Millwall 0-0 Hull City: Drab draw at The Den
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 21/11/17 10:50pm
Hull ended their losing run in the capital by holding Millwall to a 0-0 Sky Bet Championship draw at The Den.
In the same week the club's owners, the Allam family, are scheduled to have their first meeting in four years with The Hull City Suporters Trust, Leonid Slutsky's team ended a run of seven league defeats in London.
They last avoided doing so at Fulham with a 1-0 victory in January 2016, but this time resisted Millwall following a fine performance from goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
The hosts first truly threatened in the 38th minute when, after James Meredith's 20-yard run from the left wing to the edge of the area, he found Lee Gregory, and the forward then forced McGregor into a reaction save.
Hull's Markus Henriksen similarly tested Jordan Archer on the stroke of half-time, but thereafter only Millwall came close to scoring. Their captain Shaun Hutchinson saw McGregor tip his header over after a corner early in the second half, and then substitute Fred Onyedinma powerfully struck over the crossbar.
McGregor also saved in quick succession from a close-range shot from Shane Ferguson and a header from Gregory, with the hosts looking increasingly the more likely goalscorers.
In stoppage time with what looked their final chance, Gregory - gifted both time and space from directly in front of goal - wastefully struck over the crossbar, ensuring Millwall felt like they had dropped two points.
Neil Harris: "[Goalkeeper Jordan Archer] was outstanding with his strength of character. He is still a young keeper and let's be honest he had a couple of howlers at the weekend but he came in on Monday all bubbly. He didn't have a lot to do tonight but he was a presence in goal.
"Let's not forget they brought £33m worth of talent with them tonight so the clean sheet is good for us. I'm disappointed with the result: we controlled the game for 15 minutes and looked threatening. They had chances to score but we defended our box very well. Hull have been conceding a lot of late goals but not tonight. "It was another game where we have created a host of chances but couldn't supply the final touch."
Leonid Slutsky: "It's difficult for me to think about long terms prospects, it's difficult to think about the future, we are thinking about the next game only. I don't know what's happening, thinking about my future, I spoke with the owner a couple of days ago, I've not spoken to him today; I didn't know he was at the match.
"I never worry about my job but I feel everybody supports me, we are building a team here, not quickly. I thought it would be easy for me at Hull but every game is tough. It's difficult to understand my feelings right now, but we must think about the positives like the clean sheet and the amount of chances that we created. We controlled the game but it is disappointing not to get the win."