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Millwall 1-0 Brentford

George Saville
George Saville is Millwall's leading scorer after netting his ninth Championship goal of the season

George Saville scored inside the first minute for the second match running as Millwall edged past Brentford.

Saville slid the ball under Bees goalkeeper Daniel Bentley to put the hosts ahead after Lee Gregory had closed down Andreas Bjelland.

Yoann Barbet thought he had equalised soon after from a corner, but his effort was ruled offside.

Sergi Canos' shot hit the post and John Egan headed against the bar as the Bees pressed for an equaliser in vain.

Promotion hopes as well as derby spoils were at stake between two in-form teams closing in on the play-off places, with Millwall unbeaten in 10 league games, and Brentford searching for a fourth win in five.

Saville's strike after just 51 seconds may have proved decisive, but it was a surprise more goals did not follow in an entertaining affair which featured 27 attempts at goal.

It was backs-to-the wall defence from the hosts in the second half as Dean Smith's side piled on the pressure, with James Meredith clearing Henrik Dalsgaard's effort off the line as the home side held on.

Millwall's fifth win in their last six moved them up a place to 10th, swapping positions with Brentford, and within six points of the play-off spots.

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"The best side won the game 1-0, the best side always wins the game - that's the result.

"Millwall going like a steam train really pleases me. Six points off the play-offs with nine games to go. The players, and fans, have earned the right to dream.

"You make your own luck in this game, in any walk of life, but in football particularly. Today we did ride it a bit, but we worked hard, the shape was good."

Brentford boss Dean Smith:

"The better team got beat today. There are such small margins in football at times.

"I can't question the lads' performances today, I thought we were very good, especially in the second half.

"We've won most of the games we control. Today we didn't because a player gets injured and because of a linesman's flag. That's the only reason we haven't won today."

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Archer
  • 12Romeo
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 35Cooper
  • 3Meredith
  • 14J Wallace
  • 6Williams
  • 23Saville
  • 44MarshallSubstituted forCahillat 87'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 20MorisonSubstituted forElliottat 75'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 9GregorySubstituted forOnyedinmaat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 7Cahill
  • 10Onyedinma
  • 16Martin
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 19Elliott
  • 24Shackell

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 14Egan
  • 5BjellandSubstituted forMephamat 4'minutes
  • 29Barbet
  • 15Woods
  • 8Yennaris
  • 47CanosSubstituted forJudgeat 74'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 11Watkins
  • 17MarcondesSubstituted forMaupayat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 9Maupay
  • 10McEachran
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 18Judge
  • 28Daniels
  • 33Mepham
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
13,251

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 1, Brentford 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Brentford 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

  4. Post update

    Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Mahlon Romeo.

  6. Booking

    Tim Cahill (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    John Egan (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tim Cahill (Millwall).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Tim Cahill replaces Ben Marshall.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Mahlon Romeo.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yoann Barbet with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

  15. Post update

    James Meredith (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Yoann Barbet tries a through ball, but Alan Judge is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shaun Williams following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    Foul by John Egan (Brentford).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Nico Yennaris (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves36237663323176
2Cardiff36227755302573
3Aston Villa36209760332769
4Fulham371911764392568
5Derby361613755342161
6Middlesbrough371871253351861
7Bristol City371513953421158
8Preston37141584637957
9Sheff Utd36175144943656
10Millwall371413104437755
11Brentford3614111152421053
12Ipswich36157144744352
13Leeds37148154951-250
14Norwich361212123741-448
15Nottm Forest36135184354-1144
16QPR361110154052-1243
17Sheff Wed37814153951-1238
18Hull36812165056-636
19Reading36812164251-936
20Bolton37812173256-2436
21Barnsley36711183653-1732
22Birmingham3786232557-3230
23Burton3679202662-3630
24Sunderland37513193866-2828
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