Report: Millwall 1-0 Barnsley

SCOTT Wiseman's own goal handed Millwall a vital win over Barnsley.

The Lions had not won in their previous six league games and it looked as though that run would be extended to seven after 77 uninspiring minutes.

But Tykes defender Wiseman scored a suitably scrappy goal when he headed Liam Feeney's deflected cross into his own net.



Steve Lomas lost midfield duo Liam Trotter (groin) and Jimmy Abdou (knee) to injuries during the week, so Guy Moussi and Richard Chaplow came into midfield.

Scott Malone and Scott McDonald were passed fit to start, while Mark Beevers returned to the heart of the defence in place of Danny Shittu.

After a dull opening, the game threatened to spring into life when Martyn Waghorn cut inside his man and advanced towards the edge of the area, but he scuffed a shot well wide.



David Forde made a vital intervention at the other end to swipe the ball away from Jim O'Brien, who had got in behind Millwall's back four.

Visiting goalkeeper Jack Butland was forced into his first meaningful save of the afternoon to keep out Martyn Woolford's low drive following good work from McDonald.

In the 28th minute, Chaplow's cross dropped perfectly to McDonald but the striker missed his kick and Moussi's follow up was blocked.

Barnsley instantly turned defence into attack but Marcus Pederson selfishly went for goal with two men either side of him and Forde held onto his strike with ease.

On the half-hour mark, Waghorn's curling free-kick was plucked out of the air by Butland, whose opposite number Forde denied Jacob Mellis the opening goal with a sprawling save shortly afterwards.

Moussi and Nicky Bailey both blasted high and wide from distance before the break as the opening half petered out into a stalemate.

Barnsley nearly took the lead within 60 seconds of the restart as Mellis' header at the far post cannoned off Justin Hoyte and flew just wide of his own goal.

And Malone's misjudged back pass nearly let in Wiseman for the opener but Forde made a point-blank save and the ball deflected behind for a corner.

Butland made a stunning save to deny substitute Morison in the 75th minute after the striker was picked out by Malone's inch-perfect pass.

But the Stoke City loanee was soon picking the ball out of his own net as Wiseman inadvertently headed in Feeney's cross from the right flank.

Millwall's goal came under threat only once in the remaining 13 minutes as sub Jason Scotland turned in the area and rifled half a yard wide.

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33 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-0 Barnsley

  • November 23, 2013 at 17:09
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    Thank God for that.
    The Millwall goal, despite who put it in the net, was well-deserved, after all the chances we had. (I listened on Player.)
    However, is this the best we can do at home against a club that have had an even worse season than us?
    I will be interested to hear what Lomas has to say about this one. He has the knack of sounding miserable even when speaking optimistic words.

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    • November 23, 2013 at 17:22
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      He'll be as happy as I am and will say that we deserved it.
      Six points buffer now from the bottom. Now we have our strongest back four back we will move up the table. Today was a day of nerves. Got the 3 points and that's all that matters at the end of the day.
      @SE14 Exile: He'kll

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    • November 23, 2013 at 17:24
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      @SE14 Exile: A massive win that puts some space between us and the bottom three. I couldn't be there today, but I've seen us lose at home to Barnsley plenty of times over the years, so I'll take 1-0 win from a late own goal. There's a long way to go yet this season , but a defeat would have really left us in trouble.

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  • November 23, 2013 at 17:25
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    Grinded today, an ugly 3 points but will take it any day!
    NEED a win next game to continue the run and get us up the table otherwise can see us going back to losing ways!

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  • November 23, 2013 at 17:25
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    Sounds a very scrappy nervous game but at least we kept a clean sheet, but cannot understand the leaving out of Easter, our leading scorer! Still 3 points are welcome and takes the pressure off a bit.

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    • November 23, 2013 at 19:57
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      @Peckhamlad: Easter has 2 goals, McDonald has 3. But I agree Easter should get more game time. I feel sorry for him to be honest because there's not a lot more he can do.

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    • December 2, 2013 at 18:28
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      @Peckhamlad:
      okay , I pridicted Millwall to win 2 - 0 at Home...............
      but I was correct about the end that the goal would be scored !!!!
      we all at the Upper Barry Kitchener Stand [ B - Block ], got a nice close up view as
      the GOAL went into the net.................[ HORRAH """""""" ]

      " NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE "

      STORMIN' NORMAN

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  • November 23, 2013 at 17:28
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    when you stop and think about it we have been awful at times but if we had not let 3 points go against brighton, burnley and bournemouth no one would have been fretting like they have. this league just changes so much you can never figure out your team

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    • November 24, 2013 at 02:30
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      @Peckhamlad: i would sooner easter come on as sub today rather than morrison.

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  • November 23, 2013 at 17:34
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    BBC statistic: 12 shots, 2 on target (presumably the own goal was 50% of what went on target?). Not being at the game, I cannot tell if it is fair to say that 1 or 2 out of 12 shots going on target is a true miserable reflection of events?

