Report: Millwall 2-2 Burnley

MILLWALL let slip a two-goal lead against Championship leaders Burnley in a pulsating game at The Den.

The Lions went ahead when Scott McDonald rifled in a first-time volley in the 23rd minute and Danny Shittu doubled their advantage with a deflected long-range strike.

But Sam Vokes' header pulled one back for the visitors before half time and Shane Lowry bundled Michael Kightly's shot into his own net shortly after the restart.



Scott Arfield rattled the inside of the post as the Clarets pushed for a winner, but a draw was probably a fair result on the balance of play.

Millwall , who were without the suspended Jimmy Abdou and the injured Paul Connolly, were dealt another blow after just seven minutes when in-form left back Scott Malone landed awkwardly and had to be replaced by Lowry.

Nicky Bailey had the first effort on goal of the afternoon when he took aim from 20 yards and tried to place his shot into the far corner, but goalkeeper Tom Heaton made a comfortable low save.



In the 17th minute, Martyn Waghorn's corner came straight back to him and his follow up was smothered behind by Heaton at the near post.

Shittu was given a scare when Danny Ings' dummy left him on his backside but Paul Robinson blocked the striker's shot.

And Robinson flicked on Bailey's diagonal pass at the other end of the field to create the opening goal for McDonald, who arrowed his shot beyond Heaton from a tight angle.

A mix up between Bailey and McDonald almost gifted Burnley an immediate equaliser but England U21 international Ings fired his shot straight at David Forde from 20 yards.

And it was 2-0 five minutes later when, after a half-cleared corner, Shittu drilled goalwards and his shot deflected into the net off the outstretched foot of a defender.

But the Lions' advantage was halved within 60 seconds of the restart as Vokes nodded in a looping cross from the right flank.

Waghorn had two carbon-copy efforts from the edge of the area saved by Heaton in the 49th and 54th minute but Burnley soon completed their comeback – albeit somewhat fortuitously.

Having cut inside right back Smith, Kightly's curling shot looked to be drifting wide of the far post but Lowry's attempted block guided the ball past Forde.

On the hour mark, Bailey's ambitious drive from distance almost turned into the perfect assist for McDonald but the striker could not quite make contact with the ball as it whistled past him.

Arfied's shot then came back off the woodwork at the end of a flowing Burnley move as Sean Dyche's side pressed for a winner. 11 minutes from time, Arfield spurned another opportunity when he connected with Kieron Trippier's cross but headed over.

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29 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 2-2 Burnley

  • November 2, 2013 at 17:05
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    Nail biting stuff. A good performance and a well-deserved point.
    Not bad given Burnley’s position at the top. We dominated the first half until 39 minutes and then…

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  • November 2, 2013 at 17:08
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    Another classic referee

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  • November 2, 2013 at 17:55
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    Would have taken a point before. There was a freak OG for each team and the blonde fella should have buried that one that came off the post, so mixture of good and bad luck. We worked hard against a very physical team and deserved something, if we had Malone, Beevers or Jimmy out there we might have nicked it. We look good breaking forward, the days of constant long balls are disappearing, again it's Trotter who makes the attack tick. Thought Morison should've been put down the middle and McDonald outside, his forte is running at people. Morison doesn't look fit but not getting a lot of service. Feeney disappointed me, we were told he'd turned into Gareth Bale up there but it looked the same old Feeney today- can't beat a man, can't cross. We badly need some wins but if we work as hard against everyone else as we have in the last two home games we won't have too much to worry about.

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    • November 2, 2013 at 20:31
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      @jamie: Pretty much how I saw it mate - thought Trotter looked best player on the pitch but seems he still can't win over a section of the fans. He's probably the only player we've got who would make the starting eleven with ANY side in this division. Shame about Malone if he's out for a while. Shittu was great last season but still looked a bit iffy at times today, as he has all season. I'll be happier once Beevs is fit and playing again. I like Smith as a squad player but we need a quality right back in my opinion. Waghorn needs to be signed permanently. Derry's wages could be better spent elsewhere IMO. Good match, played some good football at times, burnley look big and strong and not a bad team but I will be surprised if they're still up there at the end of the season.

