Report: Millwall 2-3 CD Tondela




CD Tondela

 Onyedinma 14, Williams 45 Venue: The Den
Attendance: 2,402
Tinoco 7, Wagner 16, Luis Machado 67

MILLWALL'S unbeaten pre-season run came to an end after Portuguese side CD Tondela claimed victory at The Den.

Luis Tinoco put Tondela ahead in the seventh minute before Fred Onyedinma levelled the score seven minutes later.

The away side recaptured the lead almost immediately when Wagner squeezed a shot past David Forde.

The Lions battled well as the half went on, though, and Shaun Williams got a deserved second equaliser on 45 minutes when he headed in a Lee Martin free-kick.

But the away side got the winner on 67 minutes when Luis Machado found space at the back post to plant a header beyond the reach of Forde.

Tondela just about shaded it in what was an often fractious contest that threatened to boil over a number of times.

Neil Harris had said during the week that the line-up against the Portuguese side would be a strong indicator of the team to face Shrewsbury next week.

He made two changes from the team that defeated Stevenage 1-0, with Onyedinma coming in on the right of midfield for Paris Cowan-Hall and Ed Upson partnering Williams in the centre of the park instead of Jimmy Abdou.

Harris was cautious before facing Tondela, something of an unknown quantity after a spectacular rise from the fifth tier of Portuguese football to the top flight in little over ten years.

And they were immediately into their composed stride as they dominated possession early on.

Deep-lying midfielders Lucas and Luis Alberto were orchestrating cleverly as a definite clash of styles became evident: the Portuguese attempted to play the ball out from the back and through the lines to frustrate Harris’ side.

They pressed high and closed down quickly and it took Williams and Upson some time to realise they wouldn’t have the time on the ball that they had in previous games.

Millwall, meanwhile, were trying to hit strikers Lee Gregory and John Marquis early and get Onyedinma and Martin involved from the wings.

But it was the away side who took the lead on seven minutes, Tinoco’s free-kick from the left floating over everyone and deceiving Forde who may have thought it was drifting wide.

Millwall responded well though and levelled seven minutes later.

It was a fine goal too as Martin broke away and when he found Onyedinma the 18-year-old still had a bit to do. But he drove into the box and lifted the ball expertly over the advancing Matt Jones.

CD Tondela took the lead again a couple of minutes later when Wagner’s left-footed shot from just inside the box crept in at the near post past Forde.

The Lions, however, stuck to the plan and their physical approach earned them a number of set-piece opportunities.

As at AFC Wimbledon, though, they came to nothing until the stroke of half-time when Martin dinked a ball in from the left to find Williams. Jones got a fingertip to the midfielder’s header but it wasn’t enough to prevent the ball going in off the post.

The second half settled into a similar pattern with the away side dominating possession, yet it was a defensive lapse after a long ball that saw them go back in front, the diminutive Macahdo finding himself in acres of space at the back post to nod past an exposed Forde.

Marquis had an excellent opportunity to square for a trio of Millwall players a few minutes later but his cross was cut out just when a third equaliser looked like it was on the way.

The striker and Tondela’s Pica were then booked late on but the Portuguese side saw out the game to end Millwall’s unbeaten run.

John Kelly


22 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 2-3 CD Tondela

  • August 1, 2015 at 16:16

    They'll be dancing in the streets of CD Tondela tonight!

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  • August 1, 2015 at 16:27

    for anyone who has seen us play all of pre-season, and for the last 6-8 months, there was only 1 player at fault for the first two goals and he was in between the sticks. Forde you have served our club well, but it's time for a change, would have Archer as our starting no.1.

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  • August 1, 2015 at 16:35

    Forde must go. Beevers is not a left back.Need another goalscorer. Ref poor, no change there. Fred a bright spot.

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  • August 1, 2015 at 16:50

    New striker New keeper New defence New scoreboard The list goes on.................................None of these will arrive and Harris is saying almost what holloway was saying this time last year. New Board would be better.

