Report: Millwall 2-1 AFC Wimbledon

MILLWALL progressed to the second round of the Capital One Cup with a 2-1 win over League Two outfit AFC Wimbledon at The Den.

Second-half goals from Andy Keogh and Martyn Woolford handed manager Steve Lomas his first competitive win in charge.

Luke Moore pulled one back for the visitors late on, but it proved a mere consolation.



Lomas made seven changes from the side that started against Yeovil at the weekend, with Stephen Bywater, Paul Robinson, Jack Smith, Scott Malone, Jermaine Easter, Nicky Bailey and Woolford all named in the XI.

After a tame opening half-hour, Easter had the first meaningful effort on goal when, with his back to goal, he bent an effort towards the top corner that Ross Worner tipped over.

In the 33rd minute, Malone's cross was half-cleared to Bailey on the edge of the area, but the midfielder's first-time shot sailed high and wide.



Bailey turned provider for Easter moments later but, after swivelling in the area, the striker drilled straight into the arms of Worner, when perhaps he had time to pick his spot.

With the interval approaching, James Henry skipped past two defenders before lofting a shot well over the bar as Millwall became increasingly dominant.

The Lions began the second half in the same vein and had an early chance to open the scoring when Malone's cross reached Henry at the far post, but the winger sliced wide.

But it was 1-0 in the 51st minute when 'keeper Worner dallied on the ball, allowing Keogh to nip in and finish into an empty net from an acute angle.

The Dons had a chance to level when Andy Frampton nodded a corner back across goal to Charlie Sherringham, but he headed straight at Bywater from close range.

Woolford nearly made it 2-0 when Henry's through ball left him one-on-one with Worner, but the stopper blocked the winger's effort with his legs.

But Woolford, who had had several pot-shots throughout the match, was not to be denied, and he added a second in the 76th minute, bundling in Easter's deep cross at the far post.

Moore set up a nervy finale when he tucked in Sheringham's flick with a minute of normal time remaining, and Bywater had to be at full stretch to keep out Jack Midson's drive deep into stoppage time as Millwall held on.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

39 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 2-1 AFC Wimbledon

  • August 6, 2013 at 21:40
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    That's what I like to see! Lets av another good cup run!! COYL!!!

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  • August 6, 2013 at 21:44
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    Easter was blinding played realy well like he wants that shirt every game. Bailey was hoofin, malone was superb. Looking forwards now boys. COYL!!!!

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  • August 6, 2013 at 21:54
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    Perhaps I am expecting to much, whilst it was a win I can't get excited. A league two side who will probably be fighting to stay in the league, and again we struggle to win convincingly. Thirteen shots two goals, and hangimg on at the end. From the sound of it a category of misses yet again.

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    • August 6, 2013 at 21:59
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      @hants lion: fair point mate, lots of chances and lots of misses, buy i think we created more chances in that game than we did second half of last season lol which cant be a bad thing.

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      • August 6, 2013 at 22:09
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        @mfc1rob: What worries me is yet another sucker goal in the last 2
        mins, again failure to close out the game.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 22:09
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    Well done lions these games are never easy at any time especially with a new manager and new players.
    I am delighted that Easter had a sizzling game, he works hard, is confident on the ball and a menace in the penalty box, he combined well with N'Guessand in the testimonial. I hope SL keeps him in the side.

    This result will instil confidence keep it going!

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  • August 6, 2013 at 22:12
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    Another goal conceded right at the end. Could be costly in terms of points if it continues. Is McD still struggling for fitness, does anyone know? Only Simon Church (one of our original targets) scored twice on his debut at the Valley. He doesn't appear to have needed to be introduced gradually.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 22:16
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    Im new here so please spare the hiding I may deserve - I'm working in Nigeria so haven't the 'eyes on' that you've all seen.
    Lomas has bought in an attacking lineup but hasn't yet found how to play them. I thought Keogh played well with Wood last year and needed a Morison (who I personally think is lazy!) type player to make it this year. The goal he scored tonight might be the confidence he needs.
    SL is still experimenting at the moment so lets forgive the fact we haven't put 7 past the wombles!
    Can't make Saturday but wil see you all when we play Hudders'd

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  • August 6, 2013 at 22:32
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    Profiler4 - This is a good point you are making. Of the 6 new signings SL has made only Chaplow and Morison started Saturday's game. I wasn't at tonight's games but the starting line up only included Bailey and Bywater who was only playing because of Forde's injury. Surely the only way they are going to get match fit is by playing them? Simon Church appears to be a better and much cheaper prospect than McDonald at the moment because as you say he scored twice on his debut. I know we need to be patient with SL but I can't understand signing all these players yet most of the starting line up in the 2 matches to date have been from last season's squad. With Forde injured I want to see the 6 new signings in the starting eleven which is the only way they are going to blend with each other.

