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Millwall 3-0 Ipswich Town: Millwall make light work of Championship's bottom side

Lee Gregory volleys in his first goal for Millwall against Ipswich
Lee Gregory netted a goal in each half for Millwall in their dominant victory

New Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert watched from the stands as Millwall inflicted another defeat on the Championship's bottom side.

A Lee Gregory brace and Ryan Leonard's goal gave Millwall a convincing home victory hours after Lambert was confirmed as the Suffolk club's new boss.

Gregory opened the scoring midway through the first half when he volleyed home inside the six-yard box from a corner.

The striker doubled the advantage after the break with his fifth league goal of the season following a long throw-in from Leonard.

Leonard then added further insult to injury with a third, lofting the ball into a vacant net from outside the penalty area as Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski failed to punch clear.

Ipswich are three points adrift at the foot of the table and five from safety with just one win to their name all season. Millwall's third win in their last four matches moves them up two places to 18th.

It was the first time the Lions had recorded consecutive Championship victories since April and Ipswich's shyness in attack also handed them a first home clean sheet of the season.

Bryan Klug took caretaker charge of Ipswich at The Den after the club sacked Paul Hurst on Thursday, less than 150 days since he was appointed in May.

Former Norwich manager Lambert will assume full-time control from Sunday before they host Preston next weekend, but he will have had an uncomfortable afternoon watching some poor set-piece defending.

Millwall centre-back Jake Cooper twice won flick-ons inside the Ipswich area to lay on Gregory's two goals, while indecision between Luke Chambers and Bialkowski led to Leonard punishing the keeper's poor clearance.

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"I think [a big win] has been due with our performances, although that wasn't our best.

"I thought it was extremely professional. We could have played better when we were 3-0 up but I don't give a damn about that - I wanted a clean sheet and the defenders and team wanted a clean sheet.

"It wasn't easy for Ipswich in the position they are in and with the transition to a new manager here today but it wasn't easy for us either.

"You are not sure who you are going to face. But without being at our best we were clinical and to give up very few opportunities was a very good performance in the Championship.

"We had a tough September. We're not the finished article. We are not going to keep getting results just because that is what has happened in the last three years."

Ipswich Town caretaker manager Bryan Klug told BBC Radio Suffolk:

"It was exactly what we expected here at The Den and we conceded goals from situations we knew would occur.

"It's something if we don't cut it out at this level...then you're going to struggle.

"I could see some things I think can be developed, but ultimately you're looking at quality in both boxes and winning important headers and challenges and we are finding that difficult at the moment.

"Working on the training field can rectify that and obviously the new manager will come in and he's going to find a way of turning this club round and winning games of football."

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Amos
  • 12Romeo
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Cooper
  • 25M Wallace
  • 26SkalakSubstituted forO'Brienat 63'minutes
  • 28Leonard
  • 6Williams
  • 11Ferguson
  • 19ElliottSubstituted forMorisonat 57'minutes
  • 9GregorySubstituted forBradshawat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Archer
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 3Meredith
  • 14Bradshaw
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 20Morison
  • 22O'Brien

Ipswich

Formation 5-3-2

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 18Ward
  • 6Chalobah
  • 4Chambers
  • 5PenningtonBooked at 57mins
  • 3Knudsen
  • 21Downes
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forSpenceat 45'minutes
  • 23DozzellSubstituted forEdwardsat 81'minutes
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forLankesterat 56'minutes
  • 20Sears

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 7Edwards
  • 11Nolan
  • 12Spence
  • 17Rowe
  • 22Nsiala
  • 36Lankester
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
15,386

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home7
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home21
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 3, Ipswich Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 3, Ipswich Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  4. Post update

    Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Mahlon Romeo (Millwall).

  6. Post update

    Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Aiden O'Brien (Millwall).

  8. Post update

    Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Jordan Spence with a headed pass.

  9. Post update

    Matthew Pennington (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

  12. Post update

    Matthew Pennington (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Millwall).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town).

  15. Post update

    Ryan Leonard (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Gwion Edwards replaces Andre Dozzell.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

  18. Post update

    Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Grant Ward (Ipswich Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd159242718929
2Leeds1576226121427
3Middlesbrough15762178927
4Norwich158342017327
5West Brom1574433231025
6Derby157442216625
7Nottm Forest155822216623
8Swansea156541711623
9Birmingham155821914523
10QPR157261519-423
11Bristol City156451815322
12Blackburn155731820-222
13Stoke155551920-120
14Wigan156271822-420
15Sheff Wed155462126-519
16Brentford154652320318
17Aston Villa154652223-118
18Millwall154471923-416
19Bolton154471120-916
20Preston153572429-514
21Rotherham153571121-1014
22Reading153391925-612
23Hull153391221-912
24Ipswich151681125-149
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