Report: Millwall 2-3 Brentford

DANNY Shittu's own goal settled a thrilling London derby at The Den in which Millwall had fought back to level terms after going 2-0 down. 

Andre Gray scored either side of half time to put the Bees in command but Lee Gregory bundled in Shittu's header before Alan Dunne equalised with a 20-yard drive.

But Gray's cross was deflected over the line by Shittu, under pressure from Harlee Dean, to make it 3-2 and the visitors held on to claim a third straight victory.

Millwall marked Remembrance weekend by playing in a special camouflage kit but they could not cap the occasion with a positive result, despite a flurry of late chances.

Magaye Gueye was handed his first league start for Millwall in one of four changes to the team made by manager Ian Holloway.

Dunne, Richard Chaplow and Gregory also came into the side, with Ed Upson, Scott McDonald and Martyn Woolford dropping to the bench.

A moving minute's silence was observed before kick off as the two teams formed a guard of honour for personnel from Headley Court.

Once the game got underway, Lee Martin, playing as the no.10, skewed a shot well wide of the target after being teed up by Gregory.

Brentford, who had 60% of the possession in the first half, had their first effort on goal when Moses Odubajo curled wide from 20 yards.

Millwall were sloppy with the ball but they carved out a decent opportunity in the 10th minute as Ricardo Fuller set up Gueye, whose shot deflected behind.

The visitors counter-attacked from the corner but Romallo Jota wastefully blazed over when he had better options waiting for a pass to his left and right.

Gray then dragged wide after Matthew Briggs gave the ball away before Fuller headed over from the full back's cross at the other end.

In the 39th minute, another Briggs centre was flicked goalwards by Martin but David Button saved well in the Bees goal.

And his side took the lead when the lively Alex Pritchard slipped a pass through to Gray, who finished between David Forde's legs.

The duo combined again after the restart when Gueye's wayward pass found Pritchard and Gray dispatched his through ball with aplomb.

But Millwall were back in it when Button failed to deal with Shittu's towering header and Gregory seemed to get the final touch as the ball crossed the line.

And 60 seconds later, Dunne was encouraged to shoot on the edge of the box and his low drive found the bottom corner to make it 2-2.

Gregory then hit the bar with a free header from Briggs' cross as Millwall, back on level terms, sensed they could grab a winner.

They were instead hit with a sucker punch as Gray found space inside the box and Shittu could not prevent his cross from deflecting into the net.

Substitute Mathias Ranegie was denied by Button in the 69th minute before the keeper got down well to parry Fuller's drive across goal.

Gregory then shot over from the inside the box as Brentford weathered a spell of heavy pressure.

They could have added a fourth goal when Gray rounded Forde but his pull-back rolled harmlessly across goal.

Dunne glanced wide from Martin's free kick and Ranegie nodded harmlessly at Button as Millwall failed to capitalise on two headed chances.

In the final minute, a high ball dropped to Ranegie but the Watford loanee couldn't control his shot and blazed his effort into the stands.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

41 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 2-3 Brentford

  • November 8, 2014 at 17:25
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    relegation fodder

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  • November 8, 2014 at 17:32
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    We were ghastly. Is it now the new script - let's go 2-0 down before we put up a fight. A draw would be a great result at home! What a pile of cack. I don't wanna see this topsy turvy rubbish anymore. I want us to be in control of what we do from start to finish.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 17:35
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    Just one win in twelve and it showed. Maybe Ollie's football philosophy will come good eventually, but we looked relegation material today.

    Ollie might have years as a manager behind him, but Brentford's boss, Waburton, has done pretty welll for such an inexperienced football man. Likewise, Lennon has hit the ground running at Bolton (just what we needed last season) and Peeters is showing what you can do on a limited budget at Charlton.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 17:37
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    We're not good enough, haven't been since chris wood left. Same every week, leave the game depressed, if we go down don't think it's the worse thing, regroup, bring youth through the way forward

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  • November 8, 2014 at 17:42
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    Just joined, first half shocking,Briggs first touch poor,chap low awful,Gueye "oh dear " and renege a poor excuse for a loan, first half a total embarrassment, where's the feared Millwall at home, Ollie stats don't lie 1 win in 12, delusions of grandeur holloway ?.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 17:42
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    we wear a camo kit and get done by friendly fire! We only really looked dangerous when McDonald come on, 40 years of watching and I still get the hump.