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    • August 7, 2013 at 10:07
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      I reckon McD is not 100% fit or i think he would start him, also the same with Martin especially after his knock recently, i am sure once SL is happy with everyone's fitness, he'll play them all together and unleash them on the Championship, its no good starting them all together if there not 100% as it would wreck the long term plan for the season.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 22:37
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    We did look a lot better than Wimbledon but in truth you would hope that would be the case. Yes, we made lots of chances but our finishing was whatever the opposite of clinical is. Having said that, Keogh took his goal well after their keeper made a pig's ear of it, as did Woolford after a deflected assist from Easter. Easter did do ok - I quite like him - but a few wrong decisions on his part (shooting when he should have passed - twice) and a couple of horrible air shots. But he certainly looks a better bet than Keogh who just looks lost.
    Other positives - after a shaky first twenty minutes defensive wise, Malone looked good coming forward, James Henry was pretty creative (bad miss again tonight though), and Nicky Bailey looks very assured indeed, with a mixture of playing it short when necessary or long when he spotted an opportunity. Good player.
    Bywater looks good in terms of his distribution - not Fordey's strong point - and he made a great (and vital) save right at the death, but he did look shaky, dropping the ball a couple of times or not making the six yard box his own. A bit worrying overall while Forde is out, and clearly we need a sub too.
    The most concerning thing tonight, apart from the fact that they stopped playing once they went two up, was our defending against corners - there wasn't any. Wimbledon must have had about eight corners where they got their head to the ball. I've no idea what system we were meant to be playing, zonal or man marking, but it was awful. I'm sure Lomas must have seen that too.
    Thought it was rather risky taking off Bailey and Henry when we were only 1 up, with extra time a very real possibility.
    Lee Martin looks like he'll put himself about a bit - some good first signs. MacDonald not involved much, but early days. And a good run-out for Robbo.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 22:44
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    I wonder if Sky sports will mention that SEVEN Wimbledon fans were arrested after three flares were let off and a steward pushed downstairs !!
    At least we won today, but it worries me with the last minute goals we keep letting in.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 22:46
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    I'll just savour a home win. Wimbledon had a go but looked every inch a 4th division team (Henry danced round them at times), so it's difficult to judge our performance but there were glimpses of good passing football. Bailey again looked the player we've been crying out for, Jimmy awfully sloppy. 1st goal came from good pressing play and Keogh showed he's still a composed finisher, but Easter offered more, produced three saves and had one disallowed when I didn't think he fouled the defender. Martin and McDonald barely got a touch. Bywater looked shaky on crosses but had little to do til the last minute, let one in and made one Hollywood save. We could have had more but went to sleep at 2-0 and almost got punished. Bit of FV in the away end with stewards being thrown down stairs, so just wait for the "Millwall night of shame as Den fans riot" headlines.

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  • August 6, 2013 at 22:57
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    Personally, I took a lot more positives than negatives out of tonight's game. Thought Wimbledon were ideal opponents for us at this stage in the season - good enough but not THAT good. An opportunity for a few players to get playing minutes. Bailey looked different grade again and will be vital to us this season - I'm really looking forward to seeing him alongside Trotter (thought we lost control when Bailey went off). Malone looked like he has got his confidence back, IMO Jack Smith is under-rated and never let's us down - good squad player, Beevers looked good apart from when he fell over; great to see Robbo get through 90 mins and thought he looked good with Beavers. Thought Woolford did ok, he used to be good when he was at Scunthorpe. Thought Easter had a good game, looked sharp and must be close to starting on Saturday. McDonald and Martin got a few more minutes under their belt. On the negatives - Bywater looked a bit shaky but made a good save at the end, Henry, as on Saturday, looked like his mind is elsewhere, Jimmy, sorry mate but if we are to progress your days may be numbered, despite his goal, Keogh still looks a shadow of the player he was when he first signed, and Wright is still considered good enough to wear our shirt. As for Stevie L, my only criticism is I thought he could have given McDonald and Martin a bit more of a run out. All in all, onwards and upwards - COYL

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    • August 6, 2013 at 23:13
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      @Adsy77777: Agree with practically everything you've said there Adsy, apart from your comments about Henry. On Saturday, whilst not great, he was involved enough to be there for three chances, and tonight he provided plenty of creative moments, so I'm not sure what was giving you the impression that his mind is elsewhere. Oh well, we agree on everything else . . .

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      • August 6, 2013 at 23:26
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        Cheer@waterloolion: We'll have to agree to disagree on Henry mate. He gives the ball away too cheaply IMO and can't remember too many telling crosses this evening or him beating his man. Most of the creativity, I thought was coming from Bailey mainly and Malone; Smithy got to the byline more than JH. When Henry got back in the team last season he won the crowd back by tracking back and trying his ass off, he seems, too me anyway, to have gone back to his old ways. Still, we agree on everything else!

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  • August 7, 2013 at 00:08
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    I thought Robbo and Bailey were awsome tonight. I can not see Shittu getting his place back. At first I thought not much of a result against league 2 opposition, but if you look at the other results tonight, it was OK. I am a big fan of Jimmy, but tonight both he and wright were awful, jimmy gave away every ball that came to him. I liked the way we played out from the back, instead of the usual hoofing up field. Like others I was worried about us switching off when we went two up instead of going for it to kill the game off. Once all the new signings start playing together we will be OK.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 01:03
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    Another newbie here. Tonight's performance was certainly a lot better than Saturdays. Lomas has obviously had them working on their passing game following the hoof it up technique we used on Saturday. Got to say that Bailey looks like a fantastic signing, definately going to become a crowds favourite. Abdou and Wright had shocking games again, why SL is persevering with these two I do not know. Also thought that Malone, Robbo and Smith had very good games. Woolford had a reasonable game despite his terrible effort at a ronaldo like cross in front of the cold blow lane stand. Looking forward to the sips which game this weekend. Apologies for the lengthy post.

