Full-back Murray Wallace equalized for Millwall, then gave them the lead within three minutes
Murray Wallace’s Quickfire double helped Millwall knock Cambridge United out of the Carabao Cup in a highly competitive den competition.
The League One side led George Williams’ header for just six minutes before Wallace leveled with a clean finish for the Lions.
Three minutes later, Wallace shot home from close range to give his side the lead with his seventh Millwall goal.
Matt Smith found the bottom corner after the break to seal the win.
Millwall keeper George Long has made several important, formidable saves to play the Underground Games lately and has helped bolster his attempt to become number one at the club instead of Bartosz Bialkowski.
Striker Benik Afobe was also spared for the hosts, who made eight changes after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat against Cardiff City.
Cambridge made four changes to Saturday’s league win against Burton Albion, leaving top scorer Joe Ironside on the bench.
Wallace made the difference and the result will be Lions manager Gary Rowett, whose team finished 21st.
Millwall boss Gary Rowett: “You want to try to navigate through these games without having too many injuries and putting too many regulars out there where they could go into the weekend with too much fatigue.
“I thought we had just done these things. I asked some players who hadn’t started a lot of games for a bit of brightness and mentality and to match Cambridge’s work rate to win the tie. I found Cambridge excellent, by der Path.”
Cambridge head coach Mark Bonner: “Your physicality just said it. Matt Smith does that in the championship with the middle halves, he’s a beast. He was tough to defend.
“We were really competitive against a good championship team. You have to be careful not to celebrate the defeat too much, but there is so much to like about this team and I’m really confident.”
- 26thBallardReplaced byMitchellat 80 ‘protocol
- 8thThompsonReplaced bySavilleat 72 ‘protocol
- 3M Wallace
- 10BlacksmithReplaced byBödvarssonat 72 ‘protocol
- 7thJ Wallace
- 6thJonesReplaced byDigbyat 75 ‘protocol
- 24Master person
- 18thTraceyReplaced byLankesterat 70 ‘protocol
- 26thKnibbsReplaced byIron sideat 75 ‘protocol
- 9Iron side
Referee: Neil Hair
Number of participants: 4,005
Game ends, Millwall 3, Cambridge United 1.
Second half ends, Millwall 3, Cambridge United 1.
Corner, Cambridge United. Granted by Billy Mitchell.
Corner, Cambridge United. Granted by Alex Mitchell.
Foul by Joe Ironside (Cambridge United).
Alex Pearce (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the center of the box is saved by the goalkeeper in the lower left corner. Supported by Billy Mitchell.
Replacement, Millwall. Alex Mitchell replaces Danny Ballard.
Foul by George Williams (Cambridge United).
Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Cambridge United. Granted by Alex Pearce.
Attempt saved. Jack Lankester (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. Supported by Sam Smith.
Attempt blocked. Connor Mahoney (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Supported by Danny Ballard.
Substitution, Cambridge United. Joe Ironside replaces Harvey Knibbs.
Substitution, Cambridge United. Paul Digby replaces Lloyd Jones.
Attempt blocked. George Evans (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Supported by Murray Wallace.
Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Millwall).
Replacement, Millwall. George Saville replaces Ben Thompson.
Replacement, Millwall. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Matt Smith.