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Millwall 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2 – match report – Chris Maguire scores in stoppage time

Millwall 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2: Lions tamed at the last as Maguire eases Owls relegation fears


21:08 GMT, 9 April 2013



21:08 GMT, 9 April 2013

Chris Maguire grabbed a last-gasp winner to fire Sheffield Wednesday away from the drop zone and send Millwall to Wembley on the back of a defeat.

The Lions, who face Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, got off to the perfect start when Jimmy Abdou scored after just 63 seconds.

But Wednesday equalised through Miguel Llera's free-kick before the interval, and substitute Maguire struck in stoppage time as the Owls moved six points clear of the bottom three.

Twit-too: Chris Maguire struck late on to seal all three points for Sheffield Wednesday at Millwall

Twit-too: Chris Maguire struck late on to seal all three points for Sheffield Wednesday at Millwall

Twit-too: Chris Maguire struck late on to seal all three points for Sheffield Wednesday at Millwall


MILWALL: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Chris Taylor, Abdou, St. Ledger, Saville, Easter, Hulse. Subs: Maik Taylor, Batt, Henry, Woolford, Keogh, Jack Smith, Adam Smith.

SHEFF WED: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera, Pugh, Lee, Olofinjana, Prutton, Helan, Lita, Howard. Subs: Bywater, Taylor, Semedo, Maguire, Jermaine Johnson, Mattock, McCabe.

Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands)

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It brought an end to Millwall's three-game unbeaten run and means they are not out of the woods themselves yet.

But for the time being they can focus on Wigan and potentially 90 minutes from a place in Europe.

They are unlikely to find the Latics as charitable as Wednesday, who conceded the opener with the first attack of the match.

Chris Taylor was allowed to cut in
from the left wing, charge into the penalty area unchallenged and
deliver a low cross for the unmarked Abdou to bundle home at the far

It was recalled midfielder Abdou's
first home goal for the Lions, five years since he joined, and the
perfect way to stake his claim for a Wembley appearance.

Millwall were certainly not playing like a team with their minds elsewhere, though, and continued to bombard Wednesday's goal.

Rob Hulse burst into the area but could not get round Owls keeper Chris Kirkland, and Shane Lowry fired narrowly wide.

Bright start: The hosts took the lead after just 63 seconds through Jimmy Abdou

Bright start: The hosts took the lead after just 63 seconds through Jimmy Abdou

Hat trick: Miguel Llera got the Owls back on track before half-time with a cute free-kick

Hat trick: Miguel Llera got the Owls back on track before half-time with a cute free-kick

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Wednesday had barely threatened in the
opening half hour, apart from a close-range effort from Steve Howard
which was well saved by David Forde.

But five minutes before half-time they drew level through Llera, who curled a 25-yard free-kick around the wall.

Forde appeared to have the shot covered, but the ball bounced in front of him, over his hands and into the net.

Taylor could have put Millwall back
into the lead on the stroke of half-time but his backheel from Lowry's
cross flew straight at Kirkland.

The Lions had a let-off moments after
the interval when a half-cleared corner fell to David Prutton on the
edge of the area and his shot was cleared off the line by Lowry.

Both sides had chances late on with
Jermaine Easter firing wide and Kirkland denying Taylor and Sean St
Ledger with fine saves, while referee Phillip Gibbs waved away some
strong Millwall penalty appeals after Seyi Olofinjana appeared to

Wednesday sub Jermaine Johnson should have put the visitors ahead 10 minutes from time but fizzed his shot narrowly wide.

However, the winner came deep into
four minutes of stoppage time when Maguire hooked in Danny Pugh's corner
to seal a valuable three points.

Nottm Forest 1 Millwall 4: Lions cut Forest down to size with thumping win

Nottm Forest 1 Millwall 4: Lions cut Forest down to size with thumping win


17:29 GMT, 3 November 2012



19:03 GMT, 3 November 2012

Kenny Jackett celebrated five years as Millwall manager in style after seeing his side extend their unbeaten run to seven npower Championship matches with an impressive 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

Liam Trotter gave the Lions a third-minute lead but Billy Sharp struck to send the teams into half-time all square.

Second-half goals from Darius Henderson, Chris Wood and substitute Andy Keogh duly ensured Millwall won away for the first time since August.

