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Posted Wed 27 Sep 06 at 09:38 AM


Brentford and Millwall shared the points in an entertaining London derby at The New Den after a 1-1 draw. Calum Willock gave Brentford and early lead but The Lions clawed their way back into the game and despite The Bees having the better of the game they had to settle for one point. An entertaining match sprung to life immediately and chances came early on at both ends. The Bees could have taken a lead inside three minutes when Paul Brooker broke free, he slipped it to Simon Cox who had a shot blocked and when Brooker tried to knock it back across Paul Robinson cleared while Ali Fuseini shot wide at the other end The Lions were belying their lowly league position and Adam Griffiths had to make a fantastic goal saving clearance from an Alan Dunne cross and Poul Hubertz headed wide from the re-bound. But slightly against the run of early play The Bees took the lead, Jo Kuffour skipped away from Maurice Ross and dinked a cross in with the outside of his foot, Calum Willock rose and headed in off a post. That lead could have been doubled when Karleigh Osborne got on the end of a Brooker free kick but Millwall goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley saved brilliantly to his right. And that proved crucial when Millwall equalised just before the half hour. Marvin Williams slipped clear on the right and swung in a cross, Hubertz powerful shot was turned away by Stuart Nelson but Dunne was lurking and lashed home the re-bound. The Bees tried not to let the goal affect them, Clyde Wijnhard, making his Brentford debut, volleyed narrowly wide and Kuffour fired over but it was the home side who finished the first half stronger. A Danny Haynes header clipped the bar on the way over and John Mousinho produced a brilliant goal-line clearance to deny Dunne a second goal when he beat Nelson to a Williams cross. After an entertaining first half the second half started at a hundred miles per hour, both teams trying to get forward. Cox forced Pidgeley into a low save and the on-loan midfielder thought he should have been awarded a penalty when he latched onto a Kuffour cross and was felled but referee Peter Walton waved away the appeals. Hubertz had a chance to win it when he raced clear but Osborne and substitute Darius Charles got back to deny him. Willock thought he had won the game in the dying minutes when he raced away from a square defence and slotted home but he was pulled up for offside and booked for his trouble and had a further chance in stoppage time when Ryan Peters pulled a ball back into his path but he slotted wide. And despite a fine away performance The Bees had to settle for a point. Millwall: Pidgeley; Ross, Shaw, Robinson, Craig; Dunne, Elliott, Fuseini (sub McInnes 55 mins), Williams (sub Grant 67 mins); Hubertz, Haynes (sub Zebroski 55 mins) Subs (not used): Day, Bakayogo Bookings: Fuseini (17 mins), Zebroski (70 mins) Brentford: Nelson; Osborne, Heywood, Griffiths (sub Charles 66 mins), Tillen; Brooker, Cox (sub Tomlin 75 mins), Mousinho, Kuffour; Willock, Wijnhard (sub Peters 85 mins) Subs (not used): Masters, Carder-Andrews Bookings: Mousinho (30 mins) (second of season), Willock (89 mins) Attendance: 7,618 (714 Bees fans) Written by Chris Wickham  

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