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Millwall 2-0 Port Vale

Millwall continued their pursuit of promotion to the Championship with a home win over lowly Port Vale.

After moving into the League One play-off places with Saturday's 1-0 win over Southend, they comfortably outplayed their visitors at The Den and strengthened their grip on sixth place with goals from Aiden O'Brien and Jake Cooper.

Twentieth-placed Vale also became the fifth consecutive team against which the hosts have avoided conceding.

Millwall's record stands at seven clean sheets from eight, and they have remained unbeaten since defeat at Scunthorpe on December 17 as they prepare for Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round fixture at home to Leicester.

It was in the 26th minute when O'Brien put Millwall ahead. They had already repeatedly threatened through Steve Morison, when amid pressure from the energetic Fred Onyedinma, Vale's attempts to clear fell kindly to O'Brien, who struck across goalkeeper Leonardo Fasan and into the bottom right corner from 12 yards.

Morison missed out on the goal his work-rate and display deserved in the 51st minute, when Fasan saved his poorly-struck penalty after Kjell Knops had brought Jed Wallace down in the area.

A minute later, however, the hosts scored their second goal to secure all three points. From a left-wing corner, Shaun Williams crossed towards Cooper, who headed in at the back post and saw his goal stand despite Vale protesting to referee Darren Drysdale that the ball had not crossed the line.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Archer
  • 2Cummings
  • 17Webster
  • 24Cooper
  • 5Craig
  • 14Wallace
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 85mins
  • 16Butcher
  • 10OnyedinmaSubstituted forFergusonat 73'minutes
  • 20MorisonSubstituted forSmithat 73'minutes
  • 22O'BrienSubstituted forWorrallat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Martin
  • 7Worrall
  • 12Romeo
  • 18Ferguson
  • 26Abdou
  • 30Smith
  • 31King

Port Vale

  • 38Fasan
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4StreeteSubstituted forTanserat 34'minutes
  • 24Smith
  • 5Knops
  • 11Foley
  • 25Guy
  • 28de FreitasSubstituted forShodipoat 56'minutes
  • 10Hooper
  • 26WalkerSubstituted forForresterat 83'minutes
  • 12Pugh

Substitutes

  • 7Kelly
  • 15Forrester
  • 17Brown
  • 19Tanser
  • 23Boot
  • 44Eagles
  • 46Shodipo
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
7,032

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home20
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 2, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Port Vale 0.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

Attempt blocked. Danny Pugh (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Shaun Williams (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. David Worrall (Millwall) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Anton Forrester replaces Tyler Walker.

Attempt missed. Callum Guy (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Butcher (Millwall).

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Callum Guy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. David Worrall replaces Aiden O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Shane Ferguson replaces Fred Onyedinma.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Harry Smith replaces Steve Morison.

Attempt missed. Tyler Walker (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Sam Foley (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Foley (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Scott Tanser.

Foul by Callum Butcher (Millwall).

Sam Foley (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Callum Butcher (Millwall).

Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Butcher (Millwall).

Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Byron Webster (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Pugh (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Scott Tanser.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Leonardo Fasan.

Attempt saved. Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Aiden O'Brien (Millwall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd32197658342464
2Scunthorpe31178657322559
3Bolton30176742231957
4Fleetwood321510746321455
5Bradford321215540291151
6Millwall3114894740750
7Southend31131084537849
8Peterborough31138104539647
9Rochdale30145114137447
10Bristol Rovers32129114951-245
11Oxford Utd30127113733443
12Walsall32101393943-443
13Charlton3091473730741
14MK Dons31109124039139
15Wimbledon3091294039139
16Northampton32116154852-439
17Gillingham31811123948-935
18Shrewsbury3298153244-1235
19Oldham32810142133-1234
20Port Vale3089133248-1633
21Bury3287174860-1231
22Swindon3278172947-1829
23Chesterfield3176183050-2027
24Coventry31410172648-2222
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