Match: Millwall v Aston Villa
Date: Saturday 6th October 2018
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: The Den
Ferguson (26), Elliott (48)
Nyland; Hutton, Tuanzebe, Bree, Taylor, Bjarnason, McGinn (Bolasie), Hourihane (Adomah), Grealish, Elmohamady (Kodjia), Abraham. UNUSED SUBS: Bunn, Lansbury, Whelan, Hogan.
Story in brief
Despite Tammy Abraham’s early opener, Villa slipped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Millwall at the Den.
The visitors were in front as early as the seventh minute when Conor Hourihane’ teasing cross was met by an improvised scissor-kick from Tammy Abraham who crashed a volley into the back of the net.
Millwall almost hit back shortly afterwards, forcing Nyland into a smart stop low down to his left. Shaun Williams then sent a header ballooning over before helping to tee up the equaliser.
His free-kick was headed back into a crowded box where Shane Ferguson slammed the loose ball home from close range.
Williams also saw a pile-driver whistle over the bar while Hourihane’s free-kick was pouched by Ben Amos at his near post prior to the interval.
Two minutes into the second half, the home side took the lead. A set-piece dropped at the feet of Tom Elliot after a scramble in the box and he drilled it low past Nyland.
Elmohamady flicked a header over at the other end before James Bree threw himself at a cross and sent a diving header narrowly wide.
Millwall skipper, Williams then watched as his header thundered off the underside of the crossbar and away.
A helping hand
Conor Hourihane added another effort to his portfolio of assists this season, laying on the opening goal for Tammy Abraham at the Den.
One of the top assist-makers in the division so far this season, the Irish international has now set up goals in Villa’s last two away games, having teed up Birkir Bjarnason against Bristol City.
The claret and blues have no fixture next weekend due to the international break.
Villa are back in action in a fortnight when they welcome Swansea City to B6 on Saturday 20th October.
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