Report: Millwall 2-2 Watford

MARTYN Woolford scored a stoppage-time leveller as Millwall claimed a richly-deserved point against Watford to keep their survival hopes alive.

Almen Abdi's 86th-minute strike took a cruel deflection to give the Hornets a late lead but goalkeeper Manuel Almunia fumbled Woolford's half-volley as the Lions earned a draw.

Lewis McGugan's goal capped a strong opening half for the visitors but Millwall fought back and equalised when sub Steve Morison scored from a tight angle following a corner.



Almunia made stunning second-half saves to deny Alan Dunne and then Woolford, but the winger's speculative effort fooled the former Arsenal stopper and crept in.

Defeats elsewhere for Charlton, Blackpool and Doncaster meant the Lions moved to within a point of safety with four games of the season still to play.

Ed Upson's suspension paved the way for Shaun Williams to return to the starting line up in Millwall's only change from their midweek win over Wigan.



Carlos Edwards, who was passed fit to start after being forced off against the Latics, went close to scoring his second goal of the week with a rising 20-yard drive in the third minute.

But it was the visitors who dominated the early stages and Gabriele Angella should have broken the deadlock with a close-ranger header that he somehow glanced wide.

McGugan, who had been denied by Forde moments earlier, soon opened the scoring, however, with a low drive from 20 yards that crept inside the near post.

The Hornets' goalscorer went close again with a swerving half-volley that had Forde scrambling across his goal as the Lions struggled to repel the visitors' incisive attacks.

Manuel Almunia was forced into his first save of the afternoon when Scott Malone advanced to the edge of the area and let fly with a dipping shot that was punched clear.

And Millwall should have levelled when Stefan Maierhofer poked the ball through to Owen Garvan who, six yards out, failed to make proper contact with his effort.

Lee Martin and Woolford both saw attempts on goal blocked as Ian Holloway's side finished the half on the front foot.

They started the second period in the same vein, with Maierhofer heading over from six yards when it looked easier to score.

But Millwall eventually restored parity when Woolford's corner fell to Morison at the back post and the striker buried his shot from a narrow angle.

That goal brought the home crowd to life but Watford continued to pose a threat on the break, and Forde made saves to deny McGugan and Fernando Forestieri in quick succession.

At the other end, Williams and Malone both fired tamely over the bar before sub Simeon Jackson's rasping drive narrowly missed the target.

Dunne thought he'd scored when his sweetly-struck half-volley arrowed towards the far corner but Almunia made a fine fingertip save at the expense of a corner.

And Watford restored their advantage on the break when Abdi's effort deflected off Beevers and bobbled into the corner past a wrong-footed Forde.

Having made another superb stop to deny Woolford, Almunia went from hero to zero at the death when he was beaten too easily by the winger's shot from the right side of the area.

Staff

(@NewsAtDen)

32 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 2-2 Watford

  • April 12, 2014 at 17:33
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    It's going to be possible. A point at Boro and then three against Doncaster.
    That's next week. Now, beer time.
    Cheers 'Wall !

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    • April 12, 2014 at 17:49
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      @NICKOLA: Saved by the 'Bell' ....as it goes we did not have a bet good first 45mins. But, a late goal keeps the 'Pot - Boiling' ........( tea up Wollie ).

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  • April 12, 2014 at 17:33
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    The old joint will be rockin tonight!!!

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  • April 12, 2014 at 17:40
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    So near, yet so far. I'll be so p***** if we don't make it. I was fine a few weeks back about going down because we didn't deserve to stay up. But now at last we're playing football it'll be a travesty.

