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Millwall 2-0 Stoke City: Gary Rowett wins first match as Lions boss against former side

Millwall's Ben Thompson side foots in from 10 yards against Stoke to score his first goal of the season.
Ben Thompson side foots in from 10 yards to score his first goal of the season.

Gary Rowett celebrated his first game in charge of Millwall with victory over former club Stoke.

Jed Wallace was the chief architect, first creating the opener for Ben Thompson, who swept home on 28 minutes.

He later scored the second himself, smashing home from the spot after being brought down by Badou N'Diaye.

Stoke struggled to create clear-cut chances and boss Nathan Jones now has just five wins in 35 league games in charge of the Potters.

Prior to his appointment as Lions boss on Monday, Rowett had been out of work since being sacked by Stoke on 8 January.

He had not won his first match in charge at any of his four previous clubs, losing openers at Burton Albion and Stoke, and drawing while at Birmingham and Derby.

But he got one over his old employers in his encounter, thanks to a hard-working performance brought to life by the creativity of Wallace.

Before crossing for Thompson to sidefoot home the opener, he had curled a shot narrowly wide as the Lions began on the front foot.

Stoke improved after the break, but for all their possession in Millwall territory, they looked fairly toothless - and their attempts to get back into the game were undone by N'Diaye's clumsy foul.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett said:

"It's certainly a very good start. The intensity and front foot attacking was good, and the team showed they could play a bit with some good movement.

"I don't want to put a ceiling on what we can achieve, with the desire and drive and energy we've got.

"Yesterday we had to tell a few to calm down because they're kicking each other and having arguments and screaming at each other. They want to win games, they want to climb the table quickly.

"We've got a lot of work to do, one game is only one game. We've won it, great, but we've got to build on that."

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We were extremely poor. We were outbattled, outworked and outthought, and didn't do the basics well enough.

"We didn't pass it well enough, we didn't fight, we didn't have enough heart about us, didn't have enough work rate, and that's not something I can say often about this group.

"In the second half, we controlled the game far more than we did first half but the naivety we showed in letting Jed Wallace run from his own half to go past three players to get into our box summed us up today. Not good enough."

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Romeo
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Cooper
  • 3M Wallace
  • 7J Wallace
  • 16Molumby
  • 6Williams
  • 11FergusonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMahoneyat 64'minutes
  • 8Thompson
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forBödvarssonat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McCarthy
  • 10Smith
  • 14Steele
  • 15Pearce
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22O'Brien
  • 23Bödvarsson

Stoke

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 32Federici
  • 12Carter-Vickers
  • 6Batth
  • 5Lindsay
  • 15Martins IndiSubstituted forVokesat 76'minutes
  • 27B Ndiaye
  • 22Clucas
  • 4Allen
  • 7InceSubstituted forCampbellat 85'minutes
  • 19Gregory
  • 20HoganSubstituted forMcCleanat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Butland
  • 3Ward
  • 9Vokes
  • 11McClean
  • 24Cousins
  • 26Campbell
  • 37Collins
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
14,008

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home8
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 2, Stoke City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Stoke City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Badou Ndiaye.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City).

  5. Post update

    Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Lee Gregory (Stoke City).

  7. Post update

    Murray Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Tyrese Campbell replaces Tom Ince.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lee Gregory (Stoke City).

  11. Post update

    Jake Cooper (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jayson Molumby (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jake Cooper.

  13. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

  14. Post update

    Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Adam Federici.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Badou Ndiaye.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

  18. Post update

    Jayson Molumby (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Sam Vokes replaces Bruno Martins Indi.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom147612617927
2Preston1474327161125
3Leeds14743178925
4Sheff Wed147341810824
5Fulham146532314923
6Bristol City136522017323
7QPR137242323023
8Charlton146442116522
9Nottm Forest136431712522
10Swansea136431713422
11Birmingham147161416-222
12Hull145452020019
13Brentford135351511418
14Cardiff134631919018
15Millwall144641619-318
16Derby144641620-418
17Blackburn144371721-415
18Luton144282125-414
19Wigan134271017-714
20Huddersfield143471621-513
21Reading133371419-512
22Middlesbrough142661117-612
23Stoke1422101325-128
24Barnsley141581227-158
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