Brentford continued their unbeaten run but were once again forced to settle for a point as they drew 0-0 with Millwall. The Bees have not lost in seven games and are on a run of one defeat in ten but have now drawn five of the last six after a game of few chances on a sunny but chilly West London afternoon. Brentford probably had the better of the game but would struggle to argue they did enough to win, creating few clear cut chances.
After an even opening, Brentford took control in the later stages of the first half and spent most of the final hour of the contest on the front foot and in Millwall territory. But the visitors were excellently drilled in defence and limited The Bees. Neither goalkeeper was particularly busy and 0-0 felt like the right result.
Millwall probably had the better of the opening part of the game. The visitors were extremely energetic without the ball, got their midfield and attacking players high up the pitch and put crosses in to the penalty area, from open play and dead balls. David Raya was the busier goalkeeper as Millwall had the first sights of goal.
The visitors played with wing backs and got them forward in to attacking areas early on. A cross from the right by Danny McNamara was met by Scott Malone at the back post, but he fired over. Malone got on to a knock down from Jake Cooper soon after, but Raya was quickly off his line to smother the shot.
Murray Wallace also headed wide for Millwall, who were trying to force Brentford in to mistakes while keeping a solid defensive base. Brentford were mostly patient in possession, looking to get Christian Nørgaard moving in to midfield from the centre of their defence. The Bees tried to move the visitors around and find space for Mathias Jensen or Tariqe Fosu behind the Millwall midfield. They did so on occasion but Brentford’s best openings in the first half came when they won the ball back and attacked quickly.
When Brentford got away quickly after a Millwall free kick, Vitaly Janelt was able to release Marcus Forss in the inside right channel. He drove on and looked to square the ball to Ivan Toney in front of goal, but a touch from a defender took it away. Forss flicked a low corner wide before Toney had a shot blocked. The resulting corner was flicked on by Toney in to the middle, but then cleared.
Janelt volleyed over and a deep Jensen free kick was fired off target by Ethan Pinnock on the stretch as Brentford ended the half on the front foot, but without creating many really good chances. And The Bees continued to hold the initiative in to the second half. The hosts upped the tempo and pushed Millwall back. The first part of the second half was played almost exclusively in Millwall territory as The Bees looked for a goal.
They could have taken the lead within five minutes of the restart with a quick move up field. Forss got in to the inside right channel and worked his way past George Evans, but he shot in to the side netting from ten yards with most of the goal to aim at. Pinnock headed a deep free kick wide and Jensen then curled another dead ball over the bar from a tight angle.
Millwall almost struck against the run of play when a long free kick was headed down towards Jed Wallace, but Raya rushed out to make a save. Most of the attacking was being done by The Bees, but they failed to create much. Nørgaard smashed a long range shot over the bar and a deep cross from Jensen from a short corner was met by Pinnock, but without enough power to worry Millwall goalkeeper Bartosz Białkowski.
The Millwall goalkeeper did make a vital block soon after. A cross from Emiliano Marcondes was flicked on by Forss and Murray Wallace slightly under hit a back pass. Toney pounced and got to the ball just ahead of Białkowski but the Millwall goalkeeper was brave, made himself big and kept the ball out.
Toney headed wide late on and Millwall could have snatched the win in stoppage time on the break. The ball was worked wide to McNamara by Billy Mitchell and he attacked the box before smashing a ball across the face of goal. Fortunately for The Bes, no Millwall player could get a touch and they took a point.
Brentford: Raya; Jansson, Nørgaard, Pinnock; Roerslev (sub Canós 70 mins), Fosu (sub Marcondes 74 mins), Janelt, Jensen (sub Ghoddos 70 mins), Mbeumo; Toney, Forss
Subs (not used): Daniels, Goode, Sørensen, Bidstrup, Stevens, Pressley
Bookings: Fosu (48 mins)
Millwall: Białkowski; M. Wallace, Pearce, Cooper; McNamara, Woods, Kieftenbeld, Malone; Evans (sub Mitchell 78 mins); Bennett (sub Böðvarsson 78 mins), J. Wallace (sub Burey 90 mins)
Subs (not used): Fielding, Williams, Bradshaw, Ferguson, Romeo, Mahoney
Bookings: Evans (36 mins)