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Millwall 2-2 Nottingham Forest: Lewis Grabban scores brace before Lions rescue point

Shaun Williams headed Millwall into a 1-0 lead against Nottingham Forest
Millwall took an early lead through Shaun Williams' first-half header before a goal-filled conclusion

Millwall and Nottingham Forest shared the points after an action-filled conclusion to their Championship meeting at The Den.

Lewis Grabban looked to have won it for Forest after he came off the bench to score twice and cancel out a first-half header from Millwall's Shaun Williams.

Grabban netted first within 50 seconds of his introduction with a header a yard out before slotting in Sammy Ameobi's ball across the six-yard area with two minutes to play.

But Williams was involved again for the hosts as his shot from outside the box in stoppage-time was spilled by Forest keeper Brice Samba and allowed Aiden O'Brien to slot in the rebound.

Milwall extended their unbeaten run to five games under Gary Rowett, but Forest missed the chance to go level on points with third-placed Fulham.

Rowett has still only tasted defeat once since taking charge in October and his side were by far the more superior in the first 45 minutes.

Jed Wallace proved instrumental in creating chances and it was his outswinging corner that Williams nodded down inside the six-yard box for his second goal in as many games.

Forest failed to register a shot on target until early in the second half, but manager Sabri Lamouchi's decision to stick Grabban on after an hour had an immediate effect.

He scored with his first touch at the end of a Tiago Silva free-kick after Joe Worrall nodded back across goal and then combined with Ameobi for what appeared to be the winner.

But there was still time for Millwall to rescue a third draw in a row when O'Brien pounced.

Earlier, Jake Cooper had missed a glorious chance at 1-1 when he headed unmarked straight at Samba from close range, while the Lions may also have been awarded a penalty shortly after when Ameobi appeared to trip Tom Bradshaw.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio London:

"It was some game. I think first half we were brilliant.

"The fact Forest came and changed their shape and left their two highest-scoring players out - Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban - I felt was testament to everything we've been doing at The Den.

"We deserved to be more than a goal up and when you get into the final third in such good positions so many times you have to capitalise.

"They've got good players and when you don't capitalise on that good half they're going to have good periods.

"We've ended up pulling one back at the death and showed amazing character."

Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I'm happy to win one point, disappointed to lose two points, because we should keep the result two minutes before the end.

"The first half we started in the wrong way, probably because of a different system.

"You can play in a different system, but the attitude must be the same, without the ball you need to win the duels and with the ball you need to make good control and good passes, it's simple things.

"The second half was totally different and we came back in the game. To be fair, the draw was logical in the end."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Romeo
  • 15Pearce
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Wallace
  • 7Wallace
  • 16Molumby
  • 6Williams
  • 26SkalakSubstituted forO'Brienat 78'minutes
  • 8ThompsonBooked at 32minsSubstituted forMahoneyat 83'minutes
  • 10SmithSubstituted forBradshawat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hutchinson
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 17Brown
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22O'Brien
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 31Sandford

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 3FigueiredoSubstituted forLolleyat 57'minutes
  • 20Dawson
  • 4Worrall
  • 11CashBooked at 30mins
  • 28SilvaBooked at 66mins
  • 8Watson
  • 17SemedoSubstituted forAdomahat 80'minutes
  • 18Robinson
  • 14MirSubstituted forGrabbanat 62'minutes
  • 19Ameobi

Substitutes

  • 7Grabban
  • 10Carvalho
  • 13Bostock
  • 23Lolley
  • 36Chema
  • 37Adomah
  • 49Muric
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
12,976

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

Foul by Michael Dawson (Nottingham Forest).

Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Cash with a cross.

Attempt missed. Connor Mahoney (Millwall) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a fast break.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 2, Nottingham Forest 2. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mahlon Romeo.

Attempt missed. Jayson Molumby (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 1, Nottingham Forest 2. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Connor Mahoney replaces Ben Thompson.

Attempt missed. Michael Dawson (Nottingham Forest) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tiago Silva with a cross following a set piece situation.

Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Murray Wallace (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Alfa Semedo.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Jiri Skalak.

Attempt blocked. Jiri Skalak (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jayson Molumby.

Attempt blocked. Jiri Skalak (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shaun Williams with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Brice Samba.

Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Cash.

Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shaun Williams with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Brice Samba.

Attempt saved. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Thompson.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

Attempt blocked. Jayson Molumby (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

Booking

Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest).

Jiri Skalak (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jack Robinson tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 1, Nottingham Forest 1. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Worrall with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jayson Molumby (Millwall).

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom19126136191742
2Leeds19124328101840
3Fulham19105431191235
4Nottm Forest1996426161033
5Bristol City198833127432
6Preston199463123831
7Brentford1993729141530
8Swansea198652420430
9Sheff Wed198562618829
10Cardiff197752725228
11Blackburn198382627-127
12Millwall206952527-227
13Hull197573026426
14Derby196762025-525
15Birmingham197481924-525
16QPR197482837-925
17Charlton196582626023
18Reading186392223-121
19Huddersfield194692231-918
20Middlesbrough193881627-1117
21Luton1952122540-1517
22Wigan1944111731-1416
23Stoke1942132033-1314
24Barnsley1926112138-1712
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