Sealing the deal: Andy Keogh celebrates scoring Millwall's fourth

Sealing the deal: Andy Keogh celebrates scoring Millwall's fourth

Match facts

Nottingham Forest: Camp,
Harding, Collins, Moloney, Ward, Gillett (McGugan, 78), Cohen, Reid
(Blackstock, 70 ) Majewski (Guedioura, 15), Cox, Sharp Subs not used: Darlow, Lansbury, Tudgay

Yellow card: Harding

Scorer: Sharp, 22

Millwall: Forde, Shittu, Lowry, Beevers, Smith, Trotter, Henry, C Taylor, Abdou, Henderson (Keogh, 81), Wood Subs not used: M Taylor, Smith, Osborne, Malone, Wright, Feeney

Yellow card: Abdou

Scorers: Trotter, 3, Henderson, 60, Wood, 76, Keogh, 84

Referee: Mathieson

Att.: 24,160

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Both managers were forced to change a winning team because of suspension.

On-loan Norwich defender Elliott Ward made his full debut for Forest after Greg Halford received his fifth yellow card of the season during the 4-1 victory at Barnsley.

Alan Dunne missed out for Millwall for the same reason, reaching the threshold in his side's 4-0 home win over Huddersfield.

On-loan Tottenham right-back Adam Smith came into the team to make his Lions bow after joining Jackett's side on Thursday.

Forest, minus Jermaine Jenas despite the Tottenham midfielder this week extending his loan spell at his hometown club until the new year, suffered an awful start to the game.

Trotter cut infield from the left and after going past a couple of defenders curled a shot into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Reds boss Sean O'Driscoll was then forced to make a change after 15 minutes following an injury to Radoslaw Majewski.

Adlene Guedioura, back from suspension, replaced the Pole in midfield.

As the hosts tried to reorganise themselves Chris Taylor forced Lee Camp into action.

The Forest goalkeeper spilled Taylor's 20-yard shot but gathered the ball at the second attempt.

It was against the run of play when Sharp equalised in the 22nd minute.

After an intricate passing move involving his strike partner Simon Cox, Sharp finished confidently from 12 yards out for his fourth Forest goal since moving to the City Ground on loan from Southampton.

O'Driscoll's side improved thereafter and finished the first half on top but failed to add a second goal.

Millwall managed to do so though after an hour.

Forest had struggled with crosses into the box since the break, with Wood and James Henry heading over, before Henderson nodded past Camp from close range from Henry's delivery.

The hosts became more direct and Dexter Blackstock was introduced from the bench as they sought another equalising goal.But it was Millwall who struck next after 76 minutes and put the game beyond doubt.

After Chris Cohen's shot was blocked, the Lions hit Forest on the counter attack and Wood's shot took a huge deflection off Danny Collins and went past the helpless Camp.

The Reds were caught out again six minutes from time when Taylor's cross was volleyed home by Keogh, on as a 81st-minute replacement for Henderson, from close range.

Burnley 2 Millwall 2: Match report

Burnley 2 Millwall 2: Henderson snatches late equaliser to end Lions' run of defeats



17:10 GMT, 29 September 2012

Millwall ended their run of three straight defeats with a last-gasp equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw at Burnley.

Substitute Darius Henderson forced an equaliser deep into stoppage time to rescue a point for the Lions.

Millwall had taken the lead through
Liam Trotter's curling finish after just three minutes, but Burnley were
soon in their stride and created plenty of chances.

Denied: Eddie Howe watched his side give up all three points to the Darius Henderson goal

Denied: Eddie Howe watched his side give up all three points to the Darius Henderson goal


Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Mee, McCann (Bartley 71min), Wallace (Stewart 90min), Marney, Stanislas, Paterson (Vokes 77min), Austin

Subs not used: Jensen, Mills, Long, Stock

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Robinson (Smith 46min), Lowry, Malone (Batt 67min), Trotter Booked, Henry, Abdou, Keogh (Henderson 75min), Wood

Subs not used: M Taylor, Mkandawire, Wright, Racon

Their pressure told after 19 minutes
as Ben Mee scored his first goal for the Clarets with a close range
header from Junior Stanislas' free-kick.

And they went into the interval ahead
as Charlie Austin scored his eighth league goal of the season with a
powerful header from near the edge of the penalty area.

