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Report: Millwall 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers

MILLWALL survived a scare to reach the second round of the Capital One Cup.

A spirited Wycombe side ran them close at The Den but Matthew Briggs' first-half strike proved enough for the Lions to progress.

Briggs went from hero to villain when he was shown a second yellow card after the break – having been booked for removing his shirt whilst celebrating the goal.

The Chairboys had chances to draw level but Millwall used their nous and experience to see out the final half an hour with ten men.

Ian Holloway made seven changes to his starting XI, with David Forde, Alan Dunne, Scott McDonald and Jimmy Abdou the only surviving members of the side that beat Leeds.

In came Lee Gregory, Jermaine Easter, Magaye Gueye, Danny Shittu, Byron Webster, Josh Wright and Briggs as Holloway shuffled his pack.

With so many alterations made to the side, it was perhaps unsurprising that Millwall looked disjointed in the opening exchanges.

It took a diving David Forde save in the seventh minute to keep out Paul Hayes, whose first-time volley from inside the area looked goal-bound until the 'keeper's intervention.

And moments later, Paris Cowan-Hall rose above Briggs at the far post to head narrowly wide as the Lions continued to look unsettled.

In the 25th minute, Byron Webster's loose pass was intercepted by Sam Wood, who strode forward and unleashed a fizzing drive that Forde did well to claim at the first attempt.

An animated Holloway was clearly unhappy with his side's start to the match, gesturing furiously in the dugout, but he soon saw them take the lead against the run of play.

After a lengthy spell of Millwall possession, McDonald's clever flick found Briggs bursting into the area and he scored with a composed finish from a narrow angle.

Despite falling behind, Wycombe continued to create the better chances with a last-ditch Webster tackle preventing Wood from striking the equaliser.

Forde was called into action again on the stroke of half time to palm away Sido Jombati's effort and ensure the Lions went into half time with their advantage intact.

Millwall were forced into an early second-half change when Gueye went down with a shoulder complaint and was replaced by Fred Onyedinma.

Briggs was then given his marching orders by referee Andy D'Urso on the hour mark when he caught Jombati with a high boot.

D'Urso then turned down a Lions penalty appeal when Onyedinma went down in the box after appearing to be tripped by goalkeeper Matt Ingram.

Millwall actually improved after going a man down and nearly extended their lead when Gregory sent a curling drive inches over the bar from 20 yards.

Wycombe substitute Steven Craig spurned two headed chances in the dying stages but the visitors were left to rue their missed opportunities.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

27 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers

  • August 12, 2014 at 22:06
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    What formation did this side play and was it similar to Saturday's?

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    • August 13, 2014 at 07:48
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      @glyngo:Pretty much the same as Saturday but not as organised until the sending off. Ollie swapped Dunne from RB to CB after a while as I don't think Shituu or Webster could handle the pace when they got behind us. The new lads all looked good and solid I know it's silly but nice to see a bit of passion out of Briggs when he scored hopefully now he's got that frustration out of him and no doubt been bxllxcked he will settle down. The youngsters looked good in particular Fred and Powell. Shituu like a tank as usual not muck getting passed him but usual hoofing it into the stands. Ollie was going nuts for 2 3rds of the game due to 2 penalty shouts 1 of which was blatant and numerous free kicks 1 right on the edge of the box they were playing very dirty but how D'Urso is allowed to referee our club is beyond me he's a disgrace to football. NOLU WDC!!!

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  • August 12, 2014 at 22:07
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    Regardless if it's he's debut or not, fancy getting booked for celebrating a goal in the capital one cup first round. Silly boy, he's chances are going to be limited to start with. This will only make it worse for himself

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  • August 12, 2014 at 22:10
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    We know for certain two things from tonight.

    Desperately still need a goal scorer.
    Briggs needs to grow-up.

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    • August 12, 2014 at 22:54
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      @Longfield Lion: Agree Longfield, I think the problem is quality strikers cost big money.

