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Matchday Live: Millwall v Cherries
Updated 9:54pm Saturday 3rd May 2014 in Sport
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- Millwall 1-0 Cherries (final score)
- MILLWALL: Forde; Edwards, Dunne, Beevers (Robinson, 34), Malone (Fredericks, 86); Bailey, Williams; Morison, Garvan, Woolford; Maierhofer (Jackson, 64). Subs not used: Bywater, Abdou, Easter, McDonald.
- CHERRIES: Camp; Smith (Francis, h-t), Elphick, Cook, Daniels; Ritchie, O'Kane (MacDonald, h-t), Surman, Fraser (Pitman, 74); Kermorgant, Rantie. Subs not used: Allsop, Harte, Coulibaly, Pugh.
- Final game of Championship campaign
- Eddie Howe's men chasing eighth
- Reporting by Ned Payne
Millwall win 1-0. Cherries end 11th in the Championship, their highest-ever finish in the second tier.
Out of nowhere, Rantie spins in the area and forces a point-blank save from Forde. The goalkeeper was out very quickly and it wasn’t the easiest angle.
Garvan’s free kick goes all the way through and strikes the outside of the left upright. No one got near that.
Cherries’ best move of the game sees Brett Pitman bomb down the left, cut inside and play in Surman. However, the midfielder’s angled shot is kept out by Forde.
Again Jackson charges through, this time in a better position, and attempts the dink over Camp. The ball bobbles wide and Howe’s men escape.
Millwall look good to stay up as we stand. Birmingham going down.
Nearly a wonderstrike from Scott Malone. The full-back launches a Di Canio-style scissor kick towards goal from outside the box and it’s only a whisker away.
Jackson is clean through and only has Camp to beat. He opens up his body but pushes his effort wide of the right post. The home supporters were convinced that was in.
A Francis cross from the right flank nearly turns into something much better but the ball goes on to the roof of the net.
Simeon Jackson comes on for Maierhofer.
Forde produces a flying save from MacDonald's header to keep the home side in front.
Bolton lead Birmingham so it's looking grim for Lee Clark's side.
Francis arrives late in the day to sweep up the danger following a Millwall break.
The first opportunity of the second half sees Andrew Surman fire off-target from Kermorgant’s knock-down.
Francis and Shaun MacDonald came on at half-time for Adam Smith and Eunan O'Kane respectively.
Apologies for the loss of coverage. Internet problems at the Den.
Nicky Bailey and Woolford also got booked in that first half so we have four players on a yellow - three from Millwall.
Smith shoves Alan Dunne over from behind and is swiftly yellow-carded.
The temperature is definitely rising at the Den.
Strong words being exchanged between Holloway and Howe/Tindall. This after an aerial challenge by Tommy Elphick on Morison. Moments later Smith is felled and again a heated conversation takes place in the technical area.
Maierhofer nods well clear of the bar. Cherries struggling to get into the game at the moment.
Action from Millwall FC v AFC Bournemouth at The Den. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/UlIFPuqWmN— @CorinDailyEcho 03 May 2014
Paul Robinson replaces Beevers.
The home side take the lead. A teasing cross from the left by Owen Garvan is met by a superbly-judged header by Woolford which flew across goal and into the far corner.
Yann Kermorgant flicks beautifully on to Tokelo Rantie and the South African breaks forward and forces Forde to parry wide with a fizzing drive. Smith shoots just wide from the resulting corner.
That’s an even better chance and it really should have been 1-0. Woolford’s 20-yard drive is spilled by Camp and it’s virtually an open goal for Stefan Maierhofer, but the Austrian striker somehow contrives to poke wide.
Millwall come so close to going ahead as Morison hooks against the underside of the bar with Camp beaten. Somehow the visitors survive but Holloway’s side look dangerous at present.
Big scramble in the Cherries penalty area but the visitors escape.
Birmingham and Doncaster are both locked at 0-0 in their respective games so as we stand, Millwall are staying up.
Cherries centre-half Steve Cook has some treatment on the deck but comes straight back on.
Mark Beevers is adjudged to have fouled Fraser as he charged towards goal with one defender covering. Beevers is booked and Kermorgant’s free kick flashes wide with a helping hand from Forde.
Action from Millwall FC v AFC Bournemouth at The Den. @Bournemouthecho @neilmeldrumecho http://t.co/elC4tOR9XA— @CorinDailyEcho 03 May 2014
Plenty of fizz and pace in the game so far.
Another shot from Woolford, this time from closer range, and Lee Camp dives low and gets a strong hand to the ball at his near post.
Martyn Woolford has the hosts’ first effort at goal but the midfielder screws right of the upright from outside the box.
With stopper David Forde off-limits, Smith tries an audacious lob from his own half. The effort goes well wide.
The teams go into huddles.
Here come the players.
No shortage of noise from the home fans. They know exactly what this afternoon means.
Due to DataCo restrictions, today's match will be reported on with a three-minute delay as usual.
The referee today is Michael Naylor. He's only shown one red card this season.
Francis' omission from the starting line-up means he will not play every minute of the Championship season. The full-back has featured for Cherries in every single game to date.
Would loved to have played today with the team but been struggling for the last month or so with a knee problem.— @grabbs22 03 May 2014
Huge game for hosts Millwall, of course, with Ian Holloway's men still not safe from the drop. Doncaster and Birmingham are also down there fighting for their lives and those teams are away to Leicester and Bolton respectively.
KO @12:15. Live blog @ http://t.co/jd0ke8bw7a follow @neilmeldrumecho @neilperrettecho @nedpayne_echo & @andym_echo http://t.co/5M1nCNiwUg— @CorinDailyEcho 03 May 2014
Glorious sunny day here in London and nice and cool. Perfect for football.
AFC Bournemouth have started warming up ahead of this afternoons match against Millwall at The Den. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/lk2loqwHJm— @CorinDailyEcho 03 May 2014
There's a number of new faces in the starting line-up with Charlie Daniels, Adam Smith. Ryan Fraser and Tokelo Rantie brought in.
Out go top scorer and ex-Lions man Lewis Grabban, Simon Francis, Ian Harte and Marc Pugh.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Den for Cherries' final game of the Championship season.
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