Report: Watford 4-0 Millwall

WATFORD increased the pressure on Millwall manager Steve Lomas with a convincing 4-0 win at Vicarage Road.

The Lions had Danny Shittu sent off after just ten minutes for a foul inside the area on Troy Deeney, who scored the subsequent penalty.

It was one-way traffic thereafter and Fernando Forestieri made it 2-0 before half time.

Ikechi Anya's fine solo strike extended the Hornets' lead and Lewis McGugan scored a fourth goal on the hour mark from the spot.

Lomas made five changes to his side following the 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough with Justin Hoyte, Shane Lowry, Guy Moussi, Shittu and Jermaine Easter all starting.

The visitors were on the back foot from the first whistle and it took a last-ditch interception by Mark Beevers to prevent Sean Murray from getting on the end of Deeney's knock down.

But when Shittu felled Deeney from behind, referee Andy D'Urso had no choice but to give the defender his marching orders and the striker converted from the spot.

Lomas replaced Guy Moussi with Paul Robinson to ensure Millwall had four defenders on the field in a 4-4-1 formation.

Steve Morison saw his header cleared off the line by Ikechi Anya before the Hornets had an appeal for another penalty turned down when Deeney's shirt was tugged by Robinson.

However, Hornets fans did not have to wait much longer to see their side score a second.

In the 29th minute, Murray floated a simple ball over the top of Hoyte and into the feet of Anya, whose cross was stabbed in by Forestieri.

Full back Marco Cassetti could have made it 3-0 before the break but he headed over from Lewis McGugan's pinpoint free kick.

There was controversy on the stroke of half time when Forestieri caught Trotter high on the leg with a studs-up challenge, but D'Urso only produced a yellow card.

The game was ended as a contest three minutes after half time when Anya cut in from the let flank and arrowed a scorching drive into the top corner.

Forestieri nearly made it 4-0 when his long-range shot rattled the inside of David Forde's post and bounced clear.

Morison thought he had pulled a goal back for the Lions but the striker's close-range header was disallowed for offside.

And the linesman's flag proved equally-costly at the other end as Robinson was penalised for handball in the area, even though ref D'Urso had initially waved play on.

McGugan took over penalty-taking duties from Deeney and the attacker made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Forde the wrong way.

Watford had the ball in the net again in the 73rd minute but Forestieri was adjudged to have been in an offside position when he converted Murray's cross.

Moments later it was the woodwork that came to Millwall's rescue as McGugan's left-footer came crashing off the bar.

Hoyte went close to scoring a late consolation with a long-range drive that flew just over, but the Lions were well-beaten.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

48 thoughts on “Report: Watford 4-0 Millwall

  • December 26, 2013 at 15:02
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    Goodbye and good riddance Lomas.

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      • December 27, 2013 at 07:24
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        @bonnie1272:
        WE WERE ONLY ABOUT 20 YDS FROM THE " SHITTU INCIDENT " ................
        UP UNTIL THEN I THOUGHT WE WERE PLAYING WELL FOR THE FIRST 11 MINS,
        DANNY SHITTU WAS DOING GOOD WORK, CUTTING OUT ANY THREAT............
        [ WE ALL WITNESSED THIS 3 X TIMES IN THE FIRST 10 MINS, WELL DONE DANNY S ].............
        BUT HE WAS BEING LEFT ON HIS OWN , YET AGAIN !!!.................
        [ BAD DECISION BY THE REF, TO SEND HIM OFF ] , NEVER MIND !
        AT LEAST, THERE WAS NO MORE PLACES FOR STEVE LOMAS TO HIDE.....................
        [ SORRY TO SAY THIS, BUT HE HAD TO GO......................... ]
        " NO ONE LIKES US WE DON'T CARE "
        STORMIN' NORMAN
        PS. ALSO HAVE TO REPORT SADLY, THAT WHEN WE GOT OFF THE SUPPORTERS
        COACH IN DARKNESS, SUE TRIPPED OVER AND HIT HER FACE ON THE CONCRETE
        GROUND....................[ LOTS OF BLOOD LOST ............... CUT THE BRIDGE OF HER NOSE,
        AND BRUISES AND GRAZES ALL OVER ]
        2014 CAN ONLY GET BETTER.....................
        WE WILL STILL BE GOING TO DONCASTER ROVER ON THE COACH...........

