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Millwall 1-1 Brentford: Lions fail to beat 10-man Bees

Lee Gregory
Lee Gregory's 12th goal of the season gave Millwall the lead against Brentford

Millwall failed to beat 10-man Brentford to remain in Championship relegation trouble.

After Lee Gregory's close-range finish and a stunning 25-yard equaliser from Brentford midfielder Josh Dasilva, Bees captain Henrik Dalsgaard was sent off for halting Ben Thompson's goal-bound run to cap an action-packed first half.

Despite their man advantage, the home side struggled to break their opponents down and it was in fact Brentford who perhaps deserved to find a winner.

Sergi Canos rattled the crossbar with a near replica of Dasilva's effort, Kamohelo Mokotjo saw a goal ruled out for offside and top-scorer Neal Maupay shot inches wide in the closing moments.

Millwall did hit the bar themselves, but in fortuitous fashion when midfielder Jed Wallace sliced a cross.

A third draw in a row means they are now three points clear of the relegation zone.

Lions boss Neil Harris may well consider this an opportunity missed having taken the lead when Gregory stabbed in at a corner, only for that goal to be quickly cancelled out when Dasilva cut in from the right to rifle into the top corner with his left foot.

But the bigger frustration will likely be from playing against 10 men for almost an hour and struggling to control the game.

Millwall arguably have bigger tests to come, with a trip to promotion-chasing Aston Villa on Monday - the Championship's in-form team - and a home match with play-off hopefuls Bristol City among their final four games.

They finish the campaign away at Wigan, who are currently just a place and two points above them.

Mid-table Brentford - who cannot be promoted or relegated - play Leeds United next.

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"I thought Brentford could come and be like Brazil. When you've got quality players playing with no pressure, it's a tough team to play against.

"My only frustration is our lack of creativity in the final third. Did we do enough? No.

"A point gained? We certainly have to look at it as a positive but [there is] disappointment that we didn't create more."

Brentford manager Thomas Frank:

"I think it [Dalsgaard's red card] was a little bit harsh but it is what it is. After that, of course, it's a different game but the mentality and the attitude was brilliant from the players and we did what we wanted to do throughout the game.

"We still had a high line, we still tried to play - of course, we had to work even harder - but I think it was a deserved point and we had chances and opportunities to take the win.

"I'm very pleased and proud of the boys for what they did and managed it for 60 minutes under difficult circumstances. In that way, I'm pleased. Of course, you always want more."

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Martin
  • 12Romeo
  • 15Pearce
  • 5Cooper
  • 3MeredithSubstituted forMarshallat 45'minutes
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 28Leonard
  • 7J Wallace
  • 8ThompsonSubstituted forElliottat 40'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 11Ferguson
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 6Williams
  • 13Amos
  • 19Elliott
  • 20Morison
  • 22O'Brien
  • 44Marshall

Brentford

Formation 3-4-3

  • 28Daniels
  • 22DalsgaardBooked at 35mins
  • 26Konsa
  • 34Bech Sørensen
  • 7CanósBooked at 27minsSubstituted forRacicat 62'minutes
  • 14Dasilva
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 2Odubajo
  • 17MarcondesBooked at 67minsSubstituted forSawyersat 77'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 9Maupay
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forOgbeneat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 19Sawyers
  • 24Ogbene
  • 25Balcombe
  • 30Field
  • 32Racic
  • 33Forss
  • 36Oksanen
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
14,530

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 1, Brentford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Brentford 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

  4. Post update

    Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Millwall. Ryan Leonard tries a through ball, but Alex Pearce is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Chiedozie Ogbene (Brentford).

  8. Post update

    Ryan Leonard (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Elliott (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mahlon Romeo with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Josh Da Silva.

  11. Post update

    Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tom Elliott (Millwall).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chiedozie Ogbene (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Josh Da Silva.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Neal Maupay tries a through ball, but Chiedozie Ogbene is caught offside.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Chiedozie Ogbene replaces Ollie Watkins.

  16. Post update

    Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).

  18. Booking

    Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

  20. Post update

    Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich432512687533487
2Sheff Utd432410971393282
3Leeds432571170442682
4West Brom4322101184582676
5Aston Villa431915979582172
6Middlesbrough431813124536967
7Bristol City421812125647966
8Derby421713126152964
9Preston431612156459560
10Hull43179176362160
11Sheff Wed431515135457-360
12Swansea42178175957259
13Nottm Forest431415145654257
14Blackburn431511175965-656
15Brentford431413166759855
16Stoke431119134148-752
17QPR43139215167-1648
18Birmingham431317136056447
19Reading431015184864-1645
20Wigan431112204763-1645
21Millwall421013194760-1343
22Rotherham43816194976-2740
23Bolton4388272974-4532
24Ipswich43416233372-3928
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