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Lions Get The Better Of Tigers

Posted on: Sat 07 Apr 2012

Hull City's losing run continued with a defeat against Millwall at The New Den on Saturday afternoon.

The result was probably a little harsh on the Tigers, who were undone by a first half corner and a second half penalty as the Lions ran out 2-0 winners.

Richard Garcia made his first league start of the season as Nick Barmby made three changes to his side.

Sonny Bradley and Tom Cairney also came into the starting eleven as Jack Hobbs (injury), Robbie Brady and Matty Fryatt made way.


Pre-match, Millwall paid their respects to Lions' legend Barry Kitchener who recently passed away, with both sets of players and fans took part in a period of applause. City captain Andy Dawson also placed a black and amber wreath behind one goal on behalf of the club.

A couple of early set-pieces offered a chance for City to load the Millwall box, but unfortunately both deliveries were cleared at the near post.

Good work between Garcia and Aaron Mclean won City a free kick on 12 minutes, handily placed 25 yards out. Cairney took it, but fired a shot straight into the wall.

Cairney's nice ball then found Corry Evans in space, but his attempt to control and volley home from 18 yards didn't quite work out as planned.

Patient work from City saw Evans feed a nice ball down the channel for Garcia in the 23rd minute and after cutting inside, the Australian saw a low shot saved by the out-stretched leg of goalkeeper Maik Taylor.

Despite more than holding their own in the game, City fell behind on 25 minutes. An in-swinging corner was delivered over Vito Mannone and Harry Kane held off his marker to head home from close range.

It was harsh on Barmby's side, but Millwall threatened a second when Cameron Stewart gave up possession to Kane, who advanced before firing low at Mannone.

Kane missed an even better chance on 33 minutes when Tony Craig's cross from the left was allowed to travel all the way through City's six-yard box, the Millwall striker getting too much on his effort to send the ball over.

Kane was the danger man again a minute later as he advanced to the edge of City's box before again firing low straight at Mannone.

Millwall were now sweeping forward at every opportunity and a quick counter-attack set up a chance for Josh Wright, who was totally unmarked on the right, but he blasted over.

City responded with a shot from Cairney but it was comfortable for Taylor.

Half Time: Tigers 0-1 Millwall

City made a change at half time as Fryatt replaced Stewart.

Like the start of the opening 45 minutes, City were bright at the start of the second half with a couple of long range efforts being blocked.

But it was Millwall who almost doubled their lead five minutes in from another corner, but Paul McKenna was well placed to clear a header off the line.

At the other end, Fryatt curled a shot over from 18 yards.

Millwall felt they should have had a penalty when Kane went down under McKenna's challenge just before the hour, but the referee waved play on.

Liam Rosenior took a nasty blow when going in fully-committed for a 50-50 ball with Jimmy Abdou. There was real concern for the City right back, but he was able to walk off although he was replaced by Josh King in a move which saw Garcia drop to right back.

Shane Lowry picked up the first yellow card of the afternoon for a late challenge on Mclean and he was soon followed into the book by Garcia for a trip on Kane.

Millwall doubled their lead nine minutes from time when they were awarded a penalty for Liam Cooper's trip on Keogh. Cooper was booked and Keogh took the spot kick himself, sending Mannone the wrong way with a low shot into the net.

The game was up and McKenna found a yellow card coming his way for a challenge on Wright.

Mannone made a fine save from Kane as Millwall hit City on the counter while Fryatt's late effort on the turn was blocked.

Tigers: Vito Mannone, Liam Rosenior (King 70), Liam Cooper, Sonny Bradley, Andy Dawson, Paul McKenna, Richard Garcia, Corry Evans, Tom Cairney, Cameron Stewart (Fryatt 46), Aaron Mclean (Brady 75).

Subs: Peter Gulacsi, Seyi Olofinjana, Robbie Brady, Josh King, Matty Fryatt.

Millwall: Maik Taylor, Tony Craig, Paul Robinson, Hamer Bouazza (Feeney 54), James Henry, Andy Keogh (Batt 90), Jack Smith, Jimmy Abdou, Shane Lowry, Harry Kane, Josh Wright.

Subs: David Forde, Alan Dunne, John Marquis, Shaun Batt, Liam Feeney.

Referee: Mr D. Deadman.


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