A FRAGILE Aston Villa side were fed to the Lions in the fourth round of the FA Cup as they succumbed to a late John Marquis winner at Millwall.
Millwall - Shittu (27), Marquis (89)
Aston Villa - Bent (22)
Following their Capital One Cup exit three nights ago to npower League Two outfit Bradford, the last thing Paul Lambert’s side needed was a tricky FA Cup tie against more lower-league opposition.
Darren Bent was recalled by Lambert and opened the scoring for the Barclays Premier League strugglers, but the pressure continues to mount on the former Norwich boss as headers by Danny Shittu and Marquis sealed a well-deserved win for Millwall.
Sadly, the fantastic result for Kenny Jackett’s side was slightly marred when a section of home fans began throwing missiles on to the pitch early in the second half.
Villa started nervously, but went ahead in the 22nd minute when Millwall goalkeeper David Forde could only palm Andreas Weimann’s effort into the path of Bent, and the striker’s miskicked effort crept over the line.
However, five minutes after falling behind the hosts were level, as James Henry’s corner found Shittu at the back post and the Millwall skipper rose to power a header past Shay Given.
The game was stopped for five minutes just before the hour-mark due to a disturbance among Millwall fans in one corner of the Dockers Stand, with several bottles thrown in the direction of the assistant referee Mark Scholes after he awarded a free kick to Villa.
The tie looked set for a replay at Villa Park until Millwall striker Marquis headed Adam Smith’s cross on to the bar before reacting quickest to nod home the rebound.
Millwall: Forde, A Smith, Shittu, Osborne, Beevers, Henry, Trotter, Abdou, Feeney, Marquis (J Smith 90), Keogh (N’Guessan 82). Subs not used: M Taylor, Dunne, Wright, Batt, Wilkinson.
Aston Villa: Given, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Lowton, Westwood, Delph (Bannan 39), N’Zogbia, Bennett, Bent, Weimann (Bowery 81). Subs not used: Guzan, Ireland, Agbonlahor, Holman, Williams.
Referee: N Swarbrick. Att: 15,007.