Report: Millwall 2-2 Nottingham Forest

MILLWALL were forced to settle for a point after being pegged back twice by Nottingham Forest at The Den.

Steve Morison's superb opener was cancelled out by Andy Reid's 25-yard drive before Martyn Woolford restored the Lions' lead after the break.

But Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah headed in from a corner to level the scores again.



Steve Lomas made five changes to his side following the defeat at Leicester City, with Alan Dunne, Liam Trotter, Lee Martin, Martin Waghorn and Steve Morison coming in for Guy Moussi, Liam Feeney, Richard Chaplow, Justin Hoyte and Scott McDonald.

Millwall could have fallen behind in the fifth minute when Henri Lansbury intercepted Trotter's pass in a dangerous area, but the former Arsenal man sliced wide with two runners either side of him.

Instead it was the Lions who took the lead in style through Morison, whose sweetly-struck half volley left Karl Darlow with no chance.



Darlow made an important block in the 22nd minute to keep out Waghorn's low drive from a tight angle.

Morison, making his first start since August, dispossessed Nathaniel Chalobah before sending a shot narrowly wide with the outside of his foot as Millwall pushed for a second.

They had claims for a penalty turned down when, after Morison's clever flick, Martin advanced into the area before going down under the challenge of Reid.

But Forest drew level in the 36th minute when the midfielder's swerving long-range shot beat David Forde at his near post.

Jamie Mackie could have completed a rapid turnaround with 90 seconds when he bundled his way goal-side of the Millwall defence, but the striker blazed over.

The Lions survived an early scare at the start of the second half when Chalobah won an aerial challenge with Trotter and Simon Cox nearly poked the loose ball past Forde.

Lomas' side took full advantage of their reprieve in the 55th minute when Woolford beat Eric Lichaj to Morison's pass and diverted the ball into the corner.

The home fans were howling for a spot kick moments later when Martin was again sent flying in the area, this time by Jack Hobbs' trip, but referee Dean Whitestone was unmoved.

And Chalobah rose highest to nod in Reid's corner in the 65th minute to draw the visitors level again.

Millwall pushed for a winner in the closing stages but substitute Liam Feeney and Morison both spurned half-chances.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

42 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 2-2 Nottingham Forest

  • December 3, 2013 at 21:53
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    I listened on Player. It sounded like we were unlucky, especially as we weren't awarded possibly two penalties. Forest have had a better season than us... I'm not SL's spokesman, so no more excuses for a draw at home.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 21:55
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    Morison, our best forward, starts and is MoM by all accounts. No surprise here.
    But wtf are we doing on the training ground when our giant centre half gets beat at a corner and costs us a win. Centre half and/or a decent defensive coach needed a.s.a.p.
    Reid now has four goals and four assists in nine games vs Millwall. Maybe we should sign him?
    Better, but I have a bad feeling about playing a very talented Wigan side on Saturday, now free from the Coyle millstone that's been hanging around its neck.

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    • December 3, 2013 at 22:07
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      @lion.ie: Believed Moro should always start with Wag or Mac. Hopefully will be picked everytime. Sorry but we are still in s**t and sinking fast. Time for management change and someone who has some knowledge on sorting out the defence. Like George Graham he started at the back laid the foundation and moved forward. I think the strike force we have and midfield are ok.

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      • December 3, 2013 at 22:14
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        @potty1: You and me both mate and we are in the minority. Hopefully he'll get a run of games now. Feel for Lomas a bit tonight, he's made the changes but been fkd over by a mistake at a set piece again. But all told, he's had a lot of time to sort it out.
        If Wigan get a win at Leeds tomorrow, watch out! I can see them flying up the table with the right man in charge, so Saturday is a big test.

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      • December 4, 2013 at 09:48
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        Well - if Morrison was MOM - I must have been at the wrong ground.
        I am confused by it all - we do have a better squad than last year - or for some years come to that - but they just dont seem to be able to play.
        Their Andy Reid and their 7 were by far better than eanything we have.
        Trotter is off the pace / and all Abdou does is give the ball to the opposition.
        I wouldnt get rid of Lomas yet but he doesnt seem to know his best team or formation.
        Mcdonald is head and shoulders the best forward we have - yet he was sub?
        Keogh should be relaesed - he is not interested - send him off with Marquis - another complete waste of time
        Even Robbo is not the player he was. I know that confidence is an issue with the whole team - but how the manager wrote those comments about what was a very mediocre performance is beyond me.
        Beevers earnt his wages - most of the rest did not.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 21:58
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    Defence the weakness again.In big trouble if we do not sort it out,

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    • December 3, 2013 at 22:03
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      @Longfield Lion: Second goal absolutely, but Dunne was left completely exposed by the midfield for the first and Forde was caught out by a great strike from a classy player.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 22:02
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    Millwall cannot maintain a lead, I fail to see this as a good result. It makes Saturday's game even more crucial.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 22:04
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    The botton three all won,so it has really closed it all up.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 22:04
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    Millwall assistant calls for togetherness, all together go now SL back were you come from

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  • December 3, 2013 at 22:07
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    Glad to see Morison get on the score sheet. Hopefully this is a turning point for him and Millwall!

