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Millwall 1-1 Bournemouth: Lions hold soaring cherries

Dominic Solanke fired at Bournemouth’s opener for his 15th of the season

Benik Afobe scored the equalizer against his former club in the second half to give Millwall a well-deserved point against championship high-flier Bournemouth at The Den.

The loaned Stoke City striker sped into the box and tumbled past Mark Travers on a low drive to level after Dominic Solanke gave the Cherries the lead just before half-time.

Gary Rowett’s Millwall was out of the blocks from the start, troubling Bournemouth’s normally rhythmic passing system with an insistent and excruciating pressing style and chances too.

Murray Wallace headed for a cross from Jed Wallace, while the guests escaped the pressure of the Lions midfield, neither Jamal Lowe nor Jack Stacey could find the final pass.

The hosts thought that Solanke had committed a foul in advance when he shot the ball into the box and that sense of injustice seemed to give the home side an extra boost after the break.

It took a brave block from Wallace to hold Solanke off for a second at the start, but after Afobe failed with a final tackle in the box, he followed his next attack with a calm finish.

They might even have won it late when Billy Mitchell shot a shot over the bar, while Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma just spearheaded a trio of waiting strikers in the final moments.

With Fulham’s home draw with Derby, it would have been an ideal opportunity for Scott Parker’s side to wrest their old club top spot, but that draw holds them back one point in the championship standings.

Parker tried to find an answer Sunday’s frustrating defeat against Derby, but only saw how his side had to struggle against the dogged determination of the hosts.

They showed their offense when they got the ball to Ryan Christie and Lerma in good areas, but Rowett’s game plan looked like those opportunities were in high demand.

Mitchell was busy interrupting attacks alongside George Saville in midfield, while the Lions three-pointers flooded Solanke for a long time and denied the Cherries their usual connection game.

That result keeps Millwall in the play-off picture, especially in such a crowded center table, with just four points separating them from the top six.

Bournemouth boss Scott Parker told BBC Radio Solent:

“I think it’s a good point in the end, I’m disappointed because we have an advantage and they come back into the game with a long ball that was bad for us.

“But it’s a difficult place and I think in the end it’s a good point overall. Of course we wanted three points, but we didn’t manage to do that today.

“We didn’t lose the game, they put us under a lot of pressure towards the end of the game and we struggled to gain a foothold in the second half, but that’s the way it is. They go from front to back, they load the top a.” Line, we fought with the ball behind us and gave silly free kicks.

“I felt that after the last two games we had to handle the ball better to get out of the pressure.”



formation 3-4-2-1


26thBallard4thHutchinson3M Wallace


7thJ Wallace20thBennett


  • 33Bialkowski
  • 26thBallard
  • 4thHutchinson
  • 3M Wallace
  • 2McNamara
  • 17thSaville
  • 24MitchellBooked at 83 minutes
  • 11MaloneReplaced byeyeat 66 ‘protocol
  • 7thJ Wallace
  • 20thBennettReplaced byBradshawat 65 ‘protocol
  • 23hell


  • 1Long
  • 6thKieftenbeld
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 10Blacksmith
  • 14theye
  • fifteenPearce
  • 28Evans


formation 4-2-3-1






  • 42By
  • 17thStacey
  • 24Cahill
  • 6thMepham
  • 20thDavis
  • 8thLerma
  • 26thKilkennyBooked at 24 minutesReplaced byL cookat 63 ‘protocolBooked at 80 minutes
  • 18thLionReplaced byMarcondesat 79 ‘protocol
  • 10Christie
  • 32AnthonyReplaced byRogersat 90 + 1 ‘protocol
  • 9Solanke


  • 1Uusimaa
  • 3S cook
  • 4thL cook
  • 11Marcondes
  • 27Rogers
  • 35Rossi
  • 39Moriah Welsh

Live text

  1. Match ends, Millwall 1, Bournemouth 1.

  2. The second half ends at Millwall 1, Bournemouth 1.

  3. Foul by Morgan Rogers (Bournemouth).

  4. Danny Ballard (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Attempt failed. George Saville (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Supported by Benik Afobe.

  6. Replacement, Bournemouth. Morgan Rogers replaces Jaidon Anthony.

  7. Foul by Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth).

  8. Danny Ballard (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).

  11. Attempt failed. Murray Wallace (Millwall) header from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo with a cross following a corner.

  12. Corner, Millwall. Granted by Jefferson Lerma.

  13. Corner, Millwall. Granted by Jefferson Lerma.

  14. Jack Stacey (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).

  16. Attempt blocked. Emiliano Marcondes (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Supported by Lewis Cook.

  17. Billy Mitchell (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Emiliano Marcondes (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Foul by Billy Mitchell (Millwall).

  20. Attempt saved. Jack Stacey (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved by the goalkeeper in the lower right corner.

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