Report: Millwall 1-0 Bournemouth

MARTYN Woolford headed Millwall to Championship safety with the only goal in a frantic final-day encounter with Bournemouth.

Woolford glanced home Owen Garvan's cross midway through the first half to ensure the Lions will be playing in the second tier next year.

Substitute Simeon Jackson twice went close to making it 2-0 but the hosts had goalkeeper David Forde to thank for making a string of fine saves to preserve their lead.

Results elsewhere saw Doncaster relegated, as Birmingham, who had started the day third from bottom, rallied from 2-0 down to draw at Bolton.

Having been stretchered off against QPR last week, Lee Martin dropped out of the Millwall line up and was replaced on the right flank by Steve Morison.

The Lions had the first shot on goal of the afternoon when Woolford chested down Steve Morison's pass and drilled a half-volley narrowly wide of the target.

Lee Camp then made another save to deny Woolford before Stefan Maierhofer's knockdown was scrambled behind by the Cherriers for a corner.

Yann Kermorgant's free-kick deflected behind at the other end but Millwall continued to create the better chances, with Morison hooking an effort over the bar from close range.

Morison hit the underside of the woodwork before Shaun Williams' ferocious drive was parried away by Camp as the Lions edged closer towards the opening goal.

And it duly arrived moments later when Woolford guided home Garvan's precise centre.

Millwall pushed for a second goal before the break but Maierhofer looped a header over the bar and sub Paul Robinson's effort was claimed by Camp.

When play resumed after the interval, Garvan's inswinging corner caused havoc in the Bournemouth area but neither Maierhofer nor Woolford could convert the loose ball.

Shortly after his introduction, Jackson seized on an error in the Bournemouth backline but failed to beat Camp from eight yards.

Scott Malone's stunning scissor-kick was tipped over by the Cherries stopper before Jackson again broke through, only to dink wide of the far post.

Forde made a vital stop to deny Andrew Surman and then palmed away  Tokelo Rantie's shot as Millwall survived a late rally from the visitors.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

48 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-0 Bournemouth

  • May 3, 2014 at 15:23
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    Ollie magic! Miserable possession today, but the recent results speak for themselves. We deserved to stay up and hopefully keep the core of a fighting Millwall side. COYL 2014/15.

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  • May 3, 2014 at 15:23
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    Just glad it's all over can now have a good light ale and look forward to next season.

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  • May 3, 2014 at 15:29
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    Great end, great belief by everyone to get the job done and thanks to the football group for keeping the faith and focus to do what they knew was possible. To the millwall family, luv you all, what a mob!!! Get on it tonight and savour what was a magnificent victory and climax to the season. F*** me, amazing feeling!!!

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  • May 3, 2014 at 15:30
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    P.S. Bailey was my Man of the match.
    IMMENSE.

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    • May 3, 2014 at 16:32
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      @wall2wall:

      Couldnt agree more. Forde Edwards and dunne outstanding for me too. Morison battled well imo too. Roll on 2014/15

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    • May 3, 2014 at 16:33
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      Couldnt agree more. Forde Edwards and dunne outstanding for me too. Morison battled well imo too. Roll on 2014/15

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  • May 3, 2014 at 15:32
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    I have to eat humble pie as I thought we were down a few weeks ago, and was totally depressed with the team. These last few weeks are a great improvement. Well Done to all at the Den.
    IH has now saved a club from relegation under his management Well Done
    Now the board are needed to back this improvement for the next season as I fear we'll struggle again if they dont
    Well done to ALL on hear for having more faith than me

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    • May 3, 2014 at 15:37
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      @aeojt: You are not the only one as I am also eating humble pie.I thought it was all over when we lost at Home to Brum.

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    • May 3, 2014 at 17:03
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      @aeojt: Save me a large slice, I too thought it was all over weeks ago but whether it was astute management, luck or divine intervention I couldn't give a t*** we are still in the championship and live to fight another day. Well done all, bloody great.