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  • August 12, 2014 at 22:12
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    typical f****** Durso w***** . if he dont know already i thing ollie will let briggs know what an idiot he was removing his shirt. another win though COYL

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    • August 12, 2014 at 23:45
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      @DELBOY64:
      Although D'Urso is indeed a useless git the fact remains that he had no option but to book that idiot Briggs for his celebration and was absolutely right to give him another card for the foul - in fact it could even have been a straight red. So on this occasion, just for once, it wasn't bias on his part.

      And to be fair he did make their goalie push the ball back all of 18 inches for a late free-kick - his ineptitude isn't entirely down to bias but is also attributable to being an anal-retentive wee jobsworth

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  • August 12, 2014 at 22:18
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    Andy D'Urso is a p**** any way that ref hates millwall every time he's in charge of one of our matching he may as we'll be playing for the other team

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    • August 12, 2014 at 22:26
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      @ody: but we still won so f*** him

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  • August 12, 2014 at 22:18
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    Don't bode well for Saturday. Sort it out wall!

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    • August 12, 2014 at 22:25
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      @NO1LIKESUS: got nothing to do with Saturday - Blackburn lost to scunny and wolves lots at home to Northampton . so what? not to mention Brentford letting in 6 to the Daggers - different players , different mind-set on Saturday - will be very tough though - I'd take a point

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      • August 12, 2014 at 23:35
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        @timchimes: We will take all 3 points and it will be like a home game with 7'000 of us over there. Can't wait to climb aboard that boat at Greenwich Pier. Go on the super 'Wall.

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  • August 12, 2014 at 22:45
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    Nice use of the word 'nous'

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  • August 12, 2014 at 22:55
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    So how did Gueye fair tonight? Is his injury bad?

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  • August 12, 2014 at 22:58
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    The positives it seems were the good performance of Gueye before he went off and that Fred also equipped himself well. Keeping WW at bay with ten men was also a positive a season ago we would have lost this game. I agree with an above comment we do need another striker, its going to be a long season.

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    • August 12, 2014 at 23:48
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      @Peckhamlad:
      And Josh Wright played really well. Which may tend to confirm what many of us suspect concerning what level he should be playing at.

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  • August 12, 2014 at 23:01
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    To be fair on Brigg's I bet he looks good with his shirt off..

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  • August 12, 2014 at 23:25
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    Another win, we could start getting use to this.

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  • August 12, 2014 at 23:37
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    Was never going to be a classic. Forde spared our blushes tonight. Pity about Gueye who looked promising. Briggs is talented but very immature. I hope he got some home truths from Dunney afterwards & don't really want him in the first time until he bucks his ideas up. Jack Powell looked the best of the kids who came on. Job done with most key players rested for Fulham.

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  • August 12, 2014 at 23:41
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    Lets not try s*** Briggs off too much end of the day he scored the goal that made us win the game, it showed the goal meant a lot to him,,,he'll learn from his mistakes, he won't do it again. I'd rather it now then a leauge game.

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  • August 13, 2014 at 00:10
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    Really strange game tonight and very very flat but on the plus side Josh Wright was man of the match and showed that he is capable of playing the play maker role in a passing game. Scott McDonald is growing into the midfield role and he is much more positive on the pitch, lots of encouraging team mates and not berating them. Byron Webster is a decent footballer. Lee Gregory will get better and better and Jack Powell did well and looked lively. Tactically we are much more astute and everyone knows their roles. Olly changed the formation and roles several times and the players coped with it whereas in the two previous seasons we would have looked shaky.
    Negatives Briggs looks a decent player but was naive tonight. Easter is a striker and not a wide player. Josh Siafa looked nervous but did some good things. We look like we wanted to walk the ball in the net as opposed to hitting long range shots.
    But we are through to the next round and 10 games unbeaten. Roll on Saturday

