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FULL TIME: Blackburn Rovers 0 Millwall 1
9:23pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in Sport
BLACKBURN Rovers’ hopes of an appearance at Wembley in the FA Cup semi finals were ended by a home defeat to Millwall in tonight’s quarter final replay at Ewood Park.
Danny Shittu’s 42nd-minute header gave Millwall a 1-0 win over a disappointing Rovers side.
The Lions will now face Wigan in the semi finals at Wembley next month, as Rovers’ 18-year wait for a trip to England’s national stadium goes on.
Michael Appleton’s side are now seven matches without a win as they go into Sunday’s Championship derby at home to East Lancashire rivals Burnley, whose boss Sean Dyche was at Ewood Park tonight.
Rovers, who had brought the tie back to Lancashire after Sunday’s 0-0 draw at the Den, had gone close to taking the lead in a tight first half when David Dunn lofted an angled effort just wide of the far post.
But Millwall went ahead when centre back Shittu headed in Chris Taylor’s corner three minutes before half time – the first goal Rovers had conceded in the FA Cup this season, after four previous clean sheets.
Rovers, without David Bentley for the game because of a knee injury, introduced Nuno Gomes at the interval and later handed a debut to January signing Anton Forrester.
Leon Best, moved to the left flank at the start of the second half, almost levelled the match but saw his shot was cleared off the line by Shane Lowry.
Taylor blazed over a chance to make it 2-0 in stoppage time.
Rovers: Jake Kean; Jason Lowe, Scott Dann, Grant Hanley, Markus Olsson (Nuno Gomes 46); Josh King (Anton Forrester 75), David Dunn, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Martin Olsson; Jordan Rhodes, Leon Best. Subs not used: Greg Sandomierski, Gael Givet, Karim Rekik, John O’Sullivan, David Goodwillie.
Millwall: David Forde; Alan Dunne, Danny Shittu, Mark Beevers, Shane Lowry; Liam Trotter, Jack Smith, Chris Taylor; Andy Keogh, Rob Hulse (John Marquis 85), Dany N’Guessan (Nadjim Abdou 66). Subs not used: Maik Taylor, Adam Smith, Karleigh Osborne, George Saville, Nathan Tyson.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg.
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