Report: Bromley 2-2 Millwall

A late own goal from Tony Craig denied Millwall a win at Bromley as Neil Harris’s side had to settle for a draw.

Bromley had gone ahead in the 11th minute but John Marquis levelled from the spot before Ben Thompson put the Lions ahead minutes later.

And just when it looked like Millwall would comfortably see out the game, Craig, back for a fourth spell at the club, could only watch as the ball sailed over substitute keeper Tom King.

Harris had handed a debut to Joe Martin at left-back and Jordan Archer started in goal after his move from Tottenham.

Mark Beevers partnered Sid Nelson in the middle of the defence with the other summer signing Craig still building up his fitness.

Millwall started well and had most of the territory without creating much on a slippery surface.

But it was a lapse at the back that cost them on 11 minutes when Beevers misjudged a long ball and let Moses Emmanuel in behind. The striker had a bit to do with Archer advancing but he clinically clipped a shot in at the near post to give the home side the lead.

Beevers tried to make amends moments later but his shot from 35 yards failed to trouble Alan Julian.

Emmanuel limped off shortly after that and was replaced with Anthony Cook who looked threatening. Shaun Williams had to be alert to scamper back at one stage and halt the attacker on the edge of the box.

On 22 minutes, Williams, finding space in midfield picked out Fred Onyedinma with a 50-yard pass over the Bromley defence.

The winger advanced into the box to shoot but Julian did well to react to parry the ball and when it fell to the feet of John Marquis it looked like it would bring the equaliser only for the striker to shoot over.

Four minutes later Ed Upson had an even better chance when he broke from midfield and burst onto a cross from Martin. But his first-time effort was again brilliantly saved by Julian.

Martin, galloping forward from left-back with Thompson drifting inside and Onyedinma on the other flank, were Millwall’s principle threats, and though Marquis and strike partner Aiden O’Brien were working exceptionally hard they couldn’t quite carve out chances for themselves.

It was Bromley and former Millwall striker Ben May who threatened again and the big forward just failed to pick out Cook at the back post with a cushioned volley.

A flurry of corners as the first half drew to a close failed to bring any reward for Harris’ side and they were reduced to a couple of long-range efforts in their attempts to find an equaliser.

Thompson’s shot from 30 yards was blocked and fell to Upson who couldn’t steer his effort on target.

Harris made three changes at the break, bringing on Craig and Byron Webster for Nelson and Beevers while Jimmy Abdou replaced Williams in midfield.

The moves seemed to stir the away side and they were level six minutes into the second half, Marquis cooly sending the keeper the wrong way from the spot after O’Brien had been clipped in the area.

It was a harsh decision and Millwall almost found themselves behind a minute later but after the ball pinged around the box and eventually crashed back off the crossbar, the away side were able to clear.

Harris’ side then took the lead on 56 minutes. Onyedinma, who had been a real threat on the right, drove into the box again and when his first attempted cross was saved he picked out Thompson with the rebound and the midfielder couldn’t miss from a couple of yards.

Onyedinma then had a shout for a penalty and though it looked more clear-cut than O’Brien’s it wasn’t given.

Harris made a flurry of changes just after the hour mark. Trialist Henrik Breimyr came on in midfield while Kris Twardek looked a bundle of energy playing in behind Alfie Pavey.

The game was naturally disrupted after the substitutions and Millwall found themselves down to ten men after Thompson hobbled off.

And Bromley grabbed an equaliser in the final minutes after the luckless Craig’s intervention.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

37 thoughts on “Report: Bromley 2-2 Millwall

    • July 14, 2015 at 21:54
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      @mewall62:
      It's only a friendly. I'm sure within a few hours though, this site will be full off comments stating how s*** we are and how we are going down etc. It seems to be the natural thing to s*** off anything and everything on here.

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      • July 14, 2015 at 22:03
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        @82wall: Very true 82 wall, but wouldnt it have been nice to have won against a side that really we should be beating regardless of the change in personnel. You cant blame fellow supporters for having a moan, unfortunately a losing/negative mentality has been branded in our minds.

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        • July 14, 2015 at 22:41
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          @potty1:
          It would of mate yes, but the sad reality is that some of today's squad are no better than league 2 level really. Bomber has to sign some players. I don't know how tied his hands are, or whats going on behind the scenes, but we need at least another winger and another striker, otherwise I fear harris will be getting some undeserved abuse off some of our supporters if it's not going to plan in the first few weeks.

