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MATCH REPORT: Millwall 1-0 Brentford

December 30, 2019

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"When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited."

Millwall were licking their wounds after being winless in their last two games against Barnsley and Cardiff City and the arrival of high flying Brentford was not the medicine that the doctor had ordered.  Going into the last game of the decade, there were many who fancied the West London's chances against their rivals south of the river, however, the sting in the Bees' tail was ineffective and the Lions would end up roaring into 2020.

 

It did not take long for the home side to find the back of the net, when Murray Wallace rose highest above to meet a Jed Wallace free-kick in the 3rd minute, but although the left-back was onside and headed the ball nicely past the visiting Raya, the goal in the opening 180 seconds was ruled out due to Jake Cooper being in an offside position and interfering with play.

 

Millwall continued to build the pressure and were rewarded with that sweet nectar when Jayson Molumby superbly forced Raya into an error in the 8th minute.  The visiting 'keeper could only play the ball out to the edge of his penalty area and Millwall attacker Aiden O'Brien neatly curled it into the bottom corner in front of the travelling fans.

 

Millwall were the better side and limited the Bees to nothing more than flicks, tricks and the irritating beating of their wings and Shaun Williams came close in the 25th minute, but his long range effort was deflected just over the bar for a Millwall corner.

 

Brentford had their first real chance on goal in the 31st minute when Mbuemo's volley from the edge of the box caught Bialkowski wrong footed.  The Polish international managed to shift his weight excellently and the ground was buzzing as he excellently swatted away the attacking Bees.

 

Aside from a few half chances, the away side rarely threatened the Millwall goal and the South London side brilliantly came off the pitch at half time without even the slightest irritation of a bee sting.

 

The second half had very much been won in the middle of the park and both Molumby and Williams were excellent in nullifying the Brentford attack and not letting the Bees play.  By the hour mark, Thomas Frank's side were restricted to playing long ball football and hopelessly trying more flicks and tricks which continued to be ineffective.

 

The last chance of the game came from the West London side when Watkins nicely nestled a header down towards the waiting Zamburek, but he could only mishit his effort wide of Bialkowski's far post.

 

The full-whistle sounded after our minutes of injury time and the Lions recorded a win in the final game of the decade.  Those valuable three points was sweeter than any honey created in the most high quality of beehives and leave Gary Rowett's men within touching distance of the top six going into the new year.

 

 

Millwall: Bialkowski, M. Wallace, Hutchinson, Cooper, Williams, J. Wallace (Skalak 87'), Bradshaw (Bodvarsson 81'), Romeo, Pearce, Molumby, O'Brien (Ferguson 81').

 

Subs not used: Steele, Smith, Mahoney, Mitchell.

 

 

Brentford: Raya, Henry (Valencia 80'), Pinnock, Jensen (Zamburek 71'), Benrahma, Watkins, Mokotjo, Da Silva, Jansson, Mbuemo, Dalsgaard.

 

Subs not used: Daniels, Yearwood, Jeanvier, Sorensen, Roersley.

 

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