Report: Millwall 0-2 Watford

MILLWALL were undone by two moments of quality as their hopes of staying up were dented by Watford.

The Lions were holding their own against the promotion-chasers until Matej Vydra's clinical first-half volley edged the Hornets in front.

And Adlene Guedioura struck early in the second period to put the visitors in a commanding position and knock the wind out of Millwall's sails.

The Lions, who remain seven points adrift of safety, went closest to reducing the deficit when Aiden O'Brien was denied by Heurelho Gomes in a one-on-one situation.

Interim boss Neil Harris was forced to make one change to his starting line up, with Jos Hooiveld, scorer of the winning goal against Charlton, ruled out through injury.

Left-footer Mark Beevers was selected to partner the right-sided Sid Nelson at centre half, while Lee Martin also returned to the squad as a substitute following a broken metatarsal.

Watford, full of confidence after beating fellow promotion-hopefuls Middlesbrough on Monday, almost took the lead within the first 90 seconds.

Troy Deeney latched onto Daniel Tozser's diagonal pass after drifting off the shoulder of Beevers but David Forde came off his line quickly to smother the striker's shot.

At the other end, Lee Gregory almost latched onto Ed Upson's clever pass down the left-hand channel but he was narrowly beaten to the ball by Gomes.

Shaun Williams' corner was then dangerously hooked back across goal by Martyn Woolford before Gregory shot wide on the turn from inside the box moments later.

Deeney wasted another good chance in the tenth minute when he looped a header over Forde's bar from Guedioura's inviting cross.

Millwall had fervent calls for a penalty waved away in the 16th minute when Upson was bundled over in the box.

And the Hornets then took the lead when Ikechi Anya got the better of Shaun Cummings and crossed for Vydra, whose sweetly-struck first-time volley nestled in the bottom corner.

Ben Watson could have added a second goal for the visitors soon after but he sliced miles wide from a good position.

After riding out another ten minutes of pressure, the Lions began to edge their way back into the contest as half time approached.

Martyn Woolford did well to intercept at the feet of Gomes but he was unable to find O'Brien with a cut-back, and the winger then saw a half-volley well-held by the former Tottenham stopper.

Jimmy Abdou's low drive was tipped behind by Gomes on the stroke of half time as Harris's side were clapped off by the fans at the break.

Williams sent a curling free kick just beyond the top corner in the 51st minute, his shot brushing the side netting on its way wide.

But Watford doubled their advantage five minutes later, Deeney feeding Anya who in turn picked out Guedioura for a simple close-range finish.

O'Brien should have pulled a goal back when he wrestled his way past Tommie Hoban to leave him with a clean run on goal but the youngster was denied by Gomes from a tight angle.

Two of Harris' subs combined when Gregory flicked on Martin's cross for Maierhofer, but Gomes came charging off his line to prevent the Austrian forward from heading in the loose ball.

Martin then picked out Gueye at the far post but the Frenchman's first-time drive bounced into the ground and harmlessly over the bar.

Gueye was able to test Gomes from Maierhofer's knock-down in the 81st minute but the Watford keeper made a comfortable save at his near post.

With Millwall becoming increasingly desperate, the visitors grew more dangerous on the break and Forde did well to thwart Odion Ighalo, Almen Abdi and Deeney late on.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

32 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 0-2 Watford

  • April 11, 2015 at 17:59
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    Firstly I want to make it clear that I am fully behind Neil Harris and none of this is his fault. But, I am feeling very negative about our prospects next season , which will be in league 1, . Our problem is we simply do not score enough goals and this has been the problem for a few years now. Next year out of our strikers we will only have Gregory and O'brien. I have run out of patience with gregory because it frustrates me that he does all his good work outside the area and seems content to watch the ball going across the area rather than trying to get on the end of it. I believed that once he had a strike partner he would become incredible but for me he still lacks the footballing brain required. O'brien shows flashes of skill but has a similar issue that all of his nice stuff is in areas that arent dangerous. Therefore we need goals from out wide where we will have Paris and Fred we rely on. Both who havent scored consistently either over a whole season or even at league 1 level. I also feel it is too much pressure to place on them, especially fred. So we will struggle again next year unless Harris can sign 2 proven goalscorers . Although I dont doubt that he could , this will be his first transfer window and he wont have the experience maybe required to know the entire process which maens its down to the CEO, who I think is bloody useless as well. Also this transfer window is the most important as we will be under an embargo next january , something beryl son admitted, which means if Harris performs as you would expect of a new manager he will not have january to rectify it. I know it was only 2-0 against a very good side but it worried me we didnt create more as watford are leaky at the back.

