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 15:42
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    Im seeing some stupid stupid comments. All ive seen last few weeks is wanting us to get in games score goals and play as a team. We do that against a top top team and all but letting in 2 goals in last 5 mins weve done that. The biggest thing for me today is our 2 strikers have scored. Im gutted we drew but whats all the abuse for? Yeah you shouldnt let 2 goals in with 5 mins to go but usually were not even in that position. Nice to actually have a good go at a team score a few goals and take it to them. Progress is being made. Harris has got us playing better than holloway had all season leave off the hate for god sake. Unlucky lads good effort

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    • March 21, 2015 at 15:50
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      @SLloyd23:
      way too positive - 2nil up - lost - all that counts - we are down

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      • March 21, 2015 at 15:55
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        @tim@timchimes: We are down anyway, even if we had won that we still wouldnt get out.. winds me up people on here are clueless at times. What team doesnt concede late goals everyone has done it.. every person has been moaning about performances being w*** and just nothing to us. We played well today two strikers scored harris has had ONLY 3 games and we are improving. I would rather us go down by playing better football improving for next season in honesty.

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      • March 21, 2015 at 15:58
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        @timchimes: Tim you're always negative mate. Don't be naive enough to think that if we held on to a win we'd stay up. The damage at this club was done by IH. Anyone with any brains could see that if we stuck with him we'd be down. Unfortunately many fans and the board stuck by him and believed his hype and left it too late. We're down. We've been going down since November when that muppet proved he had no idea.

        Now under Harris you need to be happy that this 3rd division level team has scored 2 against a team who could well be in the playoffs. I thought you'd stop moaning when IH went and get behind the team even though we're going down.

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        • March 21, 2015 at 16:19
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          @southlondon1885:

          you are wrong I'm afraid - a win today and a win against Charlton could have put us 3 pts from safety - but if you prefer to give up and make excuses all the time then that is your choice -Holloway always had an excuse at the ready - you know the saying, 'show mw a good loser and I will show you a loser' - I prefer to be objective and honest - teams who lose 2 goals leads don't last long - this is not any kind of criticism of Harris , but represents facts - we had a 2 goal lead for the first time in 36 games and did not have the quality to hold possession and run out the clock - some players get the job done, ours do not . these are fundamentals in football it doesn't matter what league you play in

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          • March 21, 2015 at 16:30
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            @timchimes: A win today would've given us some hope, but I think we all know this team isn't really capable of putting together a late run to catch up with those above us. Still gutted though as it would've been nice get the win and keep on dreaming.

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          • March 21, 2015 at 17:37
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            @timchimes: how can you say a win today and a win against Charlton etc. If this if that... we haven't won two in a row since August. What makes you think that we can suddenly do it. I'm not making excuses I'm being totally honest. We have a squad assembled by IH which is hopefully good enough for the third division. This is not making an excuse. I've been going to the Den for long enough to realise that if we've won about 6 games all season we're not suddenly gonna win our last few and stay up. That's why I'm not dwelling on the negatives. This whole season has been a negative. We're down. Harris knows it. The board know it, most fans know it. I'm not sure what you want from the club. You moaned when IH was here, as did I, and saw that he was wrecking this club. Now he's gone and left us in an impossible situation, it's time to get behind the players that might be hrre next season hopefully near tje top of the third division. But you're moaning saying they're not good enough etc. Surely you realised that months ago? A point away a Brentford is a pretty good result all things considered. As for Charlton it pains me to say it but this is their best chance at beating us for many years.

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        • March 21, 2015 at 17:25
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          @southlondon1885:

          still want to call me negative - a win would have put us 5 behind Rotherham who have 2 hard away games next - THAT IS WHY WE NEEDED TO WIN TODAY

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          • March 21, 2015 at 17:43
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            @timchimes: Yes I do. It's not personal. How can you possibly think we'd win the next few games and stay up? If we won we'd be 5 behind Rotheram? So? It won't make any difference. We'll be relegated with more than 3 points difference not to mention the gd to take into account.

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          • March 21, 2015 at 17:43
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            @timchimes: we've needed to win for the past couple of months. We're not good enough for this division and that's why we will get relegated. A win today would have been nice but would only give false hope. Nothing to suggest we are going to suddenly win the 6 or 7 required to stay up.

            Take the positives from the game that we scored twice and Gregory and obrien should form a good partnership for next season.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 15:44
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    Gutted that we couldn't keep what we had against a poor Brentford performance, but seems to be the way of things this year, can't fault players, on the boat home now. COYL, wouldn't be anywhere else x

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  • March 21, 2015 at 15:57
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    spirited display from the team today victory snatched from our grip by a referee swayed by home crowd and anti millwall attitude.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 15:59
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    ''They were outstanding again. At 2-0 up with five minutes to go, you expect to see the game out."

    you would expect that , yes - but we didn't - why was that ????? perhaps not outstanding enough

    we were not outstanding because the game is played over 90 mins and yet again we did not do enough to win - that would be my comments to the press and players - honesty

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    • March 21, 2015 at 16:07
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      @timchimes: Jesus christ mate everyone is human mistakes happen if it was your way we would be top with a 100+ goal difference

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    • March 21, 2015 at 16:08
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      @timchimes: Honest answer from you please Tim. At 12:59 today what outcome were you expecting from Griffin Park?

