Nahki Wells and Bristol City slip to back-to-back defeats
Nahki Wells could not prevent Bristol City slipping to a second successive defeat in the Sky Bet Championship after they went down 2-0 at home to Millwall yesterday.
City were aiming to make amends for a 2-0 defeat away at struggling Rotherham United on Saturday while Millwall came into the match on a ten-match winless run.
However it was the visitors, who were without a win since October 28, who went in front after 18 minutes when Tom Bradshaw's 20-yard strike was deflected past City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.
Bermuda striker Wells went closest to finding an equaliser but his clever free kick was brilliantly kept out by Bartosz Bialkowski, while at the other end Mason Bennett missed a golden chance to extend Millwall's lead, firing over from six yards.
However, the winger made amends in the 68th minute, curling his effort superbly into the bottom corner to double his side’s advantage.
Any chance the hosts had of founding a route back into the match were made that much harder with the late sending off of Famara Diedhiou, who was introduced off the bench in the 59th minute and then sent off 20 minutes later for a second yellow card.
Until that point the Robins had bossed possession throughout, yet lacked any genuine cutting edge and have now scored just once in four games.
With a man advantage Millwall should have added a third in the closing stages but Jed Wallace could not capitalise after being put through on goal, as he was denied by Bentley.
The result leaves City in eighth position in the standings, two points adrift of Brentford in the final play-off position, ahead of a trip to Preston North End on Friday.
Elsewhere, Bermuda goalkeeper Dale Eve helped Spennymoor Town advance to the third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy after an emphatic 6-2 emphatic victory at home to Marske United.
The hosts’ goals came courtesy of six different scorers in Tyler Forbes, Mark Anderson, Joe Tait, Glen Taylor, Stephen Thompson and Nathan Buddle, while Eve made a number of smart saves to restrict the visitors to their two goals.
Spennymoor will welcome Southport to the Brewery Field in the next round on Saturday.
Milan Butterfield, on loan from Chesterfield, helped new club Guiseley secure their first win in the competition for four years with a 2-0 defeat of visiting Chorley, courtesy of goals from Kaine Felix and Adam Haw.
They will face a trip to Stockport County in the next round on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Justin Donawa was absent from the Solihull Moors matchday squad for a second successive game, as they bounced back to winning ways with a 2-1 at home to Halifax Town in the Vanarama National League.
The Moors will host Farsley Celtic in the third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy at the weekend.