Report: Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Millwall

MILLWALL suffered their sixth away league defeat of the season at Ewood Park.

Jordan Rhodes scored his 12th goal of the campaign to put the home side ahead but the Lions went in level at the break thanks to Martyn Waghorn's goal.

Ben Marshall headed in unmarked to restore Rovers' lead before substitute David Dunn made it 3-1 after Millwall failed to clear a corner.

Steve Morison pulled one back two minutes from time and could have grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser when the ball broke to him in the area, but his low shot was tame.

Unsurprisingly boss Steve Lomas named an unchanged starting XI at Ewood Park following the 2-1 win over Wigan last weekend.

An early Millwall corner was cleared only as far as taker Feeney, who swung the ball back in and Beevers' looping header dropped wide.

The Lions carved out a trio of half-chances in the 13th minute, first when Feeney missed his kick on the edge of the area before Martyn Woolford's shot was blocked and Morison glanced a header over.

But the visitors fell behind when Rhodes took advantage of Beevers' slip on a slippery surface to beat Forde with an angled drive into the far corner.

On the half-hour mark, Woolford's low cross was nearly turned it his own net by Scott Dann before Morison's appeals for a penalty were waved away after the striker was bundled over.

But Millwall equalised three minutes before the interval when Morison latched onto Trotter's inch-perfect pass and squared the ball for Waghorn, who squeezed his shot into the net at the far post.

The Lions were not level for long though as Ben Marshall ghosted in between between the two centre halves to head in Tommy Spurr's cross in the 48th minute.

And it took a full-stretch save from Forde to prevent former Den winger Chris Taylor from adding a third goal moments later.

At the other end, Woolford showed great strength to hold off the challenge of Adam Henley before seeing his effort tipped over by Simon Eastwood.

Morison's header was held by Eastwood before sub Jermaine Easter saw his snapshot inside the area blocked and bounce kindly into the arms of the 'keeper.

Referee David Webb should have stopped play when Dunne was caught by a high boot inside Blackburn's half, but the game continued and Forde denied Rhodes as the home side countered.

But from the resulting corner, Dunn nodded in at the far post after flick ons from Dann and then Rhodes as the Lions' set-piece woes continued.

Morison made it 3-2 when he bundled in Andy Keogh's corner but his clinical instincts eluded him in the second of five additional minutes as he spurned a golden chance to level.

Comments

  1. f*** off Lomas. 20 games in and we're still conceding bucket loads from corners. Get him out.

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  2. When you score two goals away from home you expect to get something out of the game. Strikers doing their job now. Sort that f*****g defence out because its costing us heavily. Set pieces again, does our defence have a problem with the simple task of jumping.

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    • peter2545 says:

      @potty1: in over 60 years of watching Millwall I have never seen so many comments about the defensive strategies of the manager or the lack of a application towards a defensive strategy...it saddens me to see such a poor defensive response when the attacking sides seems to function in an acceptable fashion

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  3. millwallgracie98 says:

    we were unlucky today sounds like it is the complete opposite to last season where our defence was the good thing and were lacking in the goals department this year it is the reverse.
    Well done Waggy goes out with a bang also well done Moro 3 in 3 keep that up lets put this behind us and look forward to beating Boro next week in front of the Sky cameras

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  4. bonnie1272 says:

    Well Steve, we kept the momentum going didn't we.

    Another away defeat,
    Another three goals shipped,
    And doubtless another poor excuse offered up by you very soon.

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  5. Micky Lions says:

    You just know we're going to lose when Waghorn scores. Saying that, there's a good chance we'll lose anyway.

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  6. woolwich lion says:

    f*** off LOMAS before you send us into league 1 you ginger vermin mug it's everyone's fault but yours same old b******* out of your mouth

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    • @woolwich lion:

      WELL, SUE AND I ARE GOING TO WATCH THE LEICESTER CITY [ HOME ] , WATFORD,
      DONCASTER ROVERS AND [ ASSUMING AS SEASON TICKET HOLDER, WE GET A TICKET ON MONDAY ] THE F.A CUP MATCH AT SOUTHEND UNITED.........................
      IF WE DON'T GETAT LEAST 3 OUT OF 4 WIN;'S FROM THESE MATCHES,
      I WE ALSO WILL JOIN THE PEOPLE LIKE WOOLWICH LION & ALAN .F TO CALL FOR STEVE
      LOMAS TO GET OUT OF MILLWALL FC IMMEDIATELY.
      ===============
      NEXT FOUR MATCHES THATS ALL FOLKS !!!!!

      " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
      THE STORM IS READY.....................ARE YOU LOMAS ?????

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  7. millwallbuilder says:

    if Morrison had not spurned a golden chance to equalise in the last five minutes we would have notched up a draw,and maybe the entries written on here would be different.back to the training ground for more intense work mr lomas. set piece mistakes must be eradicated.well done our strikers.

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    • timchimes says:

      I@millwallbuilder: I appreciate the positivity MB but to concede the amount of goals we do away from home means we can't ever win - if you can't win away then you put too much pressure on home games - we are now faced with another 'must win' game against Boro - who are good - it can't continue

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      • millwallbuilder says:

        @timchimes: I am afraid we will be touching cloth all season and will be in the position in the league that we are at the moment this is a knock on effect from last seasons efforts to juggle cup and league without achieving much.but we are hard to beat at home and boro will be no exception to the teams we have already met.morro has definitely got his shooting boots on and easter is probable to start so lets enjoy the home atmosphere with 3 points.but I agree with our defense or lack of it and to be honest I think fresh faces are needed in jan.

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        • timchimes says:

          @millwallbuilder: I hope you are right but what I see is another fretful atmosphere against Boro looming with nervous defenders who won't take responsibility - if it wasn't so predictable - at 1-1 half time you are just waiting for us to concede - the 1st ten minutes after the break has to be tight and we let in a goal on 47mins - why does this have to be? -

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        • harrythelion says:

          @millwallbuilder: yes you are right lets start with MR LOMAS

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    • @millwallbuilder: If our defence did its job we wouldnt have to rely on Moro or any other striker to try and nick something last minute.

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      • millwallbuilder says:

        @potty1: easter,woolford,and Morrison all had chances to score the latter having a good few chances along with waghorn , and millwall through and through dunne took a heavy contact lunge only to be replaced, by all accounts chris taylor should have received red for his wild challenge on dunne but all know refs and mfc realationship.as mention before I do think a couple of new faces are needed. in defence our options leave us vulnerable.shittu,beevers,robinson have been playing with injuries and the fullbacks must feel like the guards at buck house.the captain and goalkeeper should be calling the shots in their area prior to corners and set pieces.but it seems theres a breakdown in communication.

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  8. william250577 says:

    Why why you know are defence is sh** do something about it or we will be going down

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  9. southstand says:

    Another inept defensive array of defensive cockups how much longer are we going to have to suffer a back 4 unable to defend set pieces etc and a Numpty manager !!!

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    • @southstand: defending corners is the responsibility of the whole team, did either Robbo or Beevers lose their man or was it another players marker? Think about that before criticising the defence. Our midfield have been awful at tracking their markers, Chalobahs goal for forest a perfect example of Jimmy losing his man.

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      • timchimes says:

        @glyngo: yes - it is a team game and from everything I've witnessed Lomas doesn't understand the nuances of tactics - there simply is not enough discipline on the field - too many things are left to chance

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  10. les the lion says:

    Been to every home game this season and a couple of away trips too...... Can't understand how SL failed to see our defensive frailties. We lack pace at centre half but we still play shittu or robbo, and send Osbourne out on loan....get signing in January or we'll be hanging on from relegation. We look half decent everywhere else.... Coyl

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  11. Lincolnshire Lion says:

    Robbo ???????

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  12. maybe its time to look at Lowry at CB with Beevers that's why he was bought so lets start using him in his preferred postion cant do any worse than what we are already using

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  13. Taxi for lomas!

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  14. A tight knit game and very competitive between both teams. I think this is a case of win-some, lose some. We had our chances and another dodgy ref decision leads to a corner that should never have been. Still can't excuse defending the corner so poorly but gotta feel slightly cheated nevertheless.

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  15. Another home defeat and surely its got to be "merry Christmas and now f*** off son" or will JB never swallow his pride and do the right thing? Or is it going to take incessant chants of lomas must go in a peachy stylee to wake the board up?

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  16. Lomas out now things will not change with him in charge.!!!! BERMLION see you at all tge matches you mentioned .

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  17. Peckhamlad says:

    It was Danny Shittu that kept getting all the blame for the defensive frailties, more than like it was those around him that exposed him to errors. bring him back and sign a good CB before signing Waghorn. Easter will do a good job when given half a chance.

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