Report: Millwall 1-2 Barnsley

TEN-MAN Millwall were robbed of a point by Marcus Tudgay's winner deep into injury time at The Den.

The Lions, who missed a first-half penalty and had Adam Smith sent-off, looked to have rescued a point when Chris Wood cancelled out Stephen Dawson's opener.

But Tudgay raced clear in the 93rd minute to win it for struggling Barnsley and condemn Kenny Jackett's side to their first home defeat since September.



Jackett made two changes to his side from the 2-2 draw at Brighton, drafting in Liam Feeney and Henderson for Chris Taylor and Jack Smith respectively.

Taylor, who picked up a knee injury against the Seagulls, failed a late fitness test. Jackett was also without the services of Jimmy Abdou (compassionate leave) and Andy Keogh (broken toe).

The Millwall boss had called on his side to make a quick start against the struggling Tykes but they nearly fell behind in just the second minute when Dawson took aim from distance, but he dragged his shot well wide.



Liam Trotter had a shot blocked inside the area before Darius Henderson's knock-down nearly fell to Chris Wood, but the ball was hammered clear before the striker could reach it.

Tudgay wasted shooting opportunities for Barnsley in the 7th and 16th minute – first firing straight at David Forde from the edge of the area before blasting high and wide after a mix up between Danny Shittu and Mark Beevers.

Jim O'Brien should have opened the scoring when he jinked past Shittu only to scuff hopelessly wide. And that missed appeared costly when Henderson was tripped inside the box and referee Trevor Kettle awarded a penalty.

The striker elected to take the spot-kick himself ahead of first-choice penalty taker Trotter but skied his effort well over the bar.

Four minutes later, the Tykes took the lead when Dawson tapped in from eight yards after O'Brien's shot had been parried into his path by Forde.

Adam Smith blazed over before Trotter's swerving half-volley drifted wide as the Lions sought to respond and they should have equalised in the 42nd minute, but Steele saved Henderson's close-range shot.

It was nearly 2-0 on the stroke of half-time but Tudgay glanced inches wide of Forde's goal from Dawson's precise free-kick.

Disaster struck for Millwall in the 52nd minute when Adam Smith was shown a straight red card for a lunging tackle on David Perkins – although ref Kettle gestured that he had also spotted a push.

With a man advantage, Barnsley surged forward in search of a killer second goal and Perkins sliced wide at the end of a mazy run before his free-kick was headed wide by Tudgay.

But the Lions equalised out of nothing in the 80th minute when Forde's goal kick was flicked on by Trotter into the path of Wood, who stroked the ball into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Roared on by the home crowd, Millwall pushed for a winner but Trotter could only fire straight down Steele's throat as stoppage time approached.

And with virtually the last kick of the game, Tudgay beat the offside trap before dinking the ball over Forde to win it for the Tykes.

Millwall: Forde, A.Smith, Lowry, Wright, Shittu, Beevers, Feeney (J.Smith, 63mins), Trotter, Henderson (N'Guessan, 69mins), Wood, Henry. Subs not used: M.Taylor, Dunne, Batt, Osborne, Malone.

Barnsley: Steele, Hassall, Golbourne, Foster, Dawson, O'Brien (Harewood, 73mins), Perkins (Done, 83mins), Dagnall, Cranie (Wiseman, 19mins), Tudgay, Stone. Subs not used: Alnwick, Cywka, Greening, Rose.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

9 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-2 Barnsley

  • December 22, 2012 at 17:18
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    Shows how much we need Jimmy. I laugh at anyone who says Trotter is more valuable to the team than Abdou, I really do.

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    • December 22, 2012 at 19:51
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      Trotter and Abdou works, Abdou and Wright works. Trotter and Wright.. DOESN'T WORK!! 1 Million percent agree with you, if we had 11 Jimmy's on the pitch, we may not score fancy goals, but we wouldn't be conceding anything.

      Thought Hendo was rushed back into the team today, shows when he was subbed after an hour. Strange how we do better when we're down to 10 at home.. haha.

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  • December 22, 2012 at 17:27
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    Come on millwall sort it out,if were seriously going to challenge for promotion then we need to win these sort of games,impressed with wood again need to sign him if we want to challenge for playoffs. Definetly not a one man team, so not the end of the world, give other players more credit because with out them wood wouldnt be scoring the goals he is Come on wall

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  • December 22, 2012 at 17:43
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    Looked like a harsh sending off, but doubt it'll get rescinded.
    But we didn't get going until the sending off.

    Lowry had a decent game again, trotter looked got for the second half as well.

    N'Guessan isn't a football player. Gets a rush of blood to the head when the ball comes near. Can't control, hold up or pass.
    In the 15 mins he was on he didn't contribute.

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  • December 22, 2012 at 18:07
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    Four penalties in a row Henderson has missed; I am appalled that we let him take the ball off Trotter. Good news is he'll be spending next Christmas at either Wormwood Scrubs or Gillingham FC.

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  • December 22, 2012 at 20:01
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    Im telling the truth hear and i saw chris wood after the game because i won this competition and i had to ask him are you going to stay at wall and he said that he wants to stay at millwall and that his flat in london is where he is staying, he told the manager steve clarke that he wants to stay so hopefully wba dont go for money and do the wright thing

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  • December 22, 2012 at 20:46
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    We've been fortunate with injuries so far this season. Feel we need a little more quality on the bench if we are to continue with our recent run in the league. Bad day at the office today. We have bounced back before.

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  • December 23, 2012 at 10:53
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    Let's hope these 'bad days at the office' don't ruin the the rest of our good season!

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