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  • April 12, 2014 at 17:41
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    Barnsley - Charlton (A), Leeds (H), Derby (A), Middlesbrough (A), QPR (H)
    Yeovil - Blackburn (A), Huddersfield (H), Brighton (A), Middlesbrough (H)
    Millwall - Middlesbrough (A), Doncaster (H), QPR (A), Bournemouth (H)
    Charlton - Barnsley (H), Bolton (H), Sheff Wed (A), Blackburn (H), Watford (H), Blackpool (A).
    Blackpool - Burnley (H), Brighton (A), Wigan (A), Charlton (H).
    Doncaster - Derby (H), Millwall (A), Reading (H), Leicester (A).
    Birmingham - Forest (A), Blackburn (H), Leeds (H), Wigan (H), Bolton (A)

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    • April 12, 2014 at 17:48
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      @lion.ie: Thanks for that Lion.
      Blackpool and Doncaster are catchable and looking at that list, they've got the most difficult run-in.
      I think Barnsley and Yeovil look odds on to go down. A Charlton win v Barnsley on Tusday is probably the best for us just to keep Barnsley at arms length.
      So, looks like us, Blackpool or Doncaster IMO.

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      • April 12, 2014 at 18:01
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        @NICKOLA: 100% agree Nick, a draw on Tuesday would be best for me, keep Charlton in it. It's feasible that we could be looking fairly comfy by close of business on Easter Monday if we were to beat Boro and Doncaster and that's ridiculous considering where we were a couple of weeks ago. I bet the Blackpool forums are interesting reading tonight, they could quite easily get nothing from the rest of their games.

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  • April 12, 2014 at 17:44
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    Unlucky boys but we'll more than take that point.
    keep the good work up and who knows, maybe, just maybe
    lady luck will be on our side.

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  • April 12, 2014 at 17:46
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    7 points and I reckon we'll stay up... Games against Donny and Bournemouth at home are massive...

    Massive point today especially with teams above us dropping points!

    C'mon You Lions!!!!

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  • April 12, 2014 at 17:49
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    The very least we deserved was a point. Well done wall. Superb effort.Well done Holloway. Perfect subs for me. Garvan off for Morison was spot on. Moro played like a man possesed. How Almunia saved Dunne's screamer I'll never know and he then pulled off another blinding low save.That second half was sonething else. I am on my way to work now buzzing.
    Blackpool for me are done and we also have Donnie at home.
    Well done again Millwall and Holloway.
    God I love this club so much.
    Enjoy your Saturday night all.

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  • April 12, 2014 at 17:52
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    With a bit of luck we can do this!!
    Watford are f***
    COYL!!!!

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  • April 12, 2014 at 17:53
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    F***** good side*

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  • April 12, 2014 at 18:01
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    We have our Millwall back!

    Lock and Load here we go,,,,,,

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  • April 12, 2014 at 18:11
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    If we were asked to get 7 points from the last 3 games we would have took them well done wall, borough here we come

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  • April 12, 2014 at 18:19
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    Brilliant Millwall! Played fantastic and deserved more! Morison was brilliant when he came on! Now, hopefully the anoraks and Blackpool slip up! COYL!!!

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  • April 12, 2014 at 18:22
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    ALL I WILL SAY IS WE HAVE A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF STAYING UP. DID NOT BE WORLD BEATERS, BUT...........NO ONELIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN ......STILL RIDING HIGH. ( WHERES THE HORSE , SUE SAYS? )

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  • April 12, 2014 at 18:41
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    Asked me son if he wanted to go after the 90 as we was 1-2 down but he said could we stay & boy am I glad we did. Good call son 🙂 & Well done Wall. To see all the subs run on after our 2nd goal shows that this team does ave that fighting spirit. Well done Ollie & the boys 🙂

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  • April 12, 2014 at 18:43
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    Forgot any other results for us now apart from the Doncaster game..... 3 points against them and that could be us sorted..... Can't see them getting any other points, nor Blackpool imo..... Keep the faith. Coyl

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  • April 12, 2014 at 18:52
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    We can actually do this!!!! YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

    Shame on the PART TIME MILLWALL FANS!!! Who turn up once a season when we make it to Wembley.

