MILLWALL missed the chance to move away from the Championship’s bottom three after being held to a draw by Brentford at The Den on Good Friday.
It was a warm, bright day at The Den perfect for a London Derby. The Lions were looking for their fifth consecutive win on Good Friday after victories in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018. The last time Millwall played on Good Friday and failed to win was in 2010, ironically it was a 1-1 draw against Brentford.
Neil Harris made one change from the side that drew 1-1 at Sheffield United last Saturday. James Meredith came in to replace Conor McLaughlin as Millwall returned to a 4-3-3 formation.
Millwall started the better side, something that has become a custom in recent weeks. Jed Wallace, Mahlon Romeo and Ryan Leonard combined well to force an early corner. Kamohelo Mokotjo was then feeling the pain in an unflattering place after blocking Leonard’s shot.
The game had few chances but Millwall took the lead after 15 minutes. Shane Ferguson’s corner was headed on by Alex Pearce and Lee Gregory was able to turn and finish past Luke Daniels in the Brentford goal.
However, just minutes later it was all square. Josh Dasilva found himself in plenty of space with time and put it to use. He curled home an absolute beauty from around 30 yards, leaving David Martin with no chance and the game level at 1-1.
Brentford were reduced to ten men after 35 minutes. Henrik Dalsgaard, the Brentford skipper saw red after fouling Ben Thompson when he was through on goal. The sending off didn’t seem to affect them. Canos rattled the bar in first half stoppage time.
Half Time Millwall 1-1 Brentford
Neil Harris made a half time change. Taking off James Meredith and bringing on Ben Marshall as Millwall went in search of the win.
The second half started in the same vein, Millwall had the better of the early exchanges. Tom Elliott and Jed Wallace combined well but the latter couldn’t get his shot away. Brentford went close through Canos shortly after.
The Bees wanted a penalty after Mahlon Romeo brushed down Emilano Marcondes who went down rather sharply, the referee said no.
Both sides had decent spells of possession but failed to make it count. Brentford twice went close Maupay’s shot fizzed just wide. Then, Ollie Watkins saw a tame effort saved by Martin.
Millwall charged forward with Wallace, he found Tunnicliffe who had space but the former Manchester United man was unable to get a shot away. Wallace hit the bar shortly after. Millwall piled the pressure on at the end but were unable to find the killer blow.
It leaves Millwall three points above the bottom three aheads of the 3PM kick offs.
Full Time: Millwall 1-1 Brentford