Millwall 2 - 1 Derby County

Match info: Championship at The Den

Date: 10/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: G Salisbury Att: 10,392

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Millwall

Liam Feeney 33
Andy Keogh 76

2
vs
1

Derby

Will Hughes 53

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: November 10 2012, 19:35 GMT

Millwall's impressive form continued with a deserved 2-1 win over Derby but the match was marred by an offensive banner displayed by home supporters.

Nigel Clough: Questioned officials
Nigel Clough: Questioned officials

A second-half goal from Andy Keogh proved the winner, giving the Lions all three points in the npower Championship tussle.

However a banner in the Millwall end bearing the words 'Sordell is a c***' was an unsavoury distraction from the match itself.

It was an apparent reference to an incident on October 6 when Bolton midfielder Marvin Sordell was verbally abused by a 13-year-old Millwall fan, who has subsequently been banned from attending matches by the club.

Sordell has faced racial abuse on Twitter since that incident.

The banner on display today was swiftly removed by Millwall staff.

The club refused to comment on the issue, and assistant manager Joe Gallen - standing in for Kenny Jackett, who missed the game with flu - also opted not to discuss the matter.

"Kenny has just got a bit of flu and he'll be back next week," said Gallen.

"I had an idea on Thursday he wasn't going to make it but carried on with what he was going to do.

"Kenny picked the team and discussed what training we are going to do and told me what the team needed to do. He was here, but not here.

"The team has been defending and running and working and blocking for the previous nine games. It's been a big feature of our performances.

"(With) the disappointment of an equaliser after half-time, it took us 10 minutes to compose ourselves and we did well to nick a tight game."

Keogh proved the matchwinner, notching 14 minutes from time after returning to the starting XI due to an injury to Lions top scorer Darius Henderson.

Derby youngster Will Hughes, who earned a call-up to the England Under-21 squad this week, had earlier cancelled out a controversial opener from Liam Feeney.

And it was the controversy surrounding Millwall's opener which left Derby boss Nigel Clough to question the officials.

He said: "We're not privy to the conversation between the officials and we asked the players not to approach them.

"The assistant flagged for offside, kept his flag up and was insistent. The referee went over and gave the goal. Why he did that I don't know. Keogh [the player offside] went for the ball and that affects everyone around him.

"We thought we should have had a penalty at the end and one at the end of the first half.

"We can't control that. We can only control our own performance and we thought we deserved to go in level at half-time."


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