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Bristol City 0-2 Millwall: Tom Bradshaw & Mason Bennett give Lions win

Mason Bennett
Mason Bennett's goal against Bristol City was his first of the season for Millwall

Millwall brought their 10-match winless run in the Championship to an end with a comfortable victory at play-off hopefuls Bristol City.

The Lions, without a win since 28 October, went in front after 18 minutes when Tom Bradshaw's 20-yard strike was deflected beyond City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

Nahki Wells went closest to an equaliser when his clever free-kick was brilliantly kept out by Bartosz Bialkowski, while Mason Bennett missed a golden chance to extend Millwall's lead when he fired over from six yards.

But the former Derby County winger did make the game safe in the second half, curling superbly into the bottom corner to send his side up to 14th in the table.

City's frustration was compounded with the late sending off of striker Famara Diedhiou, who was introduced off the bench in the 59th minute and then sent off 20 minutes later for a second yellow card - all on his 28th birthday.

Until that point the Robins had bossed possession throughout, yet lacked any genuine cutting edge and have now scored just once in four games.

Prior to their trip to Ashton Gate, Millwall had also struggled for goals, but this was a controlled away display which fully merited the three points.

The scoreline may even have been more emphatic had Jed Wallace not been denied by Bentley when through on goal in the closing stages.

Bristol City head coach Dean Holden:

"Our performance was an improvement on Saturday at Rotherham. We moved the ball well up to the final third, but couldn't find a killer pass.

"Fam had his eyes only on the ball for the overhead kick that earned a second caution and it was harsh. On top of all the injuries we have, we now lose him for a game. But that's football and we don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves because we have another game on Friday.

"The first goal came from a deflection and that made life tough for us because Millwall came determined to get men behind the ball. They looked to nick a goal and defend it. We were caught trying to play in the wrong area of the pitch for the second and it has ended up a poor night for us."

Millwall boss Gary Rowett:

"We went for the simplest game plan I have used in ages and I picked a team to implement it. Bristol City have struggled against physical sides and our aim was to get the ball forward early and win the second balls.

"I took a gamble after our defeat at Middlesbrough and highlighted what I saw as a lack of honesty in the performance. That was totally unlike us and the players responded perfectly.

"When we work as hard as we did, we are a very tough team to beat. Of course, there is massive relief after so long without a win, but they weren't all poor performances."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Bentley
  • 23Moore
  • 22KalasSubstituted forSemenyoat 73'minutes
  • 19MariappaSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 59'minutes
  • 2Hunt
  • 30Bakinson
  • 4NagySubstituted forDiédhiouat 59'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 42MassengoBooked at 85mins
  • 25Rowe
  • 21Wells
  • 7MartinSubstituted forEdwardsat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Diédhiou
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 12O'Leary
  • 18Semenyo
  • 24Smith
  • 26Vyner
  • 27Edwards
  • 33Bell
  • 34Towler

Millwall

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Romeo
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Cooper
  • 3M Wallace
  • 6WilliamsSubstituted forWoodsat 81'minutes
  • 18Leonard
  • 7J Wallace
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forThompsonat 81'minutes
  • 20BennettSubstituted forMaloneat 73'minutes
  • 22BödvarssonSubstituted forSmithat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 8Thompson
  • 10Smith
  • 11Ferguson
  • 14Malone
  • 15Pearce
  • 19Woods
  • 25Parrott
  • 32Burey
Referee:
David Webb

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home3
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 0, Millwall 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Millwall 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jed Wallace.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Matt Smith replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Opi Edwards replaces Chris Martin.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nahki Wells (Bristol City).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Booking

    Han-Noah Massengo (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Han-Noah Massengo (Bristol City).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Chris Martin (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Murray Wallace (Millwall).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Han-Noah Massengo (Bristol City).

  16. Post update

    Ben Thompson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City).

  19. Post update

    Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Ryan Woods replaces Shaun Williams.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth19107235161937
2Norwich1811432517837
3Watford1997323131034
4Swansea1896321101133
5Reading1810352821733
6Brentford1988328171132
7Stoke198652420430
8Bristol City199372020030
9Barnsley198472324-128
10Middlesbrough187651914527
11Cardiff187562316726
12Luton187561720-326
13Blackburn1874732221025
14Millwall195951617-124
15Huddersfield187382227-524
16Preston1972102630-423
17Birmingham185761416-222
18Coventry185672027-721
19QPR194781826-819
20Rotherham1844101725-816
21Nottm Forest1944111324-1116
22Derby18279822-1413
23Wycombe1925121128-1711
24Sheff Wed1936101021-119
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