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  • November 23, 2013 at 17:44
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    A nice 3 points next week against Leicester and we will all be very Happy

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  • November 23, 2013 at 17:54
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    Thank f*** for that.
    Massive 3 points. We can start looking up again at least for a week anyway. Well done wall.

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  • November 23, 2013 at 18:10
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    Dismally bad game. We couldn't click or hit our stride, maybe all the changes disjointed us. Barnsley are a shower but they'd clearly identified this as a winnable game and fought hard, packing out the defence and catching us on the break. They gave away lots of free kicks in the final third but we had no-one to take advantage of it.

    Missed Trotter, Chaplow has been out for so long and isn't quite Trotter when it comes to placing the pass that will let someone in. My 1st look at Hoyte and Moussi and thought they were so-so, Moussi is a giant but didn't impose himself, Hoyte I hoped would be an upgrade but didn't give particularly more than Dunne on a quite good day, would like to see him get forward as much as Malone. Bailey did well putting out fires, Morison still looks a bit spooked. My MOM is Raymond in Block 38 for providing the only entertainment.

    But an ugly 3 points (and they were f*ck-ugly) is worth more than a draw with champagne football.

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    • November 23, 2013 at 19:13
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      @jamie: You have sumed up perfectly the game

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    • November 23, 2013 at 19:58
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      @jamie: who's Raymond? The guy who kept shouting or the 4 year old that wouldn't stop squealing?

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  • November 23, 2013 at 18:40
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    Will take that result. Bit of luck could be what we need to kick on

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  • November 23, 2013 at 19:10
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    A gritty, nervy, uninspiring, tough, game ----- I'll take that 1-0, top attempt by the lads, who looked very nervous, making the game rather uninspired and the frustration showed ----- Now with a few points breathing space, they can relax and play how we know they can and should be playing like ----

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  • November 23, 2013 at 19:19
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    Scrappy game today. Chaplow unfit , Mcdonald not 100% either. Hoyte no better if not worse than Dunney. Moussi too slow at this level. Robbo and Beevers were good together. I think Woolford was so so but nothing special. Despite all that , we beat a poor team.
    Onwards and upwards now , draw at Leicester and beat Forest at home a week Tuesday.

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  • November 23, 2013 at 20:04
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    Chaplow and McDonald both back after knocks but it's interesting that he played them anyway. He didn't have Abdou or Trotter available so the midfield picked itself. Also interesting that of the outfield subs only Shittu and Smith were defensive cover, the rest attack. Finally, maybe, perhaps a system of 2 strikers up front.at-home anyway- has sunk in.
    Bailey misses next game after his 5th Yellow today so Trotter in for Chaplow presumably and Abdou for Bailey. A draw at Leicester will do me nicely.

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    • November 24, 2013 at 00:36
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      @NICKOLA: a putrid boring affair.

      A very good save when one on one by Forde kept us in a game where we were poor, but not quite as bad as Barnsley. Morison missed a good chance near the death as well.

      The only serious thing to note was that we got the goal once we switched to 442. The rest was the usual fare of 451 negativity rubbish.

      Perhaps we can learn that 442 is a must at home.

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      • November 24, 2013 at 07:21
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        @bonnie1272:
        In fairness we weren't much better when we switched to 4-4-2 but we looked marginally more likely to at least get in their box. And the one passage of quality play we produced, just before the goal, came during the pressure we finally managed to summon up after the changes.

        But it was a truly dire dog's breakfast of a game - one of the worst I can remember - with neither side deserving a point. At least Barnsley had the excuse of playing away so I don't blame them quite so much for wasting most of my afternoon.

        More generally though we have three or four adequate Championship forwards (and Macdonald is probably better than that if he had a partner), did have and technically still do have four reasonable wide mid-fielders (again I still think Henry is more than just reasonable) and three or four people capable of performing in central midfield. So that's a good setup for a mid-table side playing 4-4-2.

        If this bozo Lomas wants to play whatever weird-arsed system he thinks he is asking them to play then he needs to go out in January and try to restructure the squad (though personally I think he's just plain wrong). But meanwhile how about finally accepting that we have the players we have!

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        • November 24, 2013 at 09:26
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          @The Humble One: I do accept the players we have and think it is one of the best squads I can remember. In fact I really can't understand why we aren't winning more games than we are. All I can see is a severe lack of confidence. Even yesterday after going a goal in front we dropped deeper instead of taking the game to them.

          We are playing decent football at times generally (not yesterday) but my pessimism is not new, I've had it for years.

          My biggest gripe is despite all of the money and board support, we have a manager who cannot get eleven confident players on a pitch playing with pride whilst wearing our shirt.

          I honestly hope he can alter this but I have seen nothing to change my opinion.

          I have read loads and loads of typical football b***** every time he opens his mouth. But as they say talk is cheap.

          I would like to see the current management using what they have at their disposal instead if keep inserting new players into a system that few of our players seem to understand.

