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Brentford 1-0 Millwall

Romaine Sawyers
Romaine Sawyers went 10 league matches without netting before his goal against Millwall

Romaine Sawyers' first league goal of the season helped Brentford earn victory at Griffin Park as Millwall missed a late penalty.

The Bees midfielder met Henrik Dalsgaard's pull-back with a close-range shot to beat Jordan Archer two minutes into the second half.

But, with 10 minutes remaining, after a trip in the box, Lee Gregory's spot-kick was saved by Daniel Bentley.

The hosts held on to clinch their first home victory in eight matches.

Gregory was unlucky not to the give the visitors an early lead when his angled shot went narrowly wide of Bentley's post.

After Sawyers netted to give the home side the lead, Bees goalkeeper Bentley pulled off two superb saves.

He first denied Shane Ferguson before tipping Gregory's ferocious shot round his near post - to keep his side in the lead.

Gregory had the ball in the back of the net after Jed Wallace had been tripped, but referee Lee Probert had already blown for the foul as Bentley once again denied the visitors an equaliser.

Brentford boss Dean Smith:

"I'm not even sure it was a foul, let alone inside the box. If it was in the box it was offside anyway, but there were a lot of decisions that raised eyebrows.

"When you play against a side as physical and aggressive as Millwall you need some protection and you expect some degree of consistency.

"Our character has never been in question for me and it's nice to get the first win at home, which we can use as a springboard."

Millwall boss Neil Harris:

"Don't get me wrong, Brentford had a lot of chances in a very open game, but the key decisions went against us.

"After the break their centre-back punches the ball in the box and then one of their lads stands on Shaun Hutchinson's foot in the area.

"Then, when the penalty comes, he gives it instantly to make up for it. Unless the rules have changed you can play advantage in the box."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 14Egan
  • 5Bjelland
  • 20Clarke
  • 8Yennaris
  • 15WoodsBooked at 83mins
  • 7JozefzoonSubstituted forMcEachranat 75'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forMephamat 90'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9MaupaySubstituted forVibeat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10McEachran
  • 21Vibe
  • 25Archibald
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Barbet
  • 31Chatzitheodoridis
  • 33Mepham

Millwall

  • 1Archer
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 35Cooper
  • 3MeredithSubstituted forElliottat 59'minutes
  • 14Wallace
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 23Saville
  • 11FergusonBooked at 53mins
  • 22O'BrienSubstituted forOnyedinmaat 75'minutes
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 8Thompson
  • 10Onyedinma
  • 12Romeo
  • 16Martin
  • 19Elliott
  • 21Twardek
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
9,622

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home18
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 1, Millwall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Millwall 0.

Lasse Vibe (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).

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

Attempt blocked. Jake Cooper (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Chris Mepham (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Mepham (Brentford).

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

Offside, Millwall. Shaun Hutchinson tries a through ball, but Jake Cooper is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Chris Mepham replaces Ollie Watkins.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

George Saville (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Millwall. Conor McLaughlin tries a through ball, but Tom Elliott is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).

Booking

Ryan Woods (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Penalty saved! Lee Gregory (Millwall) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Millwall. Jed Wallace draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Josh Clarke (Brentford).

Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

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

Attempt missed. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh McEachran.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Fred Onyedinma replaces Aiden O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh McEachran replaces Florian Jozefzoon.

Attempt blocked. Jake Cooper (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Saville with a headed pass.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Andreas Bjelland.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Andreas Bjelland.

Attempt blocked. Shane Ferguson (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Andreas Bjelland (Brentford).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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