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:02
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    Bye lomas go now the damage is done, shocking

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:02
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    enough is enough ginger vermin c***! LOMAS OUT!!!

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:04
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    BYE LOMAS!!!!

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:08
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    They say you learn more from the mistakes you make than when you don't and board did well in hiring KJ, but it was perhaps partially fortuitous on the boards part. For all Ambler said about the board being far more experience and informed this around before hiring Lomas it was a big gamble at least KJ had a proven track record in turning teams around in the third tier he himself even said that again prior to being hired as Wolves manager. Let's move on and close the book on Lomas, chalk it up to a gamble hiring that didn't pay off and now go for an experienced man at this level please JB.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:09
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    Bet they will still give him another couple of games, go now please.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:09
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    Surely this the end for SL? If he goes take that fat, slower than slower centre half shittu with you, he's a joke and has to take the blame for this one! How did the useless c*** win our player of the year last season? I know why cos he said 'that's what we do". MUG

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:10
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    Zola is 10-1 was 33-1 this morning

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    • December 26, 2013 at 15:48
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      @thecolumbusblock: FYO, bomber is 3-1, Zola now 6-1, Steve kean and Karl Robinson 14-1

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:15
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    Surely this is more than even the most forgiving supporter can stand, SL has run out of excuses, he has tried all the combinations and players there are at the club and failed. We were lucky to stay up last season and the situation as it stands is we are almost certain to be relegated. Can the board see beyond tomorrow? Bring in an experienced manager quickly. One p****d off supporter.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:16
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    its down to the board now , just listened to game , clearly lost dressing room , apart from morrison , players didnt put in a shift , how many corners do we want to try and score , must be double figures , today and cant think off to many saves by watford keeper, if lomas dont go , we are as good as down , the board must make the decision , he will not quit ,

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:26
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    Do we really need to ask our board the question? Lomas is well out of his depth & that was highlighted before kick-off by the formation & team selection. I doubt very much if the players are playing for him & are probably, like most of us, totally disinterested. He must go & go before the Southend game. Put Bomber in charge for now.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:28
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    John Berylson you need to act.

    There have been times of anger in the past but this is intense, growing and will get unpleasant if it carries on.

    Remember the passion we have for our team.

    You are losing support from those in hold you in respect. You've done a lot for us and we appreciate that. A lot.

    It's ok to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes.

    But now, it's your move. You are the only person who has the power to change it. I don't believe Steve Lomas will resign.

    It requires action from you - but there's no need for an apology if it's done now.

    Prepare for the future now (if you have not already done so) where you have a have a manager lined up who is respected by the team and who simply gets the team to mid table safety this season. They'll need Championship experience, a thick skin and a sack full of common sense. It will be a tough ride but if he gets the players playing with pride and passion that'll do. As long as his tactics are clear and he works with the players and plays to their strengths, the results will come.

    Most importantly, take the appropriate action NOW with Lomas. Don't wait.

    Give us some hope for 2014.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:34
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    F..k you JB for being weak and not sacking SL what a C...
    Boycott the Leicester game.
    1 voice for Wall OURS.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:36
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    Zola odds down to 6/1

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    • December 26, 2013 at 15:41
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      @millwallgracie98:
      I really don't want Zola even thought about to be our manager. He'll pack our side with foreign , diving scumbags. Look how he manipulated the loan system last season getting all those Italians.

      We need proper Millwall type players to get us out of this mess

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      • December 26, 2013 at 15:42
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        @Block 8: i agree with u i was just making the point

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      • December 26, 2013 at 15:45
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        @Block 8: to be fare mate he minipulated the system cause the owner has two or three other clubs and thats where 95% of those players came from plus there was no rules against it.
        His record weren't that bad either, that said at least they have a chairman who acts when the s*** hits the fan, wether its right or wrong

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        • December 26, 2013 at 15:56
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          @lukesmithmfc:
          I agree he manipulated the system to full effect. I just don't want Millwall becoming the latest side under foreign management. I'm a dinosaur who wants Millwall to remain a local team for local fans and players.
          I want blood , guts and passion , not diving broken English speaking foreigners at my club.

