Millwall 0-0 Preston North End, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


Millwall 5-2-3



Preston North End 5-2-1-2

Half Time: 0 - 0 The Den ( Attendance: 10,183 (516) )
1 min

Millwall failed to make it back-to-back wins for the first time since October as they played out a drab 0-0 draw with Preston North End at The Den.

The Lions slightly edged a first-half that offered very little quality with Maikel Kieftenbeld’s 20-yard goal bound volley, headed clear of danger by a PNE defender, the best opportunity.

At the other end, a tame effort on the half hour mark from Emil Riis which Millwall keeper Bartosz Bialkowski comfortably saved was the best Preston could muster.

The second-half continued in much of the same vein before Shaun Hutchinson was penalised for a foul on Andrew Hughes at a corner shortly after the hour mark.

Ben Whiteman stepped up to convert the resultant penalty, but his effort was kept out by the right-hand post.

And despite attacking changes from Millwall boss Gary Rowett, neither side came close to breaking the deadlock.

Key Points

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

Key Moment

Ben Whiteman’s penalty miss was a big let off for the Lions in a game lacking in any clear cut chances.

Moan of the Match

Benik Afobe’s first touch really let him down – the forward having a number of openings but consistently failing to get the ball under control.

Talking Point

A rusty Jed Wallace returned to action after a month of injury and transfer speculation. Will Millwall be able to bring the best out of him for the rest of the season?

Man of the Match

Danny McNamara – a tough call because no-one really earned it, but the full-back continued his solid form and looked a decent threat at times.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Kevin Friend (Leicestershire) – a solid, by the book, performance from the official after being demoted from Premier League duty.


A subdued Den, after bad traffic prevented many fans from attending, with the lack of action on the pitch giving those who did attend little to shout about.


An incredibly flat performance, all the more frustrating after Saturday’s win over West Bromwich Albion and another example of Millwall’s creative problems.


Line Ups

Millwall 5-2-3

Bialkowski; McNamara, Hutchinson, Cooper, M.Wallace, Malone (Mahoney, 61); Kieftenbeld, Mitchell; Burke (J. Wallace, 61), Afobe, Bennett (Burey, 78)

Subs not used:

Long, Pearce, Saville, Evans


Bennett, Hutchinson, Burey

Preston North End 5-2-1-2

Iversen; Potts, van den Berg, Lindsay, Hughes (Earl, 68), Cunningham; Ledson (Browne, 79), Whiteman; McCann; Evans (Archer, 71), Riis

Subs not used:

Ripley, Bauer, Sinclair, Diaby


van den Berg

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