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Millwall 1-0 Bournemouth

Millwall secured their Championship status for another season by beating Bournemouth through a Martyn Woolford goal as Doncaster were relegated.

The former Bristol City and Scunthorpe midfielder glanced a header past Lee Camp midway through the first half.

Stefan Maierhofer also went close for the home side before both Steve Morison and Owen Garvan hit the woodwork.

Yann Kermorgant and Shaun MacDonald had chances to equalise but found David Forde in excellent form.

It should have been all wrapped up way before the final whistle for Ian Holloway's side but second-half substitute Simeon Jackson fired wide when he had a open goal to aim for.

Despite securing four draws and three wins from their previous seven games, Millwall still needed another victory to ensure survival.

And without a home win since 18 January and up against a Bournemouth side who had lost only one of their past nine games, that was no foregone conclusion.

The Lions were ready for the battle, though, and Woolford had two early chances to give them the lead, first firing just wide before Camp saved well down low to his left.

Kermorgant had the first chance for the Cherries, whose play-off bid had only recently foundered, but his free-kick was tipped round the post by Forde.

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Post-match: Bournemouth boss Howe

In the main though it was the home side creating the chances, Maierhofer seeing a header blocked before Morison put the rebound wide.

The former Norwich striker also hit the post after an excellent chip over Camp.

The goal was no more than Millwall deserved, therefore, Woolford glancing a superb cross from Garvan beyond the despairing dive of the former Nottingham Forest keeper.

Bournemouth started the second half brightly, MacDonald twice going close, but could not find the goals to end their season on a high.

The result means Millwall finished 19th, four points clear of the relegation zone, while Bournemouth slipped to 10th, six points off the top six.

Millwall boss Ian Holloway: "I'm so chuffed for everyone associated with this great football club.

"It's the greatest achievement of my managerial career. We've got a proper Millwall team now.

"Everybody's rallied, everyone's been honest and hard-working. We could have capitulated but it's typical of this place, we've grabbed it by the bootstraps.

"Now I can't wait to put a plan in place with the chairman and the board. It's going to be a big summer."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "I thought it was a poor-quality game from both sides, but under the circumstances that was understandable.

"We got caught up in the atmosphere and didn't play to our normal level. We had a spell on top during the second half but found their keeper in good form.

"But it's been a very good season, we have improved from the first half of the season and I've been impressed with how the team has developed.

"If we can keep this group together and maybe add to it, we will be stronger next season."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 44Edwards
  • 28MaloneSubstituted forFredericksat 86'minutes
  • 17Williams
  • 2Dunne
  • 16BeeversBooked at 12minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 34'minutes
  • 9Morison
  • 10BaileyBooked at 44mins
  • 42MaierhoferSubstituted forJacksonat 64'minutes
  • 29Garvan
  • 11WoolfordBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 5Robinson
  • 8Easter
  • 14Fredericks
  • 19Jackson
  • 26Abdou
  • 27McDonald
  • 43Bywater

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 15SmithBooked at 45minsSubstituted forFrancisat 45'minutes
  • 11Daniels
  • 4Surman
  • 5Elphick
  • 3Cook
  • 30RitchieBooked at 81mins
  • 32O'KaneSubstituted forMacDonaldat 45'minutes
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 28Rantie
  • 20FraserSubstituted forPitmanat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 2Francis
  • 7Pugh
  • 10Pitman
  • 14Harte
  • 16MacDonald
  • 21Coulibaly
Referee:
Michael Naylor
Attendance:
15,779

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home22
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away10
Fouls
Home18
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 1, Bournemouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Bournemouth 0.
Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a cross.
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.
Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing misses to the left.
Offside, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Ryan Fredericks replaces Scott Malone.
Attempt saved. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brett Pitman.
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Booking

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).
Simeon Jackson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by David Forde.
Attempt saved. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Brett Pitman.
Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Alan Dunne (Millwall).
Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. Simeon Jackson (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Owen Garvan.
Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).
Nicky Bailey (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).
Attempt blocked. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Owen Garvan (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Ryan Fraser.
Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Robinson (Millwall).
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Lee Camp.
Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Simeon Jackson.
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Lee Camp.
Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).
Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Nicky Bailey (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Simeon Jackson replaces Stefan Maierhofer.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Alan Dunne.
Attempt saved. Shaun MacDonald (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steve Cook with a cross.
Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Robinson.
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Simon Francis.
Hand ball by Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth).
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Robinson.
Attempt blocked. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a headed pass.
Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Stefan Maierhofer (Millwall).

Second Half

Second Half begins Millwall 1, Bournemouth 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Simon Francis replaces Adam Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Eunan O'Kane.

Half Time

First Half ends, Millwall 1, Bournemouth 0.
Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

Booking

Martyn Woolford (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Martyn Woolford (Millwall).
Attempt saved. Paul Robinson (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.

Booking

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).
goal

As It Stood

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2Burnley46261553593
3Derby462510113285
4QPR462311121680
5Wigan462110151373
6Brighton461915121572
7Reading461914131471
8Blackburn46181612870
9Ipswich46181414668
10Bournemouth46181216166
11Nottm Forest46161713365
12Middlesbrough461616141264
13Watford461515161060
14Bolton46141715-159
15Leeds4616921-857
16Sheff Wed46131419-253
17Huddersfield46141121-753
18Charlton46131221-2051
19Millwall46111520-2848
20Blackpool46111322-2846
21Birmingham46111124-1644
22Doncaster46111124-3144
23Barnsley4691225-3339
24Yeovil4681325-3137
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