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Millwall 0-0 Stoke City: Lions seal Championship survival with draw

Millwall's Jed Wallace
Jed Wallace registered Millwall's only shot on target against Stoke

Millwall were held to a goalless draw by Stoke City at The Den but retained their Championship status after Rotherham United were relegated.

The result in Saturday's early kick-off moved the Lions four points clear of Rotherham in the table, meaning the Millers had to at least draw with West Bromwich Albion to take the relegation fight to the final week of the season.

But their defeat at The Hawthorns ensured Millwall's survival, despite their frustrating stalemate against the Potters.

Stoke's best chance came before the break, James McClean crashing an effort off the underside of the bar before Joe Allen's effort on the rebound was blocked on the line by Alex Pearce.

Visiting goalkeeper Jack Butland was not troubled until the 51st minute, with Jed Wallace going on a fine run before calling the England international into action from a tight angle.

Mahlon Romeo went for the spectacular to try to win it for Millwall, sending a half-volley just wide from 30 yards, before Lee Gregory sent a last-minute effort for the Lions over the bar.

Against Stoke, a side resigned to a mid-table finish in their first season in the Championship after relegation from the Premier League, Millwall rarely threatened before the break.

The closest the Potters came to winning in London for the first time in 22 visits was a double chance that saw McClean hit the bar before Pearce cleared the danger on the line after Allen tried to pounce.

Millwall's first and only shot on target came after the interval, Wallace demanding a fine save from Butland, and while the Lions looked rejuvenated they were well contained by the visitors.

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"We haven't played at our best for a few games now, but the players care. They were all watching the telly downstairs waiting for other results because that's how much it means to everybody.

"The time for summing the season up is going to be next Sunday. What I can say is my team battled and they ran and they challenged and they competed. They did everything that was asked of them.

"Stoke were better than us first half, their shape against ours. No complaints, we couldn't enforce the game-plan because they were just so good with the ball.

"We changed the shape at half-time, I felt we had to get a higher press on the ball. We were much better second half, we were the better team."

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones:

"We had a couple of good opportunities and should have been given what was a stonewall penalty.

"We were entirely dominant during the first half and yes the second half was a bit more end-to-end, we lost control a little bit, but we defended superbly well again.

"It is disappointing but I am proud of the fact we are only playing for pride and trying to finish well for our fans, and we have come to another difficult place, played against a side with everything to play for and performed well."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 16Martin
  • 12Romeo
  • 15Pearce
  • 5Cooper
  • 11FergusonSubstituted forMeredithat 90'minutes
  • 7Wallace
  • 28LeonardBooked at 75mins
  • 6Williams
  • 44MarshallSubstituted forMorisonat 66'minutes
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 3Meredith
  • 10Onyedinma
  • 13Amos
  • 19Elliott
  • 20Morison
  • 26Skalak

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 14Batth
  • 17ShawcrossBooked at 74mins
  • 5Williams
  • 2Bauer
  • 22Clucas
  • 8Etebo
  • 4Allen
  • 11McCleanBooked at 84mins
  • 7InceSubstituted forVokesat 76'minutes
  • 9Afobe

Substitutes

  • 10Vokes
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 16Adam
  • 18Diouf
  • 31Verlinden
  • 32Federici
  • 38Woods
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
14,472

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 0, Stoke City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Stoke City 0.

Attempt blocked. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. James Meredith replaces Shane Ferguson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Shane Ferguson (Millwall) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Millwall) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross.

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Moritz Bauer with a cross.

Foul by Benik Afobe (Stoke City).

Ryan Leonard (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Millwall. Alex Pearce tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

Booking

James McClean (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Leonard (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Ferguson.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Stoke City).

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

Attempt missed. Shane Ferguson (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Peter Etebo (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Sam Vokes replaces Tom Ince.

Booking

Ryan Leonard (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Benik Afobe (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Shane Ferguson (Millwall).

Attempt missed. James McClean (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Moritz Bauer with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Steve Morison replaces Ben Marshall.

Attempt blocked. Danny Batth (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moritz Bauer with a cross.

Peter Etebo (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Millwall).

Moritz Bauer (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Millwall).

goal

As It Stood

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1Norwich452613691563591
2Sheff Utd452610976393788
3Leeds442571270462482
4West Brom4523111186592780
5Aston Villa442015980582275
6Derby4419131265521370
7Middlesbrough451913134740770
8Bristol City441812145651566
9Sheff Wed451616135960-164
10Nottm Forest451615146054663
11Swansea44189176259363
12Preston451613166764361
13Hull451710186567-261
14Blackburn451611186267-559
15Brentford4415131669591058
16Stoke451121134350-754
17Birmingham451418136458651
18Wigan451213205064-1449
19QPR45139235170-1948
20Reading451016194966-1746
21Millwall441014204761-1444
22Rotherham45816215181-3040
23Bolton4488282976-4732
24Ipswich45416253375-4228
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