Match ends, Millwall 0, Huddersfield Town 1.
Danny Ward’s second-half strike stunned play-off-chasing Millwall as relegation-threatened Huddersfield snatched all three points at The Den.
Ward, a half-time replacement for Martyn Waghorn, turned in Ben Jackson’s cross to clinch a vital win for the Terriers.
Huddersfield’s resolute back line held firm to secure a first win in six games and boost their hopes of escaping the drop.
The win sees Neil Warnock’s side rise to 22nd place in the Championship, three points from safety, while Millwall remain in the play-off zone in sixth.
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Millwall, who were unchanged from the side that beat Swansea on Tuesday, began on the front foot and Andreas Voglsammer should have put them in front, drilling over the bar after Murray Wallace set him up.
Tom Bradshaw and Zian Flemming were also off-target for the Lions, while Charlie Cresswell tested Huddersfield goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik from the edge of the box.
At the other end, Jack Rudoni’s effort was turned around the post and Town continued to frustrate their hosts as the interval came and went.
Huddersfield’s goal arrived midway through the second period when Josh Ruffels combined with Jackson on the left and Ward stole in front of his marker at the near post to steer the ball past George Long.
It was only the visitors’ second goal in five games and they protected it fiercely, restricting Millwall to a Ryan Leonard drive that deflected wide 10 minutes from time.
Substitute Romain Esse sent a teasing cross into the penalty area late on, but could not find a Lions team-mate as his side drew a blank for the first time in their last eight matches.
Millwall manager Gary Rowett told BBC London 94.9:
“When do we normally have 70% possession? I think we’ve had nearly 20 shots, they’ve had four.
“The disappointment to me is not the way the game went – when it’s that type of game you can’t make a poor mistake and we left their player unmarked in the six-yard box.
“To lose with just that one moment when we switch-off, that’s always the danger with those games when you have so much of the ball.
“We’re going to be a little bit disappointed going into the international break but I don’t think that can overshadow where we are and what we’ve done so far.”
Huddersfield manager Neil Warnock told BBC Radio Leeds:
“We changed a few positions around. I asked certain people to do different jobs to what they’re used to and I couldn’t fault their effort – they’ve never worked as hard as that in their lives.
“We were organised, we didn’t give them a lot of clear chances and we didn’t give any stupid penalties and things away.
“It was a super goal and then the way they defended their box at the end, putting their heads on the line and the tackles – it was great for the supporters.
“They deserve something like that and I’m really pleased for them today.”
- Match Stats
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- 2McNamaraSubstituted forShackletonat 84′minutes
- 5CooperBooked at 83mins
- 3M WallaceSubstituted forMaloneat 84′minutes
- 23SavilleSubstituted forEsseat 76′minutes
- 39HoneymanSubstituted forBurkeat 60′minutes
- 21VoglsammerBooked at 57minsSubstituted forWatmoreat 60′minutes
- 4PearsonBooked at 37mins
- 10KoromaBooked at 62mins
- 49WaghornBooked at 43minsSubstituted forWardat 45′minutes
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- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Huddersfield Town 1.
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ben Jackson.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Scott Malone.
Attempt blocked. Romain Esse (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Shackleton.
Romain Esse (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).
Substitution, Millwall. Jamie Shackleton replaces Dan McNamara.
Substitution, Millwall. Scott Malone replaces Murray Wallace.
Jake Cooper (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).
Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jack Rudoni.
Attempt blocked. Ryan Leonard (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Cooper.
Substitution, Millwall. Romain Esse replaces George Saville.
Attempt missed. Oliver Burke (Millwall) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Long.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.
Foul by Oliver Burke (Millwall).
Jack Rudoni (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Murray Wallace.