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MATCH REPORT: Millwall 2-1 Charlton Athletic

November 10, 2019

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"You'll never beat Millwall..."

Bill Clinton's re-election, Dolly the Sheep being cloned, Independence Day released and Charlton Athletic were last victorious over Millwall.  All these were 23 years ago in 1996 and unfortunately for the Addicks, an injury time winner by Matt Smith ensured that this winless run would continue for just a bit longer.

 

The Den was a sellout and the atmosphere was electric as both teams entered the field.  The fans did not have to wait long for the action to begin and were appealing for a penalty after only four minutes when Jed Wallace's shot hit the arm of a Charlton body in front of the Cold Blow Lane end.

 

It was only two minutes later when the fans had the first goal of the game and it came from Millwall skipper, Shaun Hutchinson.  A delightful in-swinging free-kick from Shaun Williams was placed perfectly into the six-yard box and Hutchinson out jumped those around him and planted his header past the helpless Phillips in the Charlton goal.

 

The Lions nearly doubled their lead in the 9th minute and it took a good save from Phillips at his near post to keep out a thunderbolt of an effort from Mahlon Romeo from just outside the visitor's penalty area.  The Addicks were on the ropes and struggling whilst Millwall were taking no prisoners.

 

The game was still at a high tempo, although there were very little chances from both sides, but Charlton nearly equalised after a moment of madness from Bialkowski in the Millwall goal.  A seemingly textbook save down low from Bonne was misjudged and the on-loan Ipswich 'keeper somehow managed to push the ball onto his crossbar.  The ball bounced back towards the Polish shot stopper and was somehow kept out whilst the Charlton fans were appealing for the referee to award the goal.

 

The half ended with Bialkowski redeeming himself from his earlier mishap.  A move from the Addicks was not dealt with properly and an explosive strike just before half time looked destined to bring the away side back into the game, but a spectacular save from the Millwall number one saw the ball pushed over and away from danger.

 

Five minutes into the second half saw Bialkowski again called into action and again acrobatically palm the ball over the bar, but in the 51st minute the game was level when a ricocheting ball in the Millwall penalty area was eventually turned in by Jonathan Leko.

 

On the hour mark, an excellent first time Ben Thompson looked like it would restore Millwall's one goal advantage, but it was Phillips' turn to take some of the plaudits when he somehow managed to keep the ball out in front of the away fans.

 

The game looked as though it was going to end in a draw and although this would've been another game added to the unbeaten run the home side has over their neighbours, substitute Matt Smith's effort in injury time broke Charlton's hearts.  Rising above those around him in the three minutes added on, Smith's towering header nestled into the back of the Charlton net and left the away fans in the North Stand devastated.

 

As the final whistle sounded, the home fans were in jubilation as Rocking all over the World blasted round The Den.  The unbeaten run against our neighbours continues and Charlton will be thinking of what they need to do to end this curse.

 

 

Millwall: Bialkowski, M. Wallace, Hutchinson, Cooper, Williams, J. Wallace, Thompson (O'Brien 86'), Bradshaw (Smith 86'), Romeo, Molumby, Bodvarsson (Mahoney 78').

 

Subs not used: Steele, Ferguson, Pearce, Skalak.

 

Charlton Athletic: Phillips, Matthews, Purrington, Lockyer, Pearce, Gallagher, Leko (Lapslie 83'), Pratley (Kayal 67'), Bonne, Sarr, Cullen.

 

Subs not used: Maynard-Brewer, Oshilaja, Solly, Oztumer, Davison.

 

 

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