A bit of a damp squib overall. The tie perked up considerably after the break, chances were more easily came by, but neither side had the composure and poise to capitalise. Which may be a reflection of the current form of both, as well as the understandable nerves attached to a Cup quarter-final such as this. Millwall were the better, more threatening side and will be displeased at not having won it, but they may yet fare better away from The Den, where their recent form has not been good. Blackburn's creative players will hope to show more of themselves on Wednesday too after their team somewhat toughed it out here.
So that's that. Now you can go straight over and follow some Big Red football, at Old Trafford, where Daniel Harris is MBM-ing the final quarter-final, and/or at Anfield, where Gregg Bakowski will talk you through Liverpool v Spurs. Thanks for all your emails. Bye.
And that's it. We're off to Ewood in midweek after the first ever draw between these sides, fact fans
David Dunn finds Jordan Rhodes with a fine curling cross, the striker having peeled away from his marker smartly, but he can't quite connect with his head properly and his effort drifts wide.
There'll be three minutes' added time. "I should add Congrats to Leanne and Tom! X" follows up a sheepish Christopher Lee from his presumably-just-about-still-friends' wedding.
Millwall continue to press. They're playing some good, bustling attacking football now, but time's running out. Keogh sparks another melee when he's penalised for handball as he goes down in the box with the home fans shouting for a penalty. There's a 'wee bit of nonsense' and Hanley is booked. Free-kick to Rovers. Danger averted.
Some emails, and explanations for previous radio silence: "I'm stuck in church listening to a sermon on sex," explains Richard Smith. "God, get me out of here." Christopher Lee is similarly indisposed: "At a wedding, sneaking glances at mbm. Probably a good Job no one has scored. Wouldn't want to jump up and scream C'mon Rovers at an unfortunate moment!"
Are you both at the same place?
The crowd are ramping up the noise now, as they sense both a greater chance of a goal, and time running out. Danny N'Guessan is the latest Millwall player to go close, picking the ball up on the right, manouevring into space for the shot but sending an angled effort a tad too high and wide.
Millwall win a corner when Beavers chests a cross behind, with home fans yelling for a handball. Taylor's cross is headed clear but sent back to him and his next delivery, low from the by-line needs to be scrambled away. Then Shittu has another good low shot from the next attack, and Hulse can't quite do enough with the rebound. Serious pressure from Millwall now.
A long ball forward finds Hulse in the middle of the penalty area. He brings it down well, and turns but is blocked, and lacks support from team-mates. But Millwall are stretching it now, but Dunne wastes the next move with a sloppy misplaced pass on the right-hand edge of Blackburn's area.
This has been a considerably better second half. Still messy and niggly, but a goal looks much more likely. And yet not one of you has emailed now for about 20 minutes. Tsk. You're worse than those fans at the Emirates they always show walking out with 35 minutes to go. Come back, all of you, it's getting better. Honest
Jordan Rhodes is playing a bigger part now, dropping back a bit to pick up the ball on the edge of the area, turn and shoot and it's deflected behind for a Rovers corner. Dann nods the corner back across the area and it's headed ONTO A POST! And cleared.
Blackburn grow into the game again. They have two corners, the first of which doesn't clear the first defender and is headed behind for the next one, which Pedersen floats tantalisingly just beyond the keeper but, alas for him, just beyond any team-mate's firm connection too.
If this goes to a replay, it'll take place this coming Wednesday. Would this the first time for about 20 years that an FA Cup replay is staged within a week of the original fixture? Is police manpower able now, at last, to cope with the short notice?
Bentley tries some trickery on the right for Blackburn, but Millwall and their fans are having none of it, and possession is lost. The ball comes back in for Rhodes, who turns and looks to have a half-chance, before an flag for offside denies him.
It's sleeting at The Den now. Proper grim-down-south weather. Do Blackburn still fancy it? They have a free-kick midway into Millwall's half, which Pedersen floats in, but it's headed clear. As usual.
Another decent move from Millwall, Dunne sending a searching cross in from the right that is flicked wide.
Millwall are still winning the midfield battle, figuratively and literally, for all that Rovers have shown slighly more verve since the interval. Taylor's raking long cross is punched clear, Blackburn clear but can't keep it. Shittu punts another long ball forward but this time there's a foul on the keeper and the danger is over.
Keogh mis-hits wildly wide from 20 yards after Dunne's knockdown. Millwall might have cause to start worrying that they've not made their chances count. There's a certain "One of those days" feeling beginning to creep in.
Another Millwall miss! A fine ball from Smith finds Keogh on the right whose volley plays in Hulse, unmarked, but he snatches his shot and sends it over. He really should have scored there. It's livening up now, and that was a decent piece of football from the home team.
Great save! From nowhere, Danny Shittu hammers a speculative effort from 45 yards out that Kean needs to stretch to tip over, but the corner comes to nothing. That was a terrific effort from Shittu, and sharp thinking too.
