Report: Wolves 4-2 Millwall

JAMIE Philpot scored with his first touch in senior football as relegated Millwall were beaten 4-2 by Wolves on the final day.

Philpot, who only signed a professional contract this week, tapped in from close range on an afternoon when another academy product, Aiden O'Brien, was also on target.

But the pace and power of Kenny Jackett's side was often too much to handle for the visitors, although Wolves' four-goal haul wasn't enough to get them into the play-offs.

They held a slender lead at half time thanks to Nouha Dicko's 20th-minute strike and he thundered in a terrific second goal after the restart.

O'Brien pulled one back from Lee Gregory's centre only for Ethan Ebanks-Landell to make it 3-1.

But Ed Upson's cross was converted by Philpot eight minutes from time to move Millwall back to within a goal of their hosts.

Bakary Sako made the game safe, however, when the Lions switched off at a free kick and his shot from a narrow angle went between David Forde's legs.

This was Neil Harris' first game since taking over permanently and, despite some chaotic defending, he'll have been pleased with much of the performance.

With one eye already on next season, Harris named a youthful squad at Molineux including no less than six recent graduates of the club's youth system.

Sid Nelson and O'Brien, who have both been regulars under Harris, were joined in the side by central midfielder Jack Powell.

Mark Beevers and Upson also returned to the line-up after illness and suspension respectively,

Ben Thompson, Alfie Pavey and Philpot were on the bench, but Jos Hooiveld, Nicky Bailey, Martyn Woolford, Ricardo Fuller and Gary Taylor-Fletcher weren't involved.

After an early Millwall corner was only-half cleared by the Wolves defence, Gregory looped a header over the bar from Nelson's cross.

In the 15th minute, Jimmy Abdou's appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears when his header from Dan Harding's centre appeared to be blocked by an arm.

Referee Mark Haywood waved play on and, after a lightening-quick counter-attack, Rajiv van La Parra got goal-side of the Lions defence only to be denied by Forde.

But Wolves took the lead when Mark Beevers' attempted tackle on Sako diverted the ball into the path of Dicko, who scored from close range.

Lee Martin wasted a good chance to equalise almost immediately but he made a mess of his attempted lob over Tomasz Kuszczak after beating the offside trap.

Powell then drilled harmlessly wide from distance before playing an almost-perfect through ball to Gregory, who was unable to control inside the box.

Following a change of formation at half time, Millwall made a strong start to the second period and Harding fired an early chance wide.

Martin then crossed for O'Brien at the near post and after a couple of bites at the cherry, he finally got a clean strike away and his effort was cleared off the line.

But Wolves doubled their advantage on the break when Dicko rolled Nelson, cut in from the left flank and drove an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

O'Brien quickly made it 2-1 when Jack Powell's free kick was parried to Gregory, who fired the ball back across goal to leave the youngster with an easy finish.

Millwall enjoyed a spell of dominance after the goal, with Upson and Gregory shooting over from good positions on the edge of the box and Martin testing Kuszczak.

But after Harding brought down Afobe in the right channel, Sako's ferocious free kick went through a crowd of bodies before being turned in by Ebanks-Landell.

Back came the Lions, however, and Philpot, minutes after coming on for his debut, slid in at the far post to convert Upson's deep cross and make it 3-2.

The youngster had to be substituted moments later after picking up an injury – meaning he was on the field for a total of just eight minutes.

Sako put an added gloss on the scoreline with Wolves' fourth goal in stoppage time, taking advantage of some lapse defending before firing through Forde's legs.

Alex Aldridge


14 thoughts on “Report: Wolves 4-2 Millwall

  • May 2, 2015 at 14:39

    This time next year bombers boy's will be celebrating along with us as we go back to the championship! COYL!!!

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  • May 2, 2015 at 14:41

    P.s. well done to jamie and aiden for scoring today!!@

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  • May 2, 2015 at 15:01

    Fantastic to see two of Millwall's Academy products getting on the scoresheet. Will bode well for next season and hopefully will see more academy youngster in the first team. But we need to cash in on Forde, (just as well he signed that new contract) concedes far to many goals and it's gone on for the last 3 seasons! Defence will need a slight tweak too but Sid must be at the heart of any change. JB get ready to fight off all the vulchers and bloated clubs who buy their success, they will come after our wonderful youth products, fight them off! Success is hard earned not bought. COYL

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    • May 2, 2015 at 15:12

      @Bexley_Lion: Defence needs far more than a tweak and why must Sid 'be at the heart of any change'? He's certainly not blameless this season. No doubt he has the potential to be a great defender for us but expecting him to be the lynch pin of our defence is way over the top.

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      • May 2, 2015 at 15:26
        Permalink Sid is still learning but is one of ours. Against more seasoned opposition strikers he is getting caught out but with more game time experience under his belt especially in the league below will allow him that little bit more time to read movement better and act accordingly. Robbo was not so different once upon a time. But do need better quality defenders around him and a new fresh GK between the sticks

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        • May 2, 2015 at 16:12

          @Bexley_Lion: That's fair enough, bit for me it depends on the club's ambitions for next season. If we are looking to go straight back up we can't rely on novice centre-halves in Nelson and Goodman. Bristol City have walked League One with a fairly young defence (two from within our catchment area), but our two will be 21/22 and that might be asking too much. Mind you, if you're good enough you're old enough

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        • May 2, 2015 at 17:30

          @Bexley_Lion: sid gets rolled to easily for me and he cant see a pass, he's raw so hopefully he can improve, but the fact that he's one of ours is irrelevant

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      • May 2, 2015 at 16:21
        Permalink At this moment in time Sid is not big enough nor strong enough as a central defender. He has promise but needs to work very hard on his heading and positional play. In my opinion he needs an experienced, big 'hairy arsed' centre half beside him to teach him the ropes. It is much more difficult for a youngster to progress as a central defender as opposed to a midfielder or forward, as mistakes leads to goals against, resulting in much more pressure and loss of confidence

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        • May 2, 2015 at 18:02

          @eio: spot on he's a good defender but is a bit light weight gets pushed and knocked off ball to easy then he's frustration gets the better off him gives silly fouls needs wise head show him ropes he will get better with every game get him in gym with shitu !

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    • May 2, 2015 at 17:17

      @Bexley_Lion: I reckon we'll play some nice football under Harris and we've got some decent young players coming through but we need to add some quality and experience throughout the team. But we looked too lightweight today - even a very average Wolves side looked so much stronger and more direct than us. Thankfully we can ditch much of the out-of-contract dross this summer, but this team still needs a lot of rebuilding if we want to compete in Division One.

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  • May 2, 2015 at 15:04

    30th September 2014
    15 Bournemouth 10 3 3 4 14 13 +1 12
    16 Millwall 10 3 2 5 10 13 -3 11

    2nd May 2015
    1 Bournemouth 46 26 12 8 98 45 +53 90
    22 Millwall 46 9 14 23 42 76 -34 41

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  • May 2, 2015 at 15:34

    I feel full of hope for next season .......Neil is the man to lead us and our youngsters will do us proud.....the next 2 months will see who gets brought in ......pace and strength is needed but Im sure that Neil knows ............I cant wait for August....COME ON YOU LIONS

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  • May 2, 2015 at 20:55

    Goodman is hardly a novice his played over 80 games for fore other club's the last one being Wimbledon today so if his not ready now bearing his been successful at all the club's then he will never be ready so give the chance or let him go.

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