MILLWALL made it back to back wins in the league for the first time since April. They comprehensively beat Ipswich 3-0 at The Den and it could well have been more.
The Lions came into this game having won just one of their last eight matches against the Tractor boys drawing two and losing five including a 4-3 defeat in this fixture last season. Millwall themselves had only won three times this season but had won their last two at home.
Ipswich came into the game bottom of the table and with only one win all season. Bryan Klug was in caretaker charge following Paul Hurst’s sacking on Thursday, the club confirmed earlier this morning that Paul Lambert had been appointed as his replacement but would not take charge until Monday. The job he has ahead of him is massive based on this showing.
Neil Harris made two changes to the side that beat Wigan 2-1 on Tuesday night with Shaun Hutchinson coming for James Meredith with Murray Wallace moving to left back. Jiri Skalak started in place of Jed Wallace who was out through injury.
The first action of note came through Hutchinson, the ball deflected off him and into the path of Kayden Jackson but his heavy touch meant the ball went out of play. This would be a sign of things to come for the Tractor Boys. Hutchinson on his return to the side headed over the bar in what was Millwall’s first chance of the game.
Mahlon Romeo then got down the right hand side after some good work from Lee Gregory, it looked as if he was hit in the face by Luke Chambers but nothing was given and the chance petered out.
Millwall were then denied what looked a certain penalty when Williams went over in the box but nothing was given. Moments later the home side took the lead. Shaun Williams’s corner found Cooper who headed across to Lee Gregory who turned the ball in.
The Lions should have doubled their lead just a couple of minutes later. Skalak’s free kick was met by Murray Wallace but Cooper was unable to turn it in at the near post.
Elliott then had a chance to make it two from Ferguson’s free kick but his header was straight at Bartosz Bialkowski..
Millwall started the second half the better side and doubled their lead just six minutes into the half. Ryan Leonard’s throw was flicked on by Jake Cooper to Lee Gregory who had a simple finish to give the Lions a two-goal advantage and all but end any hopes on an Ipswich comeback.
Steve Morison was introduced to replace Tom Elliott who put in a good shift up front but things weren’t coming off for them. The first thing Morison did when he came on was win a header which went dwon really well with the home fans.
There was ironic cheers from the 2,000 strong away following when they earned a corner down the Millwall end only to see it cleared at the first attempt and then see their side give away a free kick.
This had the home crowd going and they would soon be celebrating again, this time Ryan Leonard got the goal his play had deserved. Shane Ferguson’s cross was punched away by Bialkowski but Leonard was on hand to lob over the keeper and into the net.
On the 75th minute Lee Gregory was replaced by summer singing Tom Bradshaw and went off to a standing ovation from the home supporters. The former was understandably not too happy with the decision to take him off. The Millwall striker has now scored seven goals this season he only scored ten in the whole of last season.
It was clear to see that the Ipswich heads had dropped and they lived up to their tag of being a club in a crisis. They never really threatened the Millwall goal throughout the game and only managed two shots on target.
Two minutes from time Trevoh Chalobah hit the post with an ambitious effort from around 25 yards out, to try and restore some pride for the Suffolk outfit.
However, that was as good as it got for the Tractor boys as the Lions saw out the three minutes of added time to make it three successive home wins and back to back wins for the fist time since April.
Man of the match – Lee Gregory
Lee Gregory was outstanding from start to finish his movement caused the Ipswich defence all kinds of problems and the 30-year old bagged himself two goals before being substituted for Tom Bradshaw. He has now netted seven times this season.