Millwall 1-1 Bournemouth: Lions hold high-flying Cherries


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

Benik Afobe struck a second-half equaliser against his former club to earn Millwall a much-deserved point against Championship high-fliers Bournemouth at The Den.

The on-loan Stoke City forward barrelled into the box and crashed a low drive wide of Mark Travers to level up after Dominic Solanke had poked the Cherries into the lead just before half-time.

Gary Rowett’s Millwall were out of the blocks from the start, unsettling Bournemouth’s usually rhythmic passing system with a persistent and harrying pressing style, and on the back of that had chances.

Murray Wallace headed over from a Jed Wallace cross, while when they did get away from the Lions’ midfield pressure, neither Jamal Lowe or Jack Stacey could find the final pass.

The hosts thought Solanke had committed a foul in the build up to the goal as he launched himself at the ball into the box, and that sense of injustice seemed to give the home side added impetus after the break.

However, it took a brave block from Murray Wallace to deny Solanke a second early on, but after Afobe was denied by a last-ditch tackle in the box, he followed up on his next attack with a calm finish.

They might have even won it late on when Billy Mitchell zoomed a shot over the bar while only the toe of Jefferson Lerma denied a trio of waiting forwards an easy chance in the final moments.

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 26Ballard
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 3M Wallace
  • 2McNamara
  • 17Saville
  • 24MitchellBooked at 83mins
  • 11MaloneSubstituted forOjoat 66′minutes
  • 7J Wallace
  • 20BennettSubstituted forBradshawat 65′minutes
  • 23Afobe

Substitutes

  • 1Long
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 10Smith
  • 14Ojo
  • 15Pearce
  • 28Evans

Bournemouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 42Travers
  • 17Stacey
  • 24Cahill
  • 6Mepham
  • 20Davis
  • 8Lerma
  • 26KilkennyBooked at 24minsSubstituted forL Cookat 63′minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 18LoweSubstituted forMarcondesat 79′minutes
  • 10Christie
  • 32AnthonySubstituted forRogersat 90+1′minutes
  • 9Solanke

Substitutes

  • 1Nyland
  • 3S Cook
  • 4L Cook
  • 11Marcondes
  • 27Rogers
  • 35Rossi
  • 39Moriah-Welsh

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