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  • December 3, 2013 at 22:09
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    As I've posted on here before, the defence needs sorting.
    Right back. Dunne/Connolly/Hoyte/Smith-All have played and when the s*** hits the fan Dunne gets back in.
    Left back-Malone/Lowry. One is flavour of the month one minute, then can't make the subs bench the next.
    Centre halves. We've had the following combinations- Robinson & Beevers, Robinson and Shittu and Beevers and Shittu.
    McDonald-our best and most creative forward comes on tonight with 4 mins of time left.
    I give up.
    On Saturday, Bailey ( if fit ) and Moussi will be back in. Morison will start. I'm pretty sure that we'll see yet another shuffle at the back with Shittu coming back in.
    It's a crock and the teams that replaced their manager have moved up a gear. We're still in the poxy carpark and have lost the Keys.

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    • December 3, 2013 at 22:21
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      @NICKOLA: For me, the only change should be McDonald for the outgoing Waghorn. We've had enough messing around.

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      • December 3, 2013 at 22:24
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        @lion.ie: Yes you're right. I didn't win the lottery tonight, so my aspirations of taking over millwall are on hold until Saturday night. There will be a few changes then though.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 13:14
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      @NICKOLA:
      NOTHING WRONG WITH THE ATTACK, NOTHING WRONG WITH THE MID - FIELD.
      EVERYTHING WRONG WITH THE DEFENCE [ APART FROM THE GOAL - KEEPER.......HE'S SAFE ]

      SHITTU AND JACK SMITH TO RETURN TO THE BACK FOUR ....!!!!! NOOOOOOOWWW
      IMMEDIATLY...........................URGENTLY...........................WITHOUT DELAY......................
      SATURDAY IS JUST ROUND THE CORNER !!!!
      " NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE "
      THE STORM HAS SPOKEN..........................!!!!

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      • December 5, 2013 at 14:37
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        Stormin' Calm down please Sir.
        You'll have an heart attack! It' not just a game, it's more important, we know!
        No Panic now. Frankly, the ref Cost us Tuesday.
        Our rub of the green will come that we haven't been getting.
        Wasn't a lot of noise Tuesday was there!
        We have to stay positive and get behind the team, when we do, they respond!!!
        It'll be OK sir.
        @bermlion:

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  • December 3, 2013 at 22:10
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    Morrison manhandled all game typical MILLWALL ref. plus we were gutless with exception to beavers and dou

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  • December 3, 2013 at 22:14
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    18 games in,only 18 points! Not good Mr lomas!

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    • December 3, 2013 at 22:35
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      @333lions: We will soon see an article on here with lomas saying we battled hard, gave away soft goals and stating we will try harder next time, when next time we will get beaten by at least 2 goals. It all seems like Groundhog Day with very little of the words and promises from SL, the back room staff and players after defeats being acted upon. 4 wins from 18 with recurrent heavy beatings suggests its all smoke and mirrors from a set up that is in danger getting us too far into trouble to be rescued.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 22:19
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    Not a massive fan of playing on the counter attack when at home against ANYBODY!! I can understand against teams such as QPR we have to accept that we have to concede possession for long periods, but 2 banks of 4 at home against a team that by rights we should be close to competing with is madness!!!
    I am losing faith with SL rapidly. It all seems set up not to lose rather than attempt to win!

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  • December 3, 2013 at 22:41
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    Christ we where terible again tonight.
    Shocked at SMcD on bench but happy with the
    changes made and happy to waych a home game where we play 4-4-2 but why oh why change the formation when we go a goal up ? The shape and distribution was appaling again. Martin was terible woolford although scored a good goal just cannot play with mallone who again like saturday had no defensive awareness they dont help or talk to each other. Jimmy cant pass for s*** and unless we are three up trotter looks mediocre. Morison looked quality for about 25 mins but seemed to get the hump and dropped his head when he didnt get f*** all from lino and ref.
    Waghorn run his nuts off as usual and looked good playing up front but i have to say i cant see a partnership with moro at all.
    The subs where uninspiring and please dont get me started about the ref and lino.
    All in all a typical tuesday night down the den
    Onwards and upwards

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    • December 3, 2013 at 22:52
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      @lukesmithmfc: I can't see a partnership of Moro and Waghorn past a couple of weeks, because Waghorn won't be here! McDonald should've played with Morison tonight but maybe wasn't 100%?

