Report: Nottingham Forest 2-1 Millwall (AET)

MILLWALL were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Jamaal Lascelles's extra-time header at the City Ground.

After a goalless first half, the Lions fell behind when Matt Derbyshire nodded in after a quickly-taken short corner but Andy Keogh touched in Liam Feeney's shot to equalise at the death and take the tie into extra time.

But Lascelles climbed highest in the area to convert another set piece as Forest booked a third-round clash against Burnley.

Steve Lomas made six changes to the side that started against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, with Jack Smith, Paul Robinson, Scott Malone, Feeney, Martyn Woolford and Jimmy Abdou all starting.

Forest began the game on the front foot, dictating the tempo of the game in the opening ten minutes albeit without creating any clear-cut chances.

Millwall slowly worked their way into proceedings and had their first shot on goal in the 15th minute when Lee Martin fed Woolford, who drilled tamely at Dorus de Vries.

Scott McDonald forced de Vries into a far more testing save shortly afterwards when he spun away from his marker and sent a curling effort towards the top corner, which the goalkeeper did superbly to claw away.

Opportunities for both sides were few and far between, but the home side were having particular difficulty getting their shots away. On the half-hour mark Djamal Abdoun's teasing cross was headed over by Jamaal Lascelles.

Stephen Bywater had largely been a spectator up until the 35th minute when Simon Gillett's shot took a wicked deflection, but thankfully for the Lions 'keeper the ball trickled harmlessly wide.

The home fans thought their side had been awarded a penalty shortly before half time when Guy Moussi went down under Abdou's challenge, but referee Mark Heywood booked the midfielder for diving.

McDonald had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock within seven minutes of the restart, but he curled agonisingly wide after being put through on goal by Woolford's precise pass.

And that missed proved costly when Derbyshire headed Forest in front shortly afterwards. Substitute Ishmael Miller should have put the game to bed in the 70th minute but Bywater made a superb block.

Millwall kept plugging away and were rewarded for their persistence four minutes from time when John Marquis' close-range effort was parried by de Vries into the path of Feeney, whose shot was glanced home by Keogh.

That equaliser sent the tie into extra time, but Forest quickly regained the lead when a corner was headed back across goal and Lascelles turned the ball in from inside the six yard box.

Robinson nearly produced an instant leveller when he latched onto Chaplow's corner, but the centre-back headed just wide. In the 101st minute, Woolford's half-volley drew an acrobatic save from de Vries.

With the end of extra time fast approaching, Keogh turned his man inside the area and rolled a delicate shot a matter of inches wide as Forest held on to progress to the next round.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

20 thoughts on “Report: Nottingham Forest 2-1 Millwall (AET)

  • August 28, 2013 at 22:29
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    what the f**k is lomas doing with our defence every goal we concede is from a corner we were never this bad at set pieces obviously needs to sort this more than keep harping on about strikers

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    • August 28, 2013 at 22:41
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      @davep263: Can't blame Lomas if the defenders just stand around ball watching Even Sunday league players know they have to mark their man and not let them have a free header, just basic stuff.We had enough chances to have won it. sounded quite a good performance on Lion player apart from the defence falling asleep twice.

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      • August 28, 2013 at 23:05
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        trouble is it seems like lomas is trying to play some kind of zonal defence at set pieces which if Chelsea cant do right what chance have we got. past couple of home games no players on the posts at corners where the goals have been scored and no one attacking the ball seem to be waiting for it to come to their part of the area

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    • August 28, 2013 at 23:06
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      @davep263: we're missing Fordey defence needs work but he'd surely go a long way to sorting it out

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  • August 28, 2013 at 22:31
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    I thought we might get a result tonight against a weakened Forest side - wishful thinking. We have to take something from Brighton otherwise the pressure will really be on Lomas for the next home game.

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  • August 28, 2013 at 22:36
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    No matter, take comfort that Millwall took the game to extra time and hopefully all players came through unscathed. Staying in the league is more important than this cup. The lads put a lot of effort by all accounts and at least 5 shots on target. So some positives as well as negatives.