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      • May 3, 2014 at 17:27
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        @Sealion: not seen, or eaten, so much Humble Pie since the good old days of Steve Marriott. Yes, I did write Millwall off some time ago but am delighted to have been proven so wrong. I owe rather a large apology to Ian Holloway who has managed to turn us around, just in time. Lots of credit to the players who have shown immense heart and responded to the manager's need for organisation. It showed clearly today as when the team was under pressure they never lost their shape despite enforced substitutions. Special mention to Dunne and Forde, the latter having one of his best matches despite going walkabout near the end. Talking of Walkabout, a young Jenny Agutter comes to mind. Must be time to sign off until August...

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    • May 3, 2014 at 23:31
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      @aeojt: I'm with you on the humble pie, but my God, doesn't it taste good! I thought we were down weeks ago, but the last 8 games have been amazing.

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  • May 3, 2014 at 15:35
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    will all the Ollie sceptics please stand up now and be counted...lion where are you?..one of the biggest doubters of Ollie.what say you now ?

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    • May 3, 2014 at 16:22
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      @millwallbuilder: I for one have been a critic, but am pleased to have egg on my face now, much better than being relegated! Thanks for keeping us up lads, and Long Live the Lions of the Den.

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    • May 3, 2014 at 17:47
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      @millwallbuilder: I'm happy to eat humble pie. Millwall is bigger than any one person. There can be no denying he got off to a terrible start, but fair play, he got it right in the end, when it mattered. Grinning like an idiot!!!

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    • May 3, 2014 at 21:10
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      @millwallbuilder: I never doubted Holloway as the right man for 2nd or 3rd tier football. I was a supporter of him, but resigned to relegation and either I hang my head in shame or learn something from it. Now, I doubt the man even less now! I would not be surprised with a top 12 finish next season with a proper pre-season. 2nd tier club with a manager with a big name will hopefully attract interesting players.

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      • May 4, 2014 at 07:45
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        @SE14: never hang your head in shame. se14. you still have faith.

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    • May 3, 2014 at 22:09
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      @millwallbuilder: Right here drinking to the fact that we stayed up. 26 points in 22 games and taking us from 20th to 19th isn't exactly the stuff of legend is it? Unlike others, my humble pie is still firmly locked in the freezer. Being bottom on 25th March, where Holloway took us, to putting an eight match unbeaten run together when all was lost is a brilliant achievement by Holloway and the players and typical of his managerial record. By all accounts we are playing better football as well, which is good to hear. He kept us up and deserves the credit for that but I'll let you and others get carried away with his 'legendary' status in the euphoria of today. I'll be backing him 100% to keep us out of trouble next year and who knows Holloway and Millwall might just be a perfect fit but time and points on the board will tell, not just blind faith and optimism.

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      • May 4, 2014 at 01:31
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        @lion.ie: unbelievable lion!

        Still criticising? come on FFS lighten up and enjoy.

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        • May 4, 2014 at 07:49
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          @bonnie1272:bonnie you will spot this so called fan next season,the only one with a miserable mug when we win.

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        • May 4, 2014 at 11:20
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          @bonnie1272: You need to read the post again Bonnie, plenty of praise for Holloway in it but I'm stating the facts and not getting carried away, that's all. As for the other mug on this thread I can't be bothered.

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          • May 4, 2014 at 16:48
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            @lion.ie: you had plenty of time to come and pay me a visit as requested,at the lynn boxing club,on a post some time ago.but failed to turn up,spineless t***.

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  • May 3, 2014 at 15:42
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    BRILLIANT END OF THE SEASON, ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT SEASON ( BRENTFORD, ETC ) MILLWALL PLAYED WELL ENOUGH TO WIN, BUT WILL NEED NEW PLAYERS NEXT SEASON. SUE IS TIZZY, KEVIN & LEAH ARE DIZZY, JAMIE RITZY. NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN SIGNS OFF............SEE YOU ALL IN AUGUST 2014. ( TAKE CARE & HAVE A LOVELY SUMMER - BREAK EVERBODY.

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    • May 3, 2014 at 16:17
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      LETS GO LETS GO LET GO F****** MENTAL..WOT A TURNAROUND BRILLIANT...SAW MORISON DRIVING PAST THE PUB BIDDING

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  • May 3, 2014 at 15:49
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    I have nt been on here for weeks down to health issues.but to hear that at last everyone is backing the right man for the job now is fantastic.and what a platform for next season maybe promotion?who knows

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  • May 3, 2014 at 16:10
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    any one know how many tickets we will get at Fulham?

