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Hull City 0-1 Millwall: Ryan Leonard scores winner in second minute

Ryan Leonard
Ryan Leonard's winner for Millwall was his first goal of the season

Hull City's fight to avoid the drop from the Championship suffered a blow as they lost at home to play-off chasing Millwall.

With all Hull's relegation rivals failing to win, a positive result against the Lions would have gone a long way to helping their survival bid, but Ryan Leonard's thunderous effort into the top corner from 25 yards inside the opening 90 seconds was all Millwall needed for victory.

Josh Bowler and Mallik Wilks had Hull's best efforts to level in the first half, while the Lions spurned a number of good chances to increase their lead.

Hull rarely threatened after the break as they lost a third straight game.

The Tigers stay in the final relegation place, but are no worse off than they were at the start of the day. However, the defeat does give Stoke City the chance to pull four points clear of the drop zone if they can beat struggling Birmingham City on Sunday.

Meanwhile Millwall move up to ninth in the table, just two points off the play-off places with nine points still to play for.

Leonard wonder-strike downs Tigers

Leonard's second-minute winner came after neat interplay around the left corner of the Hull 18-yard box allowed Jake Cooper to play in the midfielder who had the space to unleash one of the Lions' goals of the season.

It should have been 2-0 nine minutes later as teenage midfielder Billy Mitchell - making his first league start - blasted an effort over the bar from 15 yards after Shane Ferguson had found him unmarked as he pulled the ball back from the byline.

While Millwall had large swathes of the possession and territory Hull did have chances of their own - Bartosz Bialkowski was forced to save well from Bowler and Wilks after had both broken through the defence and had efforts from close range.

But Hull were indebted to goalkeeper George Long just before half-time as he made a good save with his legs from Leonard as Tom Bradshaw's pull-back found the goalscorer unmarked in the box.

Chances were at a premium after the break - Bradshaw put an effort over the bar while Shaun Hutchinson had a header from a corner that was beaten away by Long.

Hull boss Grant McCann put on more attacking players, and his ploy almost worked in the 84th minute, but 19-year-old substitute Keane Lewis-Potter scuffed his shot from six yards out when he was found unmarked at the back post and Bialkowski easily smothered the effort.

Hull's next two games are against fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic and Luton Town, before they end the season against Cardiff City, who occupy the final play-off place.

Millwall face Blackburn, QPR and Huddersfield in their final fixtures, all sides below them in the table, and will have high hopes of sneaking into he final play-off place.

Manager reaction

Hull City manager Grant McCann told BBC Radio Humberside: "It's a big week coming up now with Wigan away and Luton at home so we've got to make sure we're much better than we showed today in the first half.

"One thing that's pleasing me at the minute, yes we haven't scored as many goals in the last two games, but we're creating the chances, we're getting ourselves into dangerous areas, now it's just that little bit of composure for that final cross or shot to take the chance.

"We're going to fight to the end. We will work hard over the next couple of days and make sure sure we can try and get this team, get some response and get over the line."

Millwall manager Gary Rowett said: "I think we've come and dug out a really professional win today.

"Obviously we're at a point where you've got to win games to stay in the mix because other teams are going to.

"It makes it exciting. I think the team deserve an awful lot of credit, where they've come to even be in the conversation."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Long
  • 5Burke
  • 15MacDonaldSubstituted forTafazolliat 80'minutes
  • 4de Wijs
  • 26Elder
  • 6StewartBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBattyat 61'minutes
  • 19BowlerSubstituted forLewis-Potterat 69'minutes
  • 37Da Silva Lopes
  • 18HoneymanBooked at 45mins
  • 43Wilks
  • 9EavesSubstituted forMagennisat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Tafazolli
  • 8Batty
  • 10Toral
  • 13Ingram
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 25Pennington
  • 27Magennis
  • 31Lewis-Potter
  • 44Scott

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 15Pearce
  • 5Cooper
  • 42MitchellSubstituted forWilliamsat 83'minutes
  • 19Woods
  • 18Leonard
  • 11FergusonSubstituted forWallaceat 83'minutes
  • 7WallaceSubstituted forThompsonat 90+1'minutes
  • 20BennettSubstituted forSkalakat 66'minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forSmithat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wallace
  • 6Williams
  • 8Thompson
  • 10Smith
  • 14Steele
  • 16Molumby
  • 21Mahoney
  • 26Skalak
  • 45Muller
Referee:
Matt Donohue

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home20
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 0, Millwall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Millwall 1.

  3. Post update

    Ryan Woods (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Hull City).

  5. Post update

    Jiri Skalak (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Callum Elder (Hull City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Batty (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Hull City).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Matt Smith replaces Tom Bradshaw.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Ben Thompson replaces Jed Wallace.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Batty (Hull City).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Reece Burke (Hull City).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jiri Skalak (Millwall).

  16. Post update

    Reece Burke (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Jiri Skalak (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Reece Burke (Hull City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Shaun Williams replaces Billy Mitchell.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds42249968343481
2West Brom432215674413381
3Brentford432391178354378
4Fulham4322101158441476
5Nottm Forest4318151055431269
6Cardiff431616116056464
7Swansea421615115549663
8Preston431711155652462
9Millwall431517114946362
10Derby431613145758-161
11Bristol City431710165862-461
12Blackburn431612156056460
13Reading431511175448656
14Sheff Wed431510185459-555
15Wigan431412174653-754
16QPR43158206070-1053
17Birmingham421213175267-1549
18Middlesbrough431114184356-1347
19Huddersfield431211204965-1647
20Charlton431210214758-1146
21Stoke42137225466-1246
22Hull43129225775-1845
23Luton43128234979-3044
24Barnsley431013204667-2143
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