Millwall booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 victory at Boreham Wood.
Kenneth Zohore netted in the first half – his second goal in his second start of an injury-hit loan move – with Shaun Hutchinson adding a second. It ensured that the Lions made it 13 wins from their 14 ties against non-league clubs in the competition.
The key talking point from a Boreham Wood perspective was that Jake Cooper was not dismissed early in the second period. The Lions centre-back was booked just 30 seconds in for a late challenge. Referee Ben Speedie opted to keep his cards in his pocket when he brought down Junior Morais in the 53rd minute.
Boreham Wood manager Luke Garrard confronted the match officials at full-time – clearly unhappy at Speedie’s call.
There was little disputing that Millwall were dominant in the tie despite having a few questions asked of them defensively at the start of the second period. Frank Fielding, making only his second senior appearance for the SE16 outfit, did not have a shot to save.
The Lions, by contrast, had 28 shots with eight of those on target.
Their opening goal was excellently worked as Scott Malone played a one-two with Troy Parrott to put him in on the left of the box. The wing-back opted to shift the ball inside for West Brom loanee Zohore, who swept confidently home.
Hutchinson made it 2-0 with 16 minutes remaining as he finally made a Millwall corner – their ninth of the contest – count. He met Malone’s delivery at the near post and outjumped Jamal Fyfield to beat Nathan Ashmore.
Ashmore helped to keep the contest in the balance with a number of saves – plunging to his right to push away an excellent Malone effort.
Matt Rhead squandered an excellent opportunity with the score at 1-0, the burly forward failing to keep his shot down.
There was also an encouraging debut for Danny McNamara at right wing-back, as his breaks forward helped to curtail the threat of Sorba Thomas.
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