MILLWALL picked up their fourth successive win by beating West Brom 2-1 at The Den.
The Lions fell behind after just 20 minutes when Jed Wallace set up John Swift for the opening goal, but Callum Styles found the reply just before the break when he fired home from Andreas Voglsammer’s free-kick.
Gary Rowett’s side pushed for a winner and were presented with a great chance to pick up all three points when Kyle Bartley was sent off in the 84th minute. Six minutes later, substitute Tyler Burey popped up to fire a goalmouth scramble into the net to give all three points to Millwall.
Millwall, clearly over their run of poor starts in games, almost found the back of the net inside the opening 20 seconds of the game when Billy Mitchell’s long-range effort deflected out for an early corner. West Brom cleared Scott Malone’s delivery as far as Callum Styles, who blasted over the bar from the edge of the box.
Both sides went on to create chances without really threatening. The Baggies looked to capitalise on a poor pass from Tom Bradshaw but Adam Reach failed to test George Long. Down the other end, Zian Flemming fired a volley into the gloves of Alex Palmer, but the flag went up for offside.
Millwall continued to threaten from set pieces but the visitors marked Jake Cooper out of the game, nullifying the Lions’ threat in the box. Down the other end, a mix up in midfield saw Dara O’Shea set up Jed Wallace down the right flank. The former Lion cut inside and set up John Swift in the middle, who fired a deflected shot into the back of the net.
Wallace controversially ran over to celebrate in front of the fans in the Cold Blow Lane End, setting up a fiery atmosphere in SE16 for the remainder of the match.
Millwall started to calm things down and threatened more from free-kick routines. With seven minutes until the break, Andreas Voglsammer delivered the ball into the box, which pinballed around until Styles could fire the ball into the roof of the net for his first goal at The Den, levelling the scores going into the half-time break.
The hosts were presented with a glorious chance to score early in the second half. Charlie Cresswell, who was brought on for the injured Shaun Hutchinson at half-time, shrugged past Adam Reach to cross into the box. Somehow, Bradshaw managed to miss from point-blank range, keeping the scores level.
Substitute Tyler Burey helped the game come to life, coming close to converting at the end of an incredibly well worked move, ultimately firing narrowly wide of the most. With 20 minutes to play, he found the back of the net from exactly the same position, but the strike was ruled out for offside.
As the tempo began to fizzle out, Millwall continued to threaten. It felt like they were running out of legs towards the end when Mitchell blasted a long-range effort over the bar and into the stands. However, in the 90th minute, Burey fired a goalmouth scramble into the back of the net to see the Lions pick up an incredible fourth victory on the bounce.
Millwall: 4-2-3-1: Long; McNamara, Hutchinson, Cooper, Malone; Mitchell, Saville; Styles, Flemming, Voglsammer; Bradshaw
West Brom: 3-4-3: Palmer; O’Shea, Bartley, Pieters; Furlong, Yokuslu, Gardner-Hickman, Reach; Wallace, Swift, Grant
The return the Jed Wallace
There was always going to be a fiery reception for the former Millwall forward, but few people would’ve expected it to be as loud as it was at The Den on Saturday afternoon.
The 28-year-old bravely decided to celebrate in front of the supporters in the Cold Blow Lane End after West Brom’s goal, resulting in him being called every four-letter word under the sun for the remaining 20 minutes.
To be fair, he was totally prepared for it before the match.
Callum Styles gets what he deserves
Since arriving in SE16, Styles has been one of the hardest working players every time he’s been on the pitch.
In truth, it hasn’t been often since Millwall switched to a back four, but he was given his chance on the right flank against West Brom and took his chance wonderfully.
The Hungarian international bagged his first goal from the club shortly before half-time, a crucial strike for the Lions given the circumstances of the match.
That’s four on the bounce for Millwall, who move up to fifth in the Championship table.
The Lions are the in-form team in the league, and with these performances, not many teams would stop them.
A huge afternoon in SE16.
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