Millwall 1-2 Crystal Palace, FA Cup Third Round: report, ratings and verdict


Millwall 5-2-3



Crystal Palace 4-3-3

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

Millwall were knocked out of the FA Cup after a Michael Olise-inspired second-half comeback gave Crystal Palace a 2-1 win in a feisty South London derby at the Den.

The hosts dominated the early proceedings against their Premier League opposition, with the Eagles struggling to find any sort of rhythm.

And the Lions were gifted the opener on 18 minutes when visiting goalkeeper Jack Butland was punished for dawdling on the ball. 

Under pressure from the Millwall front two of Tom Bradshaw and Benik Afobe, Butland lost the ball to leave the latter with a simple tap into an open goal.

After a poor opening 45 minutes, Crystal Palace came out flying in the second period with Olise levelling within 60 seconds of the restart with a fine curling finish off the post.

And Olise continued to cause Millwall issues, going close twice in the next five minutes before setting up Jean-Philippe Mateta to head home from close range on 58 minutes.

Despite a late rally, the Lions couldn’t find a decisive breakthrough with Crystal Palace progressing through to the Fourth Round.

Key Points

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

Key Moment

Michael Olise’s 46th minute equaliser set the tone for the second period with the Crystal Palace forward going on to run the show.

Moan of the Match

Most will have known what to expect from a South London derby, but missile throwing and homophobic chanting from the home crowd will have done the club no favours. 

Talking Point

Was Jean-Philippe Mateta offside in the build-up to Crystal Palace’s equaliser?

Man of the Match

Danny McNamara – kept Eberechi Eze quiet throughout while looking threatening going forward himself.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Anthony Taylor (Cheshire) – this game had the potential to boil over, but the man in the middle managed it well and got the majority of big calls right. 


It was a feisty one to say the least – everything you’d expect from a South London derby.


Millwall fans will be disappointed they couldn’t hold onto their early lead as other than a ten minute masterclass from Michael Olise, the Lions were arguably the better side.

Line Ups

Millwall 5-2-3

Long; McNamara, Hutchinson, Pearce (Bennett, 62), Cooper, Malone; B. Mitchell, Saville (Kieftenbeld, 50); Ojo (Boateng, 81), Bradshaw (Smith, 81), Afobe (Burey, 81)

Subs not used:

Bialkowski, Evans, Lovelace, Topalloj



Crystal Palace 4-3-3

Butland, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, T. Mitchell; Gallagher, Hughes (Milivojevic, 81), Schlupp (Riedewald, 88); Olise (Clyne, 88), Mateta (Edouard, 65), Eze (Benteke, 64)

Subs not used:

Matthews, Kelly, Rak-Sakyi, Wells-Morrison


Schlupp, Butland

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