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Match Preview: Brentford vs Millwall

All the info ahead of tomorrow's London derby

16 April 2021

The Lions make the trip from Bermondsey to Brentford to take on The Bees tomorrow. Gary Rowett's side will be playing Championship football again next season but could secure a top-seven finish with a strong end to the campaign. All the details ahead of the lunchtime London derby can be found below.

THE OPPOSITION

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Millwall's quest to make the jump from top-half regulars to genuine promotion contenders was derailed this season by a horror run of just one win in 15 league matches between October and January. 

Were it not for that run then The Lions would very much still be in the Play-Off shake-up heading into the final five games of the season. Either side of that run they lost just one of their first eight and have won eight of their last 14 to climb back up into the top-half. 

Only the top five have lost fewer games than the The Lions this term but it's their 16 draws, comfortably the most in the division, which have really held them back.

Gary Rowett's side have lacked the goals to turn one point into three; having found the net just 41 times in 41 matches. They do tend to score, just not necessarily heavily enough to put games to bed. Aside from a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, The Lions haven't scored more than twice in any league game this season. On the flip side, of the sides outside the top three, only Nottingham Forest have conceded fewer than Millwall's 40 this campaign.

Their record against the teams above them is also solid, if not spectacular. While Rowett's side have only one win against a top eight side in 13 attempts this term, that coming away at Reading in February, they've also only lost three of those 13.

TEAM NEWS

It's as you were for Thomas with Henrik Dalsgaard (knee), Shandon Baptiste (knee), Rico Henry (hamstring), Josh Dasilva (hip), and Luka Racic (back) set to miss out again. 

For Millwall, Shaun Hutchinson (calf), Ryan Leonard (ankle), Matt Smith (foot) and Ben Thompson (unspecified) are all out tomorrow.

THE MANAGER

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Gary Rowett took over at Millwall in October 2019, ten months after his short-lived spell with Stoke City came to an end. His 16-year player career saw him make appearances for Everton, Derby County, Leicester City and Cambridge United. He stepped into management after a spell with Burton Albion.

Rowett took Burton to the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs in both of his first two full seasons with The Brewers. He then moved to St Andrew's to rescue Blues from relegation in the 2014/15 season. Coming in with them in the bottom four, he took them to tenth before repeating that finish a year later. After leaving Birmingham in 2016, he had spells with Derby County and The Potters before pitching up at The Den.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

🆚 News at Den's John Kelly previews The Lions 

⚖ Darren Bond will be the man in charge tomorrow

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Brentford 0 Millwall 0

London derby ends all square

17 April 2021

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)

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