Blackburn are pressing now, and get a corner, which Bentley strokes low to Pedersen on the edge of the area, but he belts it stupidly high. A waste. Again.
Pedersen's free-kick worries Millwall's defence and provokes half-hearted appeals for handball from the Rovers fans as it pings about in the box, but the move peters out in its second phase, if I may import a fitting rugby phrase, and there's another free-kick to Millwall.
Dear Lord, there have been a lot of fouls in this game. And inevitably we have another booking, this time for Lowry for a foul on Bentley. Blackburn have improved though.
My colleagues, only watching out of the corner of their eyes, seem to suggest this has been agreeably feisty. But a man cannot live on feist alone.
Both sides are still knocking it long. Keogh tries his luck from distance but it lacks power and accuracy and Kean collects easily enough.
In mitigation, it should be said that the conditions - windy and wet - look awful, which is one reason why the teams should be keeping it down a bit more.
And a big Blackburn miss! A ball across the home box reaches Jordan Rhodes, who has space to swivel and find sight of goal but he hammers an angled shot high. You'd expect more from him. And now the substitute Orr has taken a knock and is replaced by David Dunn.
And hopefully poised to give us a better second half.
Well that was a desperately disappointing first half. Millwall have undoubtedly been the more purposeful and threatening side, making better use of the flanks and at least getting some crosses in, even if it's hardly been refined stuff. They would have deserved the lead had Keogh's header gone in rather than rebounded back off a post. But both teams look what they are at the moment: out of form, and still getting to grips with tactical and injury-enforced reshuffles. I'll be back in a bit for the second half.
We've got two minutes additional time.
Blackburn aren't really being allowed to play, or finding the poise and possession to play, at all here. Rhodes is the best finisher on the pitch but he's barely seeing any action, Which might be way the likes of Bentley, hassled out of possession again on the near touchline, are rattled.
MILLWALL HIT THE POST! A good header from Keogh from a fine teasing cross in rebounds off Kean's left-hand post, rolls almost along the line and is cleared. This is more spritely.
More long balls, more fouls. David Bentley's riling the home crowd with his physical and verbal endeavours.
"Millwall deserve some success this season - never thought I'd say that," says Rich Simcox, a West Brom fan exiled in south London, "for their outstanding principled support for the Save Lewisham A&E campaign."
Alas, both teams' football thus far has been about as coherent as the government's health and social care bill.
Millwall's Chris Taylor, who can be a threat wide on the left, finds space on the left and beats his man before sending a half-decent cross in. But Kean - not the beleaguered former Rovers boss - gathers again.
Substitution: Bradley Orr is on for the injured Henley
The Millwall stalwart Alan Dunne sends another low half-volley from distance wide. The home side are definitely on top at the moment.
"I think the fact that everytime you write 'Kean punches', or 'Kean saves'" says Matthew Loten in an email entitled "They found a better position for him." "I'm imagining Steve Kean flinging himself about in the Blackburn goal, is about the only entertainment this game has offered so far."
DISALLOWED. The ball is in the net, from a menacing Millwall corner, but is ruled out for a foul on the keeper by N'Guessan. But the delivery caused problems. Millwall get their tails up and Trotter escapes down the right in a subsequent attack but his delivery is too close to the Kean, who gathers.
As someone with a lifelong antipathy to sneering at lower division sides, and a more recent one to sneering at the FA Cup, this really isn't what I was hoping for here at all. Both teams appear to have brought their recent indifferent form into this one.
This sparks a reaction from Blackburn, as Best wins a free-kick just outside the area after being hauled back chasing a long ball forward. David Bentley slams it pitifully into the wall though, and in the aftermath there's some more melee-ing and temper-fraying and the Millwall keeper Forde is booked for remonstrating, along with Blackburn's Olsson. There's commitment here, but little shape, as yet.
Kean has to punch clear again from another raking long free-kick, and we have the beginnings of some proper Millwall pressure, but another cross fails to cause much threat, and Blackburn escape.
Then Liam Trotter finds some space just in front of Blackburn's defence, advances and curls a decent shot wide. A chance, at last.
More overhit free-kicks as Dann returns to what we might just about still call "the action". We're still waiting for our first serious opportunity. Dunne admittedly sends in a probing cross for Millwall that Kean has to punch clear at a stretch, but that's all at the moment.
A bit of a kerfuffle as Hulse clatters Dann in the head going for an aerial ball deep in the Rovers half - looks quite a nasty cut to the eye. He's being treated on the touchline, and Blackburn are temporarily down to 10 men.
Millwall's fans start that "Miiiiiiiiiiiiilllllll" thing, to alleviate the boredom, and perhaps the nerves. But neither side are able to bring their attackers into the game properly. Jordan Rhodes in particular looks to be champing at the bit but isn't getting anywhere.
It's all free-kicks and throws going nowhere at the moment, epitomised by Morten Gamst Pedersen just belting one from the halfway line high and wide towards the lower tier of the Cold Blow Lane stand.