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          • December 26, 2013 at 16:08
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            @Block 8: I hear you block but,
            jb didnt give a t*** for the fans who were against a former westham captain taking over so why do you think he'll listen to anyone who dont want a foreigner in charge

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      • December 26, 2013 at 16:15
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        @Block 8: Anything anything must be better than what we have at present

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:38
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    There were people on here calling for Dunney and Robbo to be dropped. He did just that and we still got an hammering.
    I've been one of the more patient people with regards to SL, but I'm finished with him now. Something clearly aint right and I don't see SL fixing this mess. He did inherit a shambles to be fair , but for all his hard work , he's not good enough for us at this level.

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    • December 26, 2013 at 16:24
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      U got a lot right about these bvogs calling 4 players 2 be dropped for players who are either out of deapth or r clearly unfit..lomas pick eleven fit players...

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:38
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    Jb get rid of this man tonight please he's making mugs of all of us.
    its down to you mate cause he aint man enough to hold his hands up.
    Cant wait for the post match interview.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:42
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    RUBBISH.... LOMAS OUT.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:44
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    Who now will be put forward from squad to tell us we can play better etc like we are fools.

    lomass must go and Ambler too in signing Shittu.

    All the talk about taking time in summer and getting the right man clearly hasn't worked and the board know they look incompetent and they would be right but need to cut losses and get a real manager in.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:47
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    Come on JB do the right thing and give SL his p 45 times up Steve

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:47
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    Lomas OUT
    Boycott the Leicester Game

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:48
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    Boycott the Leicester game act together

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:49
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    1 Voice for wall OURS
    Boycott the Leicester Game

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:50
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    who is going to want to come in to replace Lomas tho?

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    • December 26, 2013 at 15:58
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      @millwallgracie98: any ones got to better , than the shambles we are in at the moment , this ranks alongside jimmy nic days ,

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:54
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    All I wanted for Christmas was Lomas to get his marching orders....got bloody aftershave and vodka instead.Come on Mr Berylson, it's not too late to make my wishes come true.

    COYL

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    • December 26, 2013 at 18:12
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      @woodenlion: Who says dreams don't come true?

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  • December 26, 2013 at 15:57
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    Lomas do the decent thing and resign now cos by the looks of things the board ain't got the bo•••cks to sack you so do every Millwall fan a favour and F••KOFF now as ive said before I don't like the 1st division you MUG!!!!!!!!!

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    • December 26, 2013 at 16:54
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      Dio the0 descent thing ...i take it that was a joke..cos that dirty west ham c*nt dosen't know the meaning of the word

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  • December 26, 2013 at 16:03
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    Taxi for Lomas

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    • December 26, 2013 at 16:37
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      THAT F#CKING MFTOR MUST HAV SUM FARE ON IT

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  • December 26, 2013 at 16:18
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    Steve Kean or Holloway for replacement if they would even consider the post

    Boycot Leicester game!!

    Lomas OUT

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  • December 26, 2013 at 16:44
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    Anybody who says we should boycott millwall are not real millwall

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    • December 26, 2013 at 18:01
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      @Jim28: You keep paying Lomas wages then
      1 voice for Wall OURS

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  • December 26, 2013 at 17:05
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    the poor aspect is that this board saw lomas and still see him as the man in charge,to take us forward.so it goes to show that they are failing and whats to stop them doing exactly the same thing all over again,also in their arrogance they will not admit to making us now a laughing stock.they are as inexperienced as him.in making decisions.if no players are bought in January that will show you what direction we will be going in.like I said before I think we will be down the bottom all season unless drastic measures are taken at all levels within the club.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 17:59
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    to all those that were calling ""jacket out ""a few month ago i wrote be careful what you wish for,the new man might not be any better. i notice that a lot of the same people have been calling ""lomas out"" (nicola, harry fabian etc etc ) and so it goes on, so we will pay lomas up the rest of his contract, with money we can ill afford,get rid of him, get someone else in who will undoubtably struggle,and that will be someone new to abuse, wheather it be who he once played for, the colour of his syrup, where he was born, some crap or other, cos in the words of shittu " its what we do"

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  • December 27, 2013 at 02:02
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    No clowns like Holloway or Mrs doubtfire. Gianfranco Zola please and give us back our Millwal!

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