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  • August 13, 2014 at 00:41
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    I'm annoyed about the silly sending off but In a strange way i feel happy he celebrated like that. Players know the card is coming out if you do that, but it must be pure passion and pride for yourself and your team to not even realise the punishment and just do it. All your hard work in training paid off when those w****r bookies write you off must be like a big buzz from a drug for that 30 seconds. You would forget the rules. If I sored my debut goal infront of my family and friends who are all millwall through and trough, I can't imagine my celebration. I might get banned for life. At the end of the day we won. So another confidence boost (which I think is important especially for players trying to break into the starting 11) they might not play week in week out but got the done the job, which is what they're paid to do. Ollie wants people to compete for positions and even his second team are makin plenty of chances and winning games. Making his job harder which is a good thing really. I'm sure Briggs has learnt his lesson. I feel guilty not goin now.

    Although I'm happy we are starting to see more players in the team score, yet again it wasn't a striker. I don't think we will be in a relegation battle, but just having one striker who can score 20 goals a season can save you from relegation. Bring on Fulham. I'm totally buzzing for it now. Having faith in a team that you know can play well bit might lose a game or too still makes you enjoy football. I haven't enjoyed te last two seasons at all. But the change is obvious. So win or lose Saturday against an ex prem team means nothing as I'm confident there's enough scalps to claim in this league to make it an exciting time to be a millwall fan

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  • August 13, 2014 at 00:43
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    Really how is Briggs at fault for taking off his shirt after celebrating his debut goal for his new club give him some slack FFs ill always stick up for a player who shows some guts and passion for the shirt. However that c*** durso is another matter. Seriously can anyone tell me why he is allowed anywhere near our club he is clearly a biased a******

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  • August 13, 2014 at 09:29
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    I went to the game last night and have to say I have mixed emotions. At the back we looked shakey, but going forward we looked great.
    Webster is a 6ft plus centre back who cannot win a header. Ollie realised that and swapped him with Dunney at RB where he looked worse as he was out of position. We brought him in from Yeovil as this so called next best thing - but lets not forget Yeovil did get relegated.
    Shittu looked poor as well. He looked sluggish and like he was going through the motions of just lumping the ball as hard as he can up the pitch, which doesn't seem to work with the way Ollie is getting the team to play. I say Goodman play in the pre-season and whilst he is young he looks strong and like he can win a header. Him alongside Dunney or Beevers is what I would like to see tested.
    Going forward I think Ollie has given Millwall an exciting style going all out attack and it is a pleasure to watch. Gregory is almost their. Once he gets confidence scoring his first goals I think he will keep on scoring. The youngsters who came on yesterday all looked like great talent and over the first half of the season I hope Ollie develops them. Whether that is bit parts in the first team or a months loan here and there at lower league clubs I don't mind. As long as they come back stronger wanting to represent the lions.
    Good luck with the season Ollie.
    COYL!

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  • August 13, 2014 at 10:17
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    I think that the game showed that the high tempo passing and pressing game only really works with with 100% commitment and Wycombe were unlucky not to get something out of the game. Millwall were better with ten men when they seemed to step up the effort and tempo.
    The biggest positive from the game was the performance of the Millwall youngsters all who acquitted themselves well but I thought Fred was outstanding showing real quality , creativity , strength and acceleration after he came on.

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  • August 13, 2014 at 11:06
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    I was there last night and agree that Wycombe were unlucky. If their finishing had been a bit better they could easily have been 1-3 winners. I thought Gregory did lots of running but too many balls were played over his head and were easy for the keeper to catch before he got there. Maggie looked good. I liked his battling for the ball and never-give-up attitude, plus the skill he showed. Hopefully he will be back soon. You can see why the likes of Malone, Edwards, Martin and Woolford were rested. They will be key players this season. I was disappointed Fred didn't start. He injected some energy back into us when he came on. Webster didn't really stand out for me, but it's early days.

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  • August 13, 2014 at 13:05
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    At least we won,that would have been a loss under lomas. Plus see how many championship sides went out last night. If people think things look bad for us how bad are things for the teams that went out?

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