Report: Millwall 1-0 Watford

SHAUN Batt picked the perfect moment to score his first league goal of the season as Millwall snatched a dramatic victory against Watford at The Den.

Batt stepped off the bench to force in a late winner after the Lions had spent much of the game on the back foot to seal a priceless win for Kenny Jackett's side.

Millwall made two changes from their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Wigan on Saturday, with Jermaine Easter and Adam Smith coming in for Sean St Ledger and Alan Dunne respectively.



Watford were quick to settle and, just two minutes in, Troy Deeney held the ball up well on the edge of the area before swivelling onto his right foot and curling just over.

Deeney was involved again minutes later after Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah lofted a diagonal through ball over the top and into his path, but the striker fired at the feet of David Forde.

In the 13th minute, Millwall carved out their first opportunity when Chris Taylor used his trickery to get the better of Ikechi Anya before crossing for James Henry, who nearly turned the ball in.



But it was the visitors who came forward once more as Anya got the better of Shane Lowry to waltz into the box and cross for Deeney, who sliced his shot wide, before Mark Yeates fired at Forde.

Millwall went close midway through the first-half when Lowry's cross was met at the back post by Henry, who nodded back for Keogh but the Irishman's headed straight at Manuel Almunia.

Taylor picked up a groin strain in the 38th minute and was replaced by Martyn Woolford, whose first act was to gift the ball to Matej Vydra, who raced 30 yards before drawing a fine save from Forde.

The Lions had a chance to take the lead moments before the break when Henry won the ball in the middle and played in Keogh, but his first touch took the ball away from him and out for a goal kick.

Millwall had appeals for a penalty turned down when Watford defender Matthew Briggs appeared to handle under pressure from Easter, but referee James Linington waved away the protests.

Daniel Pudil then fired a dangerous cross into the feet of Vydra, who played a one-two with Yeates before curling a shot goalwards which Forde did well to hold onto.

In the 53rd minute, Deeney came close to opening the scoring once again when he beat Forde to a loose ball on the edge of the area only to shoot wide of an open goal.

But the visitors spurned an even better opening when Yeates' fizzing cross was struck straight at Forde by Deeney before Vydra's follow-up was blocked on the line by Jimmy Abdou.

Moments later the Hornets should have had a penalty when Lions captain Danny Shittu blocked the ball with his hand inside the area defending a dangerous cross.

With 15 minutes remaining, Woolford almost grabbed the opener from Henry's cross but, with his back to goal, the winger flicked the ball just wide.

But when Henry's shot was parried into the air by Almunia, Woolford helped the ball onto Batt, who was on hand to bundle home from close range.

Conor Sefton

(@ConorSeftonNAD)

34 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-0 Watford

  • April 16, 2013 at 21:53
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    Na na na na na na na na na na na ns battman milllllllllll great win COYL

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  • April 16, 2013 at 21:55
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    Credit where it's due. Well done Jackett and well done lads.
    Bristol City relegated tonight. Given the superior goal difference between us and Barnsley and Huddersfield, I make it that we need 5 points from 5 games.

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    • April 16, 2013 at 22:11
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      Huddersfield v Barnsley last game of season. Barnsley also have Forest away and Hull home. They're gone.

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  • April 16, 2013 at 22:04
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    Well done shaurn batt !! They all count, job done tonight, more of the same.

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  • April 16, 2013 at 22:07
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    Didn't go tonight but kept an eye on it. I have to say that's an outstanding result, just what we needed against a top 6 team and got a much needed home win. 100% focus on the league now will see us over the finish line safely. Well done lads and how about the Battman eh! We had a top quality striker under our noses all along.
    Hats off to Cardiff, they've been there from the start, you can't sniff at that.

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  • April 16, 2013 at 22:14
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    Yeah, hats off to Cardiff. Congratulations you Welsh Bast°çç°ç !

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  • April 16, 2013 at 22:16
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    We were outclassed from start to finish tonight.

