MATCHDAY LIVE: Millwall 1 Bolton Wanderers 1
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All over - 1-1.
End to end here - Jutkiewicz fails to connect properly with Chungy's cross and Millwall break.
Chungy on for Pratley - not before time.
Five mins between the penalty miss and the Millwall goal
Spearing gets round the keeper but goes too wide, crosses back in for Danns but he is denied by a last ditch tackle.
Bogdan made a brilliant save from Jackson - but Woolford followed up to squeeze the ball home from a tight angle.
Davies booked for not getting off the pitch quickly enough.
Zat Knight coming on for Mark Davies.
Saved! Forde blocks Jutkiewicz's low penalty.
PENALTY Wanderers - Shittu handball
Malone came in with a follow up that whistled just wide.
Wollford’s snap shot – brilliant save from Bogdan.
Danns on for Eagles
Here comes Danns.
After seven or eight passes, Pratley played Baps through and he finished well but the linesman flagged for offside.
Baptiste thought he had his fifth of the season after a flowing move - best of the game by a mile.
What a goal that nearly was...
Campbell heads over the top from Morison’s cross.
Fredericks (foul on Pratley)
Think we might see Neil Danns soon.
Triple substitution for Millwall as McDonald, Campbell and Jackson come on.
Got the ball round the wall and the keeper was well beaten - really unlucky.
Eagles hits the post with a free kick.
Upson (foul on Jutkiewicz)
Morison heads over the bar. Half a chance.
Fast start from Millwall. Early corner.
Players back out on the pitch. Hope Wanderers can impose themselves on the game a bit better in the second half.
Attendance today is 10,007 - with 503 from Bolton
Back in my seat, or bench, and thankful that they had hot soup at half time. It's brassic.
Martin drills a shot just over the bar. Looks like Wanderers have weathered the worst of it.
Millwall turning up the heat again before half time.
Jutkiewicz against Shittu is an interesting tussle. Just wish the Wanderers man was seeing more of the ball. Think he has the beating of his defender.
Eagles 32 (foul on Malone)
Things have calmed a bit now as Easter receives some treatment for Millwall. Amazed this game isn't at least 1-1.
Not given but Wanderers really on the ropes.
Wheater charges down a shot from Upson – home fans scream for a penalty.
Second to everything in the last five mins.
Major test for Wanderers - who have got to start clearing their lines better. Crosses just are not being dealt with.
Another one hooked off the line – this time by Baptiste. Bogdan made a right hash of a punch from Martin’s cross and the defender was back on the line to clear.
Millwall pushing hard for an equaliser now. Baptiste forced into a last-ditch tackle and a penalty call against Eagles for a foul on Morison - but I think the ref got it right and waved it away.
Should have been 1-1 - great defending (from Wheats)
Baptiste failed to clear and Woolford thought he had turned in the equaliser until David Wheater made a miraculous clearance on the line.
And suddenly it's the home crowd that are rattled - the 400-or-so away fans are in fine voice.
I'd like to say it has been coming but the truth is, the game had been dull as ditchwater up until that header. Superb finish.
Eagles swings a rather hopeful ball in from the left and Jutkiewicz is there to get a glancing header to steer it round Forde and off the base of the post.
So Tim Ream takes it - and his effort is pretty poor. Millwall clear.
Great position for a left-footer.
Pratley wins a free kick on the edge of the box - lunging challenge by Fredericks.
Wanderers haven't really had the ball in Millwall's final third until just then - Medo dragging a shot well wide.
Pratley forced to concede corner.
Woolford has made a bright start for the Lions. Just won a free kick in a decent area from Medo.
Ball from back to front towards Morison causes issues for Wanderers. Dropped over Wheater. Attacks ends with Upson firing over from distance.
Take that back. It's a very scrappy start.
Scrappy start. Millwall have had most of the early possession.
Players do appear to have black armbands on - although it's hard to tell on Millwall's kit.
2:51pm Sat 15 Feb 14
J J J J says
Consistent 90 minute performance and I can see us edging this one, 1-0/2-1 COYW
Players in the tunnel - as always it's quite a loud atmosphere here.
The power pack on my laptop can double as a hand warmer. Why didn't I think about this sooner??
On a completely different note - I have just made a new discovery...
Sad loss felt around the football world for sure. I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with him on a couple of occasions and he really was a true gent.