Stanislas controversially saw a second-half goal ruled out for offside before substitute Henderson scored from close range.

Burnley had suffered a blow in the
warm-up as captain Jason Shackell pulled up with an injury, which saw
David Edgar restored to the line-up.

Things got worse when Millwall opened
the scoring for only the second time this season. Trotter received Andy
Keogh's pass on the edge of the area before curling a right-footed
finish into the far left corner to give the Lions the perfect start.

But Burnley responded strongly, with
Ross Wallace firing over from the edge of the area, before Ben Mee
headed over Stanislas' left-wing free-kick.

McCann then found some space on the
edge of the area but Millwall goalkeeper David Forde turned his fierce
effort away for a corner.

After 15 minutes Stanislas got on the
end of Martin Paterson's low cross but his close range effort clipped
the top of the crossbar.

Burnley equalised four minutes later as Mee rose highest to meet Stanislas' corner with a header from six yards.

But Millwall still carried a threat
and Lee Grant was forced into action on the half-hour mark to tip over
Scott Malone's volley and the keeper produced another fine save five
minutes before half-time to stop James Henry's drive from the edge of
the area.

The saves proved vital as the Clarets
went into the break ahead as Austin got on the end of Kieran Trippier's
cross and headed past Forde.

Burnley thought they had doubled the
lead in the 64th minute, but Stanislas' neat finish after a one-two with
Paterson was disallowed after a late flag from the assistant referee.

The delay in the decision angered the
home fans and following the incident the game became scrappy, with
referee Craig Pawson struggling to keep control.

Substitute Henderson then popped up
in stoppage time to score the equaliser, and was denied a dramatic
winner by the bar in the last minute.

Millwall 1 Brighton 2: Ashley Barnes and Adam El Abd send table-topping Seagulls two points clear

Millwall 1 Brighton 2: Barnes and El-Abd send table-topping Seagulls two points clear



17:01 GMT, 22 September 2012

Goals from Ashley Barnes and Adam El-Abd fired Brighton to the top of the npower Championship.

A goal in each half was enough to sink Millwall and secure a fifth straight win for Gus Poyet's slick side.

However, they were indebted to a stunning late save from former Manchester United keeper Tomasz Kuszczak to secure victory after 10-man Millwall threatened an unlikely comeback.

Power finish: Adam El Abd hits the decisive second for Brighton

Power finish: Adam El Abd hits the decisive second for Brighton

Match facts

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Lowry, Osborne, Malone (Robinson 61), Henry, Wright (Chris Taylor 45), Abdou, Trotter, Keogh (Henderson 76), Wood.

Subs not used: Maik Taylor, Shittu, Batt, Smith.

Sent off: Chris Taylor (68).

Goals: Wood 79.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor (Calderon 45), Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Bridcutt, Buckley, Orlandi (LuaLua 83), Hammond, Barnes, Mackail-Smith (Dicker 43).

Subs not used: Ankergren, Dunk, Dobbie, David Lopez.

Goals: Barnes 17, El-Abd 50.

Att: 12,191.

Ref: Andre Marriner.

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Recalled striker Barnes tucked away his third goal of the season and centre-half El-Abd grabbed his first in nearly two years.

But Chris Wood pulled one back on his
full debut and the on-loan West Brom striker almost made himself an
instant hero in stoppage time only to be denied by Kuszczak.

The Lions also had winger Chris Taylor sent off and a third straight defeat left them in the bottom three.

Wood almost made his mark after just five minutes with a powerful header, but Kuszczak made a smart save.

And Brighton were soon on top with
Wayne Bridge forcing Lions keeper David Forde into a fingertip save with
a low, angled drive before Will Buckley fired narrowly wide.

Brighton's pressure told in the 17th
minute when Buckley beat Scott Malone to the byline and his cutback was
expertly sidefooted into the net by Barnes from 10 yards.

Flying high: Gus Poyet's Brighton have won five on the spin

Flying high: Gus Poyet's Brighton have won five on the spin

The Seagulls should have gone two up
after half an hour when Forde, back in the side at the expense of Maik
Taylor, came racing out to collect a long ball only for Buckley to get
there first.

