U23s lose 1-0 to Millwall in tight local derby

Jason Euell’s Charlton side lost to a very strong Millwall side on Monday afternoon 1-0 at Calmont Road in the Professional Development League.

The first half was largely a cagey affair, with neither side fashioning any clear-cut chances. The actual best chance fell to a Millwall forward where Ashley Maynard-Brewer made a smart save.

As with most local derbies, the game was a very physical encounter with the defences coming out on top.

The second half began much the same but after 11 minutes Millwall scored. A free-kick was conceded about 25 yards from goal from what it seemed a very innocuous tackle. A well-hit strike was deflected just out of the reach of Maynard-Brewer and into the right-hand corner of the net.

The U23’s refused to go down without a fight and enjoyed a subsequent spell of dominance in the Millwall half. Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu spurned the biggest chance as he fired over Mark Marshall’s cross, with substitute Terrique Anderson next to go close with a low strike arrowing just wide of the Millwall goal.

All in all a good workout for the U23’s and with no game next week should enable some of the injured players to return.

Charlton U23s: Maynard-Brewer, Zemura, (Anderson 66), Cummings, Blumberg, Stevenson, Rich, Dempsey, Maloney, Marshall, Sarpong-Wiredu, Ocran (Carey 88).

Subs (not used): Osaghae, Barton, French.

Image: Tom West