Match announcer also asking for a round of applause for Sir Tom Finney, who passed away last night.
They always introduce former players before the game here - two from the late seventies out on the pitch right now.
Wanderers went back down the tunnel a few minutes ago, but Millwall still out and doing drills.
He does note that the Lions came back to take a point against Yeovil in midweek and hopes that will be a turning point for his side. Can Wanderers follow suit?
Interesting that Ian Holloway addressed a problem with "mental weakness" after Millwall have gone a goal down in his programme notes.
Know I sound like a stuck record (forgive the pun) but like the music here. Lightning Seeds now...
Simple one with Petrov - he wasn't available until now. They only wanted him out on a short-term loan, rather than a season long one.
2:30pm Sat 15 Feb 14
liss white says
I know this will sound negative but I think a point today would be ok. On another subject....the failed signing of Popov from WBA. If I understood it correctly, if we'd tried to have signed him in the window it would have gone thru ok, so why did we wait till now?!? Another example of rank bad management by the football club.
@MarcIles maybe DF has them on the bench BECAUSE of their indiscretions. "You're professional footballers, prove you're good enough."— @njcoleman79 15 February 2014
If they moved it 200 miles closer to Manchester it would be nicer, though.
Has a reputation The Den but must say the welcome at the ground has always been really good. Nice people here.
Canary Wharf just popping its head over the Dockers Stand in front of the Press Box.
2:22pm Sat 15 Feb 14
After seeing their lineup, if this game is even close it'll be a travesty. An easy win should be on the cards. COYWM!!!
On that last one - I thought the fact that Josh Vela and Rob Hall were on the bench after their midweek indiscretions was quite a surprise.
@MarcIles Medo and Spearing haven't been doing it recently. Vela should be in there next to one of them. And Hall should be starting.— @njcoleman79 15 February 2014
@MarcIles Selection looks like trying not to lose rather than win!— @barrywhyte5 15 February 2014
The Den doing a nice line in late nineties indie music so far. Very good.
Caught up with Adam Bogdan before the game and talked about a potentially tough away day... but then he's seen it all before!
@MarcIles Our team sheet of names against their names shows how much we are underperforming!— @ganders86 15 February 2014
@MarcIles 2-1. Feeling positive! #coywm #bwfc— @MrShedz 15 February 2014
@MarcIles People moaning Danns isn't starting, he is more defensive! Dougie can not win. Fans need to open their eyes.— @armitage93 15 February 2014
@MarcIles two defensive midfielders just doesn't work! Spearing/Medo great players but not together.— @ganders86 15 February 2014
@MarcIles Marc,has fifth columnist,agent Trotter,dared to show up at The New Den.I'll bet piano wire has sold out around The Docks?— @ppainsworth 15 February 2014
The general consensus is that Chungy should be in the starting line-up. Thought he tired towards the last third of Tuesday's game myself.
Phew - and that was just a small portion of the replies I got on Twitter.
@marciles must win game, team capable of winning... Wot can go wrong? #famouslastwords— @philduncalf 15 February 2014
@MarcIles 3 attacking players in that team. No creativity, no ambition— @_keawyed 15 February 2014
@MarcIles seems everyone of same opinion, CYL should be starting - starting to play like we know he can #BWFC— @mdowen1974 15 February 2014
@MarcIles Medo and Spearing just don't work well together. Time will tell but initially disappointed....— @Bill_Limpit 15 February 2014
@MarcIles Feeney on the bench for Holloway. Someone not done their homework? #blessing— @armitage93 15 February 2014
@MarcIles I think two of the inclusions on the bench are more interesting— @TOMolloy 15 February 2014
@MarcIles astonished at the fact that he's dropped lee, MOTM on Tuesday— @James_BWFC_Twid 15 February 2014
@MarcIles Seems strange that we've loaned out a promising striker in Wilkinson. He should be given a chance whilst we're low on strikers.— @mcflykyle182 15 February 2014
@MarcIles makes me more nervous. I'm trying to stay positive though, not sure why CYL isn't starting— @Chaddy10 15 February 2014
@MarcIles and he will probably push MDavies out wide and put Pratley behind the striker— @James_BWFC_Twid 15 February 2014
@MarcIles one winger and 4 cms :-/ can't understand that unless he's playing eagles in the hole behind the juke!— @levrev 15 February 2014
@MarcIles possibly the most boring team we have ever had. Also I've never seen a team play 5 in mid and never dominate a midfield!— @AdamMillett 15 February 2014
@MarcIles Playing with 10 again. How does Eagles get a look in? Best Chungy has played for ages so dropped. #clueless— @mitchcregs 15 February 2014
There have been fewer positives taken by the Wanderers fans as regards to team selection, however...
