A goalless draw leaves Villans nonetheless chasing promotion and Lions simply above the relegation zone within the Championship
PROMOTION-chasing Aston Villa had been held to a goalless house draw by Millwall on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts’ attacking limitations had been uncovered by the battling Lions, who remained with out an away win this time period.
Villa had gained their earlier two house video games, however hardly ever seemed like they might chalk up a 3rd success.
Millwall, inspired by a powerful house win over Sheffield United of their earlier outing, performed with loads of dedication following a hesitant begin and totally deserved their level.
Villa, searching for fourth win in 5 video games, started with cool assurance, with little strain exerted by the Lions. Their informal strategy did not create any actual issues for Millwall’s defence, though Keinan Davis wasted a superb alternative by aimlessly lofting the ball over the bar.
The opening had been created by Albert Adomah, Villa’s goalscoring revelation in current weeks. Adomah, following a sluggish begin, all of the sudden received into the sport with a few purpose makes an attempt sending out a message to the Millwall defence that he was the hazard man.
Millwall had been deploying a defensive formation, with Lee Gregory their lone ahead, and relied on snappy breaks to spice up their victory hopes.
The sport-plan virtually paid dividends when Mahlon Romeo broke down the suitable, however a hasty headed clearance by Chris Samba averted a harmful scenario.
Inspired by the convenience with which they had been later in a position to assault Villa’s defence, Jed Wallace raced by way of the center solely to be thwarted by house goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
Villa’s goalscoring reliance upon Davis was evident however his ending on this event in opposition to the tough-tackling Lions left so much to be desired.
Frustration started to creep into Villa’s play as their lack of directness was uncovered by a Millwall aspect which grew to become extra assured, with Steve Morison their driving pressure.
Villa continued to play throughout the sector, which performed into Millwall’s palms, with the end result the Lions had been probably not below any severe strain within the first half.
Jack Grealish was introduced on simply earlier than the hour mark as Villa boss Steve Bruce tried to inject a spark, and he did present a willingness to shoot solely to be denied by a sensible save by David Martin.
It was, nonetheless, Millwall who performed with extra dedication. Aiden O’Brien emerged as a rising menace on the left flank, giving Alan Hutton a busy afternoon earlier than the Scotland worldwide was substituted 20 minutes from time.
Villa had a significant let-off within the 75th minute when Gregory raced by way of and grazed the bar together with his cross-shot, however there was to be no winner.