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      • November 3, 2013 at 13:07
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        @Adsy77777:
        I agree , Trotter was great. I think the way things will go with Trotter are , " you don't realise what you've got until it's gone"

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  • November 2, 2013 at 18:00
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    I would have taken a draw before the game but after going 2-0 up we should have recorded a win. The referee and linos were diabolical. Any news on Malone? Saw him on crutches. Hopefully he's not out for too long as Lowry's sh*t.

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  • November 2, 2013 at 18:02
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    I thought we were very organised for 60 mins, they didn't show much but we were hanging on at the end. Feeney looked completely lost and his final pass/cross is woeful. He can go to Bolton as soon as he likes. Can't believe they took Waghorn off and kept Woolford on, who was ineffective for most of the game. Thought Jack Smith did ok, and is a better bet than Dunne. Not many ideas going forward though, and although McDonald played well he was very lonely on his own up front. All in all a deserved point, but a bit of flair sadly missing.

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  • November 2, 2013 at 18:31
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    An overall good performance from Millwall today, very impressed with Trotter and McDonald, they both worked hard. Ref was diabolical, didn't have a clue. Morison done a job today, deserves a start. Consistently winning headers, but just not being fed the right ball. Would of taken it before the game, good performance lads! COYL!!!

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  • November 2, 2013 at 19:11
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    That was definitely a game of two halves, the first was a Millwall side that gets the ball on the floor and plays, the second was a shambles, lumping the ball up to a lacklustre Morison.
    Before the game I said I would take a draw, but to throw away a two goal lead is infuriating. I think that in the first half we were inventive, and controlled the game, making burnley look average. The second half we lost all shape and confidence, allowing burnley all control of the game. That being said the ref and Lino were an absolute disgrace, and something needs to be done about this, maybe we need to start complaining as a club to the football league and referees association or something, cos it is getting beyond a joke.
    Looking at our team, I thought macdonald was once again our stand out performer, trotter, waghorn both played well. Woolford played well first half, ineffective second. Lowry was awful all game, pulled out of position far too many times, and atrocious on the ball. I don't know why we have Derry, he brings absolutely nothing to the team. Abdou work rate and energy breaking up the play was sorely missed today, we were so open in the middle and needed someone in there. Bailey was found missing quite a lot, too far forward considering we had no abdou. Shittu had a mixed game, mostly bad. Feeney can go to Bolton on the next train, absolutely shocking, could tell he had no interest from the warm up when he was wandering round near the touch line on his own, away from the team. Morison can p off back to Leeds as well, he has absolutely no interest in being here, he brings nothing to the team except a reason to smash it long which never works, he doesn't even close down like the other strikers. And jack smith looked awful too, would rather have dunney.
    All this being said, with the return of abdou, beevers, Martin, and chaplow will hopefully help our team as these guys make a difference. Malone... I hope you have a speedy recovery as he will be missed most of all, he has been mustard this season and is the type of full back we need, just need one down the right now.

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    • November 2, 2013 at 19:33
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      Great post and agree with all of that.
      Derry especially can return from whence he came. Let's transfer his wages to someone 10 yrs younger who will bring something to the midfield and last 90 minutes.
      The priority now is to sign Waghorn in January, get rid of Derry and Feeney and hope that Malone will soon be back because Lowry is no replacement.

      @glenbur:

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  • November 2, 2013 at 19:27
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    Three points from three games. 14 points from 14 games. It's relegation form. No doubt Lomas will tell us we are turning some kind of corner and showing signs of improvement. You've bought some time Steve but two very winnable games coming up and draws won't look so good against Bolton and a very poor Barnsley side at home. Leicester, Forest and Wigan after. Jury very much still out imo.

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    • November 2, 2013 at 19:56
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      Difference now is that we haven't been rolled over and held our own against three very good teams in the last three games.
      Couple of wins now and we'll be mid-table.
      A sort-out in January and we'll be on our way.

      @lion.ie:

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      • November 2, 2013 at 20:03
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        @NICKOLA: It's a shame we never got the three-points today, but we've definitely shown we can hold our own with the better sides in this division. It's against the lesser sides now that we need to start proving ourselves and hopefully picking up some wins.