The winger nodded the ball past Forde
but by the time he steered his shot towards the net, Shane Lowry had
got back to block on the line.

Buoyed by that let-off, Millwall
improved as the first half drew towards a close but Kuszczak was not
unduly troubled as he saved efforts from James Henry and Liam Trotter
while Wood blazed Nadjim Abdou's cross over the bar.

Instead Brighton did double their
advantage at the start of the second half when Millwall failed to deal
with Andrea Orlandi's corner and the ball fell to El-Abd, who swept it
home from six yards.

Barnes had a header cleared off the
line by Trotter following another poorly-defended corner as Brighton
looked to kill the Lions off.

And the hosts' misery was compounded
when substitute Taylor left a foot in when he went in for a 50-50 ball
with Kuszczak, leaving the Brighton keeper in a heap and referee Andre
Marriner waving a red card.

Yet Wood's drive 11 minutes from time
gave the 10 men hope and, in stoppage time, the ball fell to the young
New Zealander again only for Kuszczak to block his point-blank volley to
ensure Brighton took top spot.

Millwall 2 Hull 0: Lions do Barry Kitchener proud

Millwall 2 Hull 0: Lions do 'Kitch' proud at emotional New Den



16:10 GMT, 7 April 2012

Harry Kane and Andy Keogh fired Millwall to a first home win of 2012 on an emotional afternoon at The Den.

Kane's first-half header and Keogh's
late penalty proved enough to see off Hull on the day the Lions said
farewell to club legend Barry Kitchener, who died a week ago aged 64.

Fond farewell: Millwall players pay their respects to former player Barry Kitchener

Fond farewell: Millwall players pay their respects to former player Barry Kitchener


MILLWALL: Taylor, Smith (Dunne 59), Robinson, Lowry, Craig, Henry, Wright, Abdou, Bouazza (Feeney53), Kane, Keogh (Batt 90). Unused subs: Forde, Marquis.

Goals: Hane 25, Keogh pen 81.

Booked: Lowry

HULL: Mannone, Rosenior (King 70), Bradley, Cooper, Dawson, McKenna, Evans, Garcia, Cairney, Stewrat (Fryatt 46), Mclean (Brady 75). Unused subs: Gulacsi, Olofinjana.

Booked: Cooper, McKenna, Garcia.

Referee: Darren Deadman

A service and minutes' applause were held before the game, in which Millwall wore special white kits in memory of their former centre-half.

They then went on to stage the most fitting tribute possible with a battling display one-club 'Kitch' would have been proud of.

Kane and Keogh's goals eased Millwall's relegation fears and secured the Lions' 1,000th home league win, a milestone they had been trying to reach since their last success on Boxing Day.

They also inflicted a fifth straight defeat on Hull, whose play-off hopes are fading fast.

Yet Hull made the livelier start and should have opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Richard Garcia was played in by Corry Evans, but the Australian forward's weak effort was kept out by the legs of Maik Taylor.

Instead it was Millwall who took the lead just two minutes later when James Henry's corner from the left was bravely nodded in at the far post by Kane.

The busy Kane should have doubled the advantage after half an hour when Hamer Bouazza's cross was helped on by Keogh, but the on-loan Tottenham youngster, at full stretch, could only poke the ball over from all of three yards out.

Moments later Kane's shot appeared to be blocked by the arm of Andy Dawson and, while Millwall appealed in vain for a penalty, Josh Wright blazed the rebound just over.

Kane was denied again just after half-time when his header, from another Henry corner, was cleared off the line by Sonny Bradley.

For Hull, Tom Cairney's drive was well saved by Taylor, Evans shot too high and Robbie Brady planted a header over the crossbar.

But the Tigers were largely kept at bay by centre-halves Shane Lowry and skipper Paul Robinson who, in true Kitchener style, were determined to keep a clean sheet And Millwall made the game safe in the 81st minute when Liam Cooper fouled Keogh in the area and the striker picked himself up to roll in the spot-kick and cap a memorable day for the Lions.

Cardiff 0 Millwall 0: Bluebirds blow chance to move into top six with goalless draw

Cardiff 0 Millwall 0: Bluebirds blow chance to move into top six with goalless draw



14:01 GMT, 31 March 2012

Cardiff's npower Championship play-off challenge took a further dent as they recorded their fourth successive draw.

