Report: Bournemouth 2-2 Millwall

MILLWALL staged another late comeback to salvage a point at Bournemouth.

The Lions have made a habit of scoring last-gasp equalisers this season and continued that trend when Magaye Gueye drilled home in the 88th minute.

The visitors looked dead and buried at half time after Steve Cook and Brett Pitman capitalised on inept defending to score two goals in three minutes.

But the second period was a different story and Ed Upson reduced the deficit when he powered a determined header into the bottom corner from Jermaine Easter's cross.

And when the ball game to Gueye at the back post 90 seconds from time, the former Everton man made no mistake with a clinical finish to send the away fans into raptures.

That was more than Millwall deserved after a spirited recovery but they have have still won just one of their last 14 games.

Ian Holloway named an unchanged side for only the second league game this season, keeping faith with the XI that drew 0-0 at Charlton.

Bournemouth were without 11-goal top scorer Callum Wilson, who was withdrawn from the squad with a hamstring problem, as well as striker Tokelo Rantie.

But those injury blows did little to blunt the Cherries' attack.

They signalled their intent early on when Simon Francis powered a header beyond the far post before Matt Ritchie sent a curling 30-yard drive narrowly wide.

Yann Kermorgant then spurned a gilt-edged chance when he nodded over unchallenged from eight yards.

The Lions were forced to make a change when Lee Martin hobbled off with an ankle injury to be replaced by Jermaine Easter.

Easter got involved in the action straight away but, after skipping past a defender, saw his dangerous low cross cleared away from the toes of Martyn Woolford.

Bournemouth went straight down the other end and created another good chance but David Forde was equal to Pitman's downward header.

The host eventually took the lead, though, when a half-cleared corner was hooked back into the area and Cook squeezed the ball home.

And a static Millwall defence watched on as Pitman swept a low shot under Forde on Bournemouth's next attack to make it 2-0.

The Cherries could have added a third before the break but Francis drilled into the side netting after galloping forward from full back.

At half time, Holloway brought on Ricardo Fuller and went to three at the back and the Lions looked a lot better following the change.

It didn't take long for a chance to fall Fuller's way but he flicked Woolford's corner over the bar from a very narrow angle.

Woolford then glanced Williams' free kick inches wide before Upson headed another set piece straight at Artur Boruc.

But when Easter looped a cross high into the sky, Upson showed great determination to out-jump his marker and power the ball into the bottom corner.

Roared on by the 1,000 travelling fans, Millwall poured forward in numbers in search of an equaliser.

They almost got it straight away but Boruc managed to hold onto Lee Gregory's header after momentarily losing his balance on the line.

At the other end, Junior Stanislas should have made the game safe but strayed into an offside position before turning in Pitman's pass.

That let-off seemed to drive Millwall on and they went straight back on the front foot.

First Fuller's header was tipped over the bar and then, from the resulting corner, Dunne's deflected effort came back off the bar.

But the Lions finally levelled when Gregory's shot deflected into the path of Gueye, who fired hard and low under Boruc.

Alex Aldridge


20 thoughts on “Report: Bournemouth 2-2 Millwall

  • November 29, 2014 at 17:17

    Great result and comeback.
    BUT - we have slipped to 20th and WON only 1 from last 14 games.
    Not winning at Home is making these away results not good enough.

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    • November 29, 2014 at 17:25

      @Longfield Lion:
      True, but they way Kenny Jacket and his men are going,
      we should overtake them

      Well done you Lions, great comeback (again).
      But you must start playing BEFORE we go two or three goals down!

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      • November 29, 2014 at 17:30

        Sorry should read Jackett.

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  • November 29, 2014 at 17:22

    Well played Wall against top scorers in the league. Would be too easy to s*** them off for being two goals behind again. They showed real grit and determination to get something from the game when they could have jacked it in at half time. We are a match for anyone in this division on our day. After today I am confident we will stay up. NOLU COYL

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