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Report: Millwall 0-0 Nottingham Forest

MILLWALL were held to a goalless draw by table-topping Nottingham Forest.

The Lions created the better chances on a misty afternoon at The Den – with Martyn Woolford and Mathias Ranegie both going close – but were forced to settle for a point.

Forest, who have already scored 17 goals this season, were restricted to just two shots on target and found themselves on the back foot for most of the second half.

The result saw the hosts slip to 11th in the table but halt a run of two straight losses.

Reacting to Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to Reading, manager Ian Holloway made four alterations to Millwall's starting XI.

Shaun Williams was passed fit to start after recovering from a dead leg, while Jermaine Easter, Mathias Ranegie and Martyn Woolford also returned to the side.

Having hit five goals past Fulham in midweek, Forest made a confident start to the game with Michail Antonio troubling the Lions from the first whistle.

Carlos Edwards was the man tasked with marking the powerful winger but he had to be stretchered off after landing awkwardly in just the fifth minute.

Jimmy Abdou slotted in at right back with Ed Upson coming on to replace Edwards, who was clapped off by the crowd as he was taken down the tunnel.

In the 13th minute, Millwall had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Graham Scott after Easter was sent tumbling as he latched onto Ranegie's pass.

Mark Beevers made a vital buy authentic accutane online last-ditch interception at the other end to prevent Jack Hunt's cross from reaching in-form striker Britt Assombalonga.

Assombalonga then headed straight at David Forde from point-blank range but the former Peterborough star was flagged offside from Henri Lansbury's free kick.

Martyn Woolford nodded a half-chance into the arms of goalkeeper Karl Darlow before Forest defender Hunt limped off with an ankle injury shortly before half time.

The second period began with a flurry of bookings as Lansbury, Beevers and Michael Mancienne all saw yellow cards for late tackles.

When the game settled, Millwall established a grip on proceedings and Woolford flashed a low shot through a crowd of players and inches wide of the post in the 56th minute.

Ranegie then latched onto Williams' floated free kick into the box but the Watford loanee's instinctive effort went straight at Darlow, who saved well.

Beevers sent a downward header wide of the near post before substitute Ricardo Fuller tested Darlow with a low drive as the Lions continued to dominate.

Forest were intent on slowing the game down and Darlow was belatedly booked by referee Scott for time wasting.

The visitors came alive in the final ten minutes, with Atonio heading tamely over the bar and Assombalonga failing to turn home a cross into the box.

But it was Millwall who spurned the final chance of the match as Scott McDonald fed the ball through to Malone, whose side-footed effort lacked the power to trouble Darlow.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

25 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-0 Nottingham Forest

  • September 20, 2014 at 17:44
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    Well done Millwall.
    Only team to stop Forest scoring.
    A big point for me even if it was at home.
    That's 3 wins. 1 defeat and a draw against the top team from the last 5 at home.
    Signs that we are making the Den a tough place for teams to come and if we continue like that with the odd result away we will be fine in my opinion.
    Well done all.
    Hope Carlos wont be out for too long.

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  • September 20, 2014 at 17:46
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    As much as everyone is banging on about the need for a goalscorer, let's face it, if we are to have any success in this league it has to be built on clean sheets, especially for a club of our budget!

    Stopped the top goalscorers in England today, well done wall!

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    • September 20, 2014 at 20:42
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      Thought jimmy was class today , thought upson and Williams played well together in middle of the park ?

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      • September 20, 2014 at 21:38
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        @gman: Agree 100%. If Carlos is not fit, I would start with the team that finished the match next week. Really enjoyed today's game.

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  • September 20, 2014 at 17:57
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    Back in the pub...your having a laugh top of the league your having a laugh

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  • September 20, 2014 at 17:59
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    Great today against probably the team who will win the championship.
    Our need for a striker is now a must, as Fuller, Ranegie and Easter are not good enough.
    Obrien and Pavey to be given a chance perhaps ?

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    • September 20, 2014 at 18:48
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      @dpendet: Fuller was excellent , we need a winger and a goals order and about £5 million quid simple . I thought we played excellent football today and all the subs played their part as we'll.

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      • September 20, 2014 at 19:24
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        @Lincolnshire Lion: yeah I thought fuller was great when he came on , and top marks for jimmy and McDonald and Beevers thought they were great today , but for me jimmy was my mom

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      • September 20, 2014 at 21:07
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        @Lincolnshire Lion: fuller is s*** end of, won't score 5 goals this season, get a youngster from a top 5 prem team who is keen to learn and impress. Not journeymen s*** carts!!

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        • September 20, 2014 at 21:11
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          @dpendet: and where's the money coming from for a premiership striker

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          • September 20, 2014 at 21:34
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            @John: sorry mate, meant to say on loan

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  • September 20, 2014 at 18:11
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    Made Forest look ordinary. Well done to all, and their keeper made some blinding saves. The elusive striker..........if only!!!

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    • September 20, 2014 at 21:41
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      @beedoscores: Might be slagged off here, but I think Morison would do well in this team. I personally think Fuller has been a decent signing but can't last a match.

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      • September 20, 2014 at 22:43
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        @Adsy77777
        about morrison,funny you should say that half way through the second half i said to my mate 'this is crying out for morrison.
        So i will get slagged off along with you.

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  • September 20, 2014 at 18:16
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    Wasn't a great game but happy with a point. We were the better team today and could have won it. Still need more invention up top but cant complain, against a forest side although a few players out ,still the highest scorers, so we did well. Made asombolonga look ordinary and coped well at the back all afternoon. Well done Millwall.

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  • September 20, 2014 at 18:18
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    @DEPENDET : ah, do I detect a bit of positivity there mate, cos the other night you wanted our carrot crunching manager to f*** off even though we were very good for most of the game.now these high flyers couldn't. Even score against us,wer'e the only team to keep em out this term. So maybe our manager is better than you give him credit for eh.

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  • September 20, 2014 at 18:18
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    Forgot to say I thought we would get beat today so ill hold my hands up and admit I was wrong.

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    • September 20, 2014 at 18:32
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      @LETEMCOME: i slated forest of .got dislikes...FOREST SLAGS

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      • September 20, 2014 at 18:39
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        @Jim28: Must be some robin hoods on here. F**** em Jim.

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  • September 20, 2014 at 18:48
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    Beevers done very well today as did jimmy . F****** s*** Ref again ! SOMETHING HAS GOTTA BE DONE ABOUT THIS . Done his best to spoil my afternoon, Some of his decisions totally baffled me . Well done all .

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    • September 20, 2014 at 18:52
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      @DiggerWall: All refs hate us. No one likes us, especially refs. C*****.

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      • September 20, 2014 at 18:57
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        @LETEMCOME: Dont make it easier to swallow mate . F*** em all !

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  • September 20, 2014 at 18:49
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    Personally being a pessimist I thought we would struggle today. My heart sank when Edwards was stretchered off thinking that was the start of the end. However as usual I was pleasantly surprised. I have always liked Abdou but today he played out of his skin. He is currently on his best form yet with the club. The clean sheet is mainly down to him and Upson. A superb performance.

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    • September 20, 2014 at 22:14
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      I personally think fuller is good player , came on today and although he looks slow , he is intelligent and experienced . Won us a few deliberate corners today against their defence ? Only moan was Easter didn't do a good job marking jack c##t ( sorry hunt ) . And wooly drifted out the game as game went on .

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