Hull City simply had to win this tie to maintain any credibility as a Premier League Club, and goals from Michael Turner and skipper Ian Ashbee sealed a 2-0 win over an enthusiastic but technically inferior Millwall outfit.
Phil Brown made six changes from the Arsenal game, sending a clear signal that whilst doing well in the Cup is desirable, the Premier League fixture at West Ham on Wednesday takes priority.
One thing that Brown will definitely have learnt is that Tony Warner is no where near good enough to vault Matt Duke in the long term goal keeping queue, the former Lions man made a number of errors, the worst of which saw him slip horribly whilst attempting to deal with a back pass.
Warner was then forced to handle the ball, conceding an indirect free kick level with the penalty spot which, fortunately was blasted well wide.
Andy Dawson made his first start for two months following injury, and I hope and assume that he will form the left sided partnership with Kevin Kilbane who was Cup tied for today.
The Irishman should come in for Peter Halmosi who seems very out of sorts. He conceded possession twice in very dangerous areas and his crossing was nothing short of woeful. You are looking for a lick of pace and gusto from a wide man, but the Hungarian is simply not producing the goods at the current time.
City controlled the game but failed to create many chances for the front two of Daniel Cousin and Manucho, but the £5 million signing of Jimmy Bullard from Fulham should hopefully rectify this.
The Tigers netted on 15 with a trademark headed Turner goal from a corner, and Ashbee sealed the tie with a wonderful right footed shot from twenty yards, having been set up by the ever industrious Cousin.
Millwall rarely threatened and their only real chance was fluffed by Laird from only a couple of yards out, the visiting player hooking over from a tightish angle.
The only Lions threat came from the stands where opposition “supporters” ripped out seats and tried to fight all comers.
As far as I could see a significant minority spent the whole came intent on causing trouble and mounted police were brought in at full time.
I visited the Den in October, 1990, and my view of Millwall as having a big problem with thuggery has not changed. A shame for their real fans, who must be sick to death of their idiotic colleagues.