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Millwall 0-0 QPR: London derby ends in stalemate

QPR striker Matt Smith rues a missed opportunity at The Den
QPR striker Matt Smith (second from right) could not add to his tally of six goals this season

Millwall and QPR missed their opportunity to pull further away from the bottom three as they fought out a scoreless, physical derby at The Den.

The point was enough to move the Lions up to 19th place and, although just two points above the relegation zone, they maintain a game in hand on all of their rivals.

Rangers, who have won only once in the Championship since Boxing Day, created the better chances as they gained their first point under caretaker manager John Eustace.

The visitors made the better start, with Matt Smith meeting Luke Freeman's cross on the volley to bring an early save from Millwall goalkeeper David Martin.

Smith's aerial presence caused persistent problems for the Lions defence and he also had a header cleared off the line by Jake Cooper just before half-time.

Strike partner Nahki Wells went close, only to be foiled by a superbly-timed block from James Meredith - but Millwall began to find their feet as the game progressed.

Joe Lumley was called into action to push away far-post headers from Cooper and Alex Pearce, while Ryan Manning scrambled another Pearce effort off the line.

QPR substitute Bright Osayi-Samuel might have won it in the last 15 minutes, galloping onto Freeman's through ball, but Martin raced out to make the stop.

Millwall boss Neil Harris told BBC Radio London:

"We had to stand strong against one of the biggest teams we've seen this season, We showed the characteristics of digging in and standing strong, we adjusted to playing a lot narrower and I thought we played the better football.

"We got into some good areas but lacked that little bit of quality right at the end - we didn't quite have that extra inventiveness to create those golden chances, but it's certainly a point gained and we've moved up in the division.

"I'm delighted with the clean sheet.

"West Brom was a great all-round team performance and tonight was different - it was a battle but it's four points from two games and at this stage of the season, that's a good return."

QPR caretaker manager John Eustace told BBC Radio London:

"I'm delighted with the point, especially after conceding four goals on Saturday.

"For 90 minutes we fought and scrapped. You know what you're going to get when you come here and the lads stood up to that.

"The players that came in today really freshened it up. You can see the squad is together and they wanted to make amends for Saturday's result.

"We want to get as many points as we can before the end of the season and it's important we show the same spirit as we did today."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 16Martin
  • 12Romeo
  • 15Pearce
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Meredith
  • 7Wallace
  • 18TunnicliffeBooked at 30minsSubstituted forMorisonat 83'minutes
  • 28Leonard
  • 44MarshallBooked at 14minsSubstituted forO'Brienat 78'minutes
  • 8Thompson
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 6Williams
  • 13Amos
  • 19Elliott
  • 20Morison
  • 22O'Brien
  • 26Skalak

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 2Furlong
  • 37Leistner
  • 33LynchBooked at 24mins
  • 14ManningBooked at 33mins
  • 11Scowen
  • 5Cameron
  • 21LuongoBooked at 49mins
  • 7FreemanSubstituted forWszolekat 90+1'minutes
  • 17Smith
  • 32WellsSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 8Cousins
  • 10Eze
  • 16Hemed
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 23Wszolek
  • 34Walker
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
13,132

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Alex Pearce (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Pawel Wszolek replaces Luke Freeman.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Toni Leistner.

Attempt blocked. Steve Morison (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Steve Morison replaces Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ryan Manning.

Attempt missed. Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Ben Marshall.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bright Samuel.

Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Thompson.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Darnell Furlong.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

Ben Marshall (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt saved. Ben Thompson (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

Ben Thompson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bright Samuel replaces Nahki Wells.

Foul by Alex Pearce (Millwall).

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Offside, Millwall. Ryan Tunnicliffe tries a through ball, but Ben Marshall is caught offside.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ryan Manning.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pearce (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ryan Manning.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ryan Manning.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo with a cross.

Attempt saved. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds412471068422679
3Sheff Utd41239968383078
4West Brom4120101177552270
5Aston Villa411715975571866
6Bristol City4018111154441065
7Middlesbrough411613124336761
8Derby401612125550560
9Hull41179156158360
10Sheff Wed411514125254-259
11Nottm Forest411415125550557
12Preston411512145955457
13Swansea40168165550556
14Brentford411412156556954
15Stoke411118123945-651
16Blackburn411311175563-850
17Birmingham411315135753445
18QPR41129204665-1945
19Millwall401011194558-1341
20Reading41914184562-1741
21Wigan411011204461-1741
22Rotherham41815184470-2639
23Bolton4188252968-3932
24Ipswich41415223267-3527
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