLaughlin provided stability on the right hand side, doing his job well defensively and getting forward to decent effect, although maybe not as well as Mahlon Romeo does. He put a couple of good crosses in and won the majority of duels with the wingers. A solid performance.

 

CB: Shaun Hutchinson- 7

 

Mr Consistent. We've come to expect nothing less than good performances from this man, and he provided another decent one yesterday. 

 

CB: Jake Cooper- 7

 

Cooper seems to be getting more composed now when he's on the ball, and continues to defend well. His aerial balls forward seem to be getting more accurate too, and his run to find Morison for the fourth goal yesterday was good.

 

LB: Tony Craig- 6

 

As well as he's done for the club over the years, this season should be the final one with Craig as a Millwall player. He looked tired yesterday and some of his passing was off. He did make a key contribution for the equaliser, however.

 

RM: Jed Wallace- 7

 

Wallace's energetic performances cause most defences some sort of issue. That was the case again yesterday, particularly when the former Wolves man was combining with Aiden O'Brien.

 

CM: Ben Thompson- 8

 

For his first start of the season, excluding the Carabao Cup, this was an excellent performance by the youngster. He has found game time limited this season, but an energetic, tough tackling performance yesterday may have given Harris something to think about going into the game against Preston.

 

CM: Shaun Williams- 6

 

As poor a performance as I've seen Williams have in a Millwall shirt this season. He looked disinterested and struggled to get involved in the game. There's not much else to say.

 

LM: Aiden O'Brien- 8 (MOTM)

 

When he is in the mood, O'Brien can be an important player for this team. He pops up all over the pitch and must be a nightmare to mark, especially in games such as yesterday's. He got 2 goals, as well as an excellent assist, which will have boosted his confidence hugely after an 18 match goal drought.

 

ST: Steve Morison- 7

 

The former Wales international again led the line well for Neil Harris. A seasoned pro, Morison uses his experience to his advantage and looked to link up well with Fred Onyedinma, winning most of his aerial duels. He came close to a goal with a left footed strike that went just wide.

 

ST: Fred Onyedinma- 6

 

Onyedinma struggles to read the game well, which is the difference between him being a good player and the level he's currently at. If Fred can improve that ability, and work slightly harder (he did seem to in the second half more so than the first), then we will see why Premier League clubs were, according to reports, interested in him.

 

Substitutes:

 

With Millwall seeing out the game, both Kris Twardek and Lee Gregory had little chance to make impacts. Twardek battled well, and Gregory did his usual running but not much can be said. Mahlon Romeo was only on the pitch for a few minutes and made no meaningful contribution, which is to be expected with so little time.

 

 

 

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