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Millwall vs Derby County. Sky Bet Championship.

The Den.

Millwall 2

  • M Smith (15th minute)
  • J Bödvarsson (93rd minute)

Derby County 3

  • L Sibley (26th minute, 71st minute, 90th minute)

Millwall 2-3 Derby: 18-year-old Louie Sibley's hat-trick fires Rams to victory

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at The Den

Sunday 21 June 2020 09:33, UK

Millwall v Derby
Highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Derby.

Teenager Louie Sibley's superb hat-trick earned Derby a 3-2 Sky Bet Championship win over Millwall at The Den.

Eighteen-year-old Sibley, making only the second league start of his career, scored a magnificent solo goal to cancel out Matt Smith's first-half opener.

The Rams academy product slotted home a second with 20 minutes to play and wrapped up the points in closing stages.

Sibley is the youngest player to score a league hat-trick in the top four tiers since Ryan Sessegnon did so in November 2017.

Derby dominated possession from the first whistle with Wayne Rooney dictating play from deep and Sibley finding pockets of space.

When Millwall took the lead on 15 minutes, it was with the game's first shot.

Jed and Murray Wallace combined to drive a counter-attack into the final third, before Shane Ferguson delivered a pinpoint cross which Smith powered past Ben Hamer.

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The visitors improved after going behind, Sibley stinging Bartosz Bialkowski's palms from distance and Martyn Waghorn clipping the bar from a free-kick.

Phillip Cocu's men got their reward midway through the half as Sibley twisted past two defenders and held off a third before firing high into the net.

Just a few minutes later the teenager almost repeated the trick, leaving two Millwall defenders on the floor, but Bialkowski pushed his shot away.

The home side continued to threaten on the break, Mahlon Romeo stinging Hamer's palms with a low effort and hitting the side-netting with another.

Hamer had to be at his very best moments before half-time, when Ryan Leonard burst past Andre Wisdom and forced a fine save one-on-one.

Shortly after half-time, Millwall had another golden chance to take the lead as Smith was left totally unmarked from a throw-in but his attempted lob sailed well over the bar.

The game looked as if it was drifting towards a draw until Sibley provided another moment of magic, latching onto a cushioned pass from Waghorn before finishing coolly past Bialkowski.

Millwall, who piped in crowd noises over the speaker systems to try and replicate the Den's usually raucous atmosphere, never looked like getting back in the game.

As they pushed forward ever more desperately, Sibley took advantage of the space left in behind to complete his treble.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson pulled one back for the home side in stoppage time, but it was too little too late.

Derby sit 12th after the perfect restart to their season while Millwall slipped two places to 10th.

Sibley says when the third went in he couldn't stop smiling!

What the managers said...

Millwall manager Gary Rowett: "We're a team that thrives off the energy of the crowd in certain moments in the game. And I think we found it hard when the game felt flat. Derby navigated it better than us, with their technical players and slow build-up play. We started OK, scored a very good goal, we broke well, pinched it in midfield and showed good composure to put a good ball in for Matt Smith.

"But after that we conceded two very poor goals in my opinion. They were well taken by Sibley, and I'm sure Derby will be delighted with them, but they were very poor, very soft. It was their goal kick when the drinks break got called. I spoke to the referee about it at half-time, because as we ran on after the break he blew the whistle and they just carried on. If you're going to have a drinks break you're going to have to reset. We switched off poorly for that."

Derby boss Phillip Cocu: "He played a massive game. Not only the way he played, but his total development as a young player is a real positive for us as a club. He scored great quality goals, a very complete game in his position. When we don't have possession he does his job, he works for the team.

"Apart from the football we played, we also showed again that mentally we are a strong side. We have confidence in our way of playing the game, we know we're going to be able to score one or two goals. The first time they really came close to our goal, they scored. And that's hard. We'd been really good, and then they get the goal.

"Some parts of the season we'd struggled in that aspect but we've improved a lot - confidence in the team and each other is high, and we showed that again."

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