Report: Watford 3-1 Millwall

MARTYN Woolford's early goal couldn't inspire a first away win since August as Millwall were beaten by Watford, who moved to the top of the Championship.

Woolford gave the Lions a dream start when he latched onto McDonald's pass and placed a low shot into the corner after turning sharply inside the box.

But Matej Vydra restored parity when he poked home Keith Andrew's chip and Daniel Tozser scored with a 20-yard free kick on the stroke of half time.

Gianni Munari slammed in a third goal for the Hornets after Andy Wilkinson was harshly penalised for a foul in the build up to put the result beyond doubt.

Millwall were dealt an injury blow before kick off when striker Lee Gregory was ruled out with a bruised thigh.

Despite his man-of-the-match performance against Cardiff, Danny Shittu was dropped, as was centre-half partner Mark Beevers, with Alan Dunne and Byron Webster replacing them.

Woolford was recalled to the line up in Gregory's absence, starting on the left of the Lions' front three.

Watford, knowing that a win could take them top, started at a blistering pace and penned Millwall back with a string of corners, free kicks and throw-ins early on.

Having been camped inside their own half for the opening five minutes, Ricardo Fuller went on a mazy run to drive the Lions up the other end before winning a corner.

Shaun Williams' delivery was cleared but the visitors kept possession well on the edge of the box and, after a neat passing move, Matthew Briggs flashed a ball across the box.

David Forde made his first save of the afternoon in the eighth minute, getting down to his left to hold on to Deeney's tame effort.

But it was Millwall who broke the deadlock when Woolford finished past Heurelho Gomes from McDonald's through ball.

Forde did well to keep out Juan Carlos Paredes' near-post drive before Munari wasted a good opening, over-hitting a simple pass into Deeney.

Odion Ighalo was the next Hornets player to be denied by Forde as his powerful 20-yard effort was palmed behind by the Lions goalkeeper.

The hosts' pressure finally told, though, when a corner was passed out to Andrews whose lofted pass back into the box was converted by Vydra.

Fuller thought he'd won a penalty when he was clipped inside the box but referee Bobby Madley waved away his protests before booking the striker for dissent.

The Jamaican then teed up Woolford for a shot 20 yards from goal but the winger couldn't add to his tally as his half-volley drifted over.

The game turned moments before the interval when Alan Dunne was penalised for a foul on Troy Deeney and Tozser's free kick went through the wall and in.

In the second half, Woolford found himself unmarked at a Williams corner but could not direct a free header on target from eight yards.

Fuller curled over the bar before before Forde raced off his line to clear at the feet of Vydra as the sides exchanged chances.

But when Millwall switched off at a disputed free kick, Watford extended their advantage.

Wilkinson stopped to contest a dubious foul on the touchline, giving Vydra space to run into behind him, and his cut-back was swept in by Munari.

Woolford saw a shot cleared off the line before substitute Magaye Gueye was thwarted by Heurelho Gomes as the Lions looked to respond.

But it wasn't to be Millwall's day and their last opportunity saw Dunne's header from a corner tipped over the bar.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

32 thoughts on “Report: Watford 3-1 Millwall

  • November 1, 2014 at 17:11
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    Robbed by a bad ref and a watford side that dived at every opportunity

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  • November 1, 2014 at 17:14
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    Bang on. Ref was poor today. On the whole we could take some positives from today's form...after the dust has settled but we were robbed outright

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  • November 1, 2014 at 17:15
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    to much money being wasted on the over 30 and cr*p players

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    • November 1, 2014 at 18:02
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      @harrythelion: your the only one talking sense mate , nothing to do with the ref , we have nothing up front and a clown for a manager .

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      • November 1, 2014 at 18:32
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        @southstandview: You cant blame the ref totally but he was poor and sided with them badly, if you were there you must of seen that.

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        • November 1, 2014 at 18:36
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          @LETEMCOME: we are averaging a goal a game and after 15 games our top scorer has got 3 goals , that's why we are struggling nothing to do with the officials .

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          • November 1, 2014 at 18:47
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            @southstandview: We all know that south and we need better up top but having a ref that helps the other team makes it so hard, he gave them free kicks that should not have been given and did not give the same offences our way. I was saying about todays game not the season so far. Even though, no one likes us and that counts for refs.

