City and Millwall share stalemate
The New Den, London
12 April 2011, 19:45
Nicky Maynard blew a glorious late chance to snatch victory for Bristol City against in form Millwall at the New Den.
The £7 million-rated frontman was put clean through on goal four minutes from time only to stumble as he was bearing down on goal, allowing to Lions 'keeper David Forde to make the save.
Maynard, Marvin Elliott and Brett Pitman all went close for the Robins in the first half.
The ex-Crewe striker sent a header wide after a direct run and cross from the lively Albert Adomah, while Elliott missed a free header from Jordan Spence's right-wing cross.
Millwall dominated possession in the second half, but City continued to carve out the better chances with Forde forced into an excellent save to keep out Martyn Woolford's 20-yard drive.
The Lions frustration was compounded when top scorer Steve Morison was given a straight red card for a wild lunge on Jamal Campbell-Ryce in stoppage time.
MILLWALL (4-4-2): Forde; Dunne, Mkandawire, Robinson, Craig (Barron '46); Ward, Trotter, Henry, Townsend (Bouazza '82); McQuoid (Harris '62), Morison.
CITY (4-4-2): James; Spence, Stewart, Nyatanga, McAllister; Adomah, Skuse (Cisse '71), Elliott, Woolford (Clarkson '86); Maynard, Pitman (Campbell-Ryce '74).
REFEREE: Keith Stroud (Dorset)
* Match ratings provided by The Trusted One.
Commanding display against a diffiuclt opponent in Morison. I can honestly, and confidently say, that had he played at Barnsley last weekend we would have won.
David James - 7
Jordan Spence - 7
Lewin Nyatanga - 7
Damion Stewart - 8
Jamie McAllister - 6
Albert Adomah - 7
Cole Skuse - 7
Marvin Elliott - 7
Martyn Woolford - 7
Brett Pitman - 6
Nicky Maynard - 7
Jamal Campbell-Ryce - 6
Kalifa Cisse - 6
Two points dropped...
Millwall bettered City in only set piece delivery, although Spence's blinding tackle robbed the Lions of their best chance of the night in open play.
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