- English Football League - Championship
- Tuesday, December 10th 2019
- Ashton Gate
James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 1-2 Millwall
Tuesday, December 10th 2019
Millwall scored a goal in either half to get the better of City in a 2-1 win at Ashton Gate.
The first half saw City far from the standard they had set themselves in recent times, and fell behind after 11 minutes when Jed Wallace fired a low shot under Dan Bentley’s hand.
Gary Rowett’s side set up defensively with a sea of dark blue shirts, frustrating the home side who went closest through a Josh Brownhill effort.
The Robins had not secured a home win over the Lions since January 2012 and while there were signs of improvement, helped by encouragement from the home fans, Millwall struck again when Jake Cooper beat Bentley with a glancing header.
Substitute Callum O’Dowda rifled in a late consolation but the result succumbed City to only their second home defeat of the season and they will now pick themselves up before hosting Blackburn Rovers in BS3 on Saturday.
City were unchanged for the third game in a row with Brownhill will once again captaining the side which had beaten Huddersfield and Fulham in their last outings.
An emotional tribute to Benik Afobe’s daughter Amora took place before kick off, a minute’s applause erupted around the ground in memory of the two-year-old who passed away less than two weeks prior. It was a touching moment, carried on by the supporters in the second minute of the match.
City started this one quickly, or so it would appear, with Weimann trying to replicate his goal against Huddersfield Town, but when he rounded the goalkeeper his options were limited and Millwall captain Alex Pearce eventually hacked the ball clear.
Creating a chance so early on was promising for City, but with their first shot on goal, it was the visitors took the lead after just 11 minutes. It came after Mahlon Romeo’s pass found the run of Wallace, whose touch took him away from Nathan Baker and his low shot had enough on it to beat Daniel Bentley at his near post.
The hosts looked a different side from the one which had done ever so well in BS3 a week earlier; the passing was misplaced and the tempo slower.
Millwall always looked a threat with Wallace down the right and it was from wide areas they were able to tease with a number of crosses, though fortunately for City these were wasteful.
When City did have the ball they were often faced with nine Millwall players behind the ball so they would need to be patient in their attempts to work an opening. They did go close when Niclas Eliasson’s cross found its way to Brownhill whose shot from outside the box drifted narrowly wide of Bartosz Bialkowski’s post.
The Lions held on to their lead at half-time but City looked dangerous from the restart with a quick, positive move resulting in a Tommy Rowe cross finding Brownhill in the box. The midfielder was tightly marked, and he laid the ball into the path of Ádám Nagy who tried his luck but skewed his effort off target.
But it was the sort of start Lee Johnson would have been looking for and they came within a whisker of equalising when Rowe was found in space down the left and his cross just evaded Brownhill in the box, who minutes later teed up Famara Diédhiou but his off-balance strike sailed wide.
Johnson turned to his bench with Kasey Palmer on to replace Han-Noah Massengo not long after an hour of play as he looked for creativity to unlock Millwall’s defence.
But the visitors would double their lead with 20 minutes remaining. It came from a free kick, delivered by Wallace, whose ball was flicked into the goal by defender Cooper.
O’Dowda soon replaced Rowe, before Bentley was called into action to deny Wallace from adding a third.
However, the next goal would go City’s way when Millwall failed to cleae their lines from a free kick. The ball found its way to O’Dowda and the Republic of Ireland international struck his shot into the net via the fingertips of Bartosz Bialkowski and the post.
Johnson’s final change came moments later with Pedro Pereira on in place of Jack Hunt and the loanee from Benfica would be denied by the sprawling legs of Bialkowski late on as the home side piled on the pressure. However, despite their dominance, the Robins were unable to find the all-important equaliser.
- O'Dowda (84')
- Jack Hunt, Tommy Rowe, Han-Noah Massengo
- Jed Wallace (11') , Cooper (70')
- Tom Bradshaw, Jón Dadi Bödvarsson, Jed Wallace