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Preston 0-1 Millwall: Late Shaun Hutchinson header gives Lions win

Millwall's Shaun Hutchinson headed his fifth goal of the season to claim all three points at Deepdale
Millwall's Shaun Hutchinson headed his fifth goal of the season to claim all three points at Deepdale

Shaun Hutchinson hit a late winner as Millwall beat promotion-chasing Preston North End in stormy conditions at Deepdale.

The unmarked Hutchinson headed home with only 12 minutes remaining in a game of few chances.

Preston thought they had equalised in stoppage time but Millwall keeper Bartosz Bialkowski did well to keep out Paul Gallagher's shot.

Bristol City's loss to Leeds keeps Preston Championship in the play-offs, while Millwall rose to 10th in the table.

Preston - who came into the fixture unbeaten in their past five home league games against Millwall - started the brighter, with Daniel Johnson seeing a shot well-saved by Bialkowski and David Nugent striking a close-range effort over.

But Millwall grew into the game and Lilywhite's keeper Declan Rudd did well to keep things level in the 30th minute, saving Jayson Molumby's shot which deflected wickedly off Bradshaw.

The Lilywhites dominated possession in the second half, but had few opportunities against Gary Rowett's side.

Millwall's Tom Bradshaw had looked certain to put the visitors in front just after the hour mark, but his shot when through on goal clipped the top of the crossbar.

The Lions then deservedly went in front through Hutchinson and Connor Mahoney nearly doubled their lead on 82 minutes when his shot was parried away by Preston keeper Declan Rudd.

And the visitors held out for their first league double over Preston since the 1967-68 campaign.

Preston manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We started really brightly. We had two or three good chances. I felt for the first 30 minutes we were really good.

"With 30 minutes to go I thought, 'Do we go for it or do we settle for a point?' I made two aggressive substitutes to try and go for it. But we never really got a hold of it.

"It didn't really work if I'm being honest. We struggled to influence the game in the final 15 minutes."

Millwall manager Gary Rowett:

"We played really well overall. I was happy with the goal-scoring opportunities we created. We worked really hard to limit Preston to very few chances to score.

"I know there were a few calls for offside against Hutchinson for his goal, but we have just watched it back and I do not think there is a case there.

"We have come through a very tough run of games and, if we can keep this form going, then we can stay within a shout of the play-offs at the end of the season."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 5Clarke
  • 21Bauer
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 4PearsonBooked at 83mins
  • 8BrowneSubstituted forGallagherat 65'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 50mins
  • 31SinclairSubstituted forHarropat 65'minutes
  • 35NugentSubstituted forMaguireat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Harrop
  • 12Gallagher
  • 15Rafferty
  • 20Stockley
  • 24Maguire
  • 28Hudson
  • 44Potts

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 15Pearce
  • 5CooperBooked at 90mins
  • 12Romeo
  • 16Molumby
  • 19Woods
  • 3Wallace
  • 7WallaceSubstituted forSmithat 90+3'minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forMahoneyat 76'minutes
  • 23BödvarssonSubstituted forLeonardat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Smith
  • 11Ferguson
  • 14Steele
  • 18Leonard
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22O'Brien
  • 26Skalak
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
12,468

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 0, Millwall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 0, Millwall 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Matt Smith replaces Jed Wallace.

Attempt blocked. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Bauer with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Ryan Leonard replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Booking

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

Booking

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Connor Mahoney (Millwall) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Offside, Millwall. Jed Wallace tries a through ball, but Jón Dadi Bödvarsson is caught offside.

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Connor Mahoney.

Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 0, Millwall 1. Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Murray Wallace with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Patrick Bauer.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Sean Maguire replaces David Nugent.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Connor Mahoney replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Millwall).

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Murray Wallace (Millwall).

Foul by Josh Harrop (Preston North End).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Scott Sinclair.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Alan Browne.

Attempt saved. Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).

goal

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