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          • July 14, 2015 at 22:46
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            @82wall: Yes I agree, Bombers on a hiding to nothing.

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      • July 14, 2015 at 22:08
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        @82wall: let's hope the doom mongers take a rest tonite! It's a start and the first real competitive game! Isn't that what preseason friendlies are aboyt, experiments, learning etc! COYL

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    • July 15, 2015 at 05:51
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      No surprise in the result. In the 55 years I have supported Millwall this is one of the weakest squads we have ever had. Come mid season when the injuries and suspensions start piling up we could be in big trouble. Sure its only a friendly just hope its not the sign of things to come..............

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      • July 15, 2015 at 11:48
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        @Lenjulians: You must have slept during the Colin Lee, Nigel Spackman, Jimmy Nicoll and Billy Bonds era's :)

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    • July 16, 2015 at 10:28
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      12 weeks ago we were playing teams who are now in the premiership. We should of beat Bromley and not conceded too. I won't judge our team on this one outing but I am f****** scared for next season already.

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    • July 16, 2015 at 10:29
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      12 weeks ago we were playing teams who are now in the premiership. We should of beat Bromley and not conceded too. I won't judge our team on this one outing but I am already scared for next season already. Oh and I was at the game.

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    • July 16, 2015 at 17:12
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      Well, the likes of Sheffield Utd and Swindon should be a walk in the park then.

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  • July 14, 2015 at 21:58
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    Sounded like Martin had a great game anyone go to the game this evening and can comment on his performance?

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    • July 14, 2015 at 22:22
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      @callumlion: looked reliable at the back and was getting forward well in the first half

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  • July 14, 2015 at 22:00
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    5 or 6 players looked tonight. Martin, O'Brien, Fred etc.. Beevers and Craig need to get better COYL

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  • July 14, 2015 at 22:05
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    Thought martin looked decent joe I mean

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  • July 14, 2015 at 22:05
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    I was trying to be funny, he played 18 players just for minutes not to win

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  • July 14, 2015 at 22:27
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    Gents, just some observations from the end of season until now, i just cant see Marquis being the answer as our centre forward, and the fact that we tried very hard to get Hanson , makes me think that Harris feels that as well, and dont forget, Marquis finished on the bench for gillingham last season ! I think we look ok at goalkeeper and defence, midfield looks ok as well, but we have not looked a dangerous side since Harris, Alexander, Henderson, Morrison and dare i say it Woods ! played upfront for us, and for any kind of success, you need goals either by individuals or partnerships. i will still be there like the last 55 years, but my concern is that we will do the usual " wait and see what happens" rather than buy that bit of quality needed.

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  • July 14, 2015 at 22:47
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    Just back from Bromley and on tonight's showing yes it's very early days but I would concur with the previous posters- it's up front we are looking lightweight. O'Brien and marquis worked hard as always but we just seemed to lack that big physical presence, it could be our Achilles heel again if it's not addressed soon.

    Joe Martin looked decent, very direct running and always looking to swing crosses in, and doesn't shy away from a tackle, other mentions to Fred, lots of trickery and pace and I thought Webster done well in the 2nd half, looked comfortable next to Craig who also did well- until his last minute mare anyway!

    No Lee Martin though- took a 'knock' in training apparently, I bet no one saw that coming!

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    • July 14, 2015 at 23:02
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      @Still_Wall: Thanks for your report, pleased that Webster looked good, especially alongside Craig, as i have said before, didnt think he was given a chance last season, Webster, Craig,Nelson,Beevers are a strong 4. its just upfront as you witnessed.

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  • July 14, 2015 at 22:48
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    Good run out for the lads, 2-2 against a strong league winning side is a good result for our youth. Half of the players I barely recognised, they played well. Gregory, Lee Martin didn't play though.

    Pre season results are nothing to go by, non league teams can shock peek teams on pre season. I'm looking forward to this season to start now. COYL

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  • July 14, 2015 at 22:58
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    Also I thought Ben Thompson played a blinder, Fred looked dangerous and Kris Twardek also looks fast and tricky on the ball. Great young players

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  • July 14, 2015 at 23:12
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    Just seen a photo on the official site from tonights game, my eyes are going to be knackerd this season looking at those "hooped" socks FFS !!!!!

