Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Millwall stop Bournemouth from going second 1-1

Match report
AFCB 1 v 1 Millwall
12 January 2021
Solanke nets but Millwall hit back

Bournemouth started well in this game but couldn't test Bialkowski nearly enough at first. It took some time for Millwall to show their hand, but they had chances and one clear one-on-one with Jed Wallace only stopped by Begovic's good save. The game deserved a goal and Bournemouth's slick passing eventually paid off when Stanislas slipped the ball to Solanke to score just on half time. But Millwall weren't finished, and an equalising goal on 79 minutes from substitute Matt Smith turned the night into a disappointing draw for the Cherries. The evening also saw Junior Stanislas limp off. 

The team line up for AFCB was as predicted by Cherry Chimes with nine changes from the FA Cup game. The only surprise I had was Kilkenny was on the bench instead of Ofborgh. I must do better! 
The intensity was there from the start for Bournemouth with David Brooks bursting into Millwall's box and forcing a good save from Bialkowski.

Bournemouth looked threatening from corners with Steve Cook creating a chance for Stanislas but Hutchinson just cleared the danger in time. The Cherries were dominating play and confidently passing through Millwall's press. 

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Begovic was made to save after Ryan Woods put a ball through for Jed Wallace and the keeper stood up well to block with his legs - the best chance of the game up to that point. Cooper headed goalwards from the corner and Lerma had to clear the ball off the line.

Millwall were gaining in confidence and Begovic had to clear before Parrott. Begovic again saved from a free kick taken by Wallace and Malone shot wide. Leonard also brought a save out of Begovic.

But Bournemouth took the lead after Rico's pass was controlled by Stanislas who turned and found Solanke and Bournemouth's forward put the home team ahead on 45+1 minutes. It was a powerful shot at the near post.

Millwall came out to attack the second half and Bournemouth lost Junior Stanislas to a bad foul by Ryan Leonard. It meant Billing had to come on to replace Stanislas. Millwall started to get on top and a free kick from Zohore came off the post.
Millwall made a trio of substations with Matt Smith replacing Alex Pearce and BΓΆdvarsson came on for Parrott, while Bennett replaced Zohore. It worked a treat for the visitors as, following a free kick, Jake Cooper out jumped Kelly and fed Matt Smith, who equalised with Bournemouth's defence wide open down the middle. There was just 11 minutes to go.

With Jefferson Lerma getting booked and time running out, AFCB brought on Josh King and Riquelme, as Brooks was given a breather. Ben Thompson also came on for Millwall before Stacey replaced Rico.

There were only a couple of chances after that with Matt Smith having a header saved and Josh King shooting wide from outside the box.
Bournemouth will feel this was two points dropped, but Millwall played well and hung in when they were behind. The subs worked well for Millwall and the game was tight. Bournemouth better more sharpness in front of goal, and Begovic again did well on a night that could have seen Bournemouth lose the game if it hadn't been for their keeper.

AFCB lineup
AFCB Subs: 40 Dennis, 17 Stacey, 18 Carter-Vickers, 29 Billing, 26 Kilkenny, 
20 Riquelme, 14 Surridge, 27 King, 32 Anthony

33 Bialkowski, 4 Hutchinson, 15 Pearce (Smith 78), 5 Cooper, 23 McNamara, 19 Woods, 18 Leonard, 14 Malone, 7 J Wallace (Thompson 84), 13 Zohore (Benett 78), 25 Parrott (BΓΆdvarsson 78)

Millwall Substitutes
1 Fielding, 6 Williams, 8 Thompson, 9 Bradshaw, 10 Smith,11 Ferguson 12 Romeom, 20 Bennett, 22 BΓΆdvarsson

1 comment:

  1. No comment on a shocking referee! The ref changed the game during made 5 minutes, no 2nd yellow, bizarre could given against Solanke.

    Most of their shots on target were poor chances.

    No mention of our end to end move when their defender made last ditch block from Stanislas only the half chance from corner. Don't let the result change the way you view that performance against a pretty dirty and cynical team.