Report: Brentford 2-2 Millwall

MILLWALL conceded a sickening stoppage-time equaliser as Neil Harris was denied his first win in charge of the Lions.

Harris' men were 2-0 up and coasting to victory until Alan Judge was clipped inside the box and Alex Pritchard converted from the penalty spot.

And as the game entered four minutes of additional time, Moses Odubajo drilled in from close range following a hopeful cross into the box.

Millwall were in a commanding position after goals from Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien and would have been good value for the three points.

Gregory cooly rounded David Button and slotted the Lions into a half-time lead before O'Brien nodded in from Martyn Woolford's cross.

Even after being pegged back to 2-2, the visitors had a glorious chance to retake the lead at the death but substitute Gary Taylor-Fletcher curled wide.

Despite the immediate feeling of disappointment at the full-time whistle, Harris will later reflect on another encouraging performance from his team.

In the context of the league table, however, this was a big two points dropped.

Harris made just one change to the side held to a goalless draw by Brighton on Tuesday, with Ed Upson replacing Taylor-Fletcher in the starting XI.

Upson, as he had done against Bolton in Harris' first game in charge, occupied the right side of a compact Millwall midfield.

O'Brien was paired with Gregory up front as the Lions went with an attacking selection, supplemented by four strikers on the bench – including academy forward Jamie Philpot.

Harris felt a goal was the only thing missing from the performance against the Seagulls in midweek, so he'd have been encouraged by his players' enterprising start at Griffin Park.

In just the third minute, Upson drifted in from the touchline and teed up Woolford for a shot, which was palmed away by David Button.

Woolford tested Button again when he allowed O'Brien's pass to roll across his body before striking the ball hard and low towards the bottom corner, but the Bees' keeper was equal to his effort.

Odubajo curled straight at Forde and Jota hit the top of the crossbar with a header from Pritchard's delivery as the hosts enjoyed their first spell of pressure.

Play was stopped in the 20th minute to allow injured referee Fred Graham to be replaced in the middle by fourth official Gavin Ward, who then proceeded to book three Lions players before half time.

When the game resumed, Woolford, who'd already seen yellow for a lunge on Odubajo, almost found O'Brien with a cut-back but Button dived onto his dangerous cross.

Button was beaten, though, in the 28th minute when Gregory raced onto Upson's through ball, skipped past the goalkeeper and tapped into an empty net.

Gregory nearly grabbed his second of the afternoon moments later but he side-footed over the bar from 20 yards after seizing on Odubajo's error.

Forde then thwarted Stuart Dallas, Jonathan Douglas and Pritchard in quick succession at the other end to preserve Millwall's lead.

The chances kept coming after half time, with Andre Gray firing wide of the upright and O'Brien seeing his goal-bound effort blocked on the line.

O'Brien then sent an instinctive half-volley narrowly wide but the Lions youngster buried his next chance, nodding in Woolford's centre to score his first senior goal.

Gray almost pulled one back in the 73rd minute but the former Luton frontman was unable to get a touch on Judge's dangerous cross.

But his side were handed a lifeline five minutes from time when Judge went down under the challenge of Woolford, and Pritchard fired the resulting spot-kick down the middle.

And the Bees' comeback was completed by Odubajo's low strike beyond Forde from 12 yards.

There was still time for Millwall to grab a winner but Taylor-Fletcher's effort drifted wide and neither Gregory, Woolford nor Williams could get a shot away in the dying seconds.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

37 thoughts on “Report: Brentford 2-2 Millwall

  • March 21, 2015 at 15:30
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    Sickening to be let down again and again and again, were all behind you Neil shame the team ain't.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 15:39
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    Unlucky Lions. That winning position of two goals up has been a rarity this season. Not even sure if we've been 2-0 ever all season. Glad OB scored and Gregs. While I'm sure they'll be plenty on here who will focus on the negatives I'm happy we've finally scored and there seems to be a bit of fight. Shouldnt have dropped points from that position with 5 minutes remaining but We're down anyway so it doesn't really matter.

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      • March 21, 2015 at 15:52
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        @MFC Lion: Thanks. I was thinking hard but couldn't remember if we won 1-0 or 2-0. Still, just goes to show it was over 30 games ago.

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