After the  defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, the Potters found themselves behind inside the first 30 minutes courtesy of Ben Thompson’s opener.Nathan Jones’ side improved slightly after the break, however their hopes of gaining something from the contest faded with 15 minutes remaining when the hosts doubled their lead through Jed Wallace’s penalty.
Prior to the clash in South East London, Jones was forced to make four changes to his side which started at Hillsborough – in came Liam Lindsay, Bruno Martins Indi, Tom Ince and Scott Hogan at the expense of Tom Edwards, Stephen Ward, Peter Etebo and Tyrese Campbell.
The home side took the lead after early pressure. A cross from the right was volleyed in by Ben Thompson who was positioned on the penalty spot.
The Potters tried to responsed and soon after the ball was played back to Badou Ndiaye on the edge of the area and he hit a powerful drive just past the post
At the break Jones introduced James McClean to the action in place of Scott Hogan, however it was down at the other of the pitch which almost witnessed a goal early in the second period,  Adam Federici was on hand to tip away Wallace’s effort from a tight angle.
The introduction of McClean did however start to give the Potters some fresh impetus and after Lee Gregory saw a goalbound effort deflect behind, Jones’ side started to apply some real pressure on the home goal.
All hopes of a fightback took a severe blow with 15 minutes to go when a Millwall break was ended when Ndiaye fouled Wallace inside the box and the midfielder stepped up to fire the Lions into a two-goal lead from the spot.
Striker Sam Vokes was summoned from the bench in the immediate aftermath as City searched for a way back into the game, however a Tom Ince effort from range and tame Vokes header was all they could fashion in the closing stage.

 

 


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