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    • August 28, 2013 at 22:41
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      @Peckhamlad: Too true! keeping players fit after this one was important, and Keogh scoring a proper goal will do us a world of good, on form he is a top championship striker/CF easy. Shame about conceding from a corner again though, we got two massive centre halves and the rest of em aint exactly dwarves. Disappointed but relieved at the same time. Bring on the Seagulls.

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  • August 28, 2013 at 22:37
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    Undefeated in 2 matches over 180 mins of football (not including the aet result) it is getting better ... yes a weakened forest side but considering forest are 1 of the top 4 teams to go up. Just got to defend set pieces!!! Again

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  • August 28, 2013 at 22:46
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    I don't mind. Cup runs aren't good for our league form and we're already struggling.

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  • August 28, 2013 at 23:06
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    Just back. We weren't that bad. Mcdonald looks lively and turned his defender a couple of times. Robbo played well but struggled a bit against Harford who kept backing in then falling over. Chaplow looks a tidy player but bailey looks like he is carrying a few extra pounds. Feeny took a knock at the end. A thousand times better than the last time I saw them...Barnsley away. Keep the faith. Forde is a massive loss.

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  • August 28, 2013 at 23:10
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    Lots of positives from this game very unlucky not to be in the next round, well done boys roll on Brighton! COYL

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  • August 28, 2013 at 23:11
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    How can you blame SL for poor defending on corners?.... You pick up your players, get touch tight... Them compete and win the ball. No quarter given. Simple. From what I've seen this season, we could do with some bo#locks. We played well tonight at were let down by some woeful, pub side defending, with Robbo in.....who should be commanding those set pieces !! Come on the real wall.....!!

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    • August 29, 2013 at 00:08
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      @NICKOLA: Agree 100% with all of the above NIK, but don't give up on Lomas just yet. IMO a huge confidence building opportunity missed tonight but there are signs that things are slowly improving. Can't see us getting anything on Saturday but the international break could work in Lomas' favour. See where we are in five games time.

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      • August 29, 2013 at 00:09
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        @lion.ie: Don't know what's happened here but this reply has moved! Meant for Nikola @ 23:54

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  • August 28, 2013 at 23:32
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    Agree with the bomber we miss Forde more than we think. Losing your first choice goalkeeper after the first game very unlucky. Passingwater has hardly any first class games recently you lose your touch.

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  • August 28, 2013 at 23:54
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    Woah !!
    Firstly, Forest played a completely different starting eleven from their last league game and we still couldn't get a result. Their reserve team just beat us.
    Secondly, we should have BUT didn't play our strongest eleven which we badly needed to do because we've got players who are being played out of position and have no idea as to what they are supposed to be doing.
    Thirdly, if we had started with McDonald and Keogh up front, had Chaplow and Bailey playing centre mid from the beginning it might have been different BUT when that opportunity arose, it didn't happen.
    ONE LAST TIME.....You play your best eleven because they need to get used to each other and we're not Man Utd who CAN play their second string and get a result.
    I've had it now and I have been very defensive about Lomas.
    Brighton away ? Christ....Another change of formation looming on the horizon. I didn't get it before kick-off tonight and I don't get it now.
    Tactics....Crap.
    Formation...Crap.
    Another loss on Saturday and the carion will be circling which will see Lomas given 3 games to turn it around as Berylson isn't going to see his investments plunge us into League one, which is really sad because I was full of optimism but that's gone now.

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    • August 29, 2013 at 12:36
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      @NICKOLA: why are you complaining at least we scored a goal , why dont you go and play and see if the result will change .

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  • August 29, 2013 at 07:47
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    Seems that the guys do a lot of set pieces work in the week...
    S..t!

    COYL!!!

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  • August 29, 2013 at 17:38
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    Beevers did not attack the ball for first goal, though to be fair it was a good cross. Second goal looked like JM lost his man who nodded back for easy finish. Decent effort against form team in our division, lets concentrate on league now and start picking up some much needed points. COYL

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