Millwall 3-1 Cheltenham Town, Carabao Cup Second Round: report, ratings and verdict


Millwall 3-5-2



Cheltenham Town 3-5-2

Half Time: 1 - 0 The Den ( Attendance: NA )
1 min

Millwall sealed their place in the Carabao Cup Third Round with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over League Two side Cheltenham Town. 

The Lions took a deserved 19th minute lead courtesy of a thumping first time finish by Ryan Leonard from outside the box following a Tom Bradshaw pull back.

Millwall doubled their advantage just four minutes after the break as Shane Ferguson sent a teasing left-hand side delivery for Connor Mahoney to fire home from close range.

Ferguson was then involved in Millwall’s third just past the hour, as his scuffed strike fell kindly to Matt Smith who steered home from inside the area.

And a consolation strike from Finn Azaz a few minutes later wasn’t enough to affect Millwall’s advantage, despite a late flurry from the visitors.

The routine victory sets Millwall up to face Premier League opposition in the next round, with either Burnley or Sheffield United visiting The Den.

Key Points

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

Key Moment

Connor Mahoney’s impressive finish to double the Lions lead just edges out another Ryan Leonard tap-in.

Moan of the Match

Cheltenham choosing to make the Lions switch ends after winning the toss at kick-off – despite the fact the Cold Blow Lane stand was empty.

Talking Point

Millwall needed to show more going forward than they did against Stoke at the weekend – now they have to maintain it.

Man of the Match

Connor Mahoney – continued his strong end to last season and looked a class above others on the pitch for the majority of the game.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

John Busby (Oxfordshire) – didn’t really have much to do but kept the game flowing on a decent night for the man in the middle.


The Lions were loud and committed throughout with Ryan Woods providing insightful commentary both on and off the ball.


A professional performance from the Lions – which is how it should be against lower level opposition if they are going to be good enough to challenge for a top-six finish.

Line Ups

Millwall 3-5-2

Bialkowski; Hutchinson, Cooper, M. Wallace; Romeo (Skalak, 60), Mahoney, Leonard, Woods, Ferguson (Bennett, 79); Bradshaw, Smith (J. Wallace, 71)

Subs not used:

Wright, Thompson, Malone, Bodvarsson

Cheltenham Town 3-5-2

Griffiths; Raglan, Tozer, Boyle; Blair (Clements, 63), Bonds, Thomas, Sercombe (Azaz, 45), Hussey; Reid, May (Addai, 65)

Subs not used:

Harris, Williams, Freestone, Lloyd



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