An email, from Travis Giblin: "Living in Canada I don't get to see many games invovling Championship clubs so I'm looking forward to this Millwall Blackburn game. Granted QPR was on yesterday..."
That joke might have worked better a couple of weeks ago.
A moment of promise from Millwall. Trotter lays it wide to N'Guessan on the left, but he massively overhits the cross and it flies out for a throw-in. But we're still scrabbling around for some fluency here.
All-important tactical correction: Millwall look to be playing a 4-3-3, with Keogh and N'Guessan wider. Whatever, neither side have particularly settled in possession yet.
Millwall get a free-kick out on the left in an attacking position. Chris Taylor curls it in but it's comfortably cleared. It's a scrappy but sparky opening.
Blackburn's star striker Jordan Rhodes escapes in behind Danny Shittu into the Millwall area and has a half-chance to flick it past the keeper but the home side clear.
Both sides are set out in 4-4-2, and Millwall kick us off, attacking towards the end were Blackburn's fans are. And they have an early attacking throw, which is wasted as Danny N'Guesan dribbles it out for a goalkick.
There's more than 20,000 inside The Den, we're told, and the atmosphere is crackling, as it should at this stage of the competition. And we're ready to go.
Looks like the ESPN crew have folded up their souped-up picnic table and retreated into the warm for this one. If it's good enough for Alfreton v Orient, why not this one? Meanwhile, Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen says that "player-wise, this tie is quite sexy", in his pre-match interview.
Discussion about the absence of the erstwhile Blackburn captain, the veteran Danny Murphy, from the entire Blackburn squad. Scott Dann, formidable in the win at Arsenal, leads the side instead.
Millwall's goalkeeper David Forde is wearing a Save Lewisham Hospital t-shirt in his pre-match interview. Would Fifa or Uefa fine him for that?
Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Jack Smith, Trotter, Chris Taylor, N'Guessan, Hulse, Keogh. Subs: Maik Taylor, Marquis, Feeney, Adam Smith, Abdou, Osborne, Saville.
Blackburn: Kean, Henley, Dann, Grant Hanley, Markus Olsson, Bentley, Lowe, King, Pedersen, Rhodes, Best. Subs: Sandomierski, Orr, Givet, Dunn, Nuno Gomes, Rekik, Goodwillie.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
Afternoon everyone. So all-pervasive is the cliche that "teams don't care so much about the Cup anymore" that there's been much talk that even this all-Championship tie could be something of a distraction for two sides who can't quite yet banish anxieties about dropping into League One. But we'll have none of that nonsense here. It's a quarter-final, there's Wembley at stake. It matters.
Millwall have their sometimes formidable home advantage with them, but might be considered underdogs here, given their poor form since the turn of the year. They've raised their game in the Cup though, seeing off a hapless Aston Villa in round four, and then disposing of non-league Luton in more clinical fashion than many expected. They've also won stereotype-defying brownie points lately by their support for the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign. Everyone likes them (and their sense of social responsiblity), they care.
Blackburn caused the shock of the round last time with their win at Arsenal, and given the managerial and off-field circus that has dominated stories about them in the past 12 months, this Cup run has come as something of a tonic for them and their third manager of the season, Michael Appleton.
• This is the first FA Cup quarter-final not to feature a top-flight side since 2008, when West Brom beat Bristol Rovers 5-1
• Millwall have lost just two of their last 18 FA Cup games at home, winning 11 and drawing five
• Blackburn Rovers are one of only two sides yet to concede a goal in the FA Cup; the other is Manchester City
• This is Millwall's sixth appearance in the quarter-final; they have won two of their last five. It's Blacburn's 16th, and they have won eight of their previous 15 sixth-round ties
In the meantime, here's our preview of today's quarter-final at The Den
Alan Dunne is one of only two members of Millwall's current squad who was at the club for their FA Cup final appearance in 2004 and still carries the disappointment from the 3-0 defeat by Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium. So the chance to banish the ghosts of nine years ago and reach the climax of the competition edges closer with Sunday's quarter-final against Blackburn at the Den. Victory would set up a Wembley semi-final for the 30-year-old defender who has been a fixture in the Millwall side over recent years but was an unused substitute for the showpiece event against the 11-times winners.
However, Millwall have won only once in the league since New Year's Day and have lost their past three home matches, meaning Kenny Jackett's side have slipped out of the play-off picture. Dunne draws comparisons with the season under Dennis Wise, when players had one eye on the Cup run and were determined not to miss out on the chance to face United.
"It is a very similar season to 2004, our league form dipped at the time," said Dunne. "Players were on eight or nine yellow cards and were worried about injuries and it did affect our league form."
A 2-0 home defeat to struggling Wolves on Tuesday night was not the ideal preparation for the visit of Blackburn and Dunne thinks the current crop of players may be having similar thoughts to those of the 2004 squad.
Read more here.