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Report: Fulham 0-1 Millwall

MARTYN Woolford hit the winner as Millwall maintained their 100 percent start to the new season with a 1-0 victory over recently-relegated Fulham.

Woolford volleyed home Ricardo Fuller's cross after just 11 minutes to put the Lions ahead – and they defended manfully after going in front to seal the three points.

Scott Malone and Magaye Gueye spurned chances to increase the lead but Ian Holloway's side were hanging on at times and were grateful to David Forde for a string of saves.

Millwall were unchanged from their opening-day win over Leeds United, though midfielder Nicky Bailey was able to return to the bench after a calf strain.

Fulham manager Felix Magath made four alterations to his XI on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Ipswich as the former Premier League side went in search of their first win after relegation.

The Lions had some early defending to do as former Arsenal midfielder Thomas Eisfeld tested David Forde with a low fourth-minute drive.

Forde could only parry Eisfeld's effort as far as George Williams but the 18-year-old skewed the rebound high and wide from 18 yards.

But Millwall broke the deadlock on their first meaningful attack when Fuller whipped in a teasing cross from the left flank and Woolford converted from close range.

Jimmy Abdou then lofted an awkward effort over the bar after good work from Woolford, Fuller and McDonald as the Lions grew in confidence.

After Alan Dunne's superb recovery tackle denied Hugo Rodallega a clear run on goal, Lee Martin was foiled at the other end by a very tight offside decision on the half-hour mark.

Malone went close to scoring a stunning second goal when he hit a dipping half-volley from the edge of the area that Joronen did well to palm over the bar.

At the other end, Forde scrambled Cameron Burgess' header behind for a corner before a frustrated Scott Parker drilled a long-range effort into the stands.

Fulham responded at half time by introducing £11million signing Ross McCormack from the bench and he teed up Rodallega for the first effort of the second period.

But when Millwall sliced open the home defence in the 56th minute, they should have doubled their lead.

Scott McDonald found Malone with an inch-perfect pass and the left back tried to squeeze a low shot inside the near post, only to be thwarted by Joronen's outstretched leg.

Forde then made another superb save to preserve the Lions' advantage, smothering McCormack's drive from a tight angle.

And Rodallega must have thought he'd equalised when his low shot beat Forde – but Dunne made a vital goal-line clearance.

Exciting Fulham substitute Patrick Roberts became the latest player to be denied by Forde in the 75th minute after darting through Millwall's midfield and letting fly from 20 yards.

But for all the Cottagers' pressure, the Lions had a golden chance to seal the win when sub Magaye Gueye burst through on goal, but he fired tamely at Joronen.

One goal proved enough, however, as Holloway's side continued their perfect start to the campaign, having already beaten Leeds and seen off Wycombe in midweek.

Fulham: Joronen, Hoogland, Stafylidis, Bodurov, Eisfeld (Roberts, 61mins), Parker, Rodallega, Christensen (McCormack, 46mins), Williams (David, 78mins), Hyndman, Burgess.

Millwall: Forde, Edwards, Malone, Dunne, Beevers, Williams, Abdou (Gueye, 78mins), Martin, McDonald, Woolford (Bailey, 61mins), Fuller (Easter, 72mins).

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

15 thoughts on “Report: Fulham 0-1 Millwall

  • August 16, 2014 at 18:10
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    Proud of you Millwall.

    MIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLL!!!!!!

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  • August 16, 2014 at 18:21
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    Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilllllllllllllllllll! 3 points always tastes great! Onwards and upwards

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  • August 16, 2014 at 18:25
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    confidence breeds CONFIDENCE, keep it up lads!

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  • August 16, 2014 at 18:25
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    Great result. Gutted to be missing the first 3 games on one of the most exciting early seasons I can remember.

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    • August 16, 2014 at 18:27
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      @char: agree living in Lancashire could not there nerves shot to pieces listening great show from all of them confidence must be sky high keep it up lads

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  • August 16, 2014 at 18:31
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    Great result lads, and with our potential top goalscorer on the bench. Another six points by this time next Saturday. Coyl.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 18:32
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    Unbelievable start to the season. 7 days in, 3 matches, 3 wins, 3 clean sheets, the team and manager's hard work and solidarity through the summer is really paying off now.

    Amazing to look at some of the star performers too - KJ and SL players that we had written off are like new signings under Ollie's regime. His new additions are virtually fringe players at the moment but make the squad really strong and give him loads of options.

    Don't want to speak too soon and put the mockers on it but this is what happens when you give a manager the freedom to do things his way.

    When IH left palace people were saying he'd lost it, he said it was because they wouldn't allow him to do things his way - looks like they've made the same mistake again with Pulis - their loss, our gain!

    After missing these first three games while on holiday, I'm looking forward to seeing them in action at last on Tuesday at Hillsbrough. COYL!

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  • August 16, 2014 at 18:34
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    2 nd in the league!!!!! And 12 unbeaten superb effort by the sound of it today wish i was there

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    • August 16, 2014 at 18:48
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      @bazzer: 13 counting the cup! The cycle of regeneration is well underway.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 18:43
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    Can we finnish the season now? we are going to take the bookies to the cleaners.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 19:20
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    Wow the Lions fans were rocking today at Craven Cottage.
    Very good first half performance and deserved lead.Fulham had a lot more of second half (as you would expect) but Millwall stood firm.I thought we gave the ball away a little too much second half but we had two good chances to kill game.
    There is a real believe in the players and if we can add a forward who knows what we could achieve.

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  • August 16, 2014 at 19:41
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    quality play by Fuller for the cross

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  • August 16, 2014 at 19:50
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    My ears are ringing the noise we made was incredible at times. From the very back of the stand our support was superb as the Lions roared to a well deserved win. Great start to the season, in Ollie we trust!

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  • August 16, 2014 at 20:52
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    Brilliant beyond belief, could not be there but what a difference from last season! Team full of confidence a great subs bench and it wont be long before players like Gregory and Gueye will be getting on the score sheet. Magnificent!

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  • August 16, 2014 at 21:02
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    Can't believe my eye's this evening --- A remarkable win Well done the Lads --- Keep this up and I'll have to re-appraise my end of season league position ---- Truly amaising result great

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