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      • November 2, 2013 at 20:09
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        @NICKOLA: It feels like we've been saying that all season Nick, 'a couple of wins' etc. There seems to be some fight in the side now but that's not enough in this League. If Lomas truly is trying to change the way we play I admire him for it and he might get away with it this season because there is some real dross below us, but we'll see how we get on against Barnsley at home. Bolton got a good result today, just in time for our visit next week.

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  • November 2, 2013 at 20:07
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    First half i though we made the top of the league side look ordinary. Superb finish by Scotty Mac. With the experienced players out there i was very disappointed someone didn't take the team by the scruff of the neck, slow it down to control the tempo and take us in 2-0 up. We handed the initiative to Burnley on a plate. After Lowrys well taken goal we panicked and reverted back to hoofing it. We need a "Guvner" on the pitch.

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  • November 2, 2013 at 20:36
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    Just got back from London but not able to go to game so was pleased to see the result, we have played the top teams and have not been beaten. A win would have been great today so unfortunate about the own goal. Considering Scott Malone was taken off injured and Jimmy was out it shows we have a strong squad. Still prefer to see Easter instead of Morison but considering how Millwall were playing at the beginning of the season it is great progress, well done lads!

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  • November 2, 2013 at 20:46
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    Went today and was impressed with the Lions. Better delivery in the final third needed but generally a good effort against the league leaders. Feeney looked good when he came on and Trotts was excellent. No idea what Lowry was doing for the OG but a draw flattered Burnley. Upwards and onwards. COYL

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    • November 2, 2013 at 21:12
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      @WestKentLion: sorry West Kent, but what did Feeney do. When he beat a player his crosses went off, he was uninterested and lost. Agree about Trotter though, if only he had another yard of pace.

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    • November 3, 2013 at 09:51
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      @WestKentLion: what game was you watching?

      Feeney looked awful. He warmed up on his own and he did nothing except take too many touches and put all of his crosses in the stands.

      Did you leave 20 mins before the end when feeney came on?

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  • November 2, 2013 at 20:47
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    Because of illness my first visit for a while.Boy has this Millwall team improved.So much more football and took a deserved lead.Credit to Burnley for fighting back and would have been a good game for the netural.B****y Ref,why can`t they play advantage instead of stoping play.Good to see McDonald look sharp and I think Trotter looks so much better in that position.Very impressed.

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    • November 3, 2013 at 13:13
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      @Longfield Lion:
      Interesting point you saying you've missed a few games , back yesterday and have noticed an improvement. I agree with you. Slowly but surely , we're getting there. We've had 3 full months to completely change our style of play. I can only see us getting better and better and overall more consistent and difficult to beat. I'm enjoying our new style to be fair.

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  • November 2, 2013 at 21:19
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    Overall what a great 3 weeks its been. I fully expected the progress to start showing and it is, I also expected Shittu to score- (my tip from last week- not in the way i imagined- but the 'big man' will get us goals!) We are looking more like a Lomas side now, taking the games to teams, and for once we are trying to pass, and play how football should be played. At times we are revolting back to the Jackett era, of knocking the ball down channels, but its because some players are so used to it. Lomas knows there is still a long way to go yet, and in my opinion has instilled a new education to the club, which has been absent in previous years.

    I wrote an article for an Italian paper a few years ago about how complicated people make the game when it is so simple! However it is only simple, if you understand how each small part plays in creating the whole game. At times players are making the wrong decisions, in particularly the defence, in position sense. Sometimes we hoof when we should pass, and sometimes we jump into tackles when we should stand off. These are the small elements which create the compound of the overall result.

    We must work on movement off the ball whilst in possession, to create easier passes, and how to manipulate opponents into dragging them into areas, where we can benefit. An easy example is, on a freekick, have 2 of our players stand on the right 10 yards away from the ball, then we drag 2 of there opponents with us, leaving more room for Shittu to head in the middle. Possession is not everything in a game, but in my opinion is one of the most important. Next game you watch, if you count 10-15 passes, you will see we will probably create a goal chance from this. This is what Lomas is trying to build towards. (You can't pass all the time though, sometimes you do need to lump it- but its the awareness of the game- to learn when to do this which is key. This takes longer than the few months Lomas has been in charge- to start developing this aptness of the game in players)

    The players need to keep taking the games to teams, like we have done, and forget who we are playing. We need to keep attacking, passing and moving. We still have lots to work on, but in my opinion Lomas is doing everything right. Players need to watch back the games on videos, and see how they could have done things differently, with and without the ball- in terms of position, ball retention, and overall decision making.

