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Millwall 0-0 Charlton
MILLWALL and Charlton drew 0-0 at The Den this afternoon in an entertaining derby clash.
The Lions will probably feel they should have claimed all three points after a decent display which saw them have several second half penalty claims ignored.
Charlton didn’t really create much in the final third but Chris Powell will be delighted by his side’s defensive resolve in what is always a difficult venue for an away team to perform.
Millwall unsurprisingly were unchanged from the side which beat Wolves 1-0 on Tuesday.
The Addicks made three changes from the side which beat Peterborough 2-0 on Tuesday evening.
Goal scorer Ricardo Fuller failed to recover in time from the hamstring injury which he sustained when putting Charlton in front in that midweek victory.
Rob Hulse partnered Yann Kermorgant up front and there were also recalls for Dale Stephens and Dorian Dervite, who replaced the suspended Michael Morrison in Charlton’s defence.
Millwall could have been in front inside 15 seconds when Liam Feeney had a crack from long range but his effort drifted a few feet wide of the target.
Feeney created all sorts of problems minutes later as he shook off Dan Seaborne before whipping in a dangerous which was eventually cleared by the visiting defence.
Charlton created their first real opening when Kermorgant did well to flick the ball on to strike partner Hulse.
His shot was blocked but went out wide where a cross was delivered into the danger zone and cleared off the line by Mark Beevers at the expense of a corner.
Ben Hamer made a simple catch from Andy Keogh’s long range shot and then Chris Taylor placed a header wide from another dangerous looking Feeney delivery from the right.
Hulse dragged a low shot well wide of the target from inside the area while Feeney came much closer at the other end, firing wide from eight yards at the far post after being picked out by Keogh.
Chris Wood headed straight at Hamer after meeting Chris Taylor’s flick on from Shane Lowry’s cross.
Josh Wright fired just over with a volley from outside of the area but Feeney was nowhere near with a wildly struck volley that flew into the away fans behind the goal, much to their obvious delight.
Jimmy Abdou went close in first half stoppage time with a stinging long range attempt that flew wide but both sides went in level at the break, although Millwall will probably feel they deserved to be in front.
An early second half Johnnie Jackson free-kick caused Millwall’s defence a few problems before Danny Shittu hacked the danger clear.
The home fans were shouting for a penalty as Leon Cort cleared but the referee adjudged he hadn’t handled while doing so.
Chris Taylor saw a shot sail over while Hamer made a straightforward save to keep out Wood’s long range attempt.
The first change was made by Millwall midway through the half as Feeney made way for former Charlton loanee Dany N’Guessan.
Seconds later a good Lions attack ended with Abdou shooting over from Chris Taylor’s flick on following a Lowry cross.
Hamer did well to tip over Keogh’s 20-yard effort before Charlton introduced Danny Green for Salim Kerkar.
Millwall came very close to going in front when an unmarked N’Guessan rose to meet Wright’s corner but his header was hacked off the line by Solly onto the post before the danger was cleared.
Bradley Wright-Phillips came on for Kermorgant with nine minutes remaining before Adam Smith’s powerful 20-yard shot flew wide.
Charlton were perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty as Cort cleared from Chris Taylor’s shot, seemingly via his hand, an offence the referee didn’t spot.
Cort headed wide at the other end in stoppage time but a winner would have been hard to take for the Lions, who grudgingly had to settle for a share of the spoils.
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Millwall: Forde, A. Smith, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Feeney (N’Guessan 67), Abdou, Wright, C Taylor, Keogh, Wood. Subs not used: M Taylor, Racon, Batt, J Smith, Osborne, Malone.
Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Seaborne, Cort, Dervite; Pritchard, Stephens, Jackson, Kerkar (Green 73) Hulse, Kermorgant (Wright-Phillips 81). Subs not used: Button, Matthew Taylor, Haynes, Jonsson, Frimpong. Att: 18,013.
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