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West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Millwall: Dwight Gayle and Kieran Gibbs extend Baggies' good home run

West Brom's Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle broke the deadlock with his fifth goal of the season since joining on loan from Newcastle

West Bromwich Albion recorded their fourth straight home win in the Championship by overcoming stubborn Millwall at the Hawthorns.

Dwight Gayle's poacher's instinct came to the fore as he poked home a fifth goal of the season from close range.

The on-loan Newcastle forward pounced in the penalty area after Millwall goalkeeper Ben Amos had produced a stunning save to tip Ahmed Hegazi's header against the crossbar.

Millwall are now without a victory in six Championship games after Kieran Gibbs completed the win for the hosts, firing home from an acute angle at the back post after latching on to Tyrone Mears' curling cross.

Jed Wallace almost gave the Lions a half-time lead with an ambitious 35-yard shot following a wayward kick from West Brom stopper Sam Johnstone but defender Craig Dawson rushed back to save his keeper's blushes, heading clear from the goal-line.

Matt Phillips drilled a low shot narrowly wide straight after the restart but hobbled off with an injury soon after, although the hosts shook off the blow to run out worthy winners.

The Baggies are the top scorers in the Championship with 22 goals, but plucky Millwall looked to have thwarted their opponents, only to be undone in a devastating eight-minute spell.

Albion are now third in the Championship, just one point behind the top two, Leeds and Middlesbrough, who both failed to win on Saturday - while the Lions' loss saw them drop into the relegation places.

West Brom head coach Darren Moore:

"I thought it was a tough game all round. Millwall were very strong and I thought we found a way to beat a very strong and resolute rearguard.

"We kept probing and we kept asking questions and we found the goal to break the deadlock.

"The clean sheet was the icing on the cake in terms of three valuable points."

Millwall boss Neil Harris:

"First and foremost of course I am disappointed with the result.

"But when we are so good as we were at times in the first-half we have to be clinical and we had three good chances to score.

"At the other end when things aren't going for you, it really kicks you. I am pleased with the players today because against QPR the other night we were not good enough in the first half."

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 5Bartley
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forMearsat 65'minutes
  • 8Livermore
  • 11Brunt
  • 3Gibbs
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forHoolahanat 78'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16GayleSubstituted forAdarabioyoat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 12Mears
  • 13Myhill
  • 18Barry
  • 22Hoolahan
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 28Field

Millwall

  • 13Amos
  • 12Romeo
  • 17Webster
  • 5Cooper
  • 3MeredithSubstituted forElliottat 84'minutes
  • 7Wallace
  • 6Williams
  • 28Leonard
  • 26SkalakSubstituted forO'Brienat 72'minutes
  • 20Morison
  • 14BradshawSubstituted forGregoryat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 9Gregory
  • 16Martin
  • 19Elliott
  • 21Karacan
  • 22O'Brien
  • 25Wallace
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
23,563

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Millwall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Millwall 0.

Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Elliott (Millwall).

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tyrone Mears (West Bromwich Albion).

Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Tosin Adarabioyo (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Tosin Adarabioyo replaces Dwight Gayle.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tyrone Mears (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tom Elliott replaces James Meredith.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion).

Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jed Wallace following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Wes Hoolahan replaces Harvey Barnes.

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Millwall 0. Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Lee Gregory replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Jiri Skalak.

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Dawson.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Brunt.

Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyrone Mears.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Millwall 0. Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Attempt saved. Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Tyrone Mears replaces Matt Phillips.

Attempt missed. Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Leonard (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Foul by Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds95311971218
2Middlesbrough9531113818
3West Brom952222121017
4Sheff Utd95131511416
5Wigan95131411316
6Derby95131310316
7Brentford94321610615
8Bristol City94231411314
9Nottm Forest9351119214
10Sheff Wed94231414014
11Norwich94231313014
12Blackburn93511111014
13Aston Villa93421514113
14Swansea934276113
15Bolton9333912-312
16QPR9315715-810
17Birmingham916278-19
18Stoke92341216-49
19Rotherham9306614-89
20Reading92251213-18
21Hull9216916-77
22Millwall9135713-66
23Ipswich9054612-65
24Preston9126918-95
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