The Bluebirds dominated long spells but could not find a way past Maik Taylor in the Millwall goal, with Stephen McPhail, Kenny Miller and Joe Mason all denied by the Lions stopper in the first half.

After the break the home side continued to dictate proceedings. Mason's header was tipped over the crossbar by Taylor and Miller went close once again but Cardiff were unable to break down their guests.

Drab: Cardiff failed to move into the play-off zone after drawing with Millwall

Drab: Cardiff failed to move into the play-off zone after drawing with Millwall


Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Whittingham, Lawrence, Gunnarsson, McPhail (Gestede 63), Mason (Conway 74),
Miller (Earnshaw 76).

Subs Not Used: Heaton,Blake.

Booked: Lawrence.

Millwall: Taylor, Craig, Robinson, Smith, Lowry, Henry, Feeney, Abdou, Kane (Henderson 59), Wright (Ward 90), Keogh.

Subs Not Used: Forde, Dunne, Bouazza.

Booked: Henry, Smith, Henderson.

Att: 21,259

Ref: Tony Bates (Staffordshire).

Andy Keogh thought he had won he produced a smash-and-grab win when he found the back of the net after 76 minutes only to see the strike ruled out for offside.

And at the other end Aron Gunnarsson was similarly frustrated when he beat Taylor only to see referee Tony Bates had awarded Millwall a free-kick for a foul in the build-up.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay made one change to the side that drew with Birmingham, as Don Cowie sat out with a slight calf strain and Miller returned up front.

Shane Lowry replaced Darren Ward in defence for Millwall, while Liam Feeney came into the side instead of Darius Henderson.

Millwall enjoyed early sights of goal in the first half, with James Henry ballooning a 20-yard free-kick over the bar and firing wide from the edge of the area before Cardiff got into their stride.

McPhail tested Taylor in the Lions goal from range before Mason saw his attempt blocked on the line as the home side started to move into the ascendancy.

Gunnarsson could only direct his header over the top, while Feeney blocked Liam Lawrence's effort as the Bluebirds huffed and puffed.

The visitors were reduced to speculative shots from distance, with Tony Craig failing to trouble David Marshall from 30 yards, but their backline stood firm to go into the break level.

The hosts started the second period strongly, with Miller shooting at Taylor before the veteran stopper pushed Mason's header over the bar.

Gunnarsson nodded wide and Miller was again off target as Cardiff struggled to find a killer blow.

The Bluebirds were camping themselves in the Lions' half, and Kevin McNaughton saw his goalbound drive well blocked by Josh Wright before Miller was denied by Jack Smith.

In a rare foray into opposing territory, Henry blasted wide from 12 yards for Millwall, who appeared to be happy to hang on for a point.

But with time ticking away, the visitors pushed hard to steal a late winner.

Keogh thought he had got just that for the Lions with 14 minutes remaining when he slotted home only to be flagged offside, and the striker then brought a decent punched save from Marshall when he pulled the trigger from six yards out.

At the other end, Gunnarsson saw his effort chalked off for a foul in the build-up, and the match tapered off to a limp conclusion.

Doncaster Rovers 0 Millwall 3

Doncaster Rovers 0 Millwall 3: Lions tear relegation rivals to pieces



22:03 GMT, 20 March 2012

Beleaguered Doncaster moved a step closer to relegation from the npower Championship as fellow strugglers Millwall significantly boosted their own survival hopes by coasting to victory at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Kenny Jackett's men were gifted a healthy advantage inside the opening 13 minutes, the unmarked Andy Keogh heading his fourth goal in six games before Harry Kane doubled the lead with a speculative strike from distance that deceived Carl Ikeme.

A lacklustre Rovers outfit were unable to respond and Millwall wrapped up the points shortly before the hour mark through Darius Henderson's 19th goal of the season in all competitions.

