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Millwall 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

David Lopez celebrates

A controversial penalty gave Brighton victory against relegation-threatened Millwall and took the Seagulls to within three points of the play-offs.

Albion top scorer Leonardo Ulloa wasted a great chance early on, heading wide at the far post, before referee Geoff Eltringham pointed to the spot.

Danny Shittu was deemed to have fouled Jesse Lingard and David Lopez found the corner of the net.

Millwall's best chance fell to Jermaine Easter who struck the crossbar.

The defeat, Millwall's fourth in six home league matches, leaves Ian Holloway's team deep in relegation trouble.

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Nathan Jones: Brighton assistant after Millwall win

Millwall will regard themselves as somewhat unlucky to concede the penalty as there seemed to be minimal contact between debutant Lingard and Shittu, but Lopez converted from the spot to clinch the win with his fourth league goal of the season.

The visitors could have doubled their lead when Ulloa found Lingard with a brilliant cross, but Ryan Fredericks did well to deny the Manchester United loanee.

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Post Match: Millwall boss Ian Holloway

Shittu should have done better with a header after the break and, then, Easter struck the woodwork when just six yards from goal.

Late on, Lions debutant Owen Garvan went close from long range but the match ended in defeat for the hosts, their sixth loss in 10 league games.

Brighton assistant manager Nathan Jones on the penalty: "It was a difficult game. The penalty could have gone either way.

"Danny Shittu leaned on Jesse [Lingard] inside the box and he is a very strong lad. These things even themselves out. We have had stonewall penalty appeals turned down, but maybe we got a bit of luck.

"We would like to be in the play-offs but it is very tight and we have had a lot of games to contend with."

Millwall boss Ian Holloway: "It is shoulder to shoulder, if anything. I can't say that there wasn't enough contact because Danny is built like a proverbial.

"We haven't got anything like the result we deserved. I want my lads to not shout at referees because we have been fined £16,000 in the last few weeks and it is my job to get fairness.

"A referee should walk into this ground and be ready to be fair to both teams, but I don't think he was biased. It was a mistake."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 14Fredericks
  • 28Malone
  • 15Upson
  • 3ShittuBooked at 39mins
  • 12LowrySubstituted forMcDonaldat 61'minutes
  • 11Woolford
  • 17Williams
  • 19JacksonSubstituted forFeeneyat 74'minutes
  • 8EasterSubstituted forMorisonat 59'minutes
  • 29Garvan

Substitutes

  • 2Dunne
  • 7Feeney
  • 9Morison
  • 16Beevers
  • 26Abdou
  • 27McDonald
  • 43Bywater

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2BrunoBooked at 84mins
  • 17Ward
  • 4Andrews
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 6StephensBooked at 72mins
  • 11OrlandiSubstituted forMarchat 80'minutes
  • 19Ulloa
  • 35LingardSubstituted forForster-Caskeyat 67'minutes
  • 21López MorenoSubstituted forBuckleyat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 5Dunk
  • 9Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 14Calderón
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 27March
  • 30Buckley
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
12,149

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

Attempt blocked. Steve Morison (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Shittu (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Owen Garvan (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Shaun Williams.

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Millwall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

Attempt blocked. Steve Morison (Millwall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Liam Feeney.

Attempt missed. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Danny Shittu.

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Scott Malone (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Jake Forster-Caskey is caught offside.

Attempt missed. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Andrea Orlandi.

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Steve Morison (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Danny Shittu.

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Millwall).

Foul by William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Martyn Woolford (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shaun Williams.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leonardo Ulloa tries a through ball, but William Buckley is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Liam Feeney replaces Simeon Jackson.

Attempt missed. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Owen Garvan.

Attempt blocked. Owen Garvan (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Malone.

Booking

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Steve Morison (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Jesse Lingard.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester33235562323074
2Burnley331812352262666
3Derby33187860421861
4QPR32169738261257
5Nottm Forest331413654391555
6Wigan321571041301152
7Reading331491051381351
8Brighton32131093427749
9Ipswich33121294437748
10Blackburn321210103839-146
11Watford331112104839945
12Leeds32128124440444
13Huddersfield33127144544143
14Middlesbrough33913114137440
15Sheff Wed32912113938139
16Bournemouth32109134251-939
17Birmingham3399153942-336
18Bolton33812134149-836
19Blackpool33811142948-1935
20Doncaster3379172853-2530
21Millwall33610173161-3028
22Charlton3069152441-1727
23Yeovil3268182848-2026
24Barnsley32511163056-2626
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