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    • November 8, 2014 at 17:50
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      @nocalves:
      From the same school. Gutted. Again.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 17:46
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    Maybe Holloway enjoyed another five goal thriller?

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  • November 8, 2014 at 17:54
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    The den has become a circus lead by a f....g clown!

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    • November 8, 2014 at 18:04
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      @mfcjon: he's becoming like the class clown. Yes it's funnt and he makes people laugh with the stuff he comes out with but at some stage the clown needs to shut up and let people learn. Olly needs to knock all these silly selections and tactics on the head and start playing a settled side with basic tactics and people in their positions. When we get relegated he won't be hanging around.

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      • November 8, 2014 at 18:11
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        @southlondon1885: We should have got Jim Davidson as manager if we wanted a f---ing comedian much funnier and he tactics couldn't be any worse.

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        • November 8, 2014 at 18:17
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          @Sealion: Holloway is becoming less funny and people are beginning to realises. Being a nice bloke and a bit of a comedian will only last so long.

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          • November 8, 2014 at 19:02
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            @southlondon1885: You're probably right nothing funny about our performance today.

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        • November 8, 2014 at 19:53
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          @Sealion: jim davidson is an anorak

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  • November 8, 2014 at 17:56
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    Another year of fighting off relegation !!!!!!

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  • November 8, 2014 at 17:59
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    Shocking first half, once again poor defending, once again wholesale changes to the team. I have yet to hear Hollaway admit that he has got tactics and team selection badly wrong. In the first half we had absolutely no midfield, Brentford pass the ball around us.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 18:00
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    Get rid of IH he does not have a clue.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 18:00
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    Why can't he keep a settled team. I know Wilkinson was suspended but why keep mcd on the bench when he's finally finding his feet and woolford for maggie? Maybe one game soon we can't start the comeback before conceding sloppy goals. Another long journey home feeling gutted again.

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    • November 8, 2014 at 19:13
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      @southlondon1885:
      wasn't it Maggie's mis-control that cost us a goal? Inspired change IH.

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      • November 8, 2014 at 20:13
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        @NO1LIKESUS: it certainly was mate. An individual mistake is always hard on the player but unfortunately that was the biggest contribution he made to the game. What else did he do? How could he be played instead of Mcd?

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  • November 8, 2014 at 18:01
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    Shittu's lack of pace and mobility was shown up today, Webster should play alongside Beevers full stop. Sloppy play from both Gueye and Shittu for second and third goal. Dunne and Ranegie very guilty of missing great chances

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  • November 8, 2014 at 18:05
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    F****** 'thrilling London derby'....I take it whoever wrote that didnt watch the crock of s*** that was the first half then?, the 'defence' was utter dogshit..and Forde wasn't much better. Someone needs to be f***** off, either the dead wood players or the manager so he cant keep changing the team around every week...'keep the players fresh'?..b*******!...Ive never heard an excuse like that in my life.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 18:05
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    We're absolutely f*****.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 18:08
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    I don't think we'll go down but I look forward to next season when a bunch of our current "players" have left and Holloway can sign a few more like Williams and Upson. That's when we'll have a proper shot at this league. At the minute we only have a few key players, the rest are lacking motivation and quality.

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    • November 8, 2014 at 19:45
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      @Dazi: We were saying that last season plus those two were signed last year as well.

