Ahead of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Emirates FA Cup quarter-final at The Den on Sunday afternoon, we take a look back at encounters against Millwall from years gone by in the capital.
The clubs spent the majority of Albion’s years at the Withdean Stadium and Amex Stadium playing against one another in the second and third tiers of English football, before the Lions dropped back into League One.
In the same season Albion secured promotion to the Premier League, Millwall returned to the second flight via the play-offs, meaning their last meeting would remain the goalless draw shared in 2015.
That match extended Albion’s unbeaten streak at The Den to six matches, and here’s a look at three victories for the Seagulls that came inside that run…
Millwall 0 Albion 1 - 21st February 2009
Albion found themselves languishing in the League One relegation zone when they travelled to The Den in February 2009, while Millwall sat four points clear of seventh, just inside the play-off bracket.
Bob Booker and Dean White took charge of the team after Micky Adams’s second spell at the club came to an end, but the managerial disruption caused no problems as the Seagulls pulled off a shock result.
Adam Virgo rose inside the penalty area to head Chris Birchall’s cross into the back of the net and secure a crucial three points in Albion’s fight for survival.
Millwall 1 Albion 2 - 22nd September 2012
What a difference a few years can make - Albion sat top of the Championship leading into their 2012 visit to The Den, and 2010/11 League One winner with the Seagulls, Chris Wood, lined up for Lions.
Ashley Barnes fired Albion in front in the 17th minute, before Adam El-Abd took advantage of a loose ball to drill home from Andrea Orlandi’s corner that caused trouble in the Millwall penalty area.
Wood pulled a goal back for the hosts with 11 minutes remaining, but the Seagulls held on for victory, as they secured another three points on their way to finishing the season in the play-offs.
Millwall 0 Albion 1 - 1st March 2014
Now with Oscar Garcia in charge, the Seagulls were flirting with the play-off positions once again, while Millwall were fighting against dropping into the third tier.
Just like their previous victories at The Den, Albion secured all three points by a single-goal margin, and it was David Lopez who fired home from the penalty spot after a foul on Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard.
Jermaine Easter struck the woodwork for the hosts as they went in search of a much-needed equaliser, but Albion defended for their lives in the closing stages to cling onto the points.