HALF-TIME: Millwall 1, Bristol City 0
Millwall may have dropped out of the play-off places after winning just one of their last six outings, but they still posed a threat to City's prospects of staging a three-match unbeaten run for the first time this season.
A regular scorer against the Robins, recalled striker Darius Henderson threatened to give the Lions an early lead, stooping to meet Liam Feeney's left-wing cross with a header that flew inches wide of Tom Heaton's goal.
Sensing an opportunity to take three points against one of the relegation strugglers, the Londoners were the more purposeful of the two sides and Robins defenders Matthew Bates and Liam Fontaine were both forced into last-ditch clearances as wingers James Henry and Feeney delivered a series of telling centres.
Heaton was called into meaningful action when going full-length to tip away an angled drive from Liam Trotter as the Lions continued to ask questions of the visitors.
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City's hopes of keeping a first clean sheet of the season were dashed in the 19th minute as they failed to deal with a straight ball played down the middle of the pitch. Bates hesitated just a fraction, allowing Dany N'Guessan to steal a march on him, and the former Leicester forward beat Heaton with a low shot from 16 yards which found the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
Physically stronger all over the park, Millwall were able to deal comfortably with long balls played in the direction of lone striker Jon Stead and City did not muster a single shot on target during a first half which saw them on the back foot for the most part.
The home side almost extended their lead shortly before the break, centre-back Mark Beevers heading just wide from a Henry corner.
Clearly, Robins manager Derek McInnes needed to make changes and did not wait for half-time, withdrawing Fontaine and Paul Anderson and sending on winger Martyn Woolford and striker Sam Baldock a minute before the break.