Millwall 2(4) – 2(5) Brighton & Hove Albion, FA Cup Sixth Round: report, ratings and verdict


Millwall 4-5-1



Brighton & Hove Albion 4-3-3

Half Time: 0 - 0 The Den ( Attendance: 17,137 (2,338) - Brighton win 5-4 on penalties )
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Millwall fell to a heartbreaking FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on penalties at the Den.

With three minutes of normal time remaining, the Lions were leading 2-0 but conceded twice in the dying embers before losing 5-4 on penalties after extra-time.

Following a lacklustre opening 45 minutes, Alex Pearce’s 70th minute goal and an Aiden O’Brien strike nine minutes later appeared to edge Millwall towards a Wembley semi-final.

However Jurgen Locadia halved the deficit in the 88th minute before Millwall keeper David Martin fumbled Solly March’s free-kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time to make it 2-2.

Extra-time saw another Locadia effort ruled out for offside while Millwall’s Shane Ferguson was dismissed for kicking out at Shane Duffy.

The Lions took the initiative in the shoot-out after Glenn Murray hit the crossbar but Brighton keeper Mat Ryan saved from Mahlon Romeo to send the game into sudden death penalties.

Lewis Dunk then converted Brighton’s sixth penalty before Jake Cooper blazed over to send the Premier League side into the last four and leave Millwall wondering what might have been.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Jurgen Locadia’s 88th-minute strike paved the way for a Brighton comeback.

Moan of the Match

The visitors constantly berated the officials and on too many occasions it swayed their decision-making.

Talking Point

Once again defensive substitutions cost Millwall – why does it seem impossible for the Lions to hold onto a lead?

Man of the Match

Ryan Leonard – put himself about, didn’t stop running and looked dead on his feet at the final whistle.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Chris Kavanagh (Greater Manchester) – right to send Ferguson off but seemed to get the simple decisions wrong.


An incredible atmosphere that nearly roared the Lions to victory; slightly quieter in extra time while Brighton’s fans were good value as well.


Such a cruel way to go out of the cup but without the distraction of a Wembley showdown, it could prove a blessing in disguise for the Championship relegation battle ahead.

Line Ups

Millwall 4-5-1

Martin; Romeo, Pearce, Cooper, Ferguson; Wallace (Hutchinson, 90+3), Leonard, Tunnicliffe, Williams, O’Brien (Meredith, 85); Gregory (Morison, 90+1)

Subs not used:

Amos, McLaughlin, Skalak, Elliott

Sent Off


Brighton & Hove Albion 4-3-3

Ryan; Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo; Propper, Stephens, Kayal (Izquierdo, 73); Knockaert (Locadia, 73), Murray, Jahanbakhsh (March, 67)

Subs not used:

Button, Bruno, Bong, Burn


Montoya, Bernardo

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