Rowett’s smash & grab as Millwall beat Stoke City

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Stoke (1) 1 Millwall (1) 2 – 5/4/21 3pm

Ex-Stoke manager Gary Rowett & his luke-warm Millwall side stole all 3 points without even having to break into a sweat. Stoke’s defending was suspect for both goals, an Easter gift for GaryR. Here’s how it unfolded in real time:
Unchanged against Gary Rowett, & looking for 3 wins in a row for the first time since 1742 (BC). Bursik, Cousins & Clucas return to bench.
11.20 Jacob Brown making a nuisance of himself, winning corners and throw-ins, but after a poor cross, he charges into the area to perform a weak back-heal that doesn’t reach Powell.
22.17 One of the worst passes ever seen at the bet365, as Dan McNamara plays the ball straight into touch as if aiming for an invisible player! Hopeless.
28.09 Jacob Brown drives a powerful shot straight at the keeper Bartosz Bialbowski from 25 yards, and “Bart” is a little shocked (as are we!). Meanwhile Powell gets clipped late, and (typically about this time of the game) requires treatment.
34.59 0-1 ! Much fumbling from a corner from Stoke’s left, and it’s bundled in by Murray Wallace. Poor defending.
36.55 Batth gets yellowed for mauling a player, but he redeems himself by heading away the subsequent free kick. Powell gets crocked again.
40.15 1-1 !! Long ball from Powell, and Fletcher lays off Jacob Brown to put the ball right through keeper Bart! Bart’s not invisible, but maybe translucent.
HT Gary’s Old Club 1 Gary’s New Club 1
61.01 Thompson’s cross from the left hits Fletcher full in the face, his least vulnerable spot.
66.15 After Souttar is penalised for having a player run into him, Davies spills a catch, panicking Stoke’s defenders. He’s not the only one panicking.
69.45 Jacob Brown replaced by Sam Clucas, with Powell no doubt pushing forward
70.24 1-2 !! Mason Bennett taps in after Batth misses a simple tackle on Jed Wallace. Rowett must think Easter has come early.
75.20 Matondo and McClean on for Batth and Thompson. Two wingers …?
85.01 Vokes on for Smith. Not sure how this will work…!
FT Stoke 1 Gary’s Millwall 2