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    • August 7, 2013 at 09:36
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      @LionsDan: Time to unload Abdou and Wright ASAP, total waste of space in this division.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 01:04
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    Ipswich** poxy iPhone spell check

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  • August 7, 2013 at 07:48
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    Tonight was far from perfect but a win is a win, and we needed one at home. I thought that bailey once again was our stand out performer, he was everywhere and everything went through him. He makes the rest of our squad look below Average at the moment. Josh Wright is awful and needs to go, he brings absolutely nothing to the team, and once he came on we struggled. Unfortunately I think abdou time is up when chaplow and trotter are fit, although could be a squad player to cover, but he gave the ball away far too easily and often. Malone had good game, robbo and beevers played well together, Woolford although he got a goal is dead weight, Henry needs to realise that he is a winger, he was far too central and ineffective for my liking, feel like he doesn't want to be here anymore, I hope he proves me wrong. A player I worry about is mcdonald, he hasn't had many minutes, but when he has been on he seems to run around aimlessly, hopefully this is naivety and he settles.
    All in all we are a work in progress, if we manage to stay away from a relegation fight then I will be happy this season.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 08:00
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    Smith was my man of the match - he didn't let anyone get past him and he got forward well!

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  • August 7, 2013 at 08:29
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    Lets not be too hard on Mcd. Remember Harris and Morison when they started? It took a while for them to find their feet and when they did they scored for fun. Mcd has a great record and will be under pressure to score plenty of goals which can have a negative affect. Given playing time I'm sure he'll deliver. Roll on Saturday against the tractor boys. We need some points on the board. I agree with an earlier post though, Jimmy will always give 100% and Wright scored a good goal once but I don't think they are good enough at this level. Against the better teams they will be found out as they were against the lesser team of Yeovil on Saturday. Keep the faith Lions. On paper this is the best team we've had on paper since Warner, Harris, Cahill, Ifill & co. COYL!!!!

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  • August 7, 2013 at 09:40
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    Observations: Jimmy, Josh and Woeford are looking very poor. Danny might not get back in and is McDonald another Paul Goddard? Need Chaps and Bailey permanent midfield with Trotts when fit. Keogh and Moro need to be sharper and give DNG a run out so he can prove his commitment, apart from that all good!?
    COYL

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    • August 7, 2013 at 10:56
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      @WestKentLion: How can you possibly comment on McDonald when he has had, what 20 minutes of playing time? Both with different partners along side him. Lets see him with 90 minutes under his belt then we can comment. But i agree, I dont think wright, woolford or jimmy (as much as i love him) are good enough.

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    • August 7, 2013 at 11:28
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      @WestKentLion: At least we didn't waste 800 grand on McD like we did with Goddard.

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      • August 7, 2013 at 12:00
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        @Sealion: That was an awful lot of money back then and we got f*** all for it if you remember, well he did play for the spam.

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        • August 7, 2013 at 12:35
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          @Barnlion: Yeh it was a desperation signing that didn't work as we were in free fall in the old Div 1. The main problem was that Goddard liked the ball at his feet and they kept lumping it up to him. Where have I heard that before. Lol.

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          • August 7, 2013 at 13:47
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            @Sealion: Does that sound familiar to you as well haha, lets hope we have a happy ending to this "story", I think SL and his players should be reading this site to find out where they are going wrong because we have seen it all before, but just like your kids they dont think that you have ever done anything so they disregard your advice. Its only when they finnally grow up they know you were talking sense but sometimes its too late, lets hope not.

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        • August 7, 2013 at 18:15
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          @WestKentLion: Agree there WestKent but Gooddard must have been on a good screw as well.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 13:11
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    http://www.sport.co.uk/football/millwall-21-afc-wimbledon-match-report/4358013/
    Sport.co.uk match report - check out the image they've used at the top lol!?

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    • August 7, 2013 at 13:46
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      @Rhinos_Nan: Just seen it thoroughly despicable editing, something ought to be done about these news agencies that keep on trying to blacken our name. They should be made to give a public apology to the club for misrepresentation. This is the polite version of the post, Aldo would have censored me too much if I put what I really thought of those scumbags.

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      • August 7, 2013 at 14:18
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        @Sealion: absolute t****** - agree with you Sealion.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 14:56
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    I did comment at the bottom of the article, i doubt they will respond though.

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    • August 7, 2013 at 23:23
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      @Rhinos_Nan: Maybe Aldo can bring it to the attention of the club, as for the rest of us, don't buy this rag.

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  • August 8, 2013 at 18:09
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    Come on Keogh

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  • August 8, 2013 at 18:12
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    We need to liven up!

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