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Millwall 1-0 Brentford: O'Brien's early goal seals win for Lions

Millwall's Aiden O'Brien
Nine of Aiden O'Brien's last 11 league goals have come at The Den.

Aiden O'Brien's early goal earned Millwall victory as Brentford's recent away troubles continued.

The match-winner came after just eight minutes, when Bees keeper David Raya was closed down and O'Brien slotted the loose ball into an empty net.

Brentford's Bryan Mbeumo forced a smart stop from Millwall keeper Bartosz Bialkowski, one of only four shots on target the two sides mustered between them.

Czech teenager Jan Zamburek scuffed wide late on as the Bees' tried in vain to find an equaliser.

O'Brien had scored in Millwall's previous two home games, late on against Nottingham Forest and Barnsley, but the Lions had failed to win either.

This time, their solidity and organisation earned them their first clean sheet in five at The Den in a game where neither goalkeeper was stretched too often.

Brentford have now lost three of their past four away league games, and have not won on the road since their 3-0 success at Wigan on 9 November.

However, they end the decade fourth in the Championship - their highest position in the English football pyramid at the end of a calendar year since World War Two.

Millwall boss Gary Rowett:

"I thought the first half had some really good stuff. It's the first time we've played a five (at the back) system at home; we've obviously played it very effectively away, and I felt as though we nullified their clear chances very well.

"I think Barts (Bartosz Bialkowski) made one good save but other than that I felt we kept them at bay very well and should have had some more opportunities of our own.

"They are a good side, Brentford. For them to be so free-scoring - probably the form team in the division, I'd say - he's (Thomas Frank) done a brilliant, brilliant job.

"I know they had a slow start to the season but they have really kicked into gear so they're a difficult side to stop and it causes you one or two problems in terms of how you structure your own team."

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank:

"We gave them the goal. It's no secret that David made a mistake but I think he's been absolutely amazing this season.

"For me, he's potentially the best keeper in the division. Football is a game of mistakes, that happens, we'll move on.

"I think we've played out from the back so far in, what, 25 games? We made one mistake that cost a goal and I'd happily take that risk because it gives us an advantage.

"The rest of the game we were chasing and Millwall made it difficult for us. We also need to give them a bit of credit for that because normally we are extremely dangerous going forward."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 15Pearce
  • 5Cooper
  • 12Romeo
  • 16Molumby
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 70mins
  • 3WallaceBooked at 51mins
  • 7WallaceBooked at 23minsSubstituted forSkalakat 87'minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forBödvarssonat 80'minutes
  • 22O'BrienSubstituted forFergusonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Smith
  • 11Ferguson
  • 14Steele
  • 21Mahoney
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 26Skalak
  • 42Mitchell

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 18Jansson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3HenrySubstituted forValencia Castilloat 80'minutes
  • 8JensenSubstituted forZamburekat 72'minutes
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 14Dasilva
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 11Watkins
  • 10BenrahmaBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 4Yearwood
  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 31Zamburek
  • 35Rasmussen
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
15,464

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 1, Brentford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Brentford 0.

Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Ferguson (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jiri Skalak replaces Jed Wallace.

Attempt missed. Jan Zamburek (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ollie Watkins with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Shane Ferguson replaces Aiden O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. César Joel Valencia Castillo replaces Rico Henry.

Attempt missed. Pontus Jansson (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Josh Dasilva with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Josh Dasilva (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aiden O'Brien (Millwall).

Offside, Millwall. Jake Cooper tries a through ball, but Aiden O'Brien is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Jan Zamburek replaces Mathias Jensen.

Foul by Saïd Benrahma (Brentford).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Shaun Williams (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mathias Jensen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

Attempt blocked. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Watkins with a cross.

Foul by Saïd Benrahma (Brentford).

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jayson Molumby (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shaun Williams.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Murray Wallace (Millwall) is shown the yellow card.

Josh Dasilva (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Murray Wallace (Millwall).

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Foul by Saïd Benrahma (Brentford).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds25156442202251
2West Brom25149247272051
3Fulham25126739281142
4Brentford25124937201740
5Nottm Forest2411763123840
6Sheff Wed25116837251239
7Preston2511683630639
8Bristol City2510873936338
9Swansea2510873130138
10Cardiff2591063734337
11Millwall2591063131037
12Hull2510693934536
13Blackburn2510693231136
14Reading2495103127432
15QPR2595113847-932
16Middlesbrough257992432-830
17Birmingham2585122940-1129
18Charlton2477103334-128
19Huddersfield2577112837-928
20Derby246992232-1027
21Stoke2563162840-1221
22Barnsley2549123247-1521
23Luton2563163153-2221
24Wigan2548132137-1620
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