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  • August 1, 2015 at 17:07

    I think as we aren't going to be able to get a new LB as we have only just got Martin there, using Beevers as cover to see how he gels with the other 3 is probably a good idea (I know we've used him there before), unless we have another kid coming through (can Siafa play both LB and RB). I cant see him being there as a real option, just makes sense to have a player that can fill a couple of positions rather than 1 on the bench.
    On the MFC website, nobody has the 10 shirt so here's hoping that it is all but finalised and we will get a reveal midweek so (WE NEED A STRIKER!!!!!) that one is ticked, Fordey will stay, he had no offers, has a contract and if he is serious for 1 last pay day at a championship club he will have to put in decent performances in the first few games to get attention, I think he will start the season well.

    Defence always needs time together, and once the season kicks off NH will play a settled back 4 and they will be fine.

    final point scoreboard, I hear a rumour that we are having digital screens put in the backs of the seats in front of you

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  • August 1, 2015 at 17:11

    terrible. neil grow some and demand funds!!!

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  • August 1, 2015 at 18:13

    I thought Fred and John played well considering the midfield created nothing though out the whole game, you cannot play Upson and Williams in the same team both are one pace players and that's slow.
    We defend like a Sunday pub side. Where are the young players Neil was going to play, 8 of the players on show where in the team that took us down last season.

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  • August 1, 2015 at 18:50

    The only two positives was marquis and fred the majority of the side was Holloway side that got us relegated

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    • August 1, 2015 at 19:22

      @lions404: I went to the training morning Thursday and after they had finished I spoke to David Ford and asked him a question it was the 6 yard box is your KINGDOM and you are the king but you dont rule it , some times you come and take across other times @Millwall59: you dont he replied you cant get them all I said there seems to be no communication between you and the back 4 you should be the sweeper telling them where to be he said have word with the goalkeeping coach . IN his favour he didnt thump me I am only 5ft 5 he is a giant

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      • August 1, 2015 at 19:51

        @OTIS: OTIS i have been harping on about Forde and the six yard box for three season's to the point of being boring,as a kid i was a goalkeeper back in the 1950's it was drummed into me that i was the boss and i told the defender's what was mine by calling "My BALL" and when i did it was my job to make sure it was my ball,for Forde to say he would have a word with the goalkeeping coach is an insult after all he is a professional international goalkeeper he should be doing this already.
        As you say he is a giant and the six yard box should be his.
        Give the youngster Archer his chance i say.

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  • August 1, 2015 at 19:29

    I THOUGHT THEY BOTH WORKED THEIR SOCKS OFF TRYING all of you that have no faith in JOHN MARQUISE TRY have SOME he got no service today puting himself about winning balls to hold it up to get us going and taking a lot of stick from their centre backs for his tierless work rate he gets booked

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    • August 1, 2015 at 20:38

      @OTIS: Your right he put in a shift today, along side another striker he will be ok, they. Gave him the ball today but did not get close and support him. Williams to slow don't get rid of the ball quick enough for me, kept getting caught in possession, ups on quite today

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  • August 1, 2015 at 19:58

    Otis says

    just wait and see if Marquis can find the back of the 15 times in a season 3 friendlies no returns from our strikers WE NEED a STRIKER

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  • August 1, 2015 at 20:45

    Our midfield will be our downfall ,a striker is only as good as the service provided and I don't see a lot of goals in Abdou,ups on and Williams,just hope there service to our strikers is better as that's vital.

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  • August 1, 2015 at 23:07

    Ground hog day once again. Forde looks like a massive wardrobe being pushed over. TIMBER !... It would be funny if it wasn't our club keeper.

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  • August 5, 2015 at 14:26

    I've been banging on about Forde since we got promoted...
    In year one Maik Taylor came in and saved us from relegation, in season two we stayed up by the skin of our f--- skins and as we know last season it wasn't just Fordes incompetence butt he has def got worse!
    I also wonder if it's time to bring in the recently retired legend Tony Denzil Warner to replace 18 stone Kevin Pressman as our goalkeeping coach....

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