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Millwall 2-1 Charlton: Matt Smith's late header seals win for Lions

Shaun Hutchinson
Millwall took the lead against Charlton after just six minutes

Substitute Matt Smith's late header gave Millwall victory over south London rivals Charlton at The Den.

Gary Rowett's side took the lead when defender Shaun Hutchinson nodded in from Shaun Williams' free-kick after just six minutes.

The Addicks levelled early in the second half when Jonathan Leko turned the ball in at the back post following a corner.

But Smith proved to be the hero for the Lions when he rose to head Jed Wallace's corner past keeper Dillon Phillips.

Millwall's victory means Charlton must continue to wait to end their 23-year winless run against the Lions.

In fact, the last time the Addicks beat Millwall, current manager Lee Bowyer - a teenager at the time - was on the scoresheet.

The home side made the most of a dominant start to the match as Hutchinson found the net just two minutes after Wallace had a powerful strike blocked.

And they could have doubled their lead soon after but Mahlon Romeo's drive was well saved by Phillips.

Macauley Bonne went close to equalising with a close-range volley and Darren Pratley had an effort pushed over as Charlton increased the pressure at the other end.

They were back on level terms soon after the break when Leko placed his volley into the corner.

But with the game seemingly fizzling out into a draw, Smith bullied the Charlton defence seconds from the end to nod in the winner, which sees the hosts, who are 15th, close the gap on 11th-placed Charlton to a single point.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio London:

"It was an incredible end to the game. It swung back and forth quite a lot during it and it was a difficult game to manage.

"We were playing against a good team and they have started the season so well. We are not far behind them now, which shows the potential of this team.

"We started on the front foot with some electric play and caused them problems.

"Charlton started to have spells where they controlled the game and it could have gone either way. But there is no-one better in the air than big Matt [Smith] and it was a fantastic finish."

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer told BBC Radio London:

"I thought we played well. I don't think leaving with nothing is a fair result.

"Conceding early on from a set piece gives them a lift but for the rest of the first half we were the better side. We created a lot of good chances and their keeper made some unbelievable saves.

"Second half we dominated and once we scored I thought we would go on and win the game.

"It was so disappointing to concede late on and the manner we conceded drives me mad. Mentally and physically we have to be better."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Romeo
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Wallace
  • 7Wallace
  • 16MolumbyBooked at 45mins
  • 6Williams
  • 8ThompsonSubstituted forO'Brienat 86'minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forSmithat 86'minutes
  • 23BödvarssonSubstituted forMahoneyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Smith
  • 11Ferguson
  • 14Steele
  • 15Pearce
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22O'Brien
  • 26Skalak

Charlton

  • 1Phillips
  • 5Lockyer
  • 6Pearce
  • 23Sarr
  • 2Matthews
  • 24Cullen
  • 15PratleyBooked at 41minsSubstituted forKayalat 67'minutes
  • 11Gallagher
  • 3Purrington
  • 14LekoSubstituted forLapslieat 84'minutes
  • 17Bonne

Substitutes

  • 4Oshilaja
  • 20Solly
  • 21Kayal
  • 29Oztumer
  • 30Maynard-Brewer
  • 32Lapslie
  • 44Davison
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
17,109

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Beram Kayal (Charlton Athletic).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Millwall 2, Charlton Athletic 1. Matt Smith (Millwall) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Adam Matthews.

  7. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Millwall).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Adam Matthews (Charlton Athletic).

  10. Post update

    Connor Mahoney (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Matt Smith replaces Tom Bradshaw.

  12. Substitution

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Naby Sarr.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. George Lapslie replaces Jonathan Leko.

  16. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Beram Kayal.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jayson Molumby (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Mahoney.

  20. Post update

    Jonathan Leko (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.