Rout: Millwall got one up on their relegation rivals with a thumping victory

Rout: Millwall got one up on their relegation rivals with a thumping victory


Doncaster: Ikeme, O'Connor, Spurr, Hird, Beye, Barnes, Gillett, Coppinger (Dumbuya 77), Diouf, (Robert 78), Hayter (Oster 57), Piquionne

Subs not used: Woods, Bagayoko

Booked: Diouf

Millwall: Taylor, Craig, Robinson, Ward, Smith, Henry (Feeney 67), Abdou, Wright (Montgomery 88), Henderson, Keogh, Kane

Subs not used: Forde, Dunne, Bouazza

Goals: Keogh 8, Kane 13, Henderson 58

Booked: Robinson

Referee: Attwell

Attendance: 7,572

The Lions now sit nine points clear of the drop zone, but Doncaster are four adrift of safety with games running out – and the manner of this defeat will only serve to increase the pressure on manager Dean Saunders, who was subjected to criticism from sections of the home support.

Shelton Martis, Pascal Chimbonda and Kyle Bennett all dropped out of the Rovers squad, with Sam Hird, James O'Connor and James Hayter taking their places in the starting XI.

Millwall recalled Tony Craig and on-loan Tottenham youngster Kane in place of Alan Dunne and Hameur Bouazza, who were each named among the substitutes alongside new loan signing Nick Montgomery.

After a dire opening, the away side took the lead through their first meaningful attack in the eighth minute.

James Henry was allowed to progress unchallenged down the right and his excellent cross picked out former Wolves striker Keogh, who made no mistake from six yards.

Things swiftly went from bad to worse for Doncaster when Ikeme failed to keep out a powerful long-range effort from Kane that appeared to go through the hands of the goalkeeper.

Ikeme was at least able to get his body behind a low shot from Henry in the 18th minute, but Millwall continued to cut through their opponents' defence with ease, Kane volleying wide moments later.

Surprisingly, Tommy Spurr represented Rovers' greatest attacking threat prior to the interval, the full-back twice cutting in from the left before narrowly missing the target on each occasion.

Visiting goalkeeper Maik Taylor remained untroubled and his side were soon back on the front foot at the start of the second half.

A fierce strike from Henry was kept out by a combination of the woodwork and Ikeme, who then produced a superb one-handed save to thwart Henderson.

Millwall's top scorer would not be denied for much longer and added a third for his side in the 58th minute when he met another fine ball from Henry with a deft finish at the near post.

Frederic Piquionne went close for Rovers soon after, but Taylor was not called into action until the 79th minute, when Giles Barnes headed tamely towards goal to prompt ironic cheers from Doncaster's frustrated fans.

Millwall 1 Middlesbrough 3: Emnes makes it back-to-back wins to get Boro promotion bid on track

Millwall 1 Middlesbrough 3: Emnes makes it back-to-back wins to get Boro promotion bid on track

Marvin Emnes scored twice as Middlesbrough made it back-to-back wins to keep their promotion bid on track.

The Dutch striker took his tally for the season to 14 with a first-half brace to sink shot-shy Millwall.

The Teessiders had slipped out of the npower Championship play-off spots after a run of seven games without a win, but they followed up last week's victory over Nottingham Forest – their first in 2012 – with another valuable three points.

Make mine a double: Marvin Emnes fires his second

Make mine a double: Marvin Emnes fires his second


Millwall: Forde, Smith, Robinson, Lowry, Barron (Dunne 46), Feeney (Henry 85), Trotter, Wright (Abdou 46), Kane, Keogh, Henderson. Subs not used: Allsop, N'Guessan.

Booked: Henderson, Wright, Trotter, Abdou.

Scorer: Henderson 43.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Bates, Hines, Bennett, Haroun (Main 65), Rhys Williams, Robson (McMahon 86), Arca,
Jutkiewicz, Emnes (Smallwood 82). Subs not used: Ogbeche, Martin.

Booked: Rhys Williams, Bennett, Hines.

Scorers: Emnes 15, 38, Main 86.

Referee: James Linnington.

Attendance: 9,286.

Millwall had scored just once in the league at home since November and did not remotely look like adding to that tally until Darius Henderson struck against the run of play before half-time.

But they could not find a leveller despite a spirited second-half performance, and a late strike from substitute Curtis Main condemned them to another defeat.

Boro could have been three up in the opening five minutes but for some wayward finishing.

First Millwall failed to deal with Jason Steele's long goal kick and Lukas Jutkiewicz fired narrowly wide.

Moments later Jutkiewicz's scuffed effort in front of goal was clawed away by David Forde and from the corner, Emnes headed Barry Robson's cross over.

