Report: Watford 0-0 Millwall

MILLWALL extended their unbeaten run to eight matches but were forced to settle for a point after a bore draw at Vicarage Road.

The Lions did, however, put an end to their recent hoodoo against Watford that had seen them lose their last four matches against the Hertfordshire club.

Striker Chris Wood had the pick of the chances for the visitors on a bitterly cold November evening but, after Gianfranco Zola's side hit the crossbar in stoppage time, a draw was probably the right result.



Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly named an unchanged side from the 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest on Saturday and stuck with the same seven substitutes too, meaning Alan Dunne and Shaun Batt both missed out.

The Hornets made the brighter start and Almen Abdi, one of six loan players on show, cut inside from the left flank and curled a shot just over in the fifth minute.

James Henry blasted a free-kick high and wide from a promising position before Jonathan Hogg had a penalty appeal turned down after he went down under Chris Taylor's challenge in the 12th minute.



Millwall worked their way back into it and had a glorious chance to take the lead when Henry's delivery fell to Chris Wood three yards out, but the West Brom loanee could only stab a tame shot at Manuel Almunia and the former Arsenal keeper scrambled the ball clear.

From the resulting corner, Mark Beevers found himself with a yard of space but his mistimed header comfortably cleared the bar. Both sides settled down after a bright opening and looked comfortable in possession, if a little unadventurous.

In the 31st minute, Liam Trotter spearheaded a rapid Lions counter-attack and fed Henderson, who shifted the ball onto his right foot but hammered a swerving shot over with both Wood and Henry up in support.

Watford finished the second-half strongly and after Abdi's limp effort had been parried by David Forde, the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper had to be alert to prevent Tommie Hoban's close-range header from squirming underneath him.

Forde required treatment after that save and was perhaps still a little shaken when he decided to rush off his line to try and claim Daniel Pudil's cross on the stroke of half-time..

His clearance only reached the edge of the area where Forestieri was waiting, but Beevers cleared his lob off the line.

Millwall came flying out of the traps after the break and Wood should have broken the deadlock when Henry's low cross picked him out in the box, but he diverted the ball straight at Almunia when it looked easier to score.

Jackett was forced into a double substitution early in the second-half when Henry and Henderson both appeared to pull up and were replaced by Josh Wright and Andy Keogh respectively.

Hornets striker Troy Deeney, who had been anonymous in the first-half, sprang into action in the 55th minute when his half-volley from the edge of the area clipped the side netting as the two sides exchanged chances.

Deeney then exchanged passes with Forestieri before the latter drilled a low shot across goal and narrowly beyond the far post.

In the 77th minute, Wright's free-kick was met by Wood, but the New Zealand international, leaning backwards, could not generate enough power on his header.

At the other end, Beevers' brilliant block snuffed out Deeney's dangerous-looking shot after Jimmy Abdou had surrendered possession in midfield.

Watford were keeping possession for long spells but were lacking a killer instinct in front of goal and as they pushed further forward, Millwall became a dangerous force on the break

After picking up possession on the edge of his own box, Trotter burst forward before chipping the ball into the path of Keogh, who struck a swerving half-volley into the side netting in the 84th minute.

Watford came close to snatching a dramatic winner in five minutes of stoppage time when Abdi's cross hit the bar and, with Forde on the deck, Pudil hooked the rebound inches wide of the far post.

With the last kick of the game, Wood skied an audacious first-time volley from Keogh's pass into the roof of the stand to sum up a frustrating evening in front of goal for the Lions.

Watford: Almunia, Cassetti (Anya, 65mins), Ekstrand, Doyley, Hoban, Pudil, Hogg, Abdi, Chalobah, Deeney (Geijo, 83mins), Forestieri (Vydra, 72mins). Subs not used: Bond, Yeates, C.Smith, Thompson.

Millwall: Forde, A.Smith, Lowry, Abdou, Shittu, Beevers, C.Taylor (Feeney, 87mins), Trotter, Henderson (Keogh, 54mins), Wood, Henry (Wright, 52mins). Subs not used: M.Taylor, J.Smith, Osborne, Malone.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

3 thoughts on “Report: Watford 0-0 Millwall

  • November 6, 2012 at 22:07
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    Good point I recon

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  • November 6, 2012 at 22:33
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    Good point away from home and now 8 games unbeaten but from the sounds of that report we missed a few sitters...wood in perticular. Cant knock him as he's been in great form recently but we need to score goals consistently rather than in clusters. COYL

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