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Millwall 2-1 Blackpool

Scott Malone
Defender Scott Malone scored his fifth goal for Millwall in the win over Blackpool

Blackpool were left bottom of the table and without a Championship point after losing 2-1 at Millwall.

Scott McDonald converted Jack Powell's free-kick before setting up Scott Malone to double the home side's lead.

Substitute Nile Ranger finished coolly into the corner from Francois Zoko's cross to reduce the deficit.

The Seasiders could not find an equaliser, however, as first Steven Davies and then Zoko failed to beat goalkeeper David Forde.

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Holloway on Millwall v Blackpool

Earlier, Blackpool goalkeeper Joe Lewis had to punch away Lee Martin's free-kick to prevent Ricardo Fuller scoring.

The away team then had a goal ruled out when Nathan Delfouneso was adjudged to have fouled Carlos Edwards before setting up Ishmael Miller.

Powell, making his first league appearance, picked out MacDonald at the far post to fire the home side in front.

Striker McDonald turned creator for Millwall's second, setting up full-back Malone to score from close range.

Blackpool did find a way back into the game through Ranger's neat finish before the substitute set up Davies, only for him to miss the target from eight yards.

Zoko shot into the side netting and Forde did well to deny Davies' shot from the edge of the area, but Millwall hung on to record a deserved three points.

Blackpool have lost all five league matches they have played under Jose Riga, while Millwall, managed by ex-Blackpool boss Ian Holloway, move up to fifth with their third win of the season.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway: "We got ourselves into a great situation with a brilliant goal and then we have just got to learn to manage the game.

"We conceded the most bizarre goal I have ever seen. Our centre-half came up for a throw and then we didn't aim it at him. How stupid is that?

"We ended up scrapping but I'm glad we didn't throw it away because, on the balance of play, I would have been fuming had they equalised."

Blackpool manager Jose Riga: "The efficiency of the team is very important. When you have opportunities you have to put them into the net.

"The reality stays the same but I am sure that we can solve some problems but we have to improve our efficiency.

"I saw in this game the reality that we wanted it but it is hard with these levels of confidence."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 44Edwards
  • 2DunneBooked at 39mins
  • 16Beevers
  • 28Malone
  • 6Williams
  • 23PowellSubstituted forWebsterat 81'minutes
  • 7MartinSubstituted forGueyeat 79'minutes
  • 27McDonald
  • 11Woolford
  • 19FullerBooked at 34minsSubstituted forRanegieat 61'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 8Easter
  • 9Gregory
  • 13Gerrar
  • 14Briggs
  • 17Webster
  • 18Gueye
  • 21Ranegie

Blackpool

  • 1Lewis
  • 29McMahon
  • 2Daniels
  • 6Clarke
  • 3OriolBooked at 83mins
  • 24LundstramBooked at 29minsSubstituted forOriolat 75'minutes
  • 4Perkins
  • 11Orlandi
  • 14DelfounesoSubstituted forRangerat 57'minutes
  • 13Zoko
  • 17MillerSubstituted forDaviesat 65'minutesBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 7Cywka
  • 9Davies
  • 19Ranger
  • 20Zenjov
  • 21Parish
  • 23Oriol
  • 28Rentmeister
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
9,877

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home19
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 2, Blackpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Blackpool 1.

Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nile Ranger (Blackpool).

Mark Beevers (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Magaye Gueye.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Millwall).

Donervon Daniels (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Steve Davies (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nile Ranger with a headed pass.

Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).

Booking

Mathias Ranégie (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mathias Ranégie (Millwall).

Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Blackpool. Peter Clarke tries a through ball, but Steve Davies is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Offside, Millwall. Alan Dunne tries a through ball, but Mathias Ranégie is caught offside.

Booking

Joan Oriol (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Magaye Gueye (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joan Oriol (Blackpool).

Foul by Carlos Edwards (Millwall).

Edu Oriol (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Byron Webster replaces Jack Powell.

Foul by Jack Powell (Millwall).

Edu Oriol (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Magaye Gueye replaces Lee Martin.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Carlos Edwards (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mathias Ranégie.

Foul by Martyn Woolford (Millwall).

Joan Oriol (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Andrea Orlandi with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Edu Oriol replaces John Lundstram.

Foul by Mathias Ranégie (Millwall).

Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mathias Ranégie (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Lundstram (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nile Ranger.

Booking

Steve Davies (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nottm Forest5410113813
2Watford5401136712
3Wolves540162412
4Norwich531183510
5Millwall531163310
6Charlton52309729
7Derby52219548
8Brentford52216428
9Cardiff52216428
10Sheff Wed52215418
11Bournemouth52129637
12Wigan52128537
13Brighton52126517
14Blackburn5212810-27
15Reading521258-37
16Middlesbrough52036606
17Rotherham520325-36
18Leeds520338-56
19Ipswich512256-15
20Birmingham512249-55
21Huddersfield5113613-74
22Bolton5014410-61
23Fulham5014310-71
24Blackpool500539-60
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