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Report: Brentford 3-0 Millwall

STEVE Lomas was given plenty to ponder after Millwall were well-beaten by League One side Brentford in their second pre-season friendly of the summer.

The Lions had been looking to build on their 2-0 win at Crawley Town last Saturday but goals from Sam Saunders, Paul Hayes and Stuart Dallas consigned them to defeat.

The Bees were forced into an early reshuffle when goalkeeper Simon Moore was replaced by Jack Bonham in just the eighth minute after landing heavily.

Danny Shittu's slip allowed Clayton Donaldson to get in a cross shortly afterwards but Sam Saunders, arriving late on the edge of the area, could only lift his shot over the bar.

In the 36th minute, Jake Reeves' long-range shot was held comfortably by David Forde, before ex-Millwall loanee George Saville fired narrowly wide.

At the other end, Forde's long kick up field was flicked on by Steve Morison to Jermaine Easter, who ran out of room as he attempted to round Bonham and knocked the ball out.

Easter was involved again shortly before half-time, latching onto James Henry's inswinging cross but diverting his header narrowly high and wide.

Stephen Bywater, John Paintsil, Karleigh Osborne, Nicky Shorey, Jack Smith and Liam Feeney came on for Millwall at the break, but they were 1-0 down within seconds of the restart when Saunders advanced to the edge of the area and rifled the ball into the far corner.

Morison went close to equalising in the 47th minute when his downward header from Feeney's corner was clawed away on the line by replacement 'keeper Bonham.

Easter, who had been one of the visitors' brighter sparks, then saw a shot on the turn deflected behind for a corner after Feeney's driven cross into the box.

But it was 2-0 seconds later when Hayes steered the ball beyond Bywater from close range – and he should have added a third when he raced through on goal in the 63th minute, but the striker fluffed his lines.

Lomas brought on trialists Lee Croft and Lee Cook, as well as Andy Keogh, Niall McManus and Jake Goodman, to freshen his side up, but they struggled to find their rhythm in the humid heat at Griffin Park.

And so it was little surprise when Bees substitute  Dallas made it 3-0 two minutes from time, passing the ball into an empty net after Bywater had parried Hayes' initial shot.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

29 thoughts on “Report: Brentford 3-0 Millwall

  • July 16, 2013 at 21:43
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    West Ham c***!!!! Sack Sack Sack! Ha

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  • July 16, 2013 at 21:46
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    Here we go again !!!!!! Same Shyte different day

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  • July 16, 2013 at 21:49
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    We should change our name to deadwood FC as we've got so much of it, 40% of our team is league 1/2 standard only !

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    • July 16, 2013 at 21:57
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      @mfcjon: Relax buddy. Pre season friendlies with trialists and multiple subs at half time mean very little. Nobody likes to lose naturally but I have seen pre seasons 6 nils against palace etc, means nowt!!!!

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  • July 16, 2013 at 21:50
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    what you mugs worried about? the first team that played in the first half didn't concede a goal.

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  • July 16, 2013 at 21:50
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    Early days. It's pre season.

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  • July 16, 2013 at 22:22
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    He left out N'Guessan tonight. It is going to take time to sharpen up the team and as already remarked all the goals came in the second half. It sounds as though Easter did well again good.

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  • July 16, 2013 at 22:33
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    Dont panic just yet, give the lads and SL a bit of time to jell and itll work out. I still believe that this is going to be a good season for the mighty WALL!!!

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  • July 16, 2013 at 22:41
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    I was disgusted by the abuse that SL got at the end by a few "fans". It was a poor performance , when Jack Smith is man of the match , you know you've struggled. However , it was only a glorified workout , no need to panic or sling insults in my opinion.

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  • July 16, 2013 at 22:45
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    I was disgusted with the abuse that SL got at the end by a few "fans". It was a poor performance , when Jack Smith is man of the match , you know you've struggled. However , it was only a glorified workout , no need to panic or sling insults in my opinion.

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    • July 16, 2013 at 23:12
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      @Block 8: Unfortunately you are always going to get the moaners no matter what. Pain in the butt.

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  • July 16, 2013 at 22:48
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    Keogh got a game, that may explain the DNG absence.

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  • July 16, 2013 at 22:50
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    DNG was in Paris, his wife was giving birth!

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  • July 16, 2013 at 22:52
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    What a load of wet spam s**** lol.
    Stevie lo will probably learn a whole lot more tonight than he did on Saturday. Oh we'll as long as he gets it right by league kick off time.

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  • July 16, 2013 at 22:54
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    Damn, if only we had a striker like Marlon Harewood maybe we would of scored......

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  • July 16, 2013 at 23:20
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    Maybe we should start playing our first eleven in these friendlies so we can get some chemistry going before AUG 3rd??

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  • July 16, 2013 at 23:50
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    Steve Lomas said afterwards: "First and foremost tonight was about protecting those players who you want to be playing for you at the start of the season.
    We were competitive in the first half but we couldn't afford to give those lads too much longer at this stage.
    That is one reason we've brought some extra bodies in to train with us and have a look at them.
    With so many changes and some unfamiliar faces in the second half we were quite disjointed and whilst you don't want to get heavily beaten it wasn't a total shock for those reasons."
    Makes perfect sense to me!!!
    Upwards and onwards

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  • July 17, 2013 at 00:54
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    It's pre-season and means nothing but this result may temper some of the wild expectation. Early days...

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  • July 17, 2013 at 01:05
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    SL will have learnt a lot from tonight - that we're a bit thin on the ground after the first eleven and we knew that already - and that's what friendlies are for - sod the result. Thought there would be an announcement on Chaplow today - anyone know what's going on?

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  • July 17, 2013 at 07:53
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    Chaplow has signed but he's not match fit yet, he needs a weeks training, he'll probably get a run out against the pikeys

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  • July 17, 2013 at 08:16
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    1) It's a friendly match
    2) Brentford only finished 7 places below us last season.
    3) We'd had 1 match in pre-season prior to last, Brentford hah already had 2 and both were part of a training camp in Germany. We'd be training in Warwickshire University.
    4) It's a friendly match.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 09:49
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    Do we want competitive friendliest, we do and that means possibly losing when you chop and change.

    Endless non events against sub conference teams are little more than training with different shirts.
    Brentford us edit as a confidence builder, Spurs drew at Swindon, will?evycalla board meeting?

    Get real.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 12:13
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    Friendlies are about building match fitness and getting players strong so that they can withstand the rigours of 90 minites of competitive football, the result is not unimportant but by no means the sole purpose. SL will be looking at how players adapt to styles and positions as well as attitude. Last night will have been a worthwhile exercise irrespective of the result. Changing the team at half time will naturally affect the performance, over the next few games, and they have scheduled additonal pre season games between Gills and Villa Chorizo, he will start increasing the game tim for the REAL first team players. That's when we should start paying attention.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 14:04
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    SL is testing the water, who stays and who goes, just a work out for us, and a cup final for Brentford . Could be the best team we've had for years.

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    • July 17, 2013 at 14:28
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      @mewall62:
      Agreed its a run around
      Easter and morison haven't had time to gel yet for a start

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  • July 17, 2013 at 19:26
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    Yeh ok it was a pre season kick about . . But 3 nil sort of cancels that excuse out . . On paper we should have p***** all over them let's be honest friendly or not

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  • July 17, 2013 at 21:39
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    LOMAS YOU GINGER C***!!!!! 😉

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