Report: Millwall 2-3 Barnsley

LEWIN Nyatanga’s late goal broke Millwall’s hearts at The Den after Fred Onyedinma’s header with eight minutes left looked like it had rescued a point.

The Barnsley defender climbed at the back post to head past David Forde and give Lee Johnson’s side all three points.

It was cruel on the Lions but they only had themselves to blame after Alfie Mawson had also scored following a free-kick 11 minutes into the second half.

Millwall looked like the most likely winners after Onyedinma’s bullet header, but Barnsley were excellent throughout and probably just about deserved their win.

Onyedinma had earlier given the home side the lead before Sam Winnall equalised for Barnsley after 38 minutes, and the Lions winger probably deserved better than to end up on the losing side for the third game in a row.

Harris had said before the game that his players would have to learn quickly or he would make changes and he was true to his word as Sid Nelson and Shane Ferguson came into the back four.

Jimmy Abdou also made his comeback after injury and it certainly seemed to give the home side more control in midfield.

Still, there was an odd atmosphere in the ground in the opening stages and that was reflected on the pitch with some nervy play from the home side.

It wasn’t obvious that Harris was getting the response that he wanted from his side after Saturday’s defeat to Coventry until Onyedinma started to get into his stride.

And it was the winger who gave Millwall the lead on 27 minutes after Steve Morison had driven the ball across the six-yard line.

It looked as if Adam Davies had done enough to gather but with Onyedinma prone he was able to scoop the ball over the line with his second attempt.

That seemed to lift a cloud off Harris’ side and they really should have doubled their lead seven minutes later when Tony Craig’s header from Shaun Williams’ cross was helped over the line by Lee Gregory.

The Den was quickly silenced by a blast of referee Dean Whitestone’s whistle, however, as he deemed Gregory had fouled the keeper.

The added frustration was that it looked like Craig’s header was going to drift in anyway and a few minutes later that frustration was compounded as Johnson’s side found an equaliser.

Millwall had already been exposed down their left side with James Bree and Marley Watkins taking advantage of a narrow Millwall midfield to combine and cross a number of dangerous balls into the box.

And it was from the right that the goal came, Winnall turning in Watkins' cross-shot after an initial corner had been cleared.

Barnsley then went into the lead in the 56th minute when Mawson, who held talks with Millwall in the summer before joining the Tykes, found himself in space in the box after a free-kick to volley to the corner giving Forde no chance.

Harris brought on Aiden O’Brien and Ben Thompson to try to give his side more edge but it was Onyedinma who still looked the most threatening player on the pitch and he got his reward on 82 minutes when he headed in Ferguson’s corner.

But there was still time for late drama as Nyatanga powered a header past Forde in injury time.

John Kelly


68 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 2-3 Barnsley

  • August 18, 2015 at 21:59

    we've conceded 9 goals at home in all competitions that tells you all you need to know! at this rate we're f****** go down again ffs! something needs to change and sharpish or it could get a lot f****** worse. what's happened to us ffs? even the fans that do bother going these days are there under sufferance.

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    • August 18, 2015 at 22:28

      @steveomfc5: Cummings is the first thing that needs to be changed. Id edwards isn't fit I would give romeo a go. Forde had another poor game. Even today I had confidence that he is too good a keeper to continue being this poor. I was wrong. Where has the forde of 2 years ago gone. Archer definitely needs to play saturday. Thirdly, Craig is shocking. 2 of the goals he has not jumped and let their bloke get a free header at the back post. I don't even think he is really a leader as there is not any organisation at set pieces. All a must or we will keep conceding. Williams is not a good enough centre midfielder in our current system . In our system you need people like Jimmy as we are so direct it doesnt require ball playing centre mids. Even his strong attribute of passing is useless at the moment. Finally , Lee Gregory works really really hard but I have lost confidence that he is good enough. O'Brien and Morison on saturday and start them as a partnership. We looked much better tonight when O'brien came on and for me he needs to start.

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      • August 18, 2015 at 23:11

        @MillwallChorister: The defence is a shambles. Craig? we might as well of kept Dunney. Beevers has been sold to Bradford (Best centre back IMO), Fordey has gone, along with Craig at fault for their winner. For my money, Upson is the biggest weak link in the midfield. Gregory is just not good enough. I thought Morison had another good game. He won every flick on, held it up, but for who? Gregory didn't have the sense or pace to anticipate and stand in front, or go beyond the last defender. Play Moro with Fred or Aiden (even Marquis is more effective, and that's saying something!!!). On tonight's showing, welcome back Jimmy, well done Fred, Moro and Ferguson - the rest of you....................

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        • August 18, 2015 at 23:37

          @Adsy77777: agree , craig is a Millwall man and its good to have those sort of characters but not when they can't jump and add to a back five which is shaky and looks like it will concede every attack the opposition has.

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    • August 18, 2015 at 22:33

      @steveomfc5: To all those who thought we would be promoted this season....just compare this side with the side that got promoted to Championship by the play offs a few years ago

      No comparison

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    • August 18, 2015 at 23:00

      @steveomfc5: forde wage thief, stayed rooted to his line while the bloke nods in from 4 yards out, if archer don't take over from him now then his pals act with harris has to be questioned! fred will be on his way sooner rather than later, harris has to get a grip and quick, need a big strong left back, upon and williams are to slow in the middle, what has plaster got to do to get in this team? arggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! f*** off forde !

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    • August 18, 2015 at 23:42

      Well a much better result than Saturday and good performances from Jimmy and Fred.... Sadly we have the joint worst goal difference already so Harris, wake up and smell the coffee and drop Forde for f**** sake. A goalkeeper needs to organise and command the defence but he can't do it. Look at our goal difference last season as a reminder. Likewise what the f*** is that last b****** Morrison doing ? I thought we were going to be " giving the youngster a chance" ( which is a nice way of saying we've spent f*** all again " so why play hasbeens such as Forde and Morrison ? Only Jimmy and Fred earned their money tonight as the rest just turned up for a free ride. Harris, you are gonna have to drop your mates and get one passion and pride in the outfit.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 22:03

    7,657 says it all.
    We are sinking fast.

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    • August 19, 2015 at 13:02

      @Longfield Lion: not sure why you had so many dislikes longfield when you were only stating the obvious.

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