Millwall 1-0 Brentford, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 1 - 0 The Den ( Attendance: 15,464 (2,009) )
Millwall returned to winning ways with a well-deserved 1-0 victory over London rivals Brentford at The Den.
The only goal of the game came through Aiden O’Brien in the eighth minute after Jayson Molumby’s tackle on Bees goalkeeper David Raya saw the ball break loose.
That goal came just minutes after Murray Wallace thought he had put Gary Rowett’s men ahead, heading past Raya from namesake Jed’s free-kick delivery, only to be ruled offside.
There was little action for the rest of the opening period barring Bryan Mbuemo’s left-footed volley from the edge of the box, well-saved by Polish goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
In the second-half, both sides struggled to create any real chances of note – although Brentford substitute Jan Zamburek did fire an effort agonisingly wide late on when well-placed.
The result means Millwall are now just two points off the Play-Off places despite being 11th in the table while Brentford drop down to fourth.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
In a game of few opportunities, Aiden O’Brien’s early strike was enough to decide the destination of all three points.
Moan of the Match
Millwall again failed to capitalise on early dominance to only go in at the break one goal up while a similarly mis-firing Brentford were unable to capitalise.
If Brentford are looking to break into the top two, can they afford to lose games like this?
Man of the Match
Shaun Williams – the Irish midfielder commanded the midfield and contributed well both offensively and defensively.
Tweet of the Match
Robert Jones (Merseyside) – fair throughout and looked to play advantage wherever possible.
The crowd were lively for the entire game which only added to the on-field entertainment.
The Lions were good value for their victory and fully deserved the three points against a below-par Brentford side.
Bialkowski; Hutchinson, Pearce, Cooper; Romeo, Molumby, Williams, M. Wallace; J. Wallace (Skalak, 87), Bradshaw (Bodvarsson, 80), O’Brien (Ferguson, 81)
Subs not used:
Steele, Smith, Mahoney, Mitchell
J. Wallace, M. Wallace, Williams
Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry (Valencia, 80); Jensen (Zamburek, 72), Mokotjo, Dasilva; Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma
Subs not used:
Daniels, Yearwood, Jeanvier, Sorensen, Roersley