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      • March 21, 2015 at 16:25
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        @southlondon1885:
        this is not the point - this is why we are f***** - in football you have good days and bad days - when you have good days you have to win - because you are not going to win on your bad days unless you play u

        yes on the balance of our season we might have expected to lose , but tat is to overestimate Brentford and show just how low our expectations are - don't worry you tried hard but you are relegated - for Christ sake you are talking like we have just won our last 4 games

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  • March 21, 2015 at 16:17
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    Once you get over the disappointment of letting in those 2 late goals that as good as sent us down, there are some positives to take out of that performance. We are much better organised under Harris, and the developing partnership between Gregs and Aiden can only get better and better.
    The defensive problems are still there in this team though, and there is still a tendency to lose heart and cave-in as soon as we concede. I can't see this changing until we have a good clear-out at the end of the season.
    Wooly,, what were you doing giving away that penalty with five minutes to go? In and out performances all season. You're on my clear out list I'm afraid.
    Williams has become a liability this season, one-paced, gives the ball away in bad areas. He will have to shape up or be shipped out.
    Fordey, had a good game today, but his distribution is rank, he doesn't command his 6 yard box and he makes too many mistakes. Sorry, but you're out imo.
    We all know the likes of Bailey, Hoyte and a few other wage thieves have to go.
    There are plenty of other decisions to be made with the likes of Dunney, Martin, etc, and it will need an un-biased approach to get it right. No room for any "Old Pals Act".

    Onwards and upwards next season.

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    • March 21, 2015 at 16:28
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      We need to sort the defence out. If Harris does this then he might be offered the Millwall job full-time.

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    • March 21, 2015 at 16:29
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      @'wallDen:

      thank god someone has got some sense on here - well said - b******* to the sentimentality, clear these losers out

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      • March 21, 2015 at 16:57
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        @timchimes: I'm sure I'm not the only one who has sentimentality. Millwall is what it is, frustration guaranteed since 1885, enjoy it for what it is and don't lose too much sleep worrying about the likes of me

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  • March 21, 2015 at 16:24
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    It's a shame Harris didn't take O'Brien & Upson off after we went 2-0 up and bring fabrini and Beevers on and go 4-2-3-1. Beevers was warming up but never came on.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 16:28
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    DONT ANYBODY FORGET THAT BRILLIANT VOCAL SUPPORT FROM THE MILLWALL FANS THROUGH -OUT THE GAME! IT WAS VERY MUCH LIKE AWAY TO FULHAM,WELL DONE TO ALL WHO WERE THERE.NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE.STORMIN'NORMAN ENJOYED THE ATMOSPHERE.

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    • March 21, 2015 at 16:43
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      @bermlion: in the spoons now..well and truel gunna stay until i pass out....as for Bermondseylion got to say your way of the mark..AOB & LG is the way forward

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      • March 21, 2015 at 17:05
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        @Jim28: My post is not anti-O'Brien or Gregory. Aldo tweeted that Beevers was warming up and likely to come on but didn't. For me instead of brining on taylor fletcher, I would have brought Beevers & Fabrini on and go 4-2-3-1.

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      • March 21, 2015 at 17:58
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        @Jim28: HI JIM28,SAW PETER AND LIAM AT THE GROUND, HAVE A FEW IN 'SPOONS' THEY DID PLAY WELL TODAY, UNLUCKY NOT TO WIN.NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 16:35
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    Right, I'm over the dissapointing end to the game.
    Good effort lads couple weeks ago we'd have conceded a 3rd so we've definately improved. Well done chopper, Gregs and Aiden. Looks like we may have a half decent strike force next season.
    Gutted but for once we have "some positives" to take out of the game.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 16:45
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    What matters is finishing the season in a positive way, what's done is done

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  • March 21, 2015 at 17:29
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    NH record so far
    Lose to Bolton 2-0 whilst being better team
    Draw 0-0 with a better performance than we have seen for some time at The Den, whilst at the same time lacking an offensive threat.
    Draw 2-2 with a very good side, front two both scored.
    Now to me it looks like progess is being made, maybe too late, maybe not......

    Trainspotters next.... The most one sided local derby in world football

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  • March 21, 2015 at 18:23
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    Gutted today, we looked really good going forward and 1 massive plus point was the partnership developing between Gregory and o‘Brian. But we surrendered the ball for too easily and Far to often and invited too much pressure. Also we are missing a bit of creativity in midfield and fabbrini needs to come in maybe for Upson.

    The support was quality today and I forgot what a s*** hole Brentford was.

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