So no Feeney for Millwall from the start - I'm taking that as a positive.
MFC subs: Bywater, Robinson, Powell, Feeney, Jackson, Campbell, McDonald
MFC: Forde; Fredericks, Shittu, Dunne, Malone; Upson, Williams; Martin, Woolford, Easter; Morison
BWFC Subs: Lonergan, White, Knight, Danns, Hall, Lee, Vela
BWFC: Bogdan, Baptiste, Mills, Wheater, Ream, Medo, Spearing, Eagles, M Davies, Pratley, Jutkiewicz
And the team...
It has brightened up a bit in London since he arrived - and the pitch looks in decent condition considering the recent weather.
Bit late starting today, and teams should be with us very soon.
A good afternoon from The Den and welcome to Matchday Live!
Wanderers 4 Millwall 1
EDDIE Hopkinson celebrated his 500th appearance for Wanderers but it was John Byrom who stole the show with a hat-trick at Burnden Park.
After 11 years as number one, Hoppy’s day got off to the worst possible start when he dropped a clanger to gift Keith Weller the opening goal.
Byrom – that craftiest of strikers who had shouldered the scoring responsibilities after the sales of Wyn Davies and Francis Lee over the previous couple of seasons – helped himself to the match ball and Roy Greaves, home-grown and ultimately another 500-plus appearance man, also scored a cracker.
WANDERERS had paid £120,000 to sign John McGinlay from Millwall in 1992 and he had already scored twice against his former club en route to promotion from Division Two before coming back to The Den to haunt them again in 1995.
Scoring the only goal of the game, the Scot briefly propelled Bruce Rioch’s men into second place.
They finished third in the end, and McGinlay would of course play a major part in helping the Whites past Wolves in the semi-final before that never-to-be-forgotten win against Reading at Wembley.
OWEN Coyle was sacked just 48 hours after this defeat, which was also marred by reports of racist abuse aimed towards Wanderers striker Marvin Sordell.
Darius Henderson scored the Millwall goals either side of a strike by Chris Eagles but the Wanderers playmaker was left to rue a missed penalty at 1-1 that could have proved the difference.
After the final whistle Sordell complained instantly on Twitter of language used by one young Millwall fans, which led to a police investigation and a ban for the supporter in question.
FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS
The Irish centre back was voted Millwall’s best ever player in a fanzine in 2007 despite leaving the club at the age of 20. Hurley ended his career at Burnden Park but declined the chance to be manager afterwards.
After his career at Southampton had disintegrated, Davies went on loan to Millwall in 2002. The following summer he was released by the Saints and rescued from the scrapheap by Wanderers – and the rest, as they say, is history.
Wanderers 1973-1980 and 1985-1986
Big Sam played more than 200 times for the Whites before leaving for Millwall in a deal worth £95,000. He later returned for a brief injury-hit spell but would find his greatest success at the club as manager, leading Wanderers twice into Europe.
ONE TO WATCH - RYAN FREDERICKS
Millwall’s right side is a potent one at present. Wanderers fans will know all about Liam Feeney, who plays further forward than on-loan Spurs full-back Fredericks but the England youth international has been a massive hit since being brought to the club by Ian Holloway in December. Fredericks marked his debut against Ipswich Town (see picture) with a goal and gives his side plenty of width.
MILLWALL PRE-MATCH TEAM NEWS
Millwall will welcome Ed Upson back into the side after he missed out of the 1-1 draw with his former club Yeovil because of a gentleman’s agreement between the clubs.
Keeper David Forde should be fit to face Wanderers after struggling with a thigh problem and likewise former Reebok defender Danny Shittu, who has also had a groin strain.
Winger Nicky Bailey is out with a back injury as is defender Mark Beevers (calf). Shane Lowry completes the fourth of a five-match suspension.
Likely line-up (4-2-3-1): Forde; Fredericks, Williams, Shittu, Malone; Upson, Abdou; Feeney, Jackson, Campbell; Morison.