Millwall 0-0 Hull City: Rosenior takes away points in first leg
Liam Rosenior picked up his first point as new Hull City head coach after a goalless draw against Millwall on The Den.
The Tigers had to play 55 minutes of the match with ten men, which Oscar Estupinoonen received a straight red card in the first half after a high foot on the Millwall defender Charlie Cresswell.
Millwall were the better of the two sides with plenty of chances in the game, but they were denied the three points by a stubborn Hull defense and their inability to put their chances away.
Before the match
Millwall boss Gary Rowett made three changes to the team that played goalless at Birmingham City with Scott Malone, Tom Bradshaw and Tyler Burey comes in, and the latter turns 50th appearance in one Lions shirt.
Out came Murray Wallacewho was suspended for five yellow cards, along with the winger Mason Bennett and pointed Andreas Voglsommerwhich escapes to the bench.
As for the visitors, new head coach Rosenior also made three changes to the hosts. His first line-up included bringing Alfie Jones, Ryan Longmanand Dimitrios Pelkas back to starting XI, substitute Brandon Fleming, Ozan Tufan and Greg Docherty.
The story of the fight
Despite Millwall coming out of the blocks, it was Hull who had the best chance in the opening stages, who Estipiñán tried my luck from outside the box, with earlier Tiger George Long forced to make a smart acrobatic save down to his right.
On the break, a ball into the box found the head of the Lions midfielder Jake Cooper who was somehow in the box, with the header peeking just wide of the post.
The first 15 minutes seemed mostly Millwall, with an attacking midfielder Zian Flemming receives the ball on the left and pushes the ball into the box, which just barely flies through the crowded area.
The hull began to pile on the pressure which Jean Michaël Series tried his luck outside the box after a corner, which was deflected into a sea of bodies.
In the follow-up to Seri’s attempt, Ryan Woods was there for the first time outside the box to drill it towards the goal. With Ryan Longman waiting in the middle he couldn’t quite poke it home as Long was down to collect.
Millwall’s best chance at that point came in the 28thth minute, when an off-the-ball foul by Pelkas gave Flemming a free-kick from 25 yards, where the Dutchman placed his free-kick just wide as it grazed the side netting.
Millwall almost opened the scoring with a well-worked move, with Flemming playing the ball to Bradshaw, who laid it off to George Saville and then again to Flemming with the aim of his mercy, only for Nathan Baxter to get down well.
Moments later, Hull’s afternoon increased in difficulty as they were reduced to ten men.
Hull’s Colombian top scorer Estupiñán was given his marching orders by referee John Busby after a high, reckless challenge on the Leeds loanee, Charlie Cresswell when you go after the ball.
As the second half got under way, Greek winger Pelkas may have been lucky not to be shown a second yellow card after he hacked down Danny McNamara on the Millwall half.
Five minutes after Pelkas was taken off, fhv Tiger George Homeman did well to break up a Hull counter attack. Honeyman’s ball was then played to McNamara as he made an overlapping run, but his cross from the right was comfortably met by keeper Long.
Millwall thought they had taken the lead on 63 minutes when a brilliant ball into the box from the left from Malone found the head of Bradshaw, who was able to head home past Baxter.
However, Bradshaw and Millwall’s celebrations were short-lived after the linesman placed his flag for offside.
Millwall continued to press, as a cross from the right from the substitute Andreas Voglsommer found Cooper at the back post, with his tame header forcing Baxter into a comfortable save.
As the match wore on, Millwall continued to press as Flemming tried his luck on the volley from outside the box, but he could only drag his effort wide and out for a goal kick.
Millwall didn’t look out of place with a point as the ball found Malone on the edge of the box on the left after some good football. His powerful attack on goal was brilliantly saved by Chelsea loaned Baxter.
As the clock ticked towards 90 minutes, Millwall became desperate, and it showed when Flemming tried his luck from 25 meters which went for a goal kick.
The point means that Millwall drop a place to 10thth in the Championship table, while Hull are still 22ndn.d and one point away from the relegation zone.
Millwall: 1. Long, 2. McNamara (Evans 86′), 5. Cooper, 8. Mitchell (Shackleton 86′), 9. Bradshaw, 10. Flemming, 11. Malone, 14. Burey (Bennett 65′), 15. Cresswell , 23. Saville (Voglsammer 65′). 39. Honeyman (Styles 65′)
Hull City:13. Baxter, 33. Christie, 6. Figueiredo, 5. Jones, 4. Greaves, 15. Woods (Coyle 73′), 24. Seri, 16. Longman (Smith 80′), 20. Pelkas (Docherty 80′) , 27. Slater (McLoughlin) 80′, 19. Estupinan
Booked: Pelkas (27′), Smith (90′), Coyle (90+5′)
Red card: Estupiñán (37′)
Referee: John Busby