Report: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Millwall

MILLWALL gave their survival bid renewed hope with a hard-fought win over play-off-chasing Nottingham Forest.

The Lions are now just two points from Championship safety after their triumph at the City Ground and Charlton's 1-0 home defeat by Reading.

First-half goals from Scott Malone and Lee Martin put the visitors in the driving seat and they clung onto their victory despite Jamie Paterson's header soon after the restart.

Ian Holloway made sweeping changes to his side following the 2-2 draw with Blackburn.

Alan Dunne, Nicky Bailey, Martyn Woolford, Ed Upson, Stefan Maierhofer, Malone and Martin all came into the starting XI as Millwall reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Carlos Edwards, who made his debut against Rovers last weekend, was at right back, with the returning Dunne made captain for the day at centre half.

Maierhofer had the first effort on goal of the half when he brought down Upson's diagonal pass and stung the palms of Karl Darlow with a low drive.

But there was little Darlow could do to prevent Millwall taking the lead in the 19th minute.

Malone advanced to the edge of the area and looked to pick out the run of Martin at the far post, but his cross deflected off Jara and into the net.

Owen Garvan then blasted wide following a corner before Beevers was narrowly beaten to Martin's cross by Darlow as the Lions grew in confidence.

As the home crowd grew restless, Radoslaw Majewski tried his luck from distance but David Forde was able to watch his shot wide.

And the Lions swiftly doubled their lead at the other end with a well-worked goal.

Dunne's long ball forward was chested down by Maierhofer into the path of Upson, who lofted a pass into the feet of Martin on the overlap.

The winger advanced to the edge of the area, cut inside and curled an inch-perfect shot into the corner before running the length of the pitch in celebration.

Woolford spurned a chance to make it 3-0 early in the second half when the ball got stuck under his feet after Malone's clever pass created an opening.

Forest pulled one back moments later when Dan Harding's ferocious cross was glanced home by winger Paterson from six yards.

That goal roused the home crowd but it was Millwall who went closest to scoring next when substitute Steve Morison forced Darlow into a full-stretch save.

Half-time sub Henri Lansbury blasted a free kick over before drilling a similar chance into the wall as the Lions restricted Forest to half chances.

And five minutes of added time came and went as Holloway's men held on to claim a priceless away win.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

24 thoughts on “Report: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Millwall

  • April 5, 2014 at 17:51
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    Great win but a loss at Wigan and it means nothing. After we beat Derby, we went 5 without winning but now lets go get 4/5 more wins instead! Nick a win at Wigan and then f*** up Watford.

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    • April 5, 2014 at 18:00
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      @harryfabian: f*** up Watford, Elton john would love that !!!

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      • April 5, 2014 at 18:16
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        @dpendet: What's hit more balls than David beckhams right boot? A: Elton johns chin !

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  • April 5, 2014 at 17:52
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    What a result !! Now onto the Wigan game #KeepTheFaith #COYL

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  • April 5, 2014 at 18:02
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    Great first half performance...we should drink in the last chance saloon more often! Coyl!

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  • April 5, 2014 at 18:05
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    The boys gutsed out a great fighting win and so proud of the effort. Great stuff by the crew who travelled and got the team over the line when the going got tough. Raise a glass to you all . Fairwell for the evening.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 18:05
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    Hope or false hope that is the question
    Beat wigan and the false is beaten as the hope grows
    Kill the wasps and the sun starts to shine once again
    Scrape a win at the riverside and...just woke up from a dream!!

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  • April 5, 2014 at 18:05
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    Buzzing over this! think wigan will be really tough but at least we are still in with a chance, all that can hope for. Pray that charlton come down with/without us would be great after they thought theyd done it after leeds

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  • April 5, 2014 at 18:11
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    If we win on tues and the barn owls + charlton lose we are out of the relegation spots if yeovil win it means barn owls are hammered in last chance saloon and charlton are more than a bit tipsy

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  • April 5, 2014 at 18:14
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    I've been a big critic of Holloway, but if he keeps us up I'll happily get his name tattooed onto my butt-cheeks - middle name and all.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 18:28
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    Point at Wigan that'll do

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    • April 5, 2014 at 18:39
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      @mfcmike: Has to be a win Mike.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 18:29
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    Couldn't believe it when holloway took bailey of for McDonald, but it paid of! BELIEVE

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    • April 5, 2014 at 23:43
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      @MFCTOMMY: Bailey had a really good game, holding it all together and looking like the player he promised to be in the first few games of the season - what a long time ago that was. Such a great shame he's had such problems with his fitness. I'm assuming he was taken off because after such a long time out a full 90 minutes probably wouldn't have been a good idea. Wouldn't want him injured again straightaway through tiredness!

