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Report: Millwall 3-3 Wolves

MILLWALL produced a heroic comeback from 3-0 down to salvage an unlikely point against Kenny Jackett's Wolves in an absorbing six-goal thriller.

Former Den boss Jackett was set to cause an upset on his old stomping ground as his side opened up what looked an unassailable lead with only 25 minutes remaining.

The visitors went in front before half time when Danny Batth scored from a corner and then two goals in four minutes after the break seemingly put the result beyond doubt.

First, Ethan Ebanks-Landell bundled in from close range after James Henry's set piece struck a post before Bakary Sako rifled in a free kick over the head of David Forde.

But Lee Gregory pulled one back with a composed low finish and then substitute Ricardo Fuller crashed in a half-volley to reduce the deficit to one.

And with three minutes remaining, sub Lee Martin fired a pass into the feet of Fuller, who span on the edge of the box before drilling inside the near post to spark wild celebrations.

That wasn't the end of the drama, however, as Shaun Williams was shown a straight red card in the eighth minute of stoppage time for tripping the goal-bound Lee Evans.

Millwall were unchanged from their 0-0 stalemate at Derby County before the international break, with Aiden O'Brien making only his second league start for the club.

The visitors, meanwhile, dropped Richard Stearman and Scott Goldbourne from their back four after a run of eight goals conceded in just three games.

As expected, Jackett received a standing ovation from the home crowd when he appeared on the touchline for the first time of the afternoon.

His side nearly fell behind in the fourth minute when Millwall won the ball back high up the field before Scott McDonald sliced a half-volley over the bar.

Williams then attempted an ambitious chip from a free-kick on the halfway line which only just cleared Carl Ikeme's crossbar.

The Lions were doing most of the early pressing and in the 20th minute, Richard Chaplow's corner evaded Gregory before curling inches wide of the far post.

But it was the hosts took the lead from a set-piece opportunity at the other end.

There was some debate as to whether Matthew Briggs' clearance had in fact gone out for a throw in but Sako whipped in the corner and Batth converted from eight yards.

Millwall responded well to the goal and after McDonald's drive was tipped behind, Gregory stabbed the ball through to Jimmy Abdou who side-footed wide with the goal gaping.

Five minutes before half time, Gregory was tripped as he turned on the ball inside the area but referee Darren Drysdale waved away the hosts' penalty appeals.

After the restart, O'Brien cut inside from the left flank and shot into the arms of Ikeme before McDonald's header from Gregory's cross bounced off the post.

But quick-fire goals from Ebanks-Landell and Sako put Wolves in a commanding position and prompted a mass exodus from the stands.

Gregory's 67th minute strike looked to be little more than a consolation until Fuller collected McDonald's knock-down and swept a half-volley into the top corner to make it 3-2.

It should have been 3-3 when sub Lee Martin picked out the run of Gregory with an inch-perfect cross, only for the striker to stab the ball over the bar from inside the six yard box.

There was still time for another Millwall chance, though, and it came when Martin's pass found Fuller, who turned as he controlled the ball before drilling a shot beyond Ikeme.

In the eighth minute of added time, Wolves sprung a quick counter attack and Williams was left with no choice other than to bring down Evans, who was through on goal.

From the resulting free kick, Forde produced a strong one-handed save to keep out Sako and ensure the Lions enjoyed a share of the spoils.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

21 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 3-3 Wolves

  • October 18, 2014 at 17:35
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    What a result!!

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  • October 18, 2014 at 17:42
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    What a turn round,wow! COYL!!!

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  • October 18, 2014 at 17:46
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    I want to be angry about our defending but what f****** spirit we showed to turn that around!
    Gregory is starting to look a real player and Lee Martin showed the type of composure/delivery we've been missing, add that to the spine of our team with the likes of Forde and Williams, I honestly believe we are 1 or 2 players/positions away from being a very solid outfit at this level.

    As for Williams, that tackle at the end was the best piece of defending in the game!

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  • October 18, 2014 at 17:47
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    That was a proper game of footie !!! Pleased with the comeback,pleased that our goals were all scored by strikers and i believe Gregory will score plenty more this season if we feed him....

