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Millwall's Martyn Woolford

A stoppage-time goal from Martyn Woolford earned relegation-threatened Millwall a draw against Watford.

Lewis McGugan combined well with Troy Deeney before putting the visitors ahead with a 20-yard shot.

Steve Morison lashed in an equaliser from a tight angle, only for Almen Abdi's deflected shot to put Watford back in front with four minutes left.

But the Lions salvaged a draw when Woolford struck home a left-footed shot in the fifth added minute.

The result extended Millwall's unbeaten run to four games and left them just one point behind 17th-placed Charlton, who have two games in hand.

Watford, meanwhile, are seven points adrift of the play-offs with five games remaining.

Both teams were desperate for a win to help their respective end-of-season ambitions, and the game began at a frantic pace.

Watford opened the scoring when McGugan's dummy allowed Deeney to back-heel the ball back into the path of the midfielder, who shot past David Forde for his 10th goal of the season.

Watford could have doubled their lead moments later, but Forde was out quickly to block Deeney's close-range effort.

Millwall responded well and got their reward when second-half substitute Morison volleyed home from the angle following Woolford's corner.

Nicky Bailey then forced Watford keeper Manuel Almunia into a fingertip save with a 25-yard strike, before Abdi's deflected shot from the edge of the area put the visitors back in front.

But Millwall were not done, and Woolford capped a spell of late pressure with a deserved equaliser.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway:

"I thought it was going to be one of those days," he said. "It looked like it was over, but I'm really chuffed with that result.

"It looked like 'good night' at 2-1, but the great thing about this club is that they keep fighting and I hope the fans can be as proud of the players as I am.

"If we can put a sequence together, we've got a chance. I need a strong set of players and I think we're growing. If you have got that mental capacity, you'll never surprise. Let's hope it's not too late."

Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino:

"It was a tough game to come and play in. Millwall need points so it was always going to be tough, but we should have scored more in the first half when we were on top.

"What is disappointing is when you score so late yourselves and then don't go on to win the game.

"It's difficult because when we need to step up our performance for the play-offs we come up short. Today's draw leaves a big gap to the play-offs, so it's difficult."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 44Edwards
  • 28Malone
  • 17Williams
  • 2Dunne
  • 16Beevers
  • 13MartinBooked at 26minsSubstituted forJacksonat 62'minutes
  • 10Bailey
  • 42MaierhoferSubstituted forEasterat 74'minutes
  • 29GarvanSubstituted forMorisonat 45'minutes
  • 11WoolfordBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 5Robinson
  • 8Easter
  • 9Morison
  • 14Fredericks
  • 19Jackson
  • 26Abdou
  • 43Bywater

Watford

  • 1Almunia
  • 19Faraoni
  • 15RieraBooked at 4minsSubstituted forPudilat 67'minutes
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 4Angella
  • 31Hoban
  • 22Abdi
  • 28Tözsér
  • 21AnyaSubstituted forForestieriat 45+2'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 10McGuganBooked at 37minsSubstituted forMurrayat 83'minutesBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 5Belkalem
  • 8Merkel
  • 11Forestieri
  • 13Ranegie
  • 16Murray
  • 18Pudil
  • 30Bond
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
10,851

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home21
Away18
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home13
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 2, Watford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Watford 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Millwall 2, Watford 2. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Martyn Woolford (Millwall).

  7. Post update

    Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Dunne.

  10. Post update

    Nicky Bailey (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Almen Abdi (Watford).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Joel Ekstrand.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Millwall 1, Watford 2. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Murray.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Pudil.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alan Dunne (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  17. Booking

    Sean Murray (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Jermaine Easter (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Sean Murray (Watford).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Sean Murray replaces Lewis McGugan.

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