Millwall 1-2 Barnsley, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 0 - 1 The Den ( Attendance: 12,682 (614) )
Millwall’s seven game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end with a disappointing 2-1 home defeat against Championship strugglers Barnsley.
Conor Chaplin’s 39th minute curled effort into the corner gave the Tykes the lead before Aiden O’Brien’s equaliser five minutes from time looked to have given the Lions a share of the points.
However Patrick Schmidt’s stoppage time header sealed an unlikely victory for a Barnsley side who hadn’t won away from home all season.
The first-half saw Millwall dominate without fashioning any real chances of note before Chaplin gave the visitors a shock lead against the run of play.
And the Lions also had keeper Bartosz Bialkowski to thank for keeping the scoreline down with two fine saves either side of half-time, first from Chaplin and then from Jacob Brown.
The second period saw a similar pattern but despite O’Brien’s goal Millwall continued to lack creativity with Schmidt’s 93rd minute strike sealing all three points for Barnsley.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Patrick Schmidt’s late winner left Millwall frustrated and gave Barnsley all three points.
Moan of the Match
Millwall should have created a lot more with their dominance and could have been out of sight with a cutting edge in the final third.
The Lions are very light in central midfield heading into a busy festive period – will they be able to cope as the games come thick and fast?
Man of the Match
Aiden O’Brien – lively impact off the bench and scored a real poacher’s goal.
Tweet of the Match
Jarred Gillett (Gold Coast, Australia) – consistent throughout but far too lenient with Barnsley’s persistent fouling.
Started lively but the home fans grew restless as their team struggled to create any clear cut chances.
If Millwall are really going to be Play-Off contenders, they have to win games like this.
Bialkowski; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, Ferguson; Wallace, Molumby, Williams, Skalak (O’Brien, 60); Bodvarsson (Smith, 60), Bradshaw (Mahoney, 72)
Subs not used:
Steele, McCarthy, Brown, Mitchell
Radlinger; Williams, Diaby, Andersen, Odour; Halme; Bahre (Thomas, 72), Mowatt; Woodrow (Schmidt, 84); Chaplin, Brown
Subs not used:
Collins, Williams, Styles, Sibbick
Andersen, Woodrow, Diaby, Halme