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          • November 26, 2013 at 12:20
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            @bonnie1272: bonnie the reason we are not winning more games is simply the fact of schoolboy defending and individual bad mistakes by defenders,now the defence looked much better against barnsley even though beevers and malone were coming back from injury and must have been a bit match rusty,they still played well considering that,so onwards and upwards no doom and gloom from here on from the pessimistic brigade.

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        • November 24, 2013 at 09:36
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          @The Humble One: one other thing, you say that SL should go out and restructure?

          Mate, he has bought in more players in such a short space of time than any other manager in our history.

          He has been well backed by the board, but we are little better off than last season.

          Now time I will give him, but do you think it is worth letting him loose with more money to inflate his squad further.

          After all it seems he can't get a fixed eleven from what he has.

          And I for one don't want our club back I'm the dark days of administration, which would happen if JB pulls the plug.

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          • November 26, 2013 at 18:52
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            @bonnie1272:
            The only thing I would give him is a P45.

            Meanwhile though I'm sorry Jim but it's simply no earthy good blaming all our woes on "schoolboy defensive errors" - we were almost completely clueless going forward Saturday. There was a lack of movement up front, a reliance on playing through the middle time after time, untold missed-placed passes and a depressing amount of hoofing up the field to players that simply weren't there or, in the case of poor old Scott, are knee-high to R2D2.

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  • November 23, 2013 at 21:45
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    I traveled over from Ireland for this one, about this time last season I was over the Barnsley game when we lost 0-2 and played better than today, so to win 1-0 is a good result, it's 3 points in the bag and a clean sheet, and a much happier trip home.

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  • November 24, 2013 at 08:12
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    You cannot say anything other than a very poor,scrappy game between two poor teams.Millwall got lucky with the goal as we did not look like scoring if they stayed all night.McDonald did not look fit,too many players were off their game today.Today I have seen three ordinary outfits - Millwall,Barnsley and Sheff Wed.

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    • November 26, 2013 at 12:28
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      @Longfield Lion: agree we got lucky with the own goal,so did burnley with the own goal lowry scored, what goes around comes around we got the three points that is what matters,also agree game was very scrappy,but considering changes through injury and players coming back from injury we did well IMO.

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  • November 24, 2013 at 09:39
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    3 points is 3 points but that was really bad yesterday. Bailey had a good game MOTM by a mile for me. Malone had good 1st half but was knackered 2nd half and couldn't beat their right back. Moussi is a waste of space, big lump, can't run, scared to tackle, looked uncomfortable every time he got the ball, it was like playing shittu in midfield. Also he can only seem to pass backwards and spends far too long thinking about what pass to make. Send him back to forest, we wonder why all of these players are available for loan... Cos they are no good, and no one wants them. It was like we was playing with 10 men with him on.
    Waggy ran his heart out and if we lose him in Jan then it will be a big loss IMO. Lomas needs to start him through the middle in a 442 and see what he can do. Macdonald is by far one of our most creative players but plays too deep for a lone CF, we need someone in and around the box, and I think macdonald would benefit from having a partner.
    I know people will disagree with this but I felt like we missed trotter, someone with a bit of class on the ball, who can pick out a pass and create things. Chaplow wasn't at his best after so long out but him ran himself into the ground. Woolford needs to be dropped, 3 good games at the beginning of the season doesn't cement a place for the season.
    All in all not a great performance but we got 3 points and have the players to come back to make a difference, just hope that we do something about all these injuries as they are stacking up and there must be something wrong, even tho lomas says not. 3 hard games coming up now.

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    • November 24, 2013 at 10:26
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      @glenbur: in agreement here. But we will never know what goes on behind the scenes. All we can do is speculate, which is good fun anyway.

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  • November 25, 2013 at 06:57
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    Without trying to stir up the wrath of most on here..... I think we look much better in a 4 3 3.... When we went 4 4 2 on sat we looked light in midfield. Waggy and morro were just standing on the half way line and the wingers weren't getting back leaving the defence exposed. 433 for me with morro up the middle with waggy and mcdonald either side tracking back when we haven't got the ball, is the way forward for me...... More options for short and long ball to the front men...... 3 massive games coming up, Leicester forest and Wigan.....not sure how we nick some points outta from those if we play like we did on sat.....we need to fight like we did against Leeds am Blackpool.... Come on you lions.....!!

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  • November 25, 2013 at 09:34
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    I think our main problem Saturday was the gap between the team and McDonald/front striker. Whenever we retained the ball we didn’t seem to get forward quickly enough which enabled the Barnsley defence to close down McDonald too easy and we lost the ball. Looking at the game I thought it would have been interesting to put Waghorn in behind McDonald as we did in the 2nd half. Then you could have Bailey and Moussi/Chaplow sitting a bit deeper, but still providing the support to the front line. That would still give cover when defending but also provide a bit of extra fire power up front. Just a thought!

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