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


Millwall 4-4-2



AFC Bournemouth 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 0 - 1 The Den ( Attendance: 12,237 (1,628) )
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Millwall came from behind to claim a point against promotion favourites AFC Bournemouth with a 1-1 draw at The Den.

Although there was little between the two sides in a tight opening 45 minutes, Bournemouth took the lead in the 44th minute courtesy of a Dominic Solanke strike after Millwall failed to deal with a corner.

Solanke poked home Jack Stacey’s cross with the goal standing despite the Cherries forward appearing to push his marker Mason Bennett in the build-up.

However, Millwall equalised through Benik Afobe on 68 minutes as the former Bournemouth man made no mistake with a finish into the bottom left corner after being played in by Tom Bradshaw.

And Millwall came agonisingly close to a winner soon after as Afobe turned provider with a low cross that appeared to be on a plate for Bradshaw – only for Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma to flick the ball away at the last minute.

The Lions continued to dominate but couldn’t break through a stubborn Cherries defence with the draw keeping them tenth in the table, four points from the Play-Off places.

Key Points

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

Key Moment

The introduction of Tom Bradshaw and Sheyi Ojo changed the game for Millwall and provided the attacking edge they were lacking in the first-half.

Moan of the Match

The officiating was baffling for both sides throughout and with constant incorrect decisions, it made it a tough watch at times.

Talking Point

Should Bournemouth have been down to ten men after Gavin Kilkenny’s dive while on a yellow?

Man of the Match

Billy Mitchell – close to his best performance in a Millwall shirt, running the midfield and coming close to scoring a goal of the season contender. 

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire) – a really poor game from the official as he repeatedly missed big calls and struggled to control the game.


The Den united against a common enemy in the shape of the referee to give a real edge to this one and spoil Bournemouth’s night.


This will definitely feel like two points dropped for Millwall, but a draw against pacesetters Bournemouth and the fighting spirit on show to again come from behind will encourage manager Gary Rowett.

Line Ups

Millwall 4-4-2

Bialkowski; McNamara, Ballard, Hutchinson, M.Wallace; J. Wallace, Saville, Mitchell, Malone (Ojo, 66); Bennett (Bradshaw, 65), Afobe

Subs not used:

Long, Pearce, Smith, Kieftenbeld, Evans



AFC Bournemouth 4-2-3-1

Travers; Stacey, Cahill, Mepham, Davis; Lerma, Kilkenny (L. Cook, 63); Lowe (Marcondes, 79), Christie, Anthony (Rogers, 90+1); Solanke

Subs not used:

Nyland, S. Cook, Ibsen Rossi, Moriah-Welsh


Kilkenny, L. Cook

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