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Stoke City 1-2 Millwall: Murray Wallace & Mason Bennett give Lions win

Murray Wallace
Centre-half Murray Wallace claimed his first goal of the season as Millwall scored for the 11th straight away game

Millwall kept their faint play-off challenge alive with a third straight win to all but end Stoke's hopes of a top-six finish.

Murray Wallace poked the Lions ahead from a scramble after Jake Cooper turned Jed Wallace's far-post corner back into the box.

City soon levelled as Nick Powell's raking pass found Steven Fletcher who cut the ball back for Jacob Brown to squeeze a low shot under goalkeeper Bart Bialkowski.

Danny Batth's poor challenge allowed Jed Wallace to skip past, draw keeper Adam Davies and square a pass for Mason Bennett to slot into an empty net.

A 10th away league win of the campaign moved Millwall up to ninth, and kept the gap to sixth-placed Reading at eight points with six games left, while Stoke are now 11 points adrift of the play-off spots in 11th.

The Potters made most of the first-half running with Fletcher, Powell and Brown all testing Bialkowski, but Wallace poked home the opener with the visitors' only attempt on target of the first half.

The lead came against the run of play and was short-lived as Bialkowski failed to keep out Brown's strike - Stoke's fifth goal-bound effort of the half.

Michael O'Neill's side, with Powell pulling the strings, maintained their momentum after the break, but quickly faded while the visitors gradually came out of their shells, with Jed Wallace heavily involved.

Gary Rowett spent less than eight months as Stoke manager before his dismissal in January 2019, but Batth's wayward sliding challenge and Brown's finish helped make his return to the Potteries a happy one.

Potters boss Michael O'Neill told BBC Radio Stoke:

"The two goals were extremely poor. The first goal from a corner which we don't defend well enough. We should do a lot better in that situation, particularly as we were totally dominant at that point.

"And the second goal is an individual error which was the deciding factor in the game, but our second-half performance wasn't acceptable.

"We let the tempo of the game drop and weren't able to get back up to a level and give ourselves a chance to win the game.

"It's disappointing because I didn't think it was a game we were going to lose, but certainly our performance in the second half showed the two sides of our character at this minute in time."

Millwall manager Gary Rowett:

"I'm really pleased, it's a difficult place to come. Stoke are not only a very physical side, but they've got some really good players as well.

"To go in at 1-1 at half-time, I was displeased because were were one-up and we conceded a very poor goal, but I couldn't really complain because I could see it coming.

"I thought second half was completely different. We made the change to get an extra midfielder in there and I thought we controlled the game second half and we were the better side. It looked like we had more energy and we moved the ball around."

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 16Davies
  • 12Chester
  • 36Souttar
  • 6BatthBooked at 37minsSubstituted forMatondoat 76'minutes
  • 14SmithSubstituted forVokesat 86'minutes
  • 13Obi
  • 34ThompsonSubstituted forMcCleanat 76'minutes
  • 46Norrington-Davies
  • 25Powell
  • 18BrownSubstituted forClucasat 70'minutes
  • 21Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 9Vokes
  • 11McClean
  • 22Clucas
  • 24Cousins
  • 32Bursik
  • 35Tymon
  • 43Coates
  • 44Norton
  • 49Matondo

Millwall

Formation 3-5-2

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 3M WallaceBooked at 90mins
  • 15Pearce
  • 5Cooper
  • 23McNamaraSubstituted forRomeoat 90+2'minutes
  • 28Evans
  • 7J WallaceSubstituted forBradshawat 90'minutes
  • 24Mitchell
  • 14Malone
  • 13ZohoreSubstituted forKieftenbeldat 45'minutes
  • 20BennettSubstituted forBödvarssonat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 6Williams
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 11Ferguson
  • 12Romeo
  • 16Kieftenbeld
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22Bödvarsson
  • 32Burey
Referee:
Gavin Ward

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 1, Millwall 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 1, Millwall 2.

  3. Booking

    Murray Wallace (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Nick Powell (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Murray Wallace (Millwall).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Harry Souttar (Stoke City).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Mahlon Romeo replaces Dan McNamara.

  11. Post update

    Sam Vokes (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Millwall).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Tom Bradshaw replaces Jed Wallace.

  14. Post update

    Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

  15. Post update

    Dan McNamara (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Sam Vokes replaces Tommy Smith.

  17. Post update

    James McClean (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rabbi Matondo (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Tommy Smith (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39259557282984
2Watford402310757273079
3Brentford381912766402669
4Swansea392091045311469
5Barnsley40208125244868
6Reading401991256431366
7Bournemouth3918111060382265
8Cardiff4016101455431258
9Millwall401416104137458
10Middlesbrough40169154843557
11Stoke401413134544155
12QPR391411144346-353
13Luton39148173245-1350
14Bristol City40154214055-1549
15Nottm Forest401212163439-548
16Preston40146204150-948
17Blackburn401210185045546
18Huddersfield381110174253-1143
19Derby401110193045-1543
20Coventry391012173552-1742
21Birmingham391011182950-2141
22Rotherham36105213851-1335
23Sheff Wed39118203348-1535
24Wycombe4089232961-3233
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