Millwall 0-0 QPR, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 0 - 0 The Den ( Attendance: 13,132 (1,008) )
Millwall and QPR played a goalless London derby on a cold Wednesday night at The Den.
With both sides struggling at the wrong end of the table, the encounter was a drab affair with the visitors arguably having the better of the chances.
QPR started the brighter as Luke Freeman’s second minute cross found Matt Smith whose volley was well saved by David Martin in the Millwall goal.
Then, on the stroke of half-time, Smith had a header cleared off the line by Jake Cooper as the QPR forward’s aerial presence continued to cause the Lions problems.
The second period saw Millwall have their own effort go agonisingly close – Ryan Manning clearing Alex Pearce’s goal-bound header.
And Hoops forward Bright Osayi-Samuel could have sealed the win late on but for the quick reactions of Martin, with Manning curling the rebound wide.
The result leaves both sides outside of the relegation zone with other results on the night going in their favour.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Martin’s 73rd minute save to deny Osayi-Samuel helped to preserve a precious point for the hosts.
Moan of the Match
The referee was very quick to reach for his cards instead of letting the game flow.
A lack of impact subs from the bench could prove costly for Millwall – what is wrong with Fred Onyedinma or Jiri Skalak?
Man of the Match
David Martin – the Millwall stopper made two good saves and held onto a number of crosses well.
Tweet of the Match
John Brooks (Leicestershire) – poor throughout and failed to get the key decisions right all night.
Both sets of fans were nervy and despite short spells of passion, it was fairly quiet – and cold.
Both sides need to improve if they are to pick up the required points for safety in the final few games of the season.
Martin; Romeo, Pearce, Cooper, Meredith; Wallace, Tunnicliffe (Morison, 83), Leonard, Marshall (O’Brien, 78); Thompson; Gregory
Subs not used:
Amos, McLaughlin, Williams, Skalak, Elliott
Lumley; Furlong, Lynch, Leistner, Manning; Scowen, Luongo, Cameron, Freeman (Wszolek, 90+1); Smith, Wells (Osayi-Samuel, 62)
Subs not used:
Ingram, Cousins, Eze, Hemed, Walker
Lynch, Manning, Luongo