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Match Report: Millwall 2-0 Hull City (Millwall Fan's Perspective)

Sunday 8th April 2012
Millwall recorded their 1,000th home league win, and their first of 2012, with a comfortable 2-0 win over Hull City on a day which the club celebrated the life of the late Barry Kitchener.

'Kitch', who passed away last Friday after a short battle with cancer, made over 600 appearances for the Lions and to this day remains the club's record appearance holder. Millwall players from the past were present at the Den to remember Kitchener, floral tributes were laid and both teams participated in a minute's applause.

Kenny Jackett's side have found it incredibly difficult on their own soil this season, failing to win any of their last eight home league games. However, this victory was perfectly timed and it was the best possible way to pay tribute to a Lions legend. They had to do without top scorer Darius Henderson once again, but it didn't prove to be a problem for the home side.

The visitors looked to take charge in the opening few minutes through Richard Garcia. He checked inside and released a shot only to see it turned away from a Maik Taylor block.

It was a scrappy affair, as the home side looked nervy early on. However, they took the lead on 25 minutes as James Henry's inswinging corner from the left was headed home at the far post by Harry Kane to put the home side a goal up.

Kane ran Hull ragged and almost had a second shortly after, but his drilled effort was palmed away by Vito Mannone. Once again Kane was at the centre of things as he came so close to doubling Millwall's lead on 33 minutes. Tony Craig's delivery was flicked towards the far post by Andy Keogh, but the outstretched Kane couldn't connect to it.

The home crowd were beginning to wonder whether it'd be the same old story, with the Lions failing to convert easy chances. Their best chance came courtesy of Josh Wright, as he sent a curling effort wide from just outside the six yard box following Kane's blocked attempt.

Hull introduced Matty Fryatt in the second half to try and find an equaliser, but a solid defensive display from Paul Robinson and Shane Lowry in particular allowed the visitors absolutely no chance. Their defensive display was one that 'Kitch' would be extremely proud of.

Despite Hull having more of the play in the second half, the home side were more than happy to soak up the pressure and hit them on the break. They did just that twice in the space of a few minutes. The first saw Kane bundled over in the area following a swift counter attack, but referee Darren Deadman waved away the Millwall protests.

A few minutes later Deadman was pointing to the spot. Some clever individual play from Keogh saw him advance into the area, cut inside and was tripped by Liam Cooper in the box. It was Keogh who stepped up to supply a cool finish from the spot, straight down the middle to send Hull crashing to their fifth straight defeat.

It was a vital win for Millwall on what was an emotional occasion. This victory saw them climb one place to 19th as they now sit five points above the drop zone. The Lions now travel to Portsmouth on Tuesday night, where a win could see them take one big step towards Championship safety.
Liam O'Connor
Liam O'Connor is a Millwall fan through thick and thin. Since supporting the Lions he's experienced promotions, relegations, play-off success and heartache, he's even witnessed the club's first ever FA Cup final! His favourite Millwall player of all-time is Tim Cahill, the man who scored the winning goal at Old Trafford in the FA Cup semi-final back in 2004. Aside from football, Liam is in his first year as a sixth-form student at Coopers Technology College in Kent. He has a passion for journalism and has a number of projects on the go such as blogs, match reports and write-ups based on Millwall and football in general. Follow Liam on Twitter @MFC_Liam

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