    P.S how the Hoff stole a living as a football player I will never know

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      • April 11, 2015 at 18:23
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        @Jim28: the Hoff is useless and obrien and Gregory never look like scoring you total mug .

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        • April 11, 2015 at 18:50
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          @southstandview: listen here some REAL millwall supporters on here would recognise that ups on had a stonewall pen before we went 1-0 down to a team who are 3rd in the league and 1 of the in form teams in the league at the moment if we score that pen its a different story so stop slagging other people's posts off when you ain't got noting constructive to say yourself you no mark w*****

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          • April 11, 2015 at 18:56
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            @Block 28 Lion: grow up saddo I'm entitled to my opinion.

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          • April 11, 2015 at 19:01
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            @Block 28 Lion: the bottom line is our forwards aren't good enough for this level of football, that is a fact even someone as blinkered as you can't ignore and Harris knows it as well and I'm 100% certain he'll sign a couple of strikers in the summer .

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        • April 11, 2015 at 19:11
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          @southstandview: who scored the 2 goals against Brentford you Div. if you need help which you obviously do that was o brien and Gregory so yes your entitled to your opinion but why bother putting it in here when it makes no sense you brain dead loser. JOG ON!

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          • April 11, 2015 at 19:16
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            @Block 28 Lion: what an idiot you are mate , a goal each against Brentford and you think that makes them championship class , oh dear how deluded are you ?

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        • April 11, 2015 at 19:26
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          @southstandview: when did I say championship you don't listen d*** in league 1 which you already believe we are in you yellow spine no heart w***** greggers and o brien would or just follow your advice buy more old strikers get us self in debt and go down another league get a grip of football and reality you muppet

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          • April 11, 2015 at 19:33
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            @Block 28 Lion: 7 goals between them in 50 games for Millwall . I have no doubt they will score but for us to be challenging at the top end of league 1 , 1 of them probably has to get 15 goals next year which i personally dont think they will. WHen did I say to buy old players. anyone between 23 and 28 still has re sale value , we just need someone who we can rely on to score which is obviously not easy to find

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          • April 11, 2015 at 19:44
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            @Block 28 Lion: oh dear I think you're making it up as you go along now .

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      • April 11, 2015 at 18:43
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        @Jim28: how many chances did our strikers create today? Also what part of my statement was B*******

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          • April 11, 2015 at 19:54
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            @Jim28: oh dear jim struck a nerve have I ?

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        • April 11, 2015 at 19:20
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          @MillwallChorister: mainly All of it but I'll narrow it down for ya how would you know what Fred and Cowan hall are capable of unless you go week in week out which would make you a c*** Fred needed experience which is exactly what he has got and scored goals for a title racing league 2 team like Wycombe same story fm for Cowan hall could go through attributes aswell but to honest I can't be bothered to explain to an absolute 100% p****

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          • April 11, 2015 at 19:27
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            @Block 28 Lion: I have been week in week out. I just said its a lot to expect them to provide the goals as they are both young and will become good with time but maybe next season they might not quite be ready especially fred. I rate them both very highly but ultimately they arent going to score enough for us to be challenging at the top next year . Also do yo0u genuinely believe our strikeforce is good enough?

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  • April 11, 2015 at 18:03
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    Unlucky lads we got undone by a top side.
    We move on to Tuesdays game. Keep the spirit up wall

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  • April 11, 2015 at 18:17
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    No shame in losing to a very good side.Tuesday is D-Day for us.If we win against Wigan we give ourselves a big chance,if we lose thats it. ( We owe Wigan a good thumping ).

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  • April 11, 2015 at 18:18
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    Not a 'bad' performance for me, but sums up the season: leads of possession but little quality in the final third. Unlike some, I was pleased with the defence, who I thought coped OK with one of the best strike forces at this level. Has Hooiveld been recalled by Southampton? Whatever, Beevers did well enough for me and Sid is growing into it nicely (apart from that rash tackle in the first half, which might have produced a red on another occasion). The ref didn't give two clear penalties, so this could (should) have been 2-2. Not the massacre I had feared a few weeks back. O'Brien was great and Gregory worked his socks off. But please don't bother with the Hof again Neil - he is utter cack.

