Match Report | Millwall v Watford

4th Round FA Cup | Sunday 29th January 2017 | The Den | Kickoff 1200hrs | Attendance 9,772 (Away support 2,322)

Millwall fans turned up at the Den on Sunday in good heart earlier in the week Millwall had won their biggest victory ever in their history when Lewisham Council said the CPO’s are being withdrawn. But that has to be confirmed in writing and then legal people will be required to look at the documentation to ensure there are no loopholes for Lewisham to suddenly go back on what they said.

Lion’s fans were already saying before a ball was kicked because of the climb down by Lewisham Council. The day would be designated as “Victory in Bermondsey Day” and all we needed to make it perfect was a victory to take us into the 5th round.

The big question was would the Watford Manager make changes it turned out he had to make 7 changes. Neil Harris went with the same side from the last game & the only change that has been made in the last eight games was Cooper who came in for Hutchinson who is out injured.

Within 20 seconds of the kickoff, Millwall were nearly 1 up a Watford attack was broken up by Cooper who made the clearance by launching the ball towards Morison who brought the ball under control with the minimum effort. He went down the outside putting a cross into Gregory who had run between the two Central Defenders he shot but the ball hit the bar and going over for a goal kick. 

The Lions were closing Watford down, never giving them time to breath and clearly, they were struggling to cope with this. It was becoming fairly apparent they were not up for this game and you could see by the body language they wished to be anywhere else other than the Den. Millwall were creating all the chances in front of goal but for one reason or another, they could not convert their chances. 

Watford claimed a penalty in the first half when Sinclair was about to unleash a shot then he went down claiming that contact had been made by Williams but the ref turned down the appeal later on when the move was played back on the video the decision by the ref. And was proved to 100% correct that there was no contact with Williams, in fact, Sinclair had kicked the ground. 

In the 42nd minute, the Watford keeper Pantilimon was replaced as a result of an injury picked up when he collided with Lee Gregory. Gomes took over in goal and his first save was from Gregory from close range when he volleyed the ball from no more than six yards but palmed it round the post, the ref blew for half time.

Then in the 2nd half Watford claimed their 2nd penalty and to be fair it was a pen Okaka was pulled down by Webster but in fairness to the ref and lino, they had no chance of seeing it. But after that Watford never looked like scoring. 

In the 77th minute, Watford brought on Troy Deeney but apart from one moment you did not know he was on the pitch. 

Then in the 84th minute, Millwall took the lead when Ferguson moved down the centre of the pitch and then with an angled cross he played in Morison, who hit it on the volley and into the back of the net after striking Gomes. 

So Millwall were on their way to round 5. A fully deserved victory!

The Watford Manager after the game in the press conference was complaining about rough tactics from Millwall. Watford were the only team that wanted to play football. Millwall were bullies, etc., etc.  

The Cold Hard Truth is Watford made too many changes and by doing that they took the mick out of the competition and their own supporters who had paid good money to watch them.


Millwall: Archer, Cummings, Craig, Williamson, Thompson, Gregory (Abdou 90+5 mins), Onyedinma (Wallace 71 mins), Webster, Morison, O’Brien (Ferguson 71 mins), Cooper.

Watford: Pantilimon (Gomes 42 mins), Britas, Kaboul, Mariappa, Doucoure, Guedioura, Sinclair(Deeney 77 mins), Watson, Dja Djedge (Janmaat 68 mins), Mason Okaka


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