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          • November 1, 2014 at 18:57
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            @southstandview: the buck stops with holloway , I just dread to see what useless striker we sign next , and one win in ten matches has nothing to do with officials , why drop Danny and get a proper goal scorer in .

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          • November 1, 2014 at 22:27
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            @southstandview: I agree we need a young center forward who can bang in goals every game

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  • November 1, 2014 at 17:15
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    Should have kept the team that beat Cardiff, just because Dunne is fit doesnt mean you stick him straight back in after his form lately hasnt been the greatest... disappoint but we can only learn! COYL!!

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    • November 1, 2014 at 17:31
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      @FrMillwall: that's just it though, we ain't learning ffs

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  • November 1, 2014 at 17:27
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    Gutted for the players, I thought they were terrific. Watford are average at best. They're not the only team this season that have needed or will need the officials to GIFT them the points. Utter disgrace, and must be a real concern for IH let alone us supporters.

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  • November 1, 2014 at 17:27
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    I couldn't make this game so will be interested on what people have to say about what went wrong. Having said that I must have missed something! why are we changing the back four again - after shittu's performance last week he should have started.

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    • November 1, 2014 at 17:55
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      @TURBO_COYL: because holloway a f@@king joker mate.

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      • November 1, 2014 at 18:26
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        @foxy: I think most of us are realising that now mate , and as for our forward line , hopeless no goals on ant of them .

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      • November 1, 2014 at 18:27
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        Any of them , god I'm losing it !

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  • November 1, 2014 at 17:27
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    Can't believe that Shittu was dropped for Dunne. What a stupid decision.

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  • November 1, 2014 at 17:34
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    No good keep picking on dunne, he wasn't the reason we lost. We were good,had 59 per cent of the possetion. Awful homer cheating referee, we are playing against 12 nearly every week,throw in some of those lino's as well

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  • November 1, 2014 at 17:35
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    No consistency in performance because there is no consistency in the team.

    What was the excuse for the changes this time. Surely not tiredness again?

    How are players able to gain confidence if they do a good job and get rewarded with splinters in their a***?

    So here's to another four or five changes for Tuesday then?

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    • November 1, 2014 at 19:00
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      @bonnie1272: it does seem strange that shittu got left out for dunne, but then again the Cardiff game was shittus first game back after months out and he did play for 90mins.. Could be that IH is being over cautious and putting too much emphasis on squad rotation...? We are playing Blackburn on Tuesday... Not saying I agree with the decision, just trying to work out his reasoning for it. Looking at the stats and what people have been saying about the game, it looks as though we had the most of the possession and were robbed by a crap ref.. On that basis, I think it's a bit much for some to be calling for his head.. Against a team that is in form, top of the league, away from home and is notorious for being a bogey club for us..

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      • November 1, 2014 at 21:45
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        @Luke ColdBlow10: all points you mention are valid but can we keep blaming referees. In this league they are s**** unless live on sky it would appear, and maybe we should take the rose coloured specs off.

        I also accept the point on shittu, first game back maybe not fully fit and indeed slow at times.

        But and this is a big but, do you think that IH has backed himself into a corner by making dunney the captain? Maybe he feels he needs to play him, and although I know he bleeds blue, he does look somewhat out of place in the championship, not just at centre back.

        Equally, if I was millwall's manager I would be looking at Tuesday's game rather than today's to pick up points, so a very valid point there, but look at almost every game this season, IH has made changes in virtually every starting line up.

        However, I personally am not calling for his head, not so long ago I remember we had an awful lot worse.

        I just don't think he is learning from the mistakes he is making - why not two up top, why play woolford, who IMO offers very little, why keep changing cb and midfield pairings.

        Every successful (well you know what I mean) Millwall team had a cb pairing, a midfield pairing and a strike pairing who learnt to play together.

        How do players learn to play together when they keep getting chopped and changed?

        Rant over for the moment. Lol.