Forde, who was dropped for Saturday's FA Cup defeat by Bolton, also tipped a looping Jutkiewicz header over the top as the visitors dominated the opening stages.

On the up: Middlesbrough moved to sixth after victory at the Den

On the up: Middlesbrough moved to sixth after victory at the Den

The goal they had been threatening duly arrived in the 14th minute from another Robson corner.

The unmarked Rhys Williams hooked the ball back towards goal from the corner of the six-yard box and Emnes deflected it past the unsighted Forde.

While there was a touch of fortune about Emnes' first goal, there was nothing lucky about his second in the 38th minute.

Emnes collected Robson's pass 35 yards out, skipped past Harry Kane's challenge on the edge of the area and thumped a superb low shot past Forde.

But five minutes later Millwall, who had not managed a single effort on goal, suddenly grabbed a lifeline.

Scott Barron floated a free-kick into the area, Liam Trotter nodded it back across goal and Henderson looped his header over Steele and into the net.

Three and easy: Curtis Main completes the scoring

Three and easy: Curtis Main completes the scoring

Lions boss Kenny Jackett made a double substitution at the break, throwing on Alan Dunne and Jimmy Abdou, and his side improved in the second half.

However, Liam Trotter could not take advantage of a defensive mix-up and fired over, Henderson headed wide and Steele saved from Kane and Liam Feeney.

And Boro wrapped up the points four minutes from time when Julio Arca crossed and teenager Main crashed a powerful shot past Forde and high into the net for his first Boro goal.

West Ham 2 Millwall 1: Winston Reid seals victory for 10-man Hammers

West Ham 2 Millwall 1: Reid seals victory as 10-man Hammers return to winning ways

Winston Reid was West Ham's unlikely hero as the npower Championship leaders sank derby rivals Millwall despite playing almost the entire match with 10 men.

The New Zealand defender hit only his second goal for the Hammers moments after Liam Trotter had cancelled out Carlton Cole's first-half header.

The drama came after Hammers skipper Kevin Nolan was shown a straight red card for a nasty two-footed lunge on Jack Smith with just nine minutes on the clock.

Match-winner: Winston Reid wheels away after nodding West Ham to a precious three points

Match-winner: Winston Reid wheels away after nodding West Ham to a precious three points


West Ham: Green, Faye, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, O'Brien, Noble, Collison (Taylor 46), Faubert (O'Neil 80), Cole (Vaz Te 89), Nolan. Subs not used: Baldock, Maynard.

Booked: Faye.

Sent off: Nolan.

Scorers: Cole 45, Reid 69.

Millwall: Forde, Smith, Dunne, Ward, Barron (Kane 56), Feeney (Mason 81), Trotter, Abdou, Lowry, Henderson, Keogh. Subs not used: Allsop, N'Guessan, Wright.

Booked: Henderson, Lowry, Ward, Forde.

Scorer: Trotter 66.

Referee: Mike Jones.

Attendance: 27,774.

Happily there was no repeat of the
crowd trouble which marred the last meeting between these old foes at
Upton Park, in the Carling Cup in August 2009.

Nevertheless, the derby-day
atmosphere clearly got to Nolan as his rush of blood left his team-mates
to play more than 80 minutes a man down.

The Hammers shipped five goals in a
shock defeat at Ipswich on Tuesday night and were desperate to get back
to winning ways to cement their place at the top.

So the last thing they needed was to
see their captain and most experienced player given his marching orders
after just nine minutes..

Nolan may have got some of the ball,
but he also got a lot of Smith and both his feet were off the ground as
he slid in, giving referee Mick Jones no choice but to brandish the red

On target: Carlton Cole celebrates his goal on the stroke of half-time

On target: Carlton Cole celebrates his goal on the stroke of half-time

The home side had looked jittery even
before Nolan trudged off, with Rob Green fumbling a deflected shot for a
corner which Alan Dunne headed narrowly wide in the opening 25 seconds.

Green also had to save bravely at the
feet of Darius Henderson, but the 10 men improved as the first half
wore on and took the lead in stoppage time with Cole's ninth goal of the

Mark Noble floated in a free-kick,
Reid's back-header looped high into the air and Cole rose above his
marker to nod past David Forde.

