AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Millwall, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


AFC Bournemouth 3-4-3



Millwall 5-2-3

Half Time: 1 - 0 Dean Court ( Attendance: NA )
1 min

Millwall claimed a 1-1 draw with promotion chasing AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court as Matt Smith came off the bench to grab the equaliser.

Bournemouth’s David Brooks fired narrowly wide early on after a driving run into the Millwall box but the Cherries struggled to create anything of note until the end of the half.

Meanwhile, the Lions had chances of their own in the opening period with Jed Wallace hitting a one-on-one straight at Asmir Begovic and Jake Cooper having a header cleared off the line.

However, Bournemouth were gifted the opener as poor defending allowed an unmarked Dominic Solanke to smash home past Bart Bialkowski in first-half stoppage time.

The second period saw Millwall hit the post through a Kenneth Zohore free-kick after 75 minutes before Matt Smith equalised four minutes later from a Jake Cooper flick-on.

Both sides looked for a late winner, with Josh King coming closest for the hosts as he hit the side netting following a neat move involving Solanke.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Dominic Solanke’s goal on the stroke of half-time was the decisive strike.

Moan of the Match

As has so often been the case this season, Millwall missed a number of good chances throughout.

Talking Point

Kenneth Zohore provided a mobile target man up front for Millwall – key in this 5-2-3 system – can he show enough for the Lions to want to extend his loan deal?

Man of the Match

Ryan Leonard – broke up the play well in midfield and provided good energy whilst doing the simple parts of the game really well.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Tim Robinson (West Sussex) – fairly consistent throughout and kept good control of the game although Jake Cooper was arguably lucky to stay on.


Both sides were clearly up for this one and it made for a good game.


Millwall gave a good account of themselves against a strong Bournemouth side but had to settle for a point after some lax defending gifted the Cherries their goal.

Line Ups

AFC Bournemouth 3-4-3

Begovic; S Cook, Simpson, Kelly; A Smith, Lerma (Riquelme, 83), L Cook, Rico (Stacey, 87); Brooks (King, 83), Solanke, Stanislas (Billing, 71)

Subs not used:

Dennis, Surridge, Carter-Vickers, Kilkenny, Anthony



Millwall 5-2-3

Bialkowski; McNamara, Hutchinson, Pearce (M. Smith, 78), Cooper, Malone; Leonard, Woods; J. Wallace (Thompson, 84), Zohore (Bennett, 78), Parrott (Bodvarsson, 78)

Subs not used:

Fielding, Romeo, Williams, Ferguson, Bradshaw


Cooper, Leonard

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