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  • April 11, 2015 at 18:25
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    Think it may be the Time to by pass AB and look for a director of football to assist Neil step forward Mr Coppell Neil holds him in high Reguards and the two together may be able to install in the team what we are lacking

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  • April 11, 2015 at 18:40
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    Fact is our forwards are just not a big enough threat upfront. Gregory had a good first half but just can't get himself in those scoring positions gueye seems to only after playing less than a quarter of games.
    OBrien is more positive going forward but rarely gets past the last man.
    Our 3 shots on target didn't come from our forwards, they came from midfield.

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  • April 11, 2015 at 18:46
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    Watford are s*** hot. They have players, who individually cost more than our whole squad. They left a bloke on the bench who has scored 18 league goals this season, they started with another who has scored 20+ Goals for 3 seasons running. We were never going to win today, but we gave it 100% and everyone who is half sensible, can see that things have changed now. Harris needs to stay as manager and use next season as a chance to develop our talented youngsters, and bring in some different players who will be more to our style. Our season ended at rotherham when we threw away the lead, so let's just stick with the players and bomber till the end of the season, we will be back in a few years and in the meantime we might get a chance to see some wins at home and develop a good young squad, with a man in charge who really knows what it means to wear the shirt.

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    • April 11, 2015 at 19:15
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      @82wall: great post..at least someone on here can see that some fans just like slagging of millwall

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    • April 11, 2015 at 19:27
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      @82wall: good post. Agree with that, Watford is also a team that can afford to send out on loan £4million worth of talent in Diego Fab Just to get minutes on the pitch. There's some serious money floating around that club. Let's forget it, move on. Take on Wigan and if we go down then let's do it still fighting.

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    • April 11, 2015 at 19:32
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      @82wall: Well said 82wall. We need to keep today in perspective. If we win our next game there's still hope but even if we don't Harris is doing a great job in difficult circumstances. Get behind the team especially the young players who have potential and will be part of our future!! ⚽️

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    • April 11, 2015 at 20:03
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      @82wall:
      true - abdi starts fro Scotland - but on the bench - fabbrini played for brum today who beat wolves and they can do without him in the squad - on that point I thought fab went back for their play off push - how comes he left us if he can go to brum

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  • April 11, 2015 at 21:30
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    @Timchimes: FABRINI left because Harris didn't even put him in his first two squads at brentford & Brighton . Harris wants to get the ball forward early and fabrini spends too long dribbling with the ball. He left to go out on loan to a club that would pick him and give him games.

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  • April 11, 2015 at 22:47
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    Theres still 15 points to play for.....if we go down lets talk about it then....Holloway got us into this mess not Chopper,,,,,,The only team to catch is rovrum 3 pts Tuesday and who knows

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  • April 12, 2015 at 03:21
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    The reason we dont score is not down to Gregory or O'Brien - its that we dont create. The problem is Williams and Jimmy. Neither are a goal threat and neither can carve out a decent chance. The balls to Gregory are always in the air or he has to take it on his chest - whats he supposed to do with that?! The only decent chance I've seen was against Brentford when the ball was played INFRONT of Gregory.. he scored. (V Brentford.. like u didnt know).
    The other reason we dont score is that nobody actually pulls the trigger. If you're a pro attacking player - anything inside 20 yards is a goal scoring opportunity as far as I'm concerned. Gomes spills everything - we should have been drilling shots at him all day long.
    But overall - we bossed them for most of the match in my view - and I dont tbink it was a stonewall penalty.
    Overall - not too bad. Battled and I'm staying positive. Fordey done okay today - even if he did try and take Sid out. Shame Jos was missing - he'd have mopped up the second one. Not sure who it was in the middle - Beevers maybe -got suckered right in running back towards goal- leaving a man open for a tap in.
    I think we're doing well - dont mean to sound negative but I want to see the ball move quicker - you watch how many touches we take before we pass it - then look at Watford - one touch flicks, little round the corners, pass into space.. our boys need to be more confident and do things on the move, at speed.
    Harris deserves the role permanently. He has given us back our Millwall - and that must have took some doing. Whatever happens - with him in charge, I know the futures bright. COYL !

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