Millwall 0-2 West Bromwich Albion, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


Millwall 4-3-3



West Bromwich Albion 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 0 - 1 The Den ( Attendance: 13,818 (1,382) )
1 min

Millwall’s Championship Play-Off hopes were dealt another blow with a 2-0 loss at home to table-toppers West Bromwich Albion.

Filip Krovinovic’s 42nd minute strike and Dara O’Shea’s late header proved the difference in treacherous weather conditions at The Den.

The stormy conditions dictated much of the opening exchanges, although the Baggies adapted quicker – forcing Millwall keeper Bartosz Bialkowski into a couple of decent saves as well as striking the post early on through Matheus Pereira.

In comparison, Matt Smith cut a lone figure up front as the Lions struggled to fashion many chances with Jed Wallace firing one effort narrowly over before Krovinovic opened the scoring for West Brom.

The second period saw the visitors dominate without creating any clear cut opportunities of note other than substitute Matt Phillips firing a dangerous left footed effort over the bar soon after his introduction.

At the other end, Jed Wallace curled a shot straight into the arms of West Brom stopper Sam Johnstone in what was arguably Millwall’s best chance of the game.

But with just six minutes of normal time remaining, O’Shea escaped Tom Bradshaw’s attention at a corner to head past Bialkowski to seal the Baggies win.

Key Points

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

Key Moment

West Bromwich Albion’s first goal just before the interval gave them something to build on in the second period.

Moan of the Match

Millwall’s risk-taking in their own half almost cost them dear on more than one occasion.

Talking Point

Matt Smith struggled again as the lone striker before being substituted – can the Lions afford to persist with that tactic?

Man of the Match

Mahlon Romeo – dealt relatively well with Callum Robinson and then Kamil Grosicki down the West Brom left, making a number of good tackles to thwart their progress.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Gavin Ward (Surrey) –  consistently poor throughout, missing a number of obvious calls and gifting the visitors plenty of soft free kicks.


Relatively quiet by Millwall’s standards given the game was picked for TV coverage and the weather made travelling difficult.


The Lions were poor and deserved nothing from the game having failed to create any high quality chances of note during the entire match.

Line Ups

Millwall 4-3-3

Bialkowski; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, M. Wallace; Woods, Molumby, Williams (Bradshaw, 77); J. Wallace, Smith (Bodvarsson, 60), O’Brien (Mahoney, 59)

Subs not used:

Steele, Pearce, Ferguson, Skalak


Smith, Bodvarsson

West Bromwich Albion 4-2-3-1

Johnstone; O’Shea, Bartley, Ajayi, Townsend; Livermore, Sawyers; Pereira (Phillips, 76), Krovinovic, Robinson (Grosicki, 66); Robson-Kanu (Austin, 90+1)

Subs not used:

Furlong, Harper, Bond, Hegazi


Robinson, O’Shea

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