Report: Millwall 3-3 Derby County

LEE Gregory's first professional hat-trick was not enough for Millwall to beat Derby, who fought back from 3-1 down to draw at The Den.

Gregory capitalised on Lee Grant's error to put the Lions in front and then doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Lee Martin's shot was handled.

But Tom Ince reduced the deficit on the stroke of half time when his soft free-kick floated over a poorly-built wall and crept in at the near post.

Gregory completed his treble and gave Millwall breathing space again in the 50th minute, converting from 12 yards following a shove on Alan Dunne.

The Lions' two-goal cushion was halved again, however, when Ince went to ground under Aiden O'Brien's challenge and Chris Martin scored from the spot.

O'Brien and Martyn Woolford were both denied by the fingertips of Grant during a spell of dominance for the home side, but the Rams carved out a fine late leveller.

A deep cross into the box was nodded down by Ince into the path of Jeff Hendrick, who struck a brilliant first-time volley across David Forde and into the top corner.

Within seconds of Hendrick's goal, Rotherham equalised against Norwich and can now relegate Millwall by beating Reading on Tuesday.

For the Lions to stay up, they must hope their rivals fail to win in midweek and again on the final day, while they would have to defeat Kenny Jackett's Wolves.

Neil Harris made three changes to the side that were beaten 2-0 by Blackburn, with an injury to Mark Beevers prompting a recall for Jos Hooiveld at centre back.

Martin and Gregory also came into the Millwall XI at the expense of Magaye Gueye and Ricardo Fuller, who both dropped to the bench.

Before kick off, Sid Nelson was named the club's Young Player of the Year for 2014-15 and Jimmy Abdou collected the senior award from chairman John Berylson.

After a scrappy opening ten minutes, Martin won and took Millwall's first corner of the afternoon and his delivery took a nick off a defender before flashing dangerously across goal.

In the 16th minute, O'Brien led a Millwall counter-attack with both Abdou and Gregory up in support, but the youngster went for goal and Grant held his low drive with ease.

The Rams threatened for the first time when Ryan Shotton's long throw into the box was glanced just wide by Richard Keogh, with Forde struggling to get there.

Dan Harding sliced an awkward half-volley well over before Nicky Bailey was tackled as he went to pull the trigger after playing a neat one-two with O'Brien.

But when Grant gifted Gregory possession with a wild kick, the striker lifted his shot over the 'keeper and Craig Forsyth failed to prevent the ball from crossing the line.

And the former non-league star doubled up from the penalty spot ten minutes later, sending Grant the wrong way after Martin's shot hit the arm of Keogh, who was furious with the decision.

Millwall almost made it 3-0 in the 39th minute when Gregory's cross was headed clear at the near post, with Woolford waiting to nod the ball in.

Ince, though, hauled Derby back into the game with a deft 20-yard free-kick that curled around the defensive wall and bounced into the bottom corner.

The Lions needed to start the second half on the front foot and, five minutes after the restart, they restored their two-goal advantage.

Referee David Coote pointed to the spot after Dunne was pushed to the ground as he went to attack Martin's corner, and Gregory powered his shot beyond Grant's full-stretch dive.

The visitors looked to rally again and Johnny Russell and Richard Dawkins both went close during a hectic five-minute spell.

The momentum of the game shifted again when, in the 70th minute, Ince went down as soon as he felt contact from O'Brien, and sub Martin dispatched the penalty with aplomb.

Millwall quickly set about trying to score a fourth goal, with O'Brien's powerful drive and Woolford's glancing header both being tipped over by Grant.

But Harris' men couldn't hold on, and Hendrick finished off a superb team move to make it 3-3 with five minutes to go.

Both sides had chances to win it during added time but Fuller was thwarted by Keogh's diving lunge and Ince curled inches wide from 20 yards.

Alex Aldridge


11 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 3-3 Derby County

  • April 25, 2015 at 18:35

    All season its happened,fu***** let downs,they deserve to be relegated oh and by the way ffs get rid of forde,two goals today were down to all the others this season.

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  • April 25, 2015 at 18:36

    Absolutely gutted with that result today. Score 3 goals, first time in f*** knows how long and still don't win.

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  • April 25, 2015 at 18:38

    Not quite over. This season has been relegation by a thousand cuts.

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  • April 25, 2015 at 18:43

    Just about typifies the season today.
    We cannot keep a 2 goal lead TWICE and the same at Brentford.
    Its simple - WE DESERVE TO GO DOWN - and would already be down if not for the 3 point deduction.
    Agree Forde is a joke of a goalie - makes so many mistakes in a game.
    Hope he is gone by next season.

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  • April 25, 2015 at 18:58

    harris is right - that cheating cnut ince dived - just ran into players and went over and the ref was desperate to even it up for them - total cheat Ince - I don't think they come back with out that - cots us 2 pts and possible status - It is absolutely despicable

    we had no quality at 3-2 - we needed a midfielder to hold the ball or substitutes earlier (could see they had given everything and needed to give the wingers more of a chance to impact the game)

    totally gutted - a win puts huge pressure on Rotherham

    just a mention for the muggy derby fans - wouldn't expect anything else from them - another play-off defeat looms for them - I will be laughing

    Gregory going off was huge - but him and Obrien will cause lots of problem in league one - end on good note

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    • April 25, 2015 at 19:20

      @timchimes: The thing is tim,a player is going to try and win a penalty,we should be critical of our own player for giving the chance of winning the penalty,bailey was coming across to cover the situation,so O'Brien should not have touched Ince he was the wrong side of Ince anyway,it was the same against Brentford,Woolford had no need to trip the player as Hoov was covering.Forde set up of the wall today was pathetic,so it was our fault really,after all our player's would have done the same as them.
      I am loath to have a pop at Bomber,but why did he bring Fuller on,when all through the game the ball over the top was giving Derby problem's,the pace of Paris or Maggie would have been better than Fuller at the time of the substitution of greggs,rather than bringing them on later.

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      • April 25, 2015 at 19:42


        I agree completely - didn't learn from Brentford - don't put a foot in there and give them the chance - modern football though and it stinks - some refs are standing up to it but not our ones

        I also agree about the subs - they weren't dealing with the long ball so put on Gueye lone man to run on to them last 20 mins - - we could have then dropped someone back in midfield as we were getting over run there - pla 5 across and be soild - as soon as martin came on it changed it for them - I would have considered beevers just to confront him physically (if he was on the bench - I missed the subs) overall we were tactically out thought second half - it helps if you have got the players to do it of course but as you say, hard to fault Harris but ...........

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  • April 25, 2015 at 19:24

    Gregory coming off was a mistake. Fuller didnt win anything in the air. You realise how good Gregory is at battling and holding up the ball once he comes off. After he went off we had no outlet. You dont bring off your best attacker end of. That was a mistake Bomber. But great effort again today. Shame we didnt get to see the players come out after the game - well done those that ran on the pitch fcking it up for everyone.

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  • April 25, 2015 at 20:45

    Very millwall only fews we have to remember Derby are a good team that were desperate the point if anything the goals worked against us because we set up to defend what we had, massive learning curve for Harris,
    fitness routines for the players, playing at breakneck tempo then learning to bore games out, bring on fuller without a foothold in the game for him but the problem is we need a squad that can do everything defend attack scrap long ball short ball, if I personally had a choice
    scraping in the championship next season or to do a Bristol city or a wovles I know what I would pick .. Build a young fit squad that buys into the millwall way.

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