Report: Millwall 1-5 Peterborough

MILLWALL were blown away by bottom-of-the-table Peterborough as they fell to their fifth-straight league defeat in front of just 8,769 fans at The Den.

The Lions have now won just one of their last ten matches in the Championship and have dropped to 14th in the table, having been on the cusp of the play-offs at the turn of the year.

Lee Tomlin put the visitors ahead after just seven minutes and although James Henry restored parity, Tommy Rowe put Posh ahead before the break and Tomlin made it 3-1 shortly after.



Nathaniel Mendez-Laing put the result beyond doubt with a fine solo effort before Shane Lowry was shown a straight red card and Boyd tapped in a late fifth.

Winger Boyd had the first effort on target of the match but his cross-shot never looked like troubling David Forde at his near post.

But the deadlock was broken in the seventh minute when Boyd was given time and space to pick out the onrushing Tomlin, who smashed the ball into the top corner of the net.



A minute later and Peterborough could have doubled their lead when left-back Rowe swept in a cross which Dwight Gayle mis-hit just wide.

The Lions' first real chance came in the eleventh minute when Bobby Olejnik's poor goal-kick fell to Liam Trotter, who played the ball to Henry but the winger's cross narrowly evaded Rob Hulse.

Trotter was involved again three minutes later when he picked the ball up on the edge of the box and shifted the ball out of his feet before seeing his placed shot kept out by Olejnik.

But there was nothing Olejnik could do to prevent Henry from drawing Millwall level with a superb lob with the outside of his foot after Hulse's clever dummy in the 13th minute.

Within moments of the restart, Henry bamboozled Mendez-Laing before crossing for Afobe, whose left-footed shot flew straight into Olejnik's arms.

Henry almost turned how to order lexapro provider when his chipped cross was knocked back across goal by Afobe to Trotter, but his goal-bound effort was charged down by Gabriel Zakuani.

Trotter then found space on the edge of the area before attempting to place his shot when he perhaps should have gone for power.

But in the 32nd minute, Boyd nicked the ball off the toes of Adam Smith and had time to roll a pass to Rowe, who expertly finished into the corner with the outside of his foot to make it 2-1.

At the interval, Martyn Woolford and Alan Dunne came on for Afobe and Smith, with Henry moving to his preferred right-wing position.

But with only ten minutes gone in the second-half, Peterborough extended their lead when Boyd teed up Tomlin, who tucked the ball into the bottom corner from inside the area.

Peterborough went 4-1 up eight minutes later when Mendez-Laing picked the ball up in the right channel, cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner.

Millwall thought they had pulled one back when Keogh tapped in after Abdou's shot had been parried by Olejnik, but the Irishman was flagged offside .

Matters got worse for the home side in the 68th minute when Lowry was shown a straight red card for a trip on Gayle, who was clean-through on goal.

With the Lions tiring, a hopeful long-range effort from Keogh – who was extremely quiet throughout – led to a Henry corner which was met by Osborne, forcing Olejnik to tip over from under his bar.

But Boyd compounded Millwall's misery when he played a smart one-two with Gayle before taking a touch and toe-poking the ball past Forde.

Millwall: Forde, A.Smith (Dunne, 46mins), Lowry, Abdou, Osborne, Beevers, Trotter, Hulse (Marquis, 84mins), Afobe (Woolford, 46mins), Keogh, Henry. Subs not used: M.Taylor, Wright, N'Guessan, Malone.

Peterborough: Olejnick, Zakuani, Bostwick, Tomlin (Newell, 90mins), Boyd, McCann, Rowe, Ferdinand (Payne, 86mins), Little, Gayle, Mendez-Laing (Swanson, 77mins). Subs not used: Alcock, Brisley, Day, Knight-Percival.

Conor Sefton

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30 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-5 Peterborough

  • February 19, 2013 at 21:58
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    Shocking!!

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  • February 19, 2013 at 21:58
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    GIGO= Garbage In Garbage Out.
    I've said it before. The whole squad needs a major shake-up.
    Really sad tonight.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 22:06
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    Can anyone who was at the game please explain what happened tonight? Stunned!

