Report: Nottingham Forest 0-1 Millwall

MILLWALL won for the first time in nine matches to give their survival hopes a major boost.

Substitute Ricardo Fuller capitalised on Stephen McLaughlin's defensive lapse to score the only goal of the game seven minutes from time.

Forest's best chance came midway through the second half when Britt Assombalonga headed goalwards and David Forde tipped the ball onto the bar.

But the visitors were good value for their victory and while the winner was the result of an error, it did not come against the run of play.

Millwall, who host Huddersfield Town at The Den next weekend, are now just two points behind fourth-bottom Brighton.

Ian Holloway made three changes following Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Reading – two of them enforced.

Dan Harding (ineligible) and Sid Nelson (suspended) were unavailable, with Mark Beevers and Alan Dunne replacing them, while Lee Martin came in for Lee Gregory.

With Paris Cowan-Hall also missing through injury, Holloway named young forward Aiden O'Brien on the substitutes' bench.

Stefan Maierhofer was preferred to Gregory in the lone striking role as Millwall reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Maierhofer almost got on the end of game's first chance but Kelvin Wilson made an important clearing header to divert Beevers' high cross away from the Austrian striker.

Beevers was on hand at the other end to block Henri Lansbury's drive, which looked to be heading on target until the defender flung himself in front of the ball.

In the 15th minute,Martin landed heavily on the touchline, injuring his ribs, and he was unable to continue despite receiving treatment.

The winger was replaced by Ed Upson, who took up a central midfield position with Diego Fabbrini moved from the no.10 role to the right flank.

A mix-up between Dunne and Shaun Cummings saw the latter's free-kick intercepted by Michail Antonio but his effort was kept out by David Forde.

Magaye Gueye thumped a half-volley wide, Fabbrini skipped past a tackle before his dangerous cross was cleared and Jos Hooiveld blasted over from distance during a spell of Millwall pressure.

And they went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock in the 29th minute.

Upson won and took a free kick on the left-edge of the area and his inswinging delivery was met by Beevers, whose glancing header was tipped wide by Dorus de Vries.

de Vries' opposite number Forde was called into action moments later, eventually claiming Robert Tesche's header after a Forest corner bounced around inside Millwall's box.

Lansbury then curled a free kick onto the roof of the net but the Lions – inspired by Italian maestro Fabbrini – ended the first half on top.

He won a corner at the end of a mazy run before teeing up Beevers for a long-range drive, but his shot sailed harmlessly beyond de Vries' post.

Forest began the second half at a blistering pace, with Assombalonga and Robert Tesche hitting the woodwork twice in quick succession.

But Millwall rode the storm and slowly grew into the ascendancy.

Shaun Williams found Maierhofer with a clever chipped pass but the striker blazed over and then headed Magaye Gueye's cross wide before he was replaced by Gregory.

Millwall were more threatening with Gregory on the field and he did brilliantly to break into Forest's box and ride two challenges only to be thwarted as he went to pull the trigger.

The decisive moment came in the 83rd minute when McLaughlin misjudged a header back to de Vries, allowing Fuller to nip in and score from close range.

Dunne and Jos Hooiveld made a string of heroic clearances during four minutes of added time as the Lions closed out the match and claimed all three points.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

17 thoughts on “Report: Nottingham Forest 0-1 Millwall

  • January 31, 2015 at 18:06
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    We've got our Millwall back!!!

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  • January 31, 2015 at 18:07
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    Unbeaten in 2 with two clean sheets, Ricardo Fuller's redemption, a win on the road, proper defending from set pieces, a balanced midfield, a centreback partnership at last, and we appeared to have signed Messi on loan from Watford...

    Unbelievable Jeff!!

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  • January 31, 2015 at 18:08
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    Just spoke to my pal at the game, Hoovied MoM again

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  • January 31, 2015 at 18:13
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    a win against Huddersfield now will be huge - if so , up to 30pts and 18 from safety then in IMO - forget what place w are in just keep track of the points -

    I think H lost key players today to injury whereas we lost Martin - getting short on the wings now

    get in those two new players I - one central mid and a striker with an edge of pace

    message to stay-away fans - cheap tickets for H and a team with passion and a bit of organisation and quality - welcome back

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  • January 31, 2015 at 18:15
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    5 things we learned today.
    1) Hoovied a great signing.
    2) Fabbrini also great signing.
    3) Hoff not good enough.
    4) Get a goalscorer and we can stay up.
    5) Can we play Forest AWAY every game.

