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Bournemouth were without 11-goal top scorer Callum Wilson, who was withdrawn from the squad with a hamstring problem, as well as striker Tokelo Rantie.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

(@accordingtoaldo)

20 thoughts on “Report: Bournemouth 2-2 Millwall

  • November 29, 2014 at 17:17
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    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
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      @Longfield Lion:
      True, but they way Kenny Jacket and his men are going,
      we should overtake them soon....lol...

      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 17:22
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    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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  • November 29, 2014 at 17:32
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    It's good money maker betting on us when we are two goals down! Well done millwall!!! COYL!!!

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  • November 29, 2014 at 17:34
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    BRILLLIANT COMEBACK BY THE MFC TEAM! SUPER SUPPORT BY ALL THE MILLWALL FANS, GREAT TO HEAR THAT SPECIAL LIONS ROAR MOST OF THE GAME: WELL DONE EVERY SUPER TRAVELLING FAN! ON THE WAY BACK TO LONDON. NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN AND A HAPPY COACH TEAM.

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    • November 29, 2014 at 22:28
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      @bermlion: You got it right Stormin' Norman, the Super Lions Supporters reminded me of Fulham FC away. Tremendous Support for the Players, Well Done All who were there at AFC B. Could have won it! ( NOLU, WDC ).

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  • November 29, 2014 at 17:36
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    Yet another last minute equaliser and another hard earned point. Well done wall - great fighting spirit!
    BUT, and it's a Big BUT, why oh why do we keep putting ourselves in this position??? The games we've come back in are almost carbon copies in events - 2 or 3 poor early goals conceded through poor defending (another set piece) - but still manage to find the fighting spirit to salvage the point... Baffleling.. Wtf is going on??
    Over the moon we had the character to get back in it - but we've got to stop making these errors... How are we not eradicating these errors in training?? Ffs it's like constantly being run over - look both f@#king ways!!
    Still love you wall, just please, SORT IT OUT!!! COYL!!

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  • November 29, 2014 at 17:38
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    Well done, to the boys. WHY DO WE HAVE TO CONCEED 2 BEFORE START PLAYING ! OH we started playing with, 2 upfront. Then gotta a point. FFS! O well!

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    • November 29, 2014 at 18:12
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      @DiggerWall: dead right.

      As soon as Williams dropped into the back four and fuller partnered Gregory upfront, things changed.

      If we can all see this, why can't holloway?

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      • November 29, 2014 at 18:45
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        @bonnie1272: Why Did we start with one forward up front time and time again we play and score when we play two up I can't understand hollys tactics we look so much stronger playing two forwards come on holly sort it out .

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  • November 29, 2014 at 17:44
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    When everyone has finished having a w*** over a draw, take a look at our league position.

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    • November 29, 2014 at 17:50
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      @col:
      Got a draw from a tough away game against a team flying.
      A five knuckle shuffle don't come close.

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  • November 29, 2014 at 18:06
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    Great second half performance but why do we only seem to have any real fight and passion when we're behind by a couple of goals?? Come on chaps let's start flying out the traps with a bit of that second half fire in our bellies.

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  • November 29, 2014 at 18:18
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    I don't think we are that far away from having a good team. Remember we are bottom five in regards to budget and recourses and IH is getting the best out of what he has at his disposal. Severely lacking pace in attack and hopefully we can change that in jan.
    Think maggie needs a run in behind greggers I think that might be the answer

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  • November 29, 2014 at 18:20
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    Still a massive improvement from last year a real passion in the team not allowing us to get rolled over

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  • November 29, 2014 at 18:28
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    We need to start every game with our 2.0 down formation. It clearly works and suits the players we have !
    2 upfront is a must

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    • November 30, 2014 at 23:09
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      @Block 8: I wasn't there but hear we switched to 3 CB's and two up front when we started scoring..is that right? If so it's an exciting formation but a decent side will soak up the pressure and exploit the gaps. You can only use it when pressing for a goal or in desperation. Not sure this is the answer to our prayers

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