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25 January 2013
• The Den, London
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 15007
D. Shittu 28'
J. Marquis 89'
D. Bent 23'
How romantic if you're a Millwall fan. For Villa fans, not so much. Thank you very much for joining me this evening, and stick with Goal.com for all the reaction and coverage of a weekend's FA Cup action. I've been Chris Teale, thanks for being there.
90' + 7'
FULL-TIME, and it’s Millwall who go through to the fifth round of the FA Cup thanks to John Marquis’ late header. Villa were pretty dreadful in this game, and look very low on confidence as they crash out of both cup competitions in the space of a week. However, that is to take nothing away from the home side, who have looked very confident and rather comfortable, and very much deserve to progress. However, Paul Lambert will be left wondering quite where his side go from here.
90' + 4'
They're getting closer, and the whistles have started among the Millwall fans as they continue to deal with Villa's long balls well. Shittu, in particular, has been superb in the middle.
90' + 2'
90' + 2'
Easy catch there for Forde, who takes Lichaj's poor cross like he's in a training game. Millwall are so close to winning here.
Potential lifeline here for Villa, who have six minutes of added time to try and find an equaliser.
Goal John Marquis
GOAL!!! MILLWALL HAVE THE LEAD!!! Henry crosses, the ball hits the bar, and Marquis is there to head home and put the home side ahead! Astonishing!
The ball makes its way into Millwall's box, but Bent's header isn't very good at all. This game could be going towards a replay.
Marquis is sent away to chase a long ball, but Vlaar is there to pump it clear.
Yellow Card Jordan Nathaniel Bowery
Jordan Bowery has been on the pitch about a minute and has already been booked for a flying elbow that connects with Shittu.
Jordan Nathaniel Bowery
Yellow Card Mark Beevers
Beevers is booked as he brings down Lichaj.
Millwall then survive a good shot from Bannan, which is beaten away by Forde and cleared by Shittu.
The noise is deafening out there, as Villa continue to struggle. If the home side can sneak a goal here, it looks so unlikely their Premier League opponents will get back into this.
Good clearance from Given, but his outfield team-mates can't keep hold of the ball. Absolutely appalling, and Millwall fancy this.
Terrible pass from Bannan, who looks for Matthew Lowton but gets nowhere near him. Villa have been dreadful in this second half, and Millwall have only been slightly better.
Millwall get themselves a free kick just outside Villa's box, but Henry sends the ball far too high and wide. Shame, that.
Great block there from Forde, who's out quickly to smother Bent's shot after he's put through by N'Zogbia.
Villa break, but not for the first time tonight, N'Zogbia sends his pass towards Weimann far too long. He's done that a lot this evening.
Lichaj makes a mess of his clearance and it goes straight to Shittu, but the Nigerian can't quite take advantage of it.
It's been a quiet first half here, as Joe Bennett hammers the ball out of play and the two sets of supporters throw insults at each other.
Unfortunately, there's a hold-up as bottles and other missiles start to rain down on the pitch. Thankfully, they're cleared relatively quickly and the stewards calm down the minority who are doing the damage.
Yellow Card Joseph Bennett
Joe Bennett finds himself in the book after a late tackle on Adam Smith.
Then, Keogh goes to chase down a long ball from Marquis but can't get onto the pass.
Villa concede a corner, but thankfully this time Given is there to mop up and prevent any uncertainty in the box.
We're back already for the second half, which is kicked off and underway.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME, and Villa will consider themselves somewhat fortunate to be drawing 1-1 at the break. The away side took the lead through Darren Bent, but couldn’t hold that lead for long as Danny Shittu powered home from a corner, which the Villains continue to struggle to defend. Then, Millwall began to dictate play and looked far more confident than their Premier League opponents, who began to look incredibly nervous and disjointed. Paul Lambert needs to do some serious work on his players at half-time, otherwise Villa could find themselves out of both cup competitions in the space of a week.
Surely that must be a free kick for Millwall, after Lichaj cynically blocks off Feeney as the home side break forward. Apparently not.
It's a bit too easy for Millwall, who clear a rare Villa corner as Bent is outmuscled by Karleigh Osborne in the box.
Villa have already decided to make a change, with Barry Bannan coming on for Fabian Delph, who isn't particularly pleased to be hauled off.
