Millwall 2 Huddersfield Town 0

MillwallLOGO142.jpgIt could have been tense and edgy but in the end Millwall's play-of semi-final proved to be a stroll in the park.

The Lions were rampant against a Huddersfield side that seemed cowed by the atmosphere in The Den last night, with goals from Steve Morison and Paul Robinson sealing a 2-0 win.

On a warm, sunny evening Millwall totally dominated the Yorkshire side, and the margin of victory could have been a lot more comfortable.

Backed by a raucous and partisan crowd Millwall took the game to the visitors from the first whistle, although it took until the 23rd minute for the vital breakthrough to come.

Tony Craig launched a high speculative ball towards Neil Harris lurking on the edge of the box. The forward fell under the challenge of Robbie Williams, but the full-back was out of position and missed his header.

The ball dropped to the overlapping Danny Schofield and his low cross was parried by keeper Alex Smithies, straight to the feet of Morison just six yards out.

The striker pounced to stab the ball home and Morison, his head swathed in bandages to protect the stitches he incurred in last Saturday's 0-0 draw at The Galpharm Stadium, celebrated ecstatically.

From then on there was very little Huddersfield could do. The Terriers, who have scored over 100 goals in all competitions this season, rarely threatened David Forde's goal. They produced occasional pretty passages of passing football but the final ball was all too often lacking.

Millwall fought for every ball, with Jimmy Abdou outstanding in central midfield, and this allied to the potent threat of Harris and Morison up front kept Huddersfield on the back foot all evening.

Scott Barron, who also enjoyed a fine game, almost added a second on 68 minutes when he wriggled through the Huddersfield back line and lashed a close range shot against the post, but it was only a matter of time before the Lions would score again.

From a Barron corner, Robinson powered home a header in the 82nd minute, and the captain's goal settled any nerves that might have been creeping in to the home side's minds and they saw out the match without incident.

The final whistle prompted a mass pitch invasion, with Morison in particular mobbed by the fans.

It's likely to lead to a fine for the club, but if they clinch promotion at Wembley on Saturday week, they will think it a price worth paying.

Millwall: Forde, Smith, Craig, Robinson, Ward, Abdou, Trotter, Barron, Schofield, Harris (Alexander, 89), Morison. Unused subs: Sullivan, Frampton, Fuseini, Laird, Batt, Obika.

Booked: Craig

Goals: Morison 23, Robinson 82

Huddersfield: Smithies, Peltier, P Clarke, Trotman (N Clarke, 83), Williams, Roberts, Kay, Drinkwater, Pilkington (Eccleston, 75), Rhodes (Robinson, 37), Novak. Unused subs: Eastwood, Collins, Goodwin, Simpson.

Booked: Peltier, Kay, Pilkington.

Att: 15,463

Referee: Tony Bates

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