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  • April 5, 2014 at 18:38
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    Great to finally win a game of football. Six more cup finals left starting with Wigan (owe them for the semi final defeat) Unlikely we stay up with Charlton's two in hand but not impossible COYL

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  • April 5, 2014 at 18:43
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    In pub in nottingham having a good drink. Well done brilliant win Ollie got it spot on today

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  • April 5, 2014 at 18:48
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    So 4-5-1 is the desired formation now? I'm not complaining so long as the results keep coming

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    • April 5, 2014 at 18:58
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      @Dazi: the key is winning the home games - 9 points there and the away games can be draws - I think we might need 11 points from here so a point at wigan will be very good ; they are a classy side - let's not get carried away beating a bang out of form forest team - it isn't the same as beating a playoff certainty like wigan with the players they have got

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  • April 5, 2014 at 19:00
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    Maierhofer. Maierhofer. Great win today and Maierhofer helped get it. In the same breath, he nearly ensured we'd be 10 men and go onto probably lose the game. He had just been booked and then loses it, pushing his head onto that of another player which would have been a 2nd booking had the ref saw it (cameras certainly got that). For 2 minutes he was a total animal. A man of his age and experience and for playing for a club which needs to keep players on the field needs to be asked strong questions by Holloway. Well done Holloway for seeing the trouble and getting him straight off. But what kind of player behaves like that: enforcing unexpected substitutions and possible change of tactics and loss of points? Maierhofer forgot why he is employed for a couple of minutes. Good win and that's the most important thing.

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    • April 5, 2014 at 23:28
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      @SE14: yes, se14, I agree. I was sitting on the half way line and could see Hof's game very clearly. To be honest, I didn't think his touch was quite as good as it had been in other games at the Den and he was also a bit clumsy. He was getting more and more frustrated that his clumsiness meant he kept giving away free kicks, so I wasn't altogether surprised when he nearly lost it. Mind you, I didn't think him touching his head against the forest player merited a yellow, and I was relieved that the referee agreed! But you're right, he has a responsibility to the club not to nearly get sent off!! Having said all this, I think having him in the starting line up was the right decision and I hope IH sticks with him.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 19:13
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    Like i said, It aint over till the fat ref blows the whistle. Nuff said

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  • April 5, 2014 at 20:06
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    Great result lads, well done Olly and congrats to Lee Martin who I have slated on here in the past keep it up. Forest were throwing themselves about and trying to get our guys sent off glad the ref saw through it.
    As usual very nervy second half after they scored but at least this time we hung on.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 23:34
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    Really good goal by Martin after a well worked move. He's definitely a trier but he looked shattered to me with about 15 minutes to go. He obviously has skill but today he had some poise to go with it, unlike that one at the Den when he did all the hard work then blazed it over the bar. Well done, Lee.

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  • April 7, 2014 at 09:00
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    GETTING OURSELVES READY FOR TOMORROWS TRIP UP TO WIGAN................
    [ ONLY FOUR [4 ] MORE WINS TO GET....................
    KEEP IT UP MILLWALL.................
    [ CERTAINLY THE FANS CHANTING WILL BE LOUD ]
    SO FULL MARKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORTERS THAT WERE UP THERE WITH US
    AT NOTTINGHAM FOREST.........................EACH AND EVERYONE DID THEIR PART,
    IN MAKING THAT BRILLIANTLY LOUD NOISE SUPPORT FOR MILLWALL LIONS.
    " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
    THE STORM.................PLEASED TO BE PART OF IT !!!

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