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Millwall 0-0 Watford: Lions hold Hornets to goalless draw

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Watford's Andre Gray (right) has gone 12 appearances without a goal

Watford climbed into the Championship automatic promotion places despite being held to a goalless stalemate by draw specialists Millwall at The Den.

The Hornets had the better of an entertaining first half as Tom Cleverley's free-kick was headed against his own post by home defender Shaun Hutchinson and Bartosz Bialkowski saved Ismaila Sarr's shot with his legs.

But Jake Cooper twice came close to giving Gary Rowett's Lions an interval lead, first heading against the woodwork before seeing another header ruled out for offside moments later.

The second half was less of an event - Watford coming closest when Nathaniel Chalobah's 25-yard strike was beaten away by Bialkowski, who then tipped Troy Deeney's rebound wide.

Xisco Munoz's visitors move above Swansea into second despite missing out on a fourth successive Championship win, while Millwall also rise a place to 15th with their 12th league draw of the season.

Lions striker Kenneth Zohore failed to connect with Danny McNamara's fine first-half cross and at the other end Hutchinson made a goal-saving interception to prevent Andre Gray from scoring, as somehow neither team broke the deadlock in the first 45 minutes.

However, a poor playing surface was not conducive to slick football and both sides lacked quality in attacking areas as the game wore on.

Midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld had an assured debut for Millwall after signing from Birmingham on Monday but Rowett's side are now winless in their past nine home league matches.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett:

"With Watford they don't just pass the ball well but they can out-muscle you and we had to stand up to that.

"Our home form hasn't been good so I spoke to the players before the game and told them to treat it like an away game. The challenge wasn't to go and get on the front foot, I just felt we had to keep our shape.

"First half I think we did that well and we had a goal disallowed for offside that I think was probably level.

"Second half we had to hang on a little bit because we weren't passing the ball well, but a clean sheet and a point at home is more where we feel we need to be."

Watford head coach Xisco Munoz:

"I think it was a very good performance in which we controlled the ball very well in both halves and created chances to score.

"This is good momentum for us and I don't want to make excuses but today was also difficult for our guys. They gave everything, though, so to them I say congratulations - they are winners to me.

"Millwall didn't give us much space behind the line of defence but we continued to try and play in front of them until something happened. We had the chance but when it comes and you can't score, that's a problem."

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 18Leonard
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5CooperBooked at 33mins
  • 23McNamara
  • 19Woods
  • 16KieftenbeldBooked at 26mins
  • 14Malone
  • 8ThompsonSubstituted forBennettat 72'minutes
  • 7J WallaceSubstituted forWilliamsat 85'minutes
  • 13ZohoreSubstituted forBödvarssonat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 6Williams
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 10Smith
  • 12Romeo
  • 15Pearce
  • 20Bennett
  • 22Bödvarsson
  • 25Parrott

Watford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 26Bachmann
  • 21Femenía
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 31SierraltaBooked at 74mins
  • 11MasinaBooked at 45mins
  • 23Sarr
  • 8CleverleyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forJoão Pedroat 64'minutes
  • 14ChalobahBooked at 56mins
  • 19Hughes
  • 9Deeney
  • 18GraySubstituted forZinckernagelat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Ngakia
  • 6Wilmot
  • 7Zinckernagel
  • 10João Pedro
  • 15Cathcart
  • 16Garner
  • 32Navarro
  • 35Parkes
  • 44Hungbo
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home4
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 0, Watford 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Watford 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Francisco Sierralta (Watford).

  4. Post update

    Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Shaun Williams replaces Jed Wallace.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ismaila Sarr (Watford) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ismaila Sarr (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Francisco Sierralta.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Dan McNamara.

  9. Post update

    Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ismaila Sarr.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford).

  13. Post update

    Ryan Woods (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

  15. Post update

    Ismaila Sarr (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mason Bennett (Millwall).

  17. Booking

    Francisco Sierralta (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Francisco Sierralta (Watford).

  19. Post update

    Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich25165435211453
2Watford26138530181247
3Swansea24137429131646
4Brentford23128337211644
5Reading2513573728944
6Bournemouth25119538211742
7Middlesbrough2511683021939
8Bristol City25123102727039
9Stoke2691073128337
10Blackburn25106940281236
11Preston26113123133-236
12Barnsley25104112732-534
13Luton2596102127-633
14Huddersfield2694132937-831
15Millwall2561272124-330
16Cardiff2485113028229
17QPR2569102331-827
18Coventry2468102234-1226
19Birmingham2568111830-1226
20Nottm Forest2567122029-925
21Derby2567121625-925
22Rotherham2255122332-920
23Sheff Wed2367101523-819
24Wycombe2336141635-1915
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