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  • July 14, 2015 at 23:12
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    Who gives a flying f*** about a poxy friendly..they never bare any true light on the season to come.

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  • July 14, 2015 at 23:35
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    We're finished on that performance! Harris out!!

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    • July 15, 2015 at 00:01
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      @NO1LIKESUS: agree we were absolutely shocking. Neil will sort that pile of s,.t out. To a neutral Bromley would have picked as the higher team. Passing was woeful, movement static and nous was sadly lacking . In for a tough season I think. We must have a recognised front man who can give us 20+ goals, otherwise we are in deep poop. Rant over!

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  • July 15, 2015 at 13:18
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    Trying to be an optimist here but here is my take. The difference between a friendly and a league game is it isn't worth any points. That aside it's still a measure of how good or bad we are. We played a nobody team with a squad in the first half we would probably play in the league, and we didn't cut it. 2-2 against a real club would've given us perspective but this shows we are clearly going to struggle to stay in this division. We should be smashing teams like this in our sleep

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    • July 15, 2015 at 16:09
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      @Geoff the lion:
      It doesn't work like that at all. I don't know how long you have been following football, but pre season games are not a good indicator of where a team will finish in the league. Not at all. And there are many differences between playing a friendly and playing a league game. The preperation is different, the starting 11 wasn't our strongest, the players don't fly in for tackles, there isn't the intensity that you get in a league game. How you can seriously come out with a comment like that is mind boggling. There is a massive difference between league and friendly games. Watford drew with afc Wimbledon the other day, leyton orient lost to Braintree, rotherham lost to alfreton town. Friendlies mean f*** all.

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      • July 15, 2015 at 16:40
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        @82wall: whilst some of what you say is true, the same applies to the team we are playing against i.e they likewise don't fly in for tackles either. so whilst we may play at a tempo of 7 out of 10, so are they, and a 7 out of 10 millwall should easily beat a 7 out of 10 bromley! or have I got that one wrong as well. also, you are not comparing apples with apples... Watford, rotherham and even leyton orient do not have a massive problem scoring goals, we do. so the brief they would've had would be totally different from ours, or at least it should be. we suffer from lack of confidence and lack of goals, so when we play lesser teams, that should be the focus as it will help repair the damage of last season. to coin your phrase, how can you seriously not see the bigger picture, the mind boggles! just because friendlies do not give us league points, something good needs to come from them other than just a kick about. it just makes me question how effective taking the team to Portugal was? yes fitness is important but to me that is a given. im ex forces so being fit didn't get me a pat on the back, being unfit would've got me a kick in the b*****. so the learning is tactics and end product. I will be there rain or shine, but I wont kid myself we are better than we are

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        • July 15, 2015 at 17:14
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          @Geoff the lion:
          Yes it's the same for both teams, but do you not think bromleys players would have been trying just that little bit harder? I played for crockenhill many moons ago and we played a gillingham 11 in a friendly one year, let me tell you we took it a lot more seriously than they did. Don't quite get your point about watford, rotherham and orient being able to score more goals than us. Watford 100% can obviously score more, but rotherham only scored 4 more goals than us last season and orient got relegated from league 1, so they can't have scored many and those stats would suggest that they also have a problem scoring goals. The bigger picture as you put it, is keeping everyone fit for the new season. No more, no less. I wasn't in the dressing room but I can pretty much guarentee that bomber wouldn't have gone in depth with tactics etc yesterday. We would of had a gameplan and a formation. We wouldn't of prepared for that game anything like we will prepare for Shrewsbury. Friendlies don't mean anything. It's not a good indicator of how we will get on this season. And you can't question how important it was to go to Portugal just yet, we've just got back! If we are fitter than most other clubs in our league come feb/March, then it would of been worth while! If your ex forces you should know all about strength and conditioning. We are hopeful it will give us an edge as the season progresses. Keep an eye out for the pre season results this season, and you'll be in for a shock. Big teams don't always beat the small teams.

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  • July 15, 2015 at 18:36
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    it was a " get match fit " run out......to say we didnt win is silly .....no tactics 20 players.....anyone who bought a ticket was cheated ......you may as well pay to watch a training session......

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