    Fulham down qpr lose playoff Orient win play off - six London teams next year yes - and we must beat Birmingham some time

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    • May 3, 2014 at 16:26
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      @timchimes: Christ, after all that we could have lost today and still stayed up!
      Next season off to a flying start please.

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  • May 3, 2014 at 16:13
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    Life with the Lions,

    Don't we just love it , worry about next year tomorrow.

    For today live is sweet, very sweet?

    BARMAN!!!!!

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  • May 3, 2014 at 16:19
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    I also have to apologise for not keeping the faith for a couple of weeks. After the Blackburn draw I was convinced we were toast.
    Full credit to Holloway. He came in, saw what was wrong and fixed it without ever losing belief in what he was doing, even when lots on this site were giving him grief.
    Next season will be a good one.

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  • May 3, 2014 at 16:33
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    Hopefully we could be looking at bigger gates at the Den next season with potentially more London Derbies and Wolves coming.

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  • May 3, 2014 at 16:43
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    Fantastic news ....I knew he could do it....all you haters can eat humble pie...super Johnny Marquis scored a goal....''happy days are here again''

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  • May 3, 2014 at 17:01
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    There will be plenty of sore heads to
    Tomorrow, enjoy tonight one and all and well done I.H and the lads, can't wait for next season already.

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  • May 3, 2014 at 17:06
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    Bristol Rovers out of the league - sad if you ask me - remember some good old battles with them - shows what can happen to a team of similar stature to us - Mildenhall in goal too - shame - proper team with history as opposed to Wycombe (not a real team) Watch them down Welling next year

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    • May 3, 2014 at 17:17
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      @timchimes:first opponents and last at the old den.went to eastville many a time and a few scuffles around temple meads station,proud club...I agree very sad

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  • May 3, 2014 at 17:08
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    one more point, how is that only 15800 if we have sold out - one block left empty lower Kitchener apart from that where is the other 4200 spaces -

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    • May 3, 2014 at 17:18
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      @timchimes: Always happens. Lower level in North holds about 1300, and the rest who knows. There were a few seats near me in Kitchener Upper free, but it was still great to see the Den rocking, its been awhile. I really hope IH gets backing, gets rid of the s*** and has a team he and we can be proud of next season. Probably Forde's last game today, and he made some great saves. Shame if he goes. Him, Bailey and I can't believe I am saying this, but Dunne were superb today. Also, give Edwards a year or two. Great pace and comfortable on the ball.
      Happy days are here again.................

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  • May 3, 2014 at 17:17
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    Gents don't forget yourselves in all the celebrations today! Massive applauds going out to everyone of you for your unwavering support and passion for our badge, which ironically was the main ingredient that was missing from the rag tag squad that was assembled this season to represent us, Through the darker half of the season your posts both managed to always make me smile whilst somehow well me up with pride and passion for our Wall, So much so in fact I'm breaking my silence and Blooding in and also ordering My season ticket for 24/15 season, ps Summers gonna be very exciting C.O.Y.L.s

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    • May 3, 2014 at 17:41
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      @Tinys Soul: we tinys soul we are back to being a club signing from same song sheet just goes to show the doubters what this club is about 48 years of supporting a very unique club and unique set of fans and Ian RIp he will smiling down in us .

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  • May 3, 2014 at 17:43
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    Hard to put into words, just how happy I am. We were as good as down after the Blackburn game - so to come back how we did is just simply magnificent. WELL PLAYED LADS, THE HARD WORK HAS PAID OFF!! It's been a hard season for players and fans - there were quite a few horror shows to endure - BUT WE DID IT!!! - THE GREAT ESCAPE!!!! On me way out now for a monster rack of ribs and several alcoholic beverages!! To all the millwall faithful, have a great night - eat, drink and be merry!! WE'RE ROCKIN ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!!
    Also, unlucky to the F.A. and their refs - you tried every trick in the book... but we're still here!! NOLU!!!
    p.s. MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL xxxxxxxx

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