Bent then yells for handball in the penalty area against Smith, but Neil Swarbrick doesn't give anything.
James Henry has been in very good form in this half, and he sets up Adam Smith, whose shot is straight at Given. The Irishman clutches the ball gratefully to his chest.
Marquis goes slightly too early and is called for offside. Villa will be delighted to get the ball for a little while and try to take the sting out of this game.
All of a sudden, Villa look terrified out there, as Ron Vlaar is forced to hack the ball clear after a good pass from Adam Smith.
Villa come forward through N'Zogbia once again, but his pass to Weimann is overhit once again. He's made a habit of that tonight.
Dear me, Shay Given flaps at a free kick and is lucky the ball is cleared away. Villa are all over the place.
Goal Danny Shittu
GOAL!!! Millwall have equalised!!! Villa just can't defend corners, and they concede from one again as Danny Shittu is there to head home from the set-piece. 1-1, and an instant reply from the home side.
Millwall come marauding forward, looking for a response immediately, but Given saves the shot from John Marquis after some good build-up play from Henry.
Goal Darren Bent
GOAL!!! Villa take the lead! Weimann goes round Shittu far too easily, Forde saves his shot but Bent is there to put the rebound away slightly scrappily. 1-0 Villa, and they'll take that.
However, despite holding the ball for a long time, Villa unfortunately give it away.
Villa have a good spell of possession, with Fabian Delph, Lichaj and Bent all involved, but they can't quite get it moving forward positively.
It's not been a bad start from either side here, although they are struggling to hold onto the ball and hold it up in attacking areas.
James Henry has a go for Millwall with a difficult volley, but he can't quite get a good enough connection on the ball and it's harmless.
Not great passing from Villa, unfortunately, as they can't quite keep hold of the ball and gift it back to their Championship opponents. Then, Liam Trotter hits a shot that bobbles a little but is easy for Shay Given.
Liam Feeney is battling away down the right with Eric Lichaj to the delight of the home fans, and he forces a throw deep in Villa's half. However, it comes to nothing.
Villa are having a great spell of early pressure, but Ashley Westwood wastes possession as he floats a pass towards Andreas Weimann that is too long and straight to David Forde.
There's a great atmosphere at The Den, and they give Danny Shittu some hearty applause for a typically uncompromising clearance.
Oh dear. Charles N'Zogbia has a shot from well outside the penalty area after good play from Darren Bent, but it goes well wide. Not the best start from the Frenchman there.
Here we go! The first half is underway.
We’re getting close to kick-off out there, as the teams make their way onto the pitch.
For the home side, Liam Feeney and Karleigh Osborne return to the starting line-up, while John Marquis makes his first start of the season. Villa, meanwhile, make four changes from the side who beat Bradford but went out of the Capital One Cup on aggregate, with Eric Lichaj, Ashley Westwood, Andreas Weimann and Darren Bent all coming in.
Then, Aston Villa: Given, Vlaar, Clark, Bent, Lowton, Westwood, Delph, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Bennett., Lichaj. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Agbonlahor, Holman, Bowery, Bannan, Williams.
How are the teams looking? First, Millwall: Forde, Shittu, Trotter, Marquis, Henry, Feeney, Beevers, Keogh, Abdou, A Smith, Osborne. Subs: Taylor, Dunne, Wright, Batt, J Smith, N’Guessan, Wilkinson.
Aston Villa, on the other hand, haven’t had it easy recently. They suffered the ignominy of losing to League Two side Bradford City in the Capital One Cup semi-finals, and are in the throes of a relegation scrap, finding themselves just one point outside the drop zone in the Premier League. This, coupled with a number of injuries, means manager Paul Lambert is under some pressure, and will be hoping his side can get the win for a bit of light relief. If not, that pressure on the Scot will only increase.
Millwall have been doing rather well this season and find themselves in ninth place in the Championship, just five points from those crucial playoff places. Kenny Jackett’s side have been a bit inconsistent this season, taking 11 wins but losing nine times, and snuck past Preston North End 1-0 in the last round. However, with their vociferous home support well behind them and creating what promises to be a superb atmosphere at The Den, the 2004 finalists will really fancy taking a win here.
Good evening, and welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE! text commentary on this FA Cup clash between Millwall and Aston Villa. I’m Chris Teale, and I’m eternally grateful that you could join me for this one.
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