Report: Bolton 2-0 Millwall

MILLWALL put up a spirited performance in Neil Harris' first game as manager but Adam Le Fondre's brace handed Bolton the points.

The Lions saw a lot more of the ball than their hosts but ran into familiar problems in the final third on another frustrating afternoon in front of goal.

They were caught napping for Le Fondre's opener, the striker latching onto a long ball and slotting past David Forde in the tenth minute.

But Millwall recovered well after going behind and looked to be heading into the break on the front foot until Wanderers doubled their lead against the run of play.

The Lions had too many bodies committed upfield and when the ball was fed wide to Le Fondre, he had time and space to measure a precise curling finish into the corner.

Despite the scoreline, Harris' troops continued in a positive fashion after the restart but they failed to take advantage of two glorious clear-cut opportunities.

Both Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien were denied by goalkeeper Ben Amos in one-on-one situations, whereas Forde didn't have a save to make during the second period.

While Harris will have been encouraged by the attitude and perseverance of his side, Millwall are now nine points adrift of fourth-bottom Rotherham at the foot of the table.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

29 thoughts on “Report: Bolton 2-0 Millwall

  • March 14, 2015 at 17:24
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    Same old s***, with the same s*** ayers!
    Dunne and Forde why do they keep starting games, liabilities!!!
    Get youth in for rest of season, in preparation for next season they can't do any worse

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    • March 14, 2015 at 17:31
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      @dpendet: sounds like neither forde or Dunne were at fault but Gregory and obrien both missed one on ones , still its much easier to s*** off the other two .

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      • March 14, 2015 at 17:51
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        @southstandview: difference is Forde&Dunne are very experienced pros and subsequently their are no excuses when they make blatant fook ups like Dunne last week. Gregory and O'Brien especially are young and as a result deaerve a certain degree of patience. Obviously a clear difference, stop being a mug by embracing the deadwood and lets move with the times!!

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        • March 14, 2015 at 17:56
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          @davesavagesleftfoot: still don't excuse neither of them being able to score goals , forde has always being dodgy and Dunne is a decent right back who has been destroyed by Holloway playing him cb and now bomber does the same .

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      • March 14, 2015 at 17:51
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        @southstandview: cos they are hopeless and played a major part in this seasons horror show, never get dropped no matter what they do, did you go last week?
        The penalty? Did Forde make a save?

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        • March 14, 2015 at 17:58
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          @dpendet: second lowest scorers in the division and all people do is get on Dunnes back .

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          • March 14, 2015 at 18:31
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            @southstandview: I don't know what some people expected today. I think Harris was the right choice at this late stage when we're all but down, but there's only so much you can polish a turd, and that's basically what he's been left with. It's still the same set of players who've taken us to near the bottom of the division. Some are probably up to Championship level (but their confidence is rock-bottom) and the rest are clearly just not good enough.

            On the pitch hopefully Harris will be able to restore some pride before the end of the season (a few home wins would be nice). Off the pitch the club has to take a long hard look at how it got it so wrong again and why Holloway was allowed to carry on for so long when it clearly wasn’t working.

            There’s no doubt we deserve relegation and the club can’t carry on the way we have for the past three years – especially if we want to do well in Division One. The buck stops with Berylson, Ambler and the board and they have failed us badly and need to redeem themselves or go.

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          • March 14, 2015 at 21:25
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            @southstandview: It is sad to see us in this situation and of another dog fight that has continued for the last 3 years . Your comments that the board have failed us , what about the fans who have come to Wembely and shame us and those who are not there on a Tuesday night or Saturday
            MR JOHN BERYLSON and the board have put their money where MOUTH IS as well as us season ticket holders and IF I came to you every month and asked £750.000 would you cough up WE should be greatfull that we have a chairman who is prepaired to do that .There are not consortiums out there fighting to take control of MILLWALL FC

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          • March 14, 2015 at 23:11
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            @southstandview:

            because Dunne is a poor player - don't worry about comparing him to others - he is substandard and all the time he is a regular we will be a league one team - if you are ambitious for us , you want to see dunne released - if we cant attract better than him then we are in big trouble

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      • March 14, 2015 at 20:13
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        @southstandview: Keep a clean sheet and then you have a chance of not losing something we have not been able to do for nearly two years, its going to take time and some personel changes for Bomber to effect a change in our fortune.
        Lets see how the do at home this tuesday night I wonder if the keeper and the CB/RB wil be in the side after seeing the 3 goals we GAVE AWAY todays.

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    • March 14, 2015 at 18:21
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      @dpendet: A more logical formation for the players we have but strikers missing chances has cost us all year. Here's to a better season in league one, but I will support Harris all the way to the bitter end of it.

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  • March 14, 2015 at 17:28
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    Same old story just can't score but at least showed a bit of spirit and a better attitude, shame we haven't shown that all season. Bottom line is these players are simply not good enough.

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  • March 14, 2015 at 17:31
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    we need a lot of investment in this club if not we are going to be in the same s*** has this season

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  • March 14, 2015 at 17:31
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    It's the same team what do people expect we can't score, ok in the middle, but s**** up front and at the back, to many has beens.

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  • March 14, 2015 at 17:37
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    I wasn't there but the online commentary suggests that there was a much better shape to the side and a number of good chances were created. We could easily have scored three with in-form strikers. However, the problems at the back remain. I know we talk alot about not scoring but at the very least we should have got a 0-0 draw out of this. Bolton were rubbish but still scored two. Look, this is the problem. We just can't stop the goals going in. We need a complete review of the defence, starting with ditching Dunne and Forde.

