Millwall made one change to their line up from last weekend’s FA Cup fixture away at Tottenham, with Shane Ferguson replacing Aiden O’Brien on the left wing. Bury came to The Den with quite a defensive side, hoping to come away with at least a point.
The Lions were aiming to make it fifteen league games unbeaten and maintain their place in the play-offs against a rejuvenated Bury side under former Huddersfield manager Lee Clark.
In what was quite a poor game, there weren’t too many chances. Millwall dominated the opening ten minutes or so, whilst Bury then enjoyed the majority of possession for the rest of the half, with neither side creating any real chances. Tony Craig did make one goal saving challenge to deny James Vaughan in the first half.
Millwall tended to have more of the ball in the second half, and created some chances with Jed Wallace and Lee Gregory forcing saves out of goalkeeper Murphy, who was probably Man of the Match. Steve Morison also had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside after a brilliant run from Wolves’ loanee Jed Wallace.
As a Millwall fan, I’m used to bad officials, but normally one at a time. Today, all three were awful. The referee gave every 50/50 to Bury, and some fouls that really weren’t fouls. Every decision (almost) seemed to go against the home side, not helping their promotion push.
What the manager said
After the game, Neil Harris said: “The goal (Morison) was a perfectly good goal… it just didn’t go for us today. We go to three games in a row away from home and we look forward to them. It’s a challenge. We’re in a brilliant position, though you don’t really want games in hand at this stage of the season, you’ve got to catch up. I thought the officials were disappointing… I spoke to the ref about how he let their experienced players manage the game. The linesman shouldn’t get that decision wrong.”
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