They were inches away from going 2-0
up four minutes into the second half when Julien Faubert's header from
George McCartney's cross beat Forde but came back off the crossbar.

Heavy police presence: West Ham fans are escorted towards Upton Park

Heavy police presence: West Ham fans are escorted towards Upton Park

Instead, they were pegged back in the
65th minute when Abdoulaye Faye tried to let the ball roll out for a
goal-kick and was robbed by Henderson, who chipped it back for Trotter
to lash home a fine volley from 15 yards.

But Millwall were level for just two minutes before Reid popped up to grab the winner.

Forde felt he was fouled by Faubert
as he punched Joey O'Brien's up and under, but play continued and when
the ball fell to Reid 20 yards out, the centre-half finished like a
striker with a superb first-time shot past the floored Lions keeper and
into the net.

Millwall 1 Southampton 1: Saints pegged back by late Henderson leveller

Millwall 1 Southampton 1: Saints pegged back by late Henderson leveller

Darius Henderson's seventh goal in three games earned Millwall a replay in their FA Cup fourth round clash with Southampton.

Rickie Lambert, returning from a three-game ban, put the visitors ahead before the interval but the Lions fought back to claim a late leveller as Henderson followed up consecutive hat-tricks with his 16th goal of the campaign.

The hosts almost got off to a flying start when Liam Feeney fired goalwards from 10 yards but his shot rattled Bartosz Bialkowski's upright.

Strike: Ricky Lambert celebrates after netting the opener

Strike: Ricky Lambert celebrates after netting the opener

Comeback: But Millwall fought their way back into the game

Comeback: But Millwall fought their way back into the game


Millwall: Forde, Craig, Barron, Ward, Smith, Trotter, Henry (Hackett 66), Feeney, Abdou, Henderson, Kane (N'Guessan 66)

Subs not used: Allsopp, Wright, Marquis

Goals: Henderson 86

Southampton: Bialkowski, Richardson, Harding, Fox, Martin, Reeves, Hammond, De Ridder (Holmes 60), Puncheon (Shaw 77), Lambert, Barnard (Lee 62)

Subs not used: Davis, Jaidi, Stephens, Ward-Prowse

Bookings: Bialkowski

Goals: Lambert 31

Attendance: 8,278

Referee: Roger East

Saints failed to heed the warning and were almost undone in the ninth minute when James Henry's searching corner found Harry Kane at the far post and he lifted his shot over from close range.

A combination of Aaron Martin's dogged defending and a smart stop from Bialkowski denied the in-form Henderson moments later as he tried to steer home a long-range effort.

With 20 minutes on the clock Nigel Adkins' side finally created a chance of their own, Martin heading over from Daniel Fox's corner.

Lambert then lifted a a 25-yard free-kick narrowly over the bar as the visitors started to get a foothold in the game following a slow start.

They made their increasing dominance count with a brilliantly-crafted opening goal in the 30th minute. Ben Reeves played in Dan Harding down the wing and his flighted cross was headed in by Lambert for his 18th of the season.

Having failed to make their promising start in the first half pay dividends, Millwall looked to get on the front foot early in the second.

Liam Trotter advanced unopposed before unleashing a powerful strike from just inside the area but Bialkowski was equal to the challenge.

Close: Millwall's Harry Kane hooks the ball away from Aaron Martin

Close: Millwall's Harry Kane hooks the ball away from Aaron Martin

Just: Kenny Jackett's side grabbed a late equaliser

Just: Kenny Jackett's side grabbed a late equaliser

Japan striker Tadanari Lee was introduced from Southampton's bench just past the hour mark for his debut after joining from Sanfrecce Hiroshima earlier in the week.

His eagerness to make an impression saw him concede a free-kick for a foul Tony Craig but the Lions passed up the opportunity to deliver the ball long and Trotter's set-piece came to nothing.

With time running out the home side did begin to show more urgency and they forced a series of corners and saw Chris Hackett's 20-yard drive flash just over.

Southampton had a chance to put the result beyond doubt when a swift counter-attack found Lee Holmes in space with the option to square it for Lambert but he opted to shoot and then headed wide from Lambert's follow-up.

They were made to pay when Henderson collected Feeney's pass and held off two defenders before turning to fire in the equaliser with four minutes left, making it his seventh goal in as many matches against Southampton.