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      • December 3, 2013 at 22:54
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        @lion.ie: or lion, perhaps lomas is trying to get waghorn long term and if he leaves him in the bench, no chance of him signing. Just a thought.

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        • December 3, 2013 at 23:01
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          @bonnie1272: Not based on last weeks comments from Ambler. They stopped Keogh going out on loan as 'Waghorn's loan comes to an end two wees into December'. Unless they are going back in for him in January?

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          • December 3, 2013 at 23:06
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            @lion.ie: keogh didnt go burnley cause lomas couldnt get the player he wanted

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    • December 3, 2013 at 22:52
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      @lukesmithmfc: back to 442 and we looked a little better than previous games and a little more spirited. Also only three players on the park who were brought in by lomas, so effectively Kenny jackets team.

      However three things for me.
      First, no balance, Martin a left winger on the right and woolford does not help Malone on the left side.

      Second and third, two major decisions, both wrong by the ref. two stonewall penalties should have been given to us tonight - one at 1-0 the second at 2-1.

      Either of those scored and we take three point IMO.

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      • December 3, 2013 at 23:04
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        @bonnie1272: have to agree bon i didnt get a good look of the 1st as it was up the other end (i sit in south upper) but f*** me how the ref and the lino missed the 2nd not only was martin tripped but the defender wrapped himself round like a cacoon.
        SMcD can play with either moro or waghorn but i see nothing to merrit moro and waghorn starting together on sat. We were talking about the changes made tonight and said exactly what you have about the starting 11 and if you include the subs its 4 out of 14 that lomas brought in. Funny that they werent good enough last season but arenow and the ones he's brought in seem to be moved around and or dropped completely.
        Same old s*** though bonn, i thought forrest were there for the taking tonight but we failed to capitalise again.

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        • December 3, 2013 at 23:39
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          @lukesmithmfc: can't disagree with that at all mate.
          Another thought, we could play Malone on the left wing and put Lowry at LB. Might help support the defence.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 22:47
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    Shittu was the man for set pieces?

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    • December 3, 2013 at 22:50
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      @conor: Don't get me started on Shittu . The only set pieces he's up for are at an all you can eat banquet.

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      • December 3, 2013 at 22:53
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        @NICKOLA: he'll make a mess of them as well

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      • December 3, 2013 at 22:58
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        @NICKOLA: Set Menu's yes,Set pieces no.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 03:17
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      @conor: not defending them, he cant get his feet off the ground.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 23:13
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    I was in block 4 and the second penalty shout looked blatant, pleasedwith Morrison tonight but I've no doubt that this manager has no idea of his best team or of his best formation, we just don't flow as a side .

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  • December 3, 2013 at 23:21
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    Just witness the most inept display of referring at this game, and boy have we had some. Right from the start he made his intentions clear, he was not taking any ballacks from anyone. Refused to talk to players , and just shood them away. We go 1 nil up , and then have a certain penalty turned down. 2-0 is a different ball game. Then they score, but to our credit we then go 2-1 up, and then again have another certain penalty turned down, again 3-1 , should be game over. Then a corner , I counted 5 millwall players in the 6 yard box, and not one made a challenge, in fact not one got off the ground. That does not happen to us in the oppositions box. Saying that, not a great performance, but they were not any better than us . Difference being Reid and Chalobah, two class acts. Can't work out why he brought Keogh on , when it was crying out for Mc Donald or Easter.

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    • December 3, 2013 at 23:43
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      @sups8892: I agree sups. The only reason I can see for bringing Keogh on is - nah couldn't see why then and still flummoxed by that decision.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 23:33
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    The gap between us and the bottom 3 has all but gone after they all managed to win tonight! If we fail to beat Wigan I feel lomas should be replaced to give us a chance of staying in this division.

    We should have beat forest tonight, ref didn't help, twice giving away a lead and I have no faith in our defence. We would need a 3 goal lead for me to think we would hold on to a win at the moment.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 10:39
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    On saturday it wss concede concede concede....last night was attack score defend concede attack score defend concede so I can see where the improvement has come. However we are still s*** and going into league 1 , where we belong with what I am seeing at present and on those gates around 9k we cant compete in the championship. But whatever happens I will be there next season and the one after that and the ones after those. One final point , when are the FA going to do about those s*** refs...two stonewall penalties and that came from a friend I took last night who is a neutral !!!!!!...public stoning I think

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  • December 4, 2013 at 10:42
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    Seems to me that SL has something against Easter when the team needs him. The guy cannot get a look in with this manager whose tactics leave me bemiused at times.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 12:52
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    aren't substitutions meant to improve the team last night. It's beyond me how bringing Feeney and Keogh on can improve the team.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 21:29
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    if we stay up this season my cocks a carrot.

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