    Backs against the wall, lets graft this out!!!! MILLLLLLLL

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  • April 12, 2014 at 18:57
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    Com from the den feeling really pleased with the lads..when da 2nd went in i knew some of the results...so i went mental..wal never dropped there heads or stopped believeing ...great bring on boro.WE ARE MILLWALL JOG ON THE REST

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  • April 12, 2014 at 18:57
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    As for the few giving almunia stick 2nd half, the guy had a blinder apart from the 1 mistake ( thanks Almunia for that)

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  • April 12, 2014 at 19:09
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    Forde - 7 - two great saves but perhaps distribution could be better and perhaps shouldn't be beaten at near post.
    Edwards - 7 - didn't do much wrong, perhaps should be a bit quicker with his crossing.
    Beevers - 8 - rock.
    Dunne - 7 - out of position, unlucky not to score what would have been the winner.
    Malone - 7 - lively + 100% effort, very attacking
    Bailey - 7 - solid, passing was wayward in 1st half
    Williams - 6 - worst game I've seen him play
    Woolford - 7 - solid, rarely lost it, grew into game and got vital goal
    Martin - 6 - uninvolved
    Garvan - 5- absolute waste of time
    HOF - 6 - Average
    Morison - 7 - very lively, took goal well, won many headers
    Easter - 5 - not enough time to do anything
    Jackson - 5.5 - same as above

    Happy, perhaps deserved a win that would have got us out of bottom 3. Everyone else lost. I'll take a point.

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    • April 12, 2014 at 19:11
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      @Alan.F: Holloway 10
      I'm happy to eat humble pie.

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  • April 12, 2014 at 19:10
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    Just a word of caution, Boro have won their last four including Brighton, Derby and Burnley. A point next week would be excellent if we can follow up with the win vs Doncaster.

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    • April 12, 2014 at 19:37
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      @lion.ie: You're right to bring us back down to earth. To me, Charlton need to beat Barnsley which would put them in real trouble and then we could suffer a loss at Boro on the basis that we beat Doncaster.
      Goal difference might come into it.
      It's doing my head in. I wish we were playing Tuesday night.
      Ultimately, if we win our remaining games at home and get at least a point away the blue and white flags will be flying. I hope.

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      • April 12, 2014 at 19:44
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        @NICKOLA: Yeah, I'm torn between an Anorak win or a draw to keep them right in the mix. They do seem to be able to pick up a win though so probably have enough games to get out of trouble. The point today with the other results gives us another slip up unless there are some shock results next weekend. The good thing is that Charlton, Blackpool and Doncaster are playing on Friday so come Saturday we'll know exactly where we stand.

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        • April 12, 2014 at 20:04
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          @lion.ie:

          I would take a barnsley win as our best outcome...they wont get much else looking at their run in and it drags the anoraks right back in to the equation. If charlton lose on Friday as well even better

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          • April 12, 2014 at 20:45
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            @tonytowneronthewing: A Barnsley loss puts them in a relegation mode. It does put Charlton away from us given their games in hand but that's Barnsley's game in hand wasted and I'll take that. Looking at the negative goal difference we've got that's worth a point to our rivals its points we need and points other teams below us don't get. The worst result for us is Barnsley winning. We're chasing Blackpool and Doncaster not Charlton.

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          • April 12, 2014 at 21:31
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            @tonytowneronthewing:
            looked again and I can still see a charlton loss being a good result given their form....lets just agree that Millwall can take positives from all outcomes

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    • April 12, 2014 at 19:41
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      @lion.ie: after the dire performance against them at home the team need to continue the current form and bring back at least a point and keep the momentum going.

      Just because all the other results have gone our way of late doesn't mean it will continue.

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  • April 12, 2014 at 19:25
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    Well done millwall.

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  • April 13, 2014 at 12:00
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    A good draw and a good performance. Almunia played out of his skin. We should have had four at least. As for Forde, another goal conceded from outside the box - can't wait to see the back of him.

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