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  • February 19, 2013 at 22:18
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    Embarrassment tonight!!! Some of those professionals not fit to wear the shirt. Only Abdou, Henry and Hulse came out with any credit. Trotter, what a joke.
    Believe me, we're in a relegation battle!!

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  • February 19, 2013 at 22:23
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    Worst performance in a very long time. Afobe played out of position and you could see it. Osborne is not good enough to play in League 1. Despite the fact I like Trotter he needs to be dropped so he realises he is not irreplaceable. Keogh has looked half the player he was for a long time now. We have Woolford, N'guessan (who always looks good playing left wing) and Malone yet we played Afobe out of position. Don't get me wrong I like Trotter and Keogh but they have not been good enough recently.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 22:26
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    Depressingly predictable! KJ is now facing one of the biggest challenges of his Millwall career with our confidence shot to pieces, our strike force looking second rate (and that's being kind), plus the distraction of an FA Cup quarter-final and limited scope to strengthen the squad. The loss of Wood (unpreventable) and Henderson (preventable) has forced us to change our style of play and Plan B clearly needs a hell of a lot of work. Afobe was once on Barcelona's 'young-players-to-watch' list, so he can't be a total mug and if KJ can work out how to get the best out of him, Hulse and Keogh we should get the three or four wins we need to be certain of staying in the Championship. If not, it really could be squeaky bum time, particularly if we beat Blackburn and everyone gets distracted by the prospect of a Wembley semi-final.
    When we beat Sunderland in the 2004 semi-final our chances of a play-off place evaporated with no-one lifting a leg in the League. If the same happens this season we'll be luck to stay up.
    In KJ we trust, but...

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  • February 19, 2013 at 22:28
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    Poor squad that even king Kenny is struggling to motivate. Player of the season, sorry but it has to be Chris wood.

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    • February 19, 2013 at 22:32
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      and the Young Player of the Season!!

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  • February 19, 2013 at 22:31
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    Ok Kenny, lets here the excuses this time . . . just don't say 'we can build on the positives' eh !

    Changes must be made .. And Trotter must be dropped first . . Along with a few others who seem to be under the impression their place in the team is setin stone

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    • February 19, 2013 at 22:51
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      Adam Smith.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 22:32
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    F****** shambles. League one signings are now showing their level. I said it two weeks ago, start planning now for next season. Get the scouts out earning their money, not just sniffing out end of contract squad players from downstairs.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 22:39
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    KJ said that this game would define our season. If so we will be in League 1.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 22:47
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    That was s*** KJ f*** the season ticket pay to watch that s***, that was a complete joke were going down we ain't good enough 5.1 against bottom of the table , Burnley give us a football lesson aswell what's going on, it don't make sense, ref and his crew were crap but us I'm to angry that was b***** !!!!

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  • February 19, 2013 at 22:52
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    No Center mid no left mid no decent forwards no b***** no ideas no spirit no fight no luck no Lowry for a game or two no championship football next season,but I bet we make wembley, f****** joke. Can't believe I'm going to boro on Saturday,I must be off me tits.
    17 points behind palace 2 points behind Charlton 10 points off boro who are in sixth and six points above wolves, I refuse to blame one player for the s*** we're in, there has to be something going on.
    F*** all the b******* jacket tell us what's going on and tell the players to buck up,this is now boyond a joke. We now have the hardest 10 or so games coming up and they're all games we can easily lose, please don't tell me about last season cause this is far worse we weren't that good on Saturday against Luton if we're all honest. Doom and gloom ? Give me a reason not to be right now but make it a valid one.

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    • February 19, 2013 at 22:55
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      Agree completely

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  • February 19, 2013 at 22:56
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    A lot of goals left the team when we lost Wood and Henderson and we simply havn't replaced them. I'm all for keeping within our means financially, but sooner or later a risk needs to be taken and we need to go for it - otherwise we will be stuck in a cycle.

    We had the perfect opportunity to do that in the January window - capitalising on our good league position, but yet again we were too slow off the mark, we missed our targets and our lack of ambition scared away players like Wood.

