Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe Player Ratings: Clarke’s clearances

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Millwall had the longer spells of pressure in their League One Play-Off semi-final first leg with Scunthorpe, but neither side could break the deadlock. Here’s how players on both teams rated.

Millwall

Jordan Archer – faced only one shot on target all evening, a long-range free-kick which was hit straight at him. 6

Shaun Cummings – tended to clear the ball down the right flank, rather than pass it short. Injured on 62 minutes. 6
Byron Webster – won everything in the air and dominated Paddy Madden. 8
Shaun Hutchinson – contained Toney easily. He and Webster weren’t asked to defend their box too often. 7
Tony Craig – defended his post shrewdly. Used the ball similarly to Cummings: ‘No nonsense, hit it forward early.’ 7

Jed Wallace – good deliveries from deep and played Gregory through one-on-one. Could have got into shooting positions more often. 6
Nadjim Abdou – used his power effectively without the ball, but with it he slowed play down by passing backwards too often. 4
Shaun Williams – a class above in the first half, but quieter after the break. 6
Shane Ferguson – a threat from set pieces, especially in the first half. Might have offered more in open play. 5

Steve Morison – won initial balls in the first half and used his aerial prowess to good effect. Energy levels dropped a touch in the latter stages. 6
Lee Gregory – used his work rate to get his team further up in the first half. Didn’t offer too much with the ball though, missed a crucial one-on-one chance and tired late on. 4

Mahlon Romeo (on 62) – had one wayward shot and won a couple of free-kicks. 6
Aiden O’Brien (on 74)

Scunthorpe United

Joe Anyon – didn’t have much to do, but what he did do was vital. Strong save one-on-one from Gregory at a huge moment in the game.

Jordan Clarke – three important first half clearances in his own six-yard box to deny Millwall a goalscoring opportunity. Bailed Scunthorpe out at times. 9
David Mirfin – some good defensive headers. Forced into panicked but necessary clearances in the first half. 8
Murray Wallace – after a nervy start in which he had to give away the odd corner, Wallace grew in strength. 8
Conor Townsend – one naïve header across his own goal in the first half. One solo run into opposition territory after the interval, but understandably did not have the freedom to play his natural game. 5

Neal Bishop – gave ball away to Wallace before Gregory’s big chance but helped out defensively. 6
Stephen Dawson – always seems to get abuse at Millwall, yet their fans would love him if he played for them. A typically courageous display with one or two bold runs to get his side up the pitch. 8
Jamie Ness – anonymous for much of the contest. Even without the ball, he looked a passenger at times. 3
Josh Morris – ran into traffic on a couple of occasions but was starved of possession. 3

Ivan Toney – didn’t use his frame as well as he could have done in the first half but needed more support. 2
Paddy Madden – lacked the work rate of his opposite number. With no service, Madden’s poaching instincts couldn’t come to the fore. 2

Sam Mantom (on 90)