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 15:17
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    Thy kingdom come.

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  • 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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