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    • March 14, 2015 at 17:49
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      @junkmale: I think you say it all in your first three words. Dunne misses the next two games through suspension and we still do not have a viable replacement for Forde. Same commentary said that Forde had no chance with goals and that Hooiveld was caught way out of position for the second and to be honest from the recent goals I've seen he's been as big a liability as either Forde or Dunne.

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      • March 14, 2015 at 19:49
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        @lion.ie: Have to agree with you regarding Hooiveld, it must have something to do with trying to hold the back four together when for the past few games we have not had a natural right back or right sided centre back (Abdou and Dunne), and when Nelson came into the mix, although he is a bright prospect, he is nowhere near the finished article and appears to be be on the small side for a centre back.
        Maybe Dunne being unavailable will be a blessing in disguise, perhaps Beevers can be given a run in the side as centre back.
        We have to believe that we can beat Brighton on Tuesday and then push on. In a strange way Wigan beating Rotherham today was a good result for us - if we believe that we can catch them

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      • March 14, 2015 at 20:17
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        @lion.ie: Forde may have had a reasonable game today, but he has been absolute rubbish this season. Whether I was there today doesn't change that (and it doesn't mean I can't have an opinion either)

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  • March 14, 2015 at 17:43
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    Well I don't think anyone Honestly expected anything different.
    We haven't scored goals for a couple years so why with 10 games left will it be any different under chopper.
    Sounds a bit better but there comes a time when you just have to except your lot.
    We haven't had a dull season for more than 16 odd yrs, 4 visits to Wembley, play offs, relegations and survivals looking back this and last season I've been pretty fickle which is something I've never been and I don't think I'm the only one and that may have played a small part in our home form.
    The biggest disappointment for me is not pushing on with real ambition and intent after 3 Wembley visits in five yrs. I only hope we take a very hard look at ourselves come the end of the season when preparing for league one and learn from our past couple yrs and when we come back up we improve yr by yr. With a bit more ambition in the summer we can really have a go at coming straight back up otherwise I fear another relegation. Only need to look at Yeovil and Coventry before them.
    We cannot though EXPECT or believe we have the right to bounce straight back up as we need to earn it. There's a lot of old foes to revisit down there and a few bogey teams so we will not have it all our own way so the players and manager will need our backing more than ever. It's the best place in the world when we're singing from the same sheet and going down just may give us back our mojo.
    Let's look forward and build something positive again. We have a massive part to play next season and come the first game if the players are feeling sorry for themselves let's pick em straight up and get the place buzzing. Plus I really miss ROCKING ALL OVER THE WORLD
    COYLS not all doom and gloom

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  • March 14, 2015 at 17:51
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    As s*** as we are at scoring our main problem is our defence and goalkeeper. If you look at Sheffield wed they've scored 2 more goals than us this season yet they are 11th in the league. Because they've let in 27 less goals. Sort it out at the back and we can compete. Then sort out the goal drought

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  • March 14, 2015 at 17:56
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    The key thing was that it was 'A SPIRITED PERFORMANCE',that is realisticly all we could ask from Chopper and an improvement on recent performances.The truth is there has been a lack of proper investment ever since we beat Swindon at Wembley (remember Charlie Austin would have been available for a million at that time) add to that the fact that the club has been run very poorly at board level allied with two bad managerial appointments and it is not a surprise that we are where we are.The only hope is that we have reached rock bottom and can move forward next season with young hungry players.

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  • March 14, 2015 at 17:57
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    this would be the one big concern I have with harris - can he organise a defence - the u21 let in lots of goals - the intent from JB will be clear in the summer - either get a proven manger or try to wing it

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  • March 14, 2015 at 17:57
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    Why so much negative points, wall played well, had more shots more corners, I think we should get behind Neil Harris, he can only work with what his been left with, hopefully a good result on Tuesday, then it can only get better.

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  • March 14, 2015 at 17:57
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    Ah well no improvement the way I see it --- NO Goals equals NO Points --- Were the players up for it I doubt it, Is NH up for it seems not. As almost same team who played were as IH picked, The fans who went to Bolton must be well disappointed as there's no improvement --- I was expecting a show of grit and determination apparently not according to what I've read thus far, A bad day for me made worse by the result i have before me

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  • March 14, 2015 at 18:02
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    The defence has been a problem since Jackett went, and sticking with Dunne has been a major part of the problem. He is a disgrace, but Im not sure chopper has the balls to drop him as he has been with him at the club for many years. I would get rid of him and bring back Beevers at CB, and hope we can find a LB because Harding is poor as well.

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  • March 14, 2015 at 18:10
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    We need to bite the bullit and do what Chris Powell done for Charlton a few years back get rid of all the current playing staff . Keep the Millwall youngsters. We can then start the new season with a new look team new Manager and fresh ideas.

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    • March 15, 2015 at 10:17
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      where was the fab? our best player goes missing and the club gives zilch info which is about par for the course i suppose.

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  • March 15, 2015 at 18:59
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    Sometimes people have to realise that no matter who is in charge, without the right structure and investment the story will remain the same.

    If you want a class youth system that delivers players capable of playing in the first team, it will take time and a decent amount of money to spend on coaches and facilities.

    If you want instant success you need a huge amount of money. When you're fighting against relegation alongside a club who has spent 30 million on strikers in 2 seasons, you have no chance when you're searching for coins down the back of the sofa to spend on a striker. Blame Holloway all you want, if he was going to be successful he needed time or money and he didn't really get either. Now if Neil Harris is the right choice, he needs one or the other too. If you honestly thought the players were good enough to stay up, then you should probably invest in pair of glasses, or take an interest in another sport that you might understand a little better.

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