Millwall beat Charlton 2-1 at The Den on Saturday afternoon thanks to Matt Smith’s late header.

Here Alex Grace rates the Millwall players.

Bartosz Bialkowski – 7

The Poland international had a difficult start to the game. He was untested until Josh Cullen’s effort from just outside the box caused him all sorts of problems. He fumbled the shot but managed to prevent the ball from going over the line. He made amends with a fantastic save to deny Maculey Bonne. He also made a great save to deny Darren Pratley in the second half.

Mahlon Romeo – 7

Has been getting better over the last few weeks. He and Jed Wallace were untouchable in the opening 20 minutes. The Charlton defence could not get anywhere near the drop in that opening period. He supported Jed Wallace well throughout. His drive in the first half was well saved by Charlton stopper Dillion Phillips.

Shaun Hutchinson – 7

Millwall’s 2017/18 player of the season looks to have claimed his regular starting place in the team back from Alex Pearce along with the captains armband. He led by example and got the ball rolling by converting a free header from Shaun Williams’ early free kick. He will be disappointed however, with Jonathan Leko’s equalising goal.

Jake Cooper – 6

The only ever present in the Millwall starting lineup this season. He looked a lot more comfortable on the ball than in recent weeks. He won his aerial battles easily. A solid afternoon for the big defender.

Murray Wallace – 6

He was used more as an attacking foil in the first 20 minutes than a defensive one. He was a bit slow off the mark when chasing and tracking back, overall a good afternoon for Scot.

Jed Wallace – 8

This man just keeps getting better. He caused Charlton’s defence all types of problems in the opening 20 minutes. He was denied a penalty before the opening goal after his shot struck the hand of Charlton captain Jason Pearce. It was from his corner that Matt Smith headed the winning goal.

Shaun Williams – 6

Some thought his days at Millwall were numbered but he showed his class and experience in the centre of midfield. He still has that ability to be able to take his time and pick out a pass. He offers that calmness on the ball and that is something that Millwall need.

Ben Thompson – 7

As never caused many problems just because of his work rate and sheer willingness to get himself about the pitch and make himself available to teammates for a pass. He caused problems in the Charlton midfield   and was physically tired when he was taken off by Gary Rowett.

Jayson Molumby –  7

His quality on the ball is clear for many to see. However, it is just on the ball he is good, it’s off the ball as well. He along with Thompson did not allow Charlton’s main two playmakers in Josh Cullen and Conor Gallagher to get anything going. Gallagher got that frustrated he picked up booking for dissent.

Jon Dadi – Bodvarsson – 6

Millwall fans saw something a little different in the former Reading man. He used his physical ability to aid the attacks in the opening 20 minutes. He also came close to netting his first league goal for the club but saw his shot flash past the face of goal.

Tom Bradshaw – 5

Not the best day for him. Unfortunately things did not quite come off for Millwall’s top scorer. He felt he should have had a penalty in the first half but the referee thought otherwise.

 

 


About Author

My name is Alex Grace. I cover Millwall and Charlton for The72. I am an aspiring football reporter who also works as a freelance. My aim is to cover England at either the Euro's or a World Cup.