    Cracking win & makes up for when we drew 3-3 against Birmingham and lost to Sheffield Weds

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    • April 17, 2013 at 09:51
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      I said during the first half I would be amazed if they did not score and even more amazed if we did.
      Well I WAS AMAZED. Well done Battman

      Now for Huddersfield

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      • April 17, 2013 at 10:06
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        Delboy, that's "AMAZING"
        Lol ; )

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  • April 16, 2013 at 22:22
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    Fantastic result lads, well done Shaun. A little bit of pressure off, but more of the same on Saturday please.

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  • April 16, 2013 at 22:23
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    KJ deserved this win... Finally!!! Well done everyone... On we march!

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  • April 16, 2013 at 22:34
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    very lucky not to be 4 down at h/t but we dont get much luck,so deserved a bit,a draw at Huddersfield should about see us safe as other teams run out of games, please Kenny dont now give Batt a new deal based on scoring from 1 yard, you really need to sign some quality up top and play them in the right positions this time, our forward line has been like a circus, since wood went hendo was allowed to leave, Marquis who is worse than Braniff started loads of games, Tyson was signed then treated like Mcquoid and vanished off the face of the earth, nguesson came in did well and was then outcassed again, hulse was a disgraceful signing who kept his place far to long and Keogh and Easter are always played out of position, sort it out Kenny and we will be ok, i dont think my heart can take another season like this one and we must sort the home form out! massive relief though tonight which means we should be able to look forward to a stress free summer! oh and trotter must be f***** off now!!!!!miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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  • April 16, 2013 at 22:37
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    Much needed win!? Two games in hand so should be safe now. I just hope JB gives Kenny a bit of cash in the summer (fat chance) for a decent striker or two otherwise the lions will be scrapping for survival next season too. COYL.

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    • April 16, 2013 at 23:15
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      I worry about next year too- we were 4th when you-know-who left and next year will be slim pickings if it's Keogh + Easter + some journeyman. Last summer we spent our budget on Scott Malone (remember him?), we can't afford to repeat that mistake.

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  • April 16, 2013 at 23:12
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    Proud of the boys today, great win and a much needed 3 points.
    First half we played like strangers and the players were arguing amoungst themselves, we were lucky to go in 0-0 at half time. Don't know what jackett said at half time but it definately worked. We through ourselves at Watford and had them rocking second half. We had a bit of luck but it is well overdue.
    All I can say is well done boys and more of the same until the end of the season and maybe we can finish in a respectable position.
    Tonight I am a very happy lion.

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  • April 16, 2013 at 23:13
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    Smash and grab. Well done batt man again looked lively when he came on. Don't think we deserved that win but f*** em. Two monkeys off our back, a home win and a home win against Watford. Forde my MOTM beevers played well jimmy usual tigerish self.henry worst game in wall shirt, but will let him off, Taylor ok, a smith ok, j smith ok. Don't know what woolford is doing here keogh only turned up in last ten mins. But we need to learn how to pass to each other shocking at times, again.
    Who gives a s*** when we get the points, still a win away from safety.
    Oh sorry I forgot to mention the ref the most consistently s*** ref I've seen for a long time
    And we walked away from his worst decision of the night. A floated free kick into our box from left wing about halfway into our half and the most blatant hand ball your likely to ever see. Penalty all day, or not in our case haha Watford and Zola doing their nut fcuking priceless. We always get s*** refs.
    Well done wall now onwards and upwards

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    • April 16, 2013 at 23:33
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      Said last week I had a feeling we'd get the win tonight. Bad runs at home don't last forever and it's typical KJ to grab a win when you least expect it, lucky or not.
      For the pessimists out there, extreme worse case scenario, I think we need 4 points to be sure of safety.
      I'd rather look up from here on in though (-:

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  • April 16, 2013 at 23:30
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    Beavers was superb !

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  • April 16, 2013 at 23:37
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    What an important win, I haven't celebrated a win or goal like that for a while. I was walking to the den tonight with very little hope and after what happened in the first half felt fully justified. Checking the scores from the other games and awaiting an enevitable Watford goal but for a change a big hand ball from shittu at the back not given and I thought maybe its our night. Henry takes the shot, well saved by almunia and it drops straight on the head of woolford at the back post who only has to head into an open goal, he obviously panics ( because he is s***) and heads straight and batt who tucks home from a yard out (the only way we are going to score at the moment) 8 nervous minutes actually seen out without much drama and the final whistle which goes a long way to survival. Only real downside was that during the goal celebrations I picked up my 12 year old daughter to my right which I think has caused a family dispute as my 11 year old daughter to my left only got a cuddle. Love being wall.

