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Millwall edge into quarter-finals

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a man holding a football ball: Murray Wallace celebrates his goal for Millwall against AFC Wimbledon © Getty Murray Wallace celebrates his goal for Millwall against AFC Wimbledon

Murray Wallace's first-half header sent Millwall through to the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow.

Wallace's powerful effort in the fifth minute got Millwall off to an ideal start, just moments after Joe Pigott's near-post half-volley hit the post for the Dons.

a man holding a football ball: Wallace struck the winner in the fifth minute © Getty Wallace struck the winner in the fifth minute The League One side responded brightly after going a goal down, but it was Millwall who had the better chances in the second half to double their lead, with home goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale saving goal-bound efforts from Jed Wallace and Ryan Leonard.

Substitute Dylan Connolly was presented with a glorious opportunity to equalise for Wimbledon two minutes from time, but he smashed his close-range volley over the bar as the hosts saw their quarter-final dream fade away.

Millwall can now look forward to the draw on Monday night when they will find out their last-eight opponents.

Wimbledon started the fifth-round tie confidently. In the second minute, Toby Sibbick's cross was met by Pigott at the near post, but his driven strike clattered off the post.

a group of men playing a game of football: Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer saves a shot © Getty Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer saves a shot Three minutes later and Millwall dampened the atmosphere at Kingsmeadow. Leonard's whipped cross was met by the unmarked Wallace - who scored the late winner against Everton in the fourth round - to nod in at the far post.

Wimbledon were keen to respond quickly in a scrappy first half. Watford loanee Michael Folivi came close to scoring on the quarter-hour mark, but he toe-poked his effort wide after breaking free of two markers. Seven minutes later and Deji Oshilaja met Sibbick's fine cross at the far post, but he nodded it over.

a man wearing a blue shirt: AFC Wimbledon's Michael Folivi came close to scoring © Getty AFC Wimbledon's Michael Folivi came close to scoring The hosts continued to mount the pressure in search of an equaliser, and referee Jon Moss pointed for a Wimbledon penalty in the 69th minute when substitute Andy Barcham was brought down by Mahlon Romeo, but the linesman already had his flag raised.

Ramsdale was forced into making some fine saves a few minutes later. In the 75th minute, Ramsdale parried away a long shot from Jed Wallace and he then put out a strong arm to block a close-range Leonard shot with eight minutes left.

Wimbledon's big chance to take the game to extra-time fell to Connolly in the 88th minute, but - despite being unmarked - he fired his volley over the bar.

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Millwall have reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the third time in the last seven seasons of the competition - more than any other side from outside of the Premier League in that time.

AFC Wimbledon have never beaten Millwall in any competition, drawing two and losing three of their five matches.

AFC Wimbledon have lost more home games in all competitions this season than any other side in the top four tiers of English football (13).

Millwall have won two of their last four away games in all competitions (D1 L1), having won none of their first 12 on the road this season (D3 L9).

Millwall's Murray Wallace has scored in back-to-back appearances in the FA Cup, having failed to find the net in his first 10 in the competition.

Ryan Leonard provided the assist for Millwall's goal, his first goal involvement in 16 games in all competitions, since scoring against Norwich in November.

Man of the Match - Toby Sibbick

a man playing a game of football: Toby Sibbick impressed against Millwall © Getty Toby Sibbick impressed against Millwall The 19-year-old wing-back was a constant threat to Millwall's defence and delivered a number of dangerous crosses into the box.

Millwall's left flank of Ferguson and Wallace struggled to contain his pace and he also caused further confusion for the visitors with his driving runs into central areas.

What's next?

Wimbledon travel to Rochdale on Tuesday night for a Sky Bet League One fixture. Millwall, meanwhile, travel north to take on Derby in the Championship on Wednesday evening.

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