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  • October 18, 2014 at 17:56
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    Un f****** believable, I'm still shocked! I can't remember the last time we produced a comeback let alone from 3-0 down... and what an opponent to do it against! We should of won but still, well pleased with the result COYL

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  • October 18, 2014 at 17:57
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    Yes, our defending was awful in patches, but at times we did play well with great
    spirit for the comeback. The two strikers on the pitch livened us up eventually.
    But Jacket ain't learned anything about defending since leaving us, hideous,
    and his team were very much Hoofballing it. Lucky to go 0-3 up.

    Gregory starting to find his feat, and Fuller really does put in a shift.

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    • October 18, 2014 at 19:24
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      @lowdown: Yep Wolves were very lucky, neither of their goals from the corners were clean and their 3rd was freakish.. all against the run of play.... Plus a stone wall pen not given and Macca hitting the post - it looked like it wasn't our day, but in the end, a well deserved point and great spirit to come back! Credit to Ollie - 3 good subs - Malone pushed up to winger... Martin, first game back from injury and put in a solid performance.... Fuller, 2 goals - nuff said - I'm starting to think Ollie's been reading NAD! Special mention of Gregory as well - isolated for a lot of the game - but when he did get the chance, he took it. Unlucky not to score our 3rd and very nearly got an assist to Macca.. Deservres his place in the starting 11.
      YOU ARE MY MILLWALL - MY ONLY MILLWALL - YOU MAKE ME HAPPY - WHEN SKIES ARE GREY...... COYL!!!

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  • October 18, 2014 at 18:00
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    Proud!!

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  • October 18, 2014 at 18:03
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    Up yours who went home early stay to the end

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    • October 18, 2014 at 18:09
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      Well mate we were playing awful at 3-0 down so thats why I left. Had more possesion and dominated the game but couldnt score unlike Wolves did despite them not doing anything the whole game.

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    • October 18, 2014 at 18:11
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      Well we played awful at 3-0 down so thats why some of us left early. We dominated the game but couldnt score unlike Wolves despite them doing nothing the whole game.

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  • October 18, 2014 at 18:06
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    I dont know what to feel at the minute, I left the game when we went 3-0 down. I'm happy but absolutely gutted I couldnt see the comeback. Onwards and upwards COYL!!!

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  • October 18, 2014 at 18:08
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    Can't think of another turn around like this for many a long day.

    Back at the old den with 'Arry scoring the winner against Sheffield Wednesday

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  • October 18, 2014 at 18:33
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    Fair play to fuller. Takes a lot of s*** from people who are clueless, so glad to see him shut some people up.

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  • October 18, 2014 at 19:00
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    I have some things to say about today. No way should that have been 3-3. I don't think we defended bad enough to concede 3, and I don't think we attacked well enough to score 3. I thought Gregory was excellent, fuller scored 2 good goals (but also headed Henry's free kick onto the post when they scored), I thought chaplow and briggs were good, but everyone else were god awful. I know obrien is still young and new to first team football, but I think he's crap, and has the same future as Marquis. I also noticed henry didn't celebrate any of wolves' s goals. I also bet the wolves knobheads wish they'd kept their gobs shut. "We're taking the p***".

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  • October 18, 2014 at 19:08
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    fuller who was probably the oldest on the pitch livened us up , very classy goals and him and gregory up fron together will terrorise defenders with malone and martin supplying the width, woolford terrible today, williams ans jimmy or upson,"means no room for mcdonald who played well, unless he plays 5 across midfield, webster briggs and dunne shittu. well done today wall proper fighting till the end

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    • October 18, 2014 at 19:58
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      @DELBOY64: I think we now know that we need to play fuller and Gregory together and also Martin now his fit we miss Edwards today it's a pity that Williams will be missing next games but sometimes games like this change seasons

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  • October 18, 2014 at 19:48
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    I do hope Ollie has got the message now, Gregory and Fuller up front every time.

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  • October 19, 2014 at 10:22
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    I said ages ago I think fuller is good but it's no good playing up front by himself , he needs someone like Gregory feeding off him . I told this to a bloke sitting next to me in block 4 , when he said " why bring on fuller he is s*** " oh how glad I was right !!

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  • October 19, 2014 at 10:55
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    I would like to send a message to all the so called 'fans' who left when we were 3-0 down. D
    on't come to any more games, you ai n't real fans, Iam disgusted. Sorry if this is not a popular post, but we are Millwall and we fight to the end and never give up.

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