    Was it worth saving wages by offloading Henderson when we just replaced him with an older, probably just as expensive model in Hulse? I know we don't have a huge transfer budget, but what has been KJs plan for the little money we do have? One of his investments, Malone, is sitting on the bench and the Morison money seems to have been squandered on short term fixes in the form of loan signings that nothing permanent was or is ever going to come of.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 23:01
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    f*** trotter off to pompy and bring back racon put some players on the pitch who want to play for this club and who knows what it means to us fans .

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  • February 19, 2013 at 23:17
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    Im gonna be ruthless and speak my mind!! First of all kj this is 5 defeats in 5 so clearly what you are doing isn't working! All this bull about in kj we trust we were 6th because of chris wood end of!! lack of ambition frightened him off not lack of wages, he plays afobe out of position! why? we are not scoring so put him where he is meant to play!!?Trotter is a 6ft 4 turd who melts 9 games out of 10 he s*** kj so stop sucking him off!! Osbourne league 2 dunne league 2 not sure why people think Malone needs a chance he's s*** as well!! As for whoever says you ain't millwall if you s*** them off, I've been going to the den 19 of my 25 years the past 8 as a season ticket holder I think I'm millwall so don't question it!! I've paid more than my way so I am entitled to an opinion!! If I choose to s*** off kj and the board bcos I feel we should have pumped more money in January then I will s*** then off. Berylson might be happy to have a club that struggles in the championship every year but the supporters are not Berylson has 5 million to pump in to keep us afloat it was his choice to buy millwall. Yes it is our choice to pay to watch millwall but if they are performing like this it is also our choice not to go and why should we and if you disagree an I know who is gonna pipe up then your an idiot!!

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    • February 19, 2013 at 23:26
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      ^cool story bro

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    • February 19, 2013 at 23:43
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      1988, get in there son, just had the same chat with my best mate besty.
      I also said some similar stuff on the next page mate. B***** ain't it.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 23:27
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    KJ has too many favourites in his squad and that's plain to see. He will pick certain players week in and week out no matter how poorly they are playing. The likes of Trotter and Keogh have been out of form all season yet they are dead certs to be selected and can consider themselves well and truly in the "Kenny comfort zone".
    As a result of this flaw in KJ's management, other players have to fit around KJ's favourites so are either asked to play out of position, or are not given their chance to play at all. Dany N'G came on at Luton and looked very sharp, yet where was he tonight?
    This can only be bad for morale in the squad. Does player power mean KJ is scared to drop senior players in case they throw their toys out of the pram? KJ has got to get his act together, stamp his authority on the situation and get some organisation back into the way he sets up the team before it is too late.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 23:29
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    Kenny and the players have to take their share of responsibility for this situation, but for me Berylson has let us down over the past few years. He's got a lot of talk, but there's only so far you can go with a policy of loanees and free-transfers. This is the poorest squad we've had at this level for many a year.

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  • February 20, 2013 at 00:17
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    What a pile of s***! Ambler wants more bums on seats. I want a team that is proud to play for millwall. The gates are decreasing slowly but surely. If they keep serving up this crap there'll be no bums on seats!!

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  • February 20, 2013 at 00:48
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    What a fu-king disgrace. Please please someone tell me why Trotter is playing yet Wright is sat on the bench,not even getting a kick. Not just him, this team is sh1t, jimmy, Henry and Shittu apart, the rest a crap, ok we missed Shittu but would he have saved us from a 5-1 home thrashing? KJ has to look at who he has brought in,Hulse is no replacement for Hendo! Tyson for Wood please. adobe plays out of position, what has N Guess done wrong? ITs ok Lowry now being touted as the hard man but he is f****** us up now. Berylson wants bums on seats, how the fu-k are you going to do that with the sh1t Millwall are playing. F*** the FA cup it's league status that is much more important and we have shown a total lack of ambition in the signings KJ has made. When he started spouting off about promotion did here ally think that was a reality? We are in a relegation fight again and changes have to be made now on the pitch defo off it? I don't want KJ to go but

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  • February 20, 2013 at 06:35
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    We will beat boro sat and resume the play off push 😉 keep the faith lads. We've never done anything easy. Home form has been an absolute disgrace for 2 years i should add though.

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  • February 20, 2013 at 10:40
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    4-4-2 in future please.

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