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      • November 8, 2014 at 21:11
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        @Micky Lions: but we still have loads of dead wood. Soon the likes of Wright and co will be nothing but a memory.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 18:17
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    Three yards slower on the field and three yards slower in the brain absolutely useless the lot of them

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  • November 8, 2014 at 18:27
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    another sh1t saturday night

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  • November 8, 2014 at 18:34
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    It doesn't matter what defence we pick, it's always gonna be s***. Might as well play williams as the only defender as he is the only one who has a clue what he's doing when they have the ball. Macdonald didn't start, and coincidentally (not really) brentford had all the time in the world on the ball. Even good refs are s*** refs at the den. (I'm not complaining about the referee and linesmen's performances as i think the only mistake they made was only giving gray a yellow, and even that f***** us up as he went on to assist the 3rd goal from a corner which he won. And once again, f*** fuller, f*** ranegie. Play gregory on his own until we get a decent striker to go with gregory. Any news on tom pope? Last i heard about him was he's out for 3 months, so it looks like we're gonna sign him

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  • November 8, 2014 at 18:41
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    The worst I've seen us play in a long while. You simply can't give goals away in this league - Brentford the better side today, dangerous in attack - absolutely tore Briggs to shreds on the wing and was no surprise when they got the first goal. This should've been noticed much earlier, he was having to deal with 2 players and his inexperience showed. I was amazed we mustered up the 2 goals to get us back in it - they were gifted to us really.
    We missed McDonald, Woolford and Malone big time today and our 3 weakest links were Maggie, Briggs and Reggie - make of that, what you will..... lack of experience and match fitness showed today IMO... I'm gona join the "STOP MESSING ABOUT WITH THE TEAM SELECTION" camp today!!
    1 or 2 changes will do the job Ollie - 3-4 is pushing it and we looked pretty bad today.. needs to addressed for the Charlton game coz they're playing well at the moment too....
    A big shame considering the remembrance day theme of the day - but still, WELL DONE MFC for all the money raised for a good cause. COYL.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 18:59
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    just back another soaking , more stupid changes again , why drop upson , where was mcdonald , woolford, big game player, first half we was lucky the game wasnt over , forde was off the boil, brentford were to fast and mobil for us , i understand ollie has passon for club , but his chopping and changing is driving me crazy , he has done to much money on poor players , were is the spanish bloke, the boy from watford is shocking , we buy a natural centrehalf in byron, and he is dropped every other game , we have a natural holding player in jimmy , and he is dropped for being tied , do me a favour jimmy tied he is the fittest at the club, as a club in the second tier of football , where is the goalkeeper back up , where is the four strikers we should have two as back up , i cant name them
    in all the past successful millwall teams, we have had a centre half partnership , ie cooper rhino, dyche , nethers, ward, shaggy , players dont want be rested ,

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    • November 8, 2014 at 19:12
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      @munson68: Spot on Munson. The successful sides are not chopping and changing week in week out, that only happens in the prem with the rich clubs when they have euro games to play, but they then field international replacements. Ollie needs to get his head out of the clouds or his a*** and join the real world.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 19:10
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    I've said before and I'll say it again Ollie is not picking a settled side because he simply does not know his best team. To all these people saying who else would we bring in? Well that's no reason to keep a man who keeps changing his defence and then wonders why we're shipping goals for fun and giving out crap excuses about tiredness etc, Its ridiculous no other teams have these problems, if match fitness is a problem stop bringing over 30's then!!!!!!
    A large amount of our goals conceded are from set-plays?? No surprise there he changes the centre backs every game how do you expect to gain confidence and communication when you keep playing and tinkering with OUR CLUB and that's right its OUR CLUB because when he gets found out or fed up and goes we'll still be here supporting our great club.
    I've had enough of the man to be honest, he's assembled a better squad than we've had for years yet still does not know what XI to put out its a joke.
    Everyone will know doubt like to think what I think should happen, well heres your answers hopefully.
    Keep him in charge but tell him to stop f"£*ing with my team:
    Reasons for keeping him are he's made wholesale changes across all levels of the club, brought the youth through etc and spent good chunks of the budget, so whoever comes will have to start from scratch. So maybe its time to just concentrate on the first 14-15 now and settle with a side. ( Burnley won the league last year, I didn't hear this tired bo**ocks from there small squad)
    Aldo has lots of links down The Den, So maybe Ollie should take a look at the site and listen to the fans.
    Also the team I would pick is:
    GK FORDE (But needs some serious competition as hes on a easy ride at the moment)
    RB Wilkinson or Jimmy depending on fitness-injuries-suspensions
    CB Beevers
    CB Webster
    LB Malone
    LM Martin or Woolie depending on above
    CM Williams
    CM Upson
    CAM Mac D or Gauye as above
    RM Fred
    ST Greggers
    SUBS Jimmy, Shittu, Fuller, Powell, Martinez.
    Just my opinion but at least I know what I want unlike Ollie,