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        • November 2, 2014 at 00:03
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          @bonnie1272: yep,he has backed himself into a corner by making dunne captain - he had the best intentions in making that call, but realistically it was never gona be a long term solution. Saying that though, my choice for captain was bailey when they were deciding and look how that turned out! Forde seemed to be the only other option and in hindsight probably wouldn't have been a bad shout - purely because it doesn't affect the line up and formation.
          Talking of long term solutions, I really can't see shittu lasting for too many more seasons either, 2-3 at the most.. Already has dodgy knees and he's a giant.
          As for team continuity, totally get where you're coming from - ideally we'd play the same team every game- but as always, we haven't been very lucky with injuries and IH did say at the start of the season, that due to a packed fixture list, it would be helpful if players can be rotated to reduce the risk of injuries..
          Oh well, roll on Tuesday. Best thing for us, straight back into the action. COYL.

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  • November 1, 2014 at 17:36
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    2 people t o blame for this, holloway & dunne, wtf did that moron holloway change a winning side, apart from gregory who was yet again injured in training, which by the way no other club seems to get happen ???, shittu is a great target man from set peices more than dunne who cost us the 2nd goal today with his headless chicken running, get rid of him & get a decent striker in, we are making the chances but weve got no f***** to put the ball in the net its not rocket science, STICK WITH A SETTLED SIDE HOLLOWAY YOU MUPPETT !

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  • November 1, 2014 at 17:40
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    Full credit to the boys today. We were under pressure for the 1st 5 minutes. But when Fuller took the ball forward for the 1st time and got the corner, we went on to dominate the next 20-25 mins of play... Until the Ref got involved and brought Watford back into the game! Surely the Football League need to sit down and watch the playback. Hold an inquiry and sack the Ref and linesman in the morning! P45 them both and stick em on Monday mornings Dole queue.
    It won't happen though! But if Carlsberg did Refs...

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    • November 1, 2014 at 22:32
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      @Millwaller: watford player runs ball out for a millwall throw and awards a penalty, didn't see the ref run once kept pulling it back so he could catch up with play

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  • November 1, 2014 at 17:47
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    The Ref today was definitely the son of a crack whore!

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  • November 1, 2014 at 18:10
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    We were the better side today but they have finishers,we dont. We did have chances and passed the ball well at times but still no cutting edge. Fuller was ok shame he aint 6 years younger, dunne was poor and shittu should of played imo. I know ill get slatted for this cause he laid on the pass for the goal and people like him but for me mcdondald is a waste of space, gives the ball away too much and takes the place of a genuine midfielder or decent striker, would rather powell or martinez. The result today doesnt reflect the game but that dont matter 3-1 does.

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  • November 1, 2014 at 18:14
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    Millwall should give George Graham a call, i dont care how old he is or how long he has been out the game,he knows football and can sort a defence. He still talks sence.

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  • November 1, 2014 at 20:05
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    What pisses me off more was that watford are good enough with 11 men to play football. Do they need dunne, the ref and linesmen on their side!? I though other than dunne, everyone was excellent, especially fuller. Webster was a bit shakey though. But what I don't understand is why the F*** would you drop shittu and beevers who were incredible against cardiff for dunne, who has been s*** all season!? Use your f****** brain holloway! Shittu is 10x the player and captain that dunne is! Watfords first goal was good, but would shittu have let that happen? NO HE F****** WOULDNT! And if that mental deficiency smiles tonight, i hope his house collapses in his sleep. What a c***! I've spent £30 and spent 8 hours of my day to watch that thing hand the game to watford!

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  • November 1, 2014 at 20:38
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    after last week , was up for this , got to watford sat down , THEN THE TEAM NEWS CAME MY WAY ,
    why o why , shitu and beavers must think what more can they do , all the football ive played and watched , i thought if u play well u keep the shirt , i aint blaming dunn or webster , but why change , u know what deeney is going to do he is strong and will bully u , it says it all ,but saying all this we played some good stuff , but every goal watford scored was three or four pass football , not twenty , we can only dream of a troy deeney type cf

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  • November 1, 2014 at 21:52
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    Staying in garston tonight due to family living here which is handy. just had to walk out of local due to watford fans saying what a long ball team we are and how the ref sided with us. Am i mad or was the ref with them and did we hoof it all game as these muppets put it or did we pass them off the park for 70% of the game. F**** it iam on my own now but iam going back in there well f.ucked off and could not care less

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