    I'm looking forward to the next few months, I think we will really surprise a lot of people.
    Sorry for my long posts! I used to write articles for years, and I love the game too much.
    Well done Boys again, lets destroy teams soon, show them no respect at all, and pass from kick off. D'angelo

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    • November 2, 2013 at 23:29
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      @Alexdangelo: If we 'revert back to the Jackett era' we had five more points at this stage last season. That's a fact, unlike what Lomas might or not might be doing which at the moment seems like guesswork and trial and error.

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    • November 3, 2013 at 19:47
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      @Alexdangelo: Another good level headed post Alex, your posts are the equivalent of of a bloggers War and peace but it is good to see someone focussing on the positives and not the negatives.
      Who would have thought before the QPR game that we would we would have remained unbeaten after playing 3 of the top teams in the division and at times unfortunate not to win despite our bad run of injuries and suspensions but we still have the odd person who only want to focus on the negatives and quote meaningless statistics to justify their negativity, you just can't please some people.
      I have no crystal ball and do not know where we will be at the end of the season but FFS lets all enjoy the good spells when they happen and stop trying to decry the efforts the team and manager are making.
      I know its only 3 points out of 9 for those games but in all honesty who thought we wouldn't get a spanking. Nearly everyone else who has played them has got nothing.

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  • November 2, 2013 at 23:09
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    Think we did okay considering the game plan went out the window when Malone limped off. Moro has a terrible attitude now he's a millionaire. I was hoping Easter would come on when Waghorn went off as he has shown more fight than Morison. Still a point against the top team aint too disappointing i suppose.

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  • November 2, 2013 at 23:46
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    For the first 38 minutes I thought we were excellent, we controlled the tempo and played some intelligent passes that allowed us to get in behind burnley and cause problems. We were good value for the two goal lead and at that point a good team would have sat, controlled the ball and gone in at half time with a clean sheet... However we concead a soft soft goal and suddenly all confidence is drained from the team and could have gone in at half time 2-2?!!
    Second half we started positively and despite some good move we failed to test the keeper. IMO Derry is shocking, a total liability who looked vacant following their first goal and was at fault for the second as he could have broke up their play on the half way line... After this burnley controlled the game, hit the post when they should have scored and we were fortunate the game finished a draw!!!
    All in all a draw is a good result but still disappointing that the team don't appear to be able to show the know how in closing out games after we deservedly earn leads...
    Thought McDonald, Trotter and Waghorn are our star performers and important we keep these lads. IMO Feeney look decent when he come on, worked hard and battled into a few decent positions but luck/options for the final ball weren't on his side? Morrison looked poor AGAIN!!!
    Mr Lomas I agree we are improving but need to teach the lads how to close shop and defo need to f*** Derry back off to Arry as he is well well passed his best!!!

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  • November 3, 2013 at 08:51
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    First off I think we really missed Jimmy that was his type of game. Losing Scott Malone upset the balance too and we lost his marauding runs down the left. But we finally have resillience and won a point against the league leaders who are on a very good run. The ref was atrocious as were the linesman, who seemed to give a lot of decisions, perhaps to assist the ref who was having a mare. I don't think the game had much in the way of quality but it was a hard fought game.

    One major cause for concern was the crowd a paltry 10,000 and unless this improves we are going to go backwards. I'm sorry but the ' i'm not going to go all the time Lomas is in charge' and 'I'm not going while they are playing badly' brigade have no excuses so get down the Den otherwise start supporting United, City or Chelsea then you can moan from the comfort of your armchairs.

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  • November 3, 2013 at 13:19
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    Losing Malone affected us. No Jimmy affected us. But , we still managed a draw against a very good side. Our new style is beginning to rub off on all the players. In 3 full months of this season we're in a moderate place in the league despite all the changes. I feel things will only continue to improve , we're on the right track now. COYL !

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  • November 4, 2013 at 00:01
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    All in all a very satisfactory performance considering the changes at the club and the new style of play being brought in. A thoroughly enjoyable game and Burnley struggled against our formation and tactics in the first half. They did edge the second half when our substitutions were made.

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