    Please, Please, Please Ollie sort it out we deserve more than this.

    COYL

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  • November 8, 2014 at 19:10
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    A game to forget.

    So many poor performances its difficult to pick my worst player of the match.

    Once again we had to concede 2 goals before the players showed any desire or urgency to score a goal. Even if we do battle back like we did mid week it's still only a point at home which is frankly not good enough.

    Up until recently I've backed Holloway but this consider tinkering with the side is really starting to p*** me off! We're not playing in Europe, we don't need to rest players and we barely have a good enough 11 as it is.

    An international break coming up makes the resting of key players even more bizarre. McDonald should be starting every game as should Upson.

    The really annoying thing is i don't think we're that bad a side. We do look dangerous at times and it's so frustrating to watch us.

    Keep a settled team unless there are injuries and I'm sure we would pick up more points.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 19:18
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    I reckon he puts names in a hat the night before and just picks 11 out of it. I can see no sense in dropping woolford or Mcdonald especially for the likes of maggie. What's happened to Powell, and O'Brien? Why not start them if you're not going to stick with the strongest team. 2 points from relegation now and 1 win in 12. Honeymoon period is well over now. It's time to get serious about Holloway now and consider if he can keep us in this league. On a separate note, well done to the club for all the money raised for Headley Court.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 20:02
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    FOR THE LIFE OF ME I CANT WORK THIS C*** OUT ! And i do like him. OLLIE YOU BAFFLLE ME!

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    • November 8, 2014 at 20:34
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      @DiggerWall: I've learnt how to spell these two words mate, f@@king clown,----- holloway is big time.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 21:59
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    Honeymoon over for IH now and Ambler & HB will be taking more if an interest now I believe given the time in charge and performances_league position. I don't want funny sound bites or rubbish about fitness etc, never got this from our other managers. Stop trying to be smart with all the 'angkes' and 'numbers forward' and play simply with fixed team. Sent poor loans back ASAP too. Must play Webster and Beevers for a good time now and give Forde a kick up the arris.

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  • November 8, 2014 at 22:00
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    Honeymoon over for IH now and Ambler & JB will be taking more if an interest now I believe given the time in charge and performances_league position. I don't want funny sound bites or rubbish about fitness etc, never got this from our other managers. Stop trying to be smart with all the 'angles' and 'numbers forward' and play simply with fixed team. Sent poor loans back ASAP too. Must play Webster and Beevers for a good time now and give Forde a kick up the arris.

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  • November 9, 2014 at 10:52
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    Desperate. I'm not even sure how we got back to two each - never really applied any pressure. Show how reliant on Williams we are and he wasn't on top of his game yesterday. What formation did we play. Four at back, one up front , but I have no idea what we played in between and we were overrun in pace of thought and action. Felt for Gueye a bit. Where was he playing and why was he trying to collect ball midway in our half. Out back four now beautifully balanced - we give goals away in open play as easily as at set pieces. They're killing us on ground so take Beevers off who made couple of crucial cover tackles and leave Danny on? Please please please. Get a formation, and a plan b. Drill drill drill the players in it. Drill the young players in it and start giving them game time.

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