Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Millwall 3.
Championship side Millwall brushed aside League Two Crawley to book a place in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
The Lions were good value for their win with a free-flowing display at the Broadfield Stadium as Crawley suffered their first home defeat since November last year.
Scott Malone and Matt Smith were on target for Millwall either side of a Jordan Tunnicliffe own goal, while Sam Ashford replied for the hosts.
Goalkeeper Tom McGill – one of four Crawley debutants – saved a goalbound shot from Connor Mahoney before Millwall broke the deadlock after 14 minutes.
Malone, signed on a season-loan loan from Derby, struck with a crisp low shot from close range after Ryan Woods delivered the ball into the box.
Millwall doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark when Tunnicliffe put through his own goal after Jake Cooper headed back a corner from Mahoney to the far post.
Crawley hit back to reduce the deficit direct from the restart with striker Ashford beating goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski in a one-on-one situation to score on his debut.
The Lions began the second half on the front foot and substitute Jed Wallace shot wastefully over the crossbar before Smith and Jake Cooper came close with headers.
Smith – who finished last season as top scorer – was finally on target on the hour when he stooped to head in an accurate cross by Jed Wallace.
He looked set to score again shortly after but McGill denied him with a flying save and the keeper again saved well from Malone late on as Millwall ended the tie in complete control.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 5McNerneySubstituted forGalachat 79′minutes
- 23AshfordSubstituted forGermanat 66′minutes
- 8PowellSubstituted forSesayat 58′minutes
- 19WoodsSubstituted forWilliamsat 62′minutes
- 21MahoneySubstituted forBradshawat 72′minutes
- 20BennettSubstituted forWallaceat 45′minutesBooked at 66mins
Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Millwall 3.
Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).
Ricardo German (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.
Foul by Ryan Leonard (Millwall).
Tyler Frost (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Tom Dallison-Lisbon (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Tunnicliffe with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
Substitution, Crawley Town. Brian Galach replaces Joe McNerney.
Foul by Murray Wallace (Millwall).
Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Bradshaw following a corner.
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tom Dallison-Lisbon.
Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jed Wallace.
Substitution, Millwall. Tom Bradshaw replaces Connor Mahoney.
Offside, Millwall. Connor Mahoney tries a through ball, but Jed Wallace is caught offside.
Connor Mahoney (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Tom Dallison-Lisbon (Crawley Town).
Attempt blocked. Connor Mahoney (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Leonard.
Substitution, Crawley Town. Ricardo German replaces Sam Ashford.