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.

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."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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


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


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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


  • 7Cywka
  • 9Davies
  • 19Ranger
  • 20Zenjov
  • 21Parish
  • 23Oriol
  • 28Rentmeister
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 2, Blackpool 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Blackpool 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Nile Ranger (Blackpool).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Scott McDonald (Millwall).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).

  13. Booking

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mathias Ranégie (Millwall).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Booking

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

  20. Post update

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