Millwall lost their third home game of the season at The Den on Saturday when Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion edged out 1-0 winners, thanks to a goal from Marvin Sordell.
The game started off with both sets of fans respecting a minutes silence on the last fixtures played before Remembrance Sunday, for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, losing their life in the Armed Forces.
Lions’ manager Neil Harris made four changes to the side that lost against Sheffield Wednesday midweek.
Steve Morison, Lee Gregory, Aiden O’Brien and Tony Craig all returned to the starting line-up, in place of Tom Elliott, Fred Onyedinma, Shane Ferguson and the suspended Jake Cooper.
The first half of the game was relatively uneventful with few chances for either side and both goalkeepers remaining untested.
On the stroke of half time, Millwall had their first real chance when Morison’s cross was met by Jed Wallace who scissor kicked the ball in to the path of O’Brien. O’Brien could only manage to volley the ball over the bar.
Millwall would have felt aggrieved going into the half 0-0, with the visitors lucky not to be a goal down.
The second half saw no improvement from the Lions as the hosts failed to convert numerous goal scoring opportunities for which they were later punished.
Thirteen minutes after the restart, Millwall were reduced to 10 men for the second successive game when Wallace was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Burton’s Tom Flanagan, which arguably should have only warranted a yellow card.
Burton broke the deadlock 12 minutes later, when Sordell scored from the right-hand side of the box despite Conor McLaughlin’s best attempts to clear the ball off the line.
Millwall continued to probe for a goal in the dying moments of the game, but they couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net and with the final shot of the game Lee Gregory struck the post, perfectly summing up Millwall’s day at The Den.
After the game Harris, speaking to the official Millwall website, spoke of his frustration with the team and particularly his attacking players, saying: “The forwards with their chances [weren’t] good enough and the attacking play wasn’t good enough.”
Millwall now prepare to make the long trip up to the Stadium of Light, where they will take on struggling and managerless Sunderland.