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Ashton Gate (ATT 18,308) 7th August 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Oliver

Bristol C Bristol City vs Millwall Millwall

Bristol C 0

D Stewart (S/O 90+2)

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Millwall 3

D Ward (42)
D Schofield (48)
P Robinson (60)
D Carter (S/O 64)

Lions roar past Robins

James debut ends in defeat

Last Updated: 07/08/10 7:58pm

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James: Disappointing debut

James: Disappointing debut

Millwall made a superb start to life in the Championship by cruising to a 3-0 victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

David James' debut had been main the main talking point prior to the match but he received an uncomfortable welcome to the second tier as newly promoted Millwall dominated.

The Lions broke the deadlock through Darren Ward just before half-time and Danny Schofield then struck a second just after the interval.

Paul Robinson added a third on the hour mark before both sides finished with ten men after red cards for Darren Carter and Damion Stewart.

James was one of three full debutants, along with Nicky Hunt and Damion Stewart, for a City side depleted by injury. Last season's top scorer Nicky Maynard was the most notable of seven absentees for the Robins.

Likewise, Carter was one of three players to be handed full debuts by Millwall boss Kenny Jackett. James Henry and Kevin Lisbie completed the trio.

There were few chances in the first half. Ward and Robinson had efforts on goal from Henry crosses but their headers failed to work James.

Beaten

However, with three minutes remaining in the first half the England keeper was beaten. Lisbie's shot rebounded off a post and into the path of Ward at some pace but the defender managed to control his shot and returned the ball into the roof of the net.

Millwall extended their advantage three minutes after the interval when Schofield curled a right-foot shot into the bottom corner from the left side of the area.

The closest City came to a goal was when Cole Skuse's 12-yard shot struck a post after 56 minutes.

But it was not the catalyst to spark any kind of revival as Robinson put the game beyond City's reach soon afterwards. Henry's inswinging corner was headed against the crossbar by Lisbie and Robinson reacted quickest to turn the ball home.

Millwall's day was slightly tainted in the 64th minute when Carter received a second yellow card, and a subsequent red, for a foul on Albert Adomah.

James produced a good save to keep out Henry's close-range header as the Lions continued to threaten despite their numerical disadvantage.

However, City also finished the game with 10 men when Stewart was shown a second yellow card following a challenge on Lisbie in injury time.

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