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  • April 17, 2013 at 00:02
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    How we won tonight I do not know, woolford looked pony from the moment he came on, shittu the turncoat must be a watford fan, never the less 3 points well needed don't know about deserved

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  • April 17, 2013 at 01:23
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    S*** performance at home again and too many players scared to make space to receive the ball which leads to our better players on ball like Adam smith and Henry f****** up as no options. Jack smith and abdou don't work. Wright needs a run til end of season IMO but f*** it we won and I don't care how it comes at the moment. Nearly safe and that's what matters after a terrible season for us in transfer market.

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  • April 17, 2013 at 05:40
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    What a perfect start to the day
    Waking up and finding out we won
    COYL
    Stuck in a poxy hotel in a foreign country and that's really lidfted my spirits

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  • April 17, 2013 at 08:44
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    Well done lads a much needed win roll on Saturday.

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  • April 17, 2013 at 08:45
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    Luke, as normal i agree with most of what you said but i have to disagree about Forde. He has been excellent lately but how many times did he mis-kick clearances last night and not gonna mention that mix up with Smith. He did pull if some great saves as well but ..... Also I think Sean Battman deserves a start, we look so much more penetration with his hold up play and pace. Would love to see a formation that could have Batt, Easter and Keogh on at the same time.

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    • April 17, 2013 at 09:39
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      Yes glyn I agree his kicking was poor, but four top drawer saves, one on one in first half and what about the point blank in second half? Without him we'd have been 1 or 2 down at half time. And what about the players that started ? Not one of em could pass the ball last night so a few bad kicks with top saves and a clean sheet will do for me glyn.just my opinion ofcourse. As for jimmy if he could pass the ball forward he'll be in the prem earning 60/70,000 a week but he can't so will have to make do with the 6/7000 he earns in champship but he more than makes up for it in the tackle and effort. Batt should start next Tuesday at home to lift the crowd from the off. Wouldn't start him on sat as we're away and will prob need his desire and impact coming off the bench. He's been superb since his return.

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  • April 17, 2013 at 08:47
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    Oh, and Jimmy has to stop giving the ball away, he has great control and engine but i reckon gave away posession with 60% of his passes.

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  • April 17, 2013 at 09:52
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    Really needed that last night and to spend the evening with true supporters rather than that load at Wembely.

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  • April 17, 2013 at 10:05
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    Looks like everyone on here is singing from he same hymn sheet for once. Great result last night, but the lads played with fear in the first half, lacked belief and composure and when the lads were arguing with each other about who was going to take center at the kick off i thought here we go another shambles at home and it was in the first half and the arguing did int stop. Forde was on everyone's case all night (which is what you want to see i suppose). Agree about the ref, sh*t as always, but lucky he was or they would of had a penalty or two! Their center midfield 2 were first class and J.Smith(especially) and Abdou struggled with them all night. However, take the first half away and it was a dogged, hard working peformance with a sprinkling of luck that Woolford is a shower of **** and that he mis headed the ball into Batt's path for the goal, Woolford was definitely going for goal. The lads can take heart from last night and will hopefully go into this weekends fixture with a bit of believe that was clearly missing last night. Look at the remaining fixtures, Huddersfield (win), Blackburn (win), Forest (they were beaten last night and havint won in 5), Palace (on a shocking run) and Derby are definitely beatable. F**k it, we have an outside chance of the play offs!!!!!! COYL

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    • April 17, 2013 at 18:17
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      Windmills, good report fella couldn't agree more, not sure about Forrest and derby though. Be nice but just can't see it.

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  • April 17, 2013 at 10:42
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    Great to see lots of happy smiling faces coming out of the ground last night men women boys and girls.... never any trouble with real Millwall fans is there, we where lucky but like its already been said it makes up for other games, like last Tuesday. If we can beat Huddersfield Saturday I fancy us going on a bit of a run. ...... They'll all be 0-0's but a run all the same.

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