Aston Villa was held at home to Millwall on a frustrating afternoon at Villa Park.
Despite the snowy showers and freezing cold temperatures, Millwall travelled very well and probably made more noise than anyone has so far at Villa Park this season. I know ticket prices are generally more expensive than those in the Premiership – the fact Millwall are only the second side (other being Sheffield Wednesday) that have come close to selling out their full allocation in B6 this year speaks volumes. Something the EFL must look at.
Villa was looking for their fourth win on the bounce while Millwall would have been encouraged by their shock win over Sheffield United the weekend before. The home side looked short on ideas and maybe when we visit Derby County next week, Steve Bruce may have to shuffle things around.
Keinan Davis come close early on but he sent his chance over the bar and then Albert Adomah reminded Millwall why he was Villa’s top scorer with a couple of half chances but the away side sat deep and relied on their counter-attack threat.
Neil Harris’ men come close when Mahlon Romeo broke down the right but big Chris Samba killed off any kind of threat with a headed clearance.
It seemed to give Millwall confidence though as they looked to exploit the Villa defence at every opportunity. Jed Wallace also came close but was denied by on-loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
Jack Grealish was introduced in the second half to try and make a change but apart from half a chance, he failed to make any real impact.
Millwall would probably have been disappointed when they failed to take a good chance fifteen minutes from time. Lee Gregory raced through but his shot grazed the bar and the game ended all square.
Bruce’s men were not at the races and Millwall would have been disappointed not to come away with their first away win of the season so I would say we should be happy with the point and move on.
One thing I am beginning to notice is when Josh Onomah doesn’t look up for it or on his game in the opening 10 minutes then you know he will be non-existent in the whole game. I don’t mean to pinpoint him as we were generally poor as a team but it is something I have noticed over the course of the season. He is young and has a lot to learn – I am unsure if the coaching staff notice a difference in his mood before kick-off but it is something we need to try and improve.
Steve Bruce: “Sometimes you have to take your hat off to the opposition. If ever you want to know how difficult the Championship is you only have to look at Millwall. They are big, strong, physical, powerful, committed, ran a million miles and caused us all sorts of problems.”
Neil Harris: “I was delighted with my players’ performance from the first whistle to the last. I thought we unsettled a really good Aston Villa side and quietened a passionate home crowd. I think we dominated large parts of the game and limited Villa to very few chances.”