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  • January 31, 2015 at 18:24
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    GET IN THERE!!!! Great result boys...i bet peckhamlad an all the other f***** millwall haters on this website are screwing now....let me guess...that bunch of muppets will come on here saying we were lucky, one win doesnt change anything an blah, blah, f***** blah....DO ONE...for me, its all about keepin the faith an getting behind the boys cos none of us wanna go down do we...other than the 'i told u so brigade....pussies...."COME RAIN OR SHINE AN ALL THE TIME OUR FAMILIES WILL BRING....AN WHEN THE LIONS ROLL ON THE PITCH...EVERYONE WILL SING....LET EM COME LET EM COME LET EM COME....LET EM ALL COME DIWN TO THE DENNNN...."

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  • January 31, 2015 at 18:45
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    DUNNEY , superb, no one much on here will give you any credit, you were excellent when you came on the other night, and I was the only one to mention it, today excellent again, HOOVER superb, Fabriano,genius. Well doneHOLLOWAY, some good signings there, like the right back, BEEVERS ( who i don't really rate) was really good today against good wingers. The HOFF, total crap, much better when GREGGO / FULLER were on, WILLIAMS class, nice to see UPSON come on and play well, JIM, usual workhorse all over the place performance . HOLLOWAY / DUNNE, you have both been blamed and slated outrageously on here , so let me be the first ( and probably the only one) to say to day I SALUTE YOU BOTH. I now await the dislike button pushers , like I give one

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  • January 31, 2015 at 18:58
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    Great result onwards and upwards COYL

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  • January 31, 2015 at 19:01
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    Great result. Well done. We are super Millwall from the Den.

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  • January 31, 2015 at 19:10
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    I though they all had a good game. Dunne looked pretty good next to the Hoover and I really, really am eating my hat saying that. Cummings looked decent and Beevers was very good - keep him there for the next game, please. Midfield was the best all season even with the re-ogansation after Martin's injury. Up front I though Hoff looked ineffective and Gregory did better but I am not sure a big man on his own works when you are trying to pass your way through a side. Fuller looked good, though and answered all his critics with that cool, cool finish. He is an impact sub, really and I don't think it was ever the plan for him to be playing 90 minutes this season. What can you say about Mr Fabbrini? What a skilful player, and to think he can't get in Watford's side!
    I am much more optimistic now. I think we will be OK. Wigan and Blackpool are gone and there are teams falling apart all around us at the bottom. What a good job IH and AA have done in getting these players in. Looks like we need another winger now as well as a striker but the spirit is there and it is not too late even for a surge to a comfortable mid-table finish, which to be honest I would have settled for this at the start of the season.

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  • January 31, 2015 at 19:56
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    Congratulations to all who played, a vital 3 points. To all those who thought Fuller should not wear the shirt again; I don't mind a bit of passion, if you give as good as you get, it's fair enough in my book.
    A big win, now we need to back it up and go on a little run.

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  • February 1, 2015 at 10:18
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    What a difference one result can make.
    When we are up we are really up,
    And when we are down we are really down,
    And even though we are halfway down,
    Today we are really up.

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  • February 1, 2015 at 11:16
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    Well done Fuller at least you know where the goal is. Please don't get carried away, this is one win out of how many? Judge after half a dozen games if it is possible. It's taken IH months to realise that th majority of fans have been right all along we needed a strong CB a decent midfield player and we now need an effective striker. A glimmer of hope perhaps?

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  • February 1, 2015 at 21:02
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    This is it now !!! Gota beat Huddersfield sat

    Charlton won't do Middlesbrough !!

    We r only 6 points of charlton ! Ma pals a charlton fan he's telling me we are league 1 next season lol....watch ya space millwall will pull up soon. And I pray charlton go down with leeds and Brighton.

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  • February 1, 2015 at 21:03
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    This is it now !!! Gota beat Huddersfield sat

    Charlton won't do Middlesbrough !!

    We r only 6 points of charlton ! Ma pals a charlton fan he's telling me we are league 1 next season lol....watch ya space millwall will pull up soon. And I pray char*** go down with lee** and Brig****

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