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Millwall 4-1 Huddersfield: Lions finish eighth in Championship

Jake Cooper
Jake Cooper rose high to head in Millwall's second goal

Millwall comfortably brushed aside managerless Huddersfield Town to finish the Championship season with victory at The Den.

Connor Mahoney gave Millwall the lead inside the first five minutes with a cool left-footed finish but Karlan Grant levelled before half-time with a fine finish from Alex Pritchard's through ball.

Jake Cooper headed the Lions back ahead soon after the break before Jiri Skalak pounced to extend the advantage.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson worked on to a clever pass from Mahoney in the box to wrap up a thumping win for the Lions.

The result means Millwall finish eighth, two points outside the play-offs, having been 17th when manager Gary Rowett was appointed in October.

Huddersfield have struggled in their first season back in the Championship after relegation from the Premier League, but their place in the second tier was already secured ahead of kick-off.

The defeat ended a run of three away games without conceding, however, as the Terriers finished the season in 18th.

It was a comfortable 90 minutes for Milllwall with Skalak ensuring victory when he quickly worked onto a loose ball from a Richard Stearman defensive error to cooly finish past Terriers keeper Joel Coleman.

Post Cowley era ends in defeat

The Terriers came into the game off the back of the sacking of manager Danny Cowley, who was dismissed on Sunday following 10 months in charge.

Huddersfield had been 23rd when Cowley arrived after they failed to win their first six matches on their return to the second tier.

His final game saw them beat second-placed West Bromwich Albion - a victory which ensured their survival and took the pressure off a frantic final day at the bottom of the table.

Their start to life without Cowley began poorly when Mahoney found the net in impressive style in the opening stages.

Grant's 19th goal of the season gave the visitors hope of a fightback, but there was little of the resilience from Friday's win against the Baggies as Huddersfield capitulated soon after.

Match reaction

Millwall manager Gary Rowett: "We like to raise the bar quite high and I think we have been good since we came in.

"The players have been very diligent, played in different formations and there was another change tonight and they have gone about it the right way.

"I think the form has been top six since we came in and that is important. We've shown we can challenge, shown we can play to a really high level.

"What we need to do now is work incredibly hard to strengthen in the right areas and do the same next season or a little bit more."

Huddersfield Town interim boss Danny Schofield: "I don't know what's going to happen in the next few days. I don't know if anyone has been appointed.

"I think the players will want to get off and reflect and recover. They have put in a lot of effort and it is probably time to come away from football a little and watch Netflix and do what they do.

"Obviously the dressing room is flat after a 4-1 defeat, but there were some positives to take with the performances of some of the young players."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 17BrownSubstituted forMullerat 61'minutes
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Wallace
  • 21Mahoney
  • 16MolumbySubstituted forMitchellat 69'minutes
  • 6Williams
  • 11FergusonSubstituted forSkalakat 61'minutes
  • 8ThompsonBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBödvarssonat 69'minutes
  • 10SmithSubstituted forBureyat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bradshaw
  • 14Steele
  • 18Leonard
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 26Skalak
  • 27Tiensia
  • 32Burey
  • 42Mitchell
  • 45Muller

Huddersfield

  • 13Coleman
  • 38Duhaney
  • 12Stearman
  • 8Chalobah
  • 3Toffolo
  • 29KingSubstituted forHighat 77'minutes
  • 39O'Brien
  • 44RoweSubstituted forObieroat 45'minutes
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forDalyat 70'minutes
  • 16GrantSubstituted forBrownat 83'minutes
  • 24MounieSubstituted forSmith Roweat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hogg
  • 10Willock
  • 28Brown
  • 32Smith Rowe
  • 36Obiero
  • 41Daly
  • 43High
  • 49Lössl
Referee:
Keith Stroud

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 4, Huddersfield Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 4, Huddersfield Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shaun Williams with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Lewis O'Brien.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jiri Skalak (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shaun Williams.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Micah Obiero.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Demeaco Duhaney.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Lewis O'Brien.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Tyler Burey (Millwall).

  14. Post update

    Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tyler Burey (Millwall).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jaden Brown replaces Karlan Grant.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Karlan Grant.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Tyler Burey replaces Matt Smith.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Millwall 4, Huddersfield Town 1. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Connor Mahoney.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds46289977354293
2West Brom462217777453283
3Brentford462491380384281
4Fulham4623121164481681
5Cardiff4619161168581073
6Swansea461816126253970
7Nottm Forest461816125850870
8Millwall461717125751668
9Preston461812165954566
10Derby461713166264-264
11Blackburn461712176663363
12Bristol City461712176065-563
13QPR461610206776-958
14Reading461511205958156
15Stoke46168226268-656
16Sheff Wed461511205866-856
17Middlesbrough461314194861-1353
18Huddersfield461312215270-1851
19Luton46149235482-2851
20Birmingham461214205475-2150
21Barnsley461213214969-2049
22Charlton461212225065-1548
23Wigan461514175756147
24Hull46129255787-3045
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