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22:58 27th November 2012

Keogh Kills Off Wolves

Wolves 0

Millwall 1 (Keogh 78)

For the second time in four days Wolves were undone by a goal from a former old boy with Andy Keogh grabbing a late winner for Millwall to stretch the Molineux side’s winless run to nine games.

Richard Stearman came back in place of Kevin Foley and David Davis played in midfield for Tongo Doumbia who, like Foley, was named as a substitute.

Wolves kicked-off attacking the North Bank end and in the first minute a Bakary Sako corner was cleared as was a driven cross from the winger.

Then Kevin Doyle cleverly beat his marker as he cut into the box and pulled the ball back for Björn Sigurdarson. The Swede’s shot was blocked and when the ball ran to Sako his follow-up was deflected over the bar by a defender.

After absorbing the early pressure Millwall suddenly broke from defence and there was a chance for Keogh whose goal attempt was deflected away by Carl Ikeme’s legs.

Appeals for a penalty after Danny Shittu had barged into Doyle were turned down by the referee who awarded a free-kick inches to the left of the Millwall box when replays showed the incident took place a yard inside the area. Jermaine Penant drove in a low kick that was booted clear by a defender.

Within a minute Stephen Ward was fouled near the left-hand corner flag and this time Sako took the free-kick with Doyle flicking a near post header over the bar.

Chris Wood looked odds on to score when he latched on to a long through ball but as he was about to pull the trigger Christophe Berra got a foot in to deflect the ball behind.

Millwall keeper David Forde managed to clutch on to a low free-kick from Sako after Sigurdarson had just failed to get a toe to the ball at the near post before Liam Feeney had a shot blocked and Adam Smith, on the overlap, blasted the rebound into the side netting.

Most the action was taking place in the Millwall half but the interval arrived with neither side having managed to break through.

Half-Time: Wolves 0 Millwall 0

Shortly after the restart Keogh scooped a shot straight at Ikeme and at the other end, Doyle charged down a clearance and hit a first time shot from 20-yards narrowly wide.

Some nifty footwork from Pennant gave rise to hope. He spread the ball to Sigurdarson on the right and his cross dropped in front of Dave Edwards who slipped as he attempted a hook shot from 18-yards.

Ikeme, who had already received treatment for a dislocated finger, hit the ball out of play and indicated he couldn’t continue midway through the second period. He was replaced by Dorus De Vries and shortly afterwards Anthony Forde was sent on for Pennant.

Edwards fired narrowly over the bar after Forde had pulled the ball back to him and then Wood shot straight at De Vries from the edge of the area.

Millwall took the lead in the 78th minute when Wood laid the ball back to Keogh who rammed it home from ten-yards.

Forde cut into the box and shot over the bar before Stearman was sacrificed for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake as Wolves threw everything in search of a goal.

A low cross from Sako looked promising but the ball went behind after a crowd of players ran in at the near post. The referee awarded a corner but it came to nothing.

Then when Doyle pulled the ball back to Sako he ballooned it high over the bar. Six minutes of added time saw no chances for Wanderers and the agony continued.

Wolves: Ikeme (De Vries 66), Stearman (Ebanks-Blake 82), Ward, Edwards, Johnson, Berra, Pennant (Forded 69), Davis, Doyle, Sigurdarson, Sako.

Unused subs: Foley, Nouble, Batth, Doumbia.

Booking: Davis (62 – foul).

Millwall: Forde, Shittu (capt), Wright, Lowry, Feeney (N’Guessan 73), Beevers, Taylor, Keogh (J. Smith 90+1), A. Smith, Abdou, Wood.

Unused subs: Taylor, Osborne, Malone, Racon, O’Brien.

Referee: M. Naylor.

Attendance: 18,174.


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