05 August 2019 06:20
Josh Dasilva rocketed home his first senior goal as 10-man Brentford drew 1-1 at Millwall to keep the hosts scrapping for their Championship lives. The 20-year-old former Arsenal trainee levelled superbly within five minutes of Lee Gregory firing the Lions into the lead but, after Henrik Dalsgaard had seen red for the visitors, neither side could find a winner in a frustrating London derby. Brentford's defence were too timid as Shane Ferguson drilled a corner into the area and Alex Pearce was able to stab the ball towards Gregory, who struck beyond Luke Daniels for his 12th goal of the season. Having previously failed to trouble David Martin in the Lions goal, Dasilva received the ball in space 25 yards out and, with time to size up his angles, curled a spectacular left-footed strike into the top corner. The Lions' Thompson nosed ahead in the sprint before he was brought down by the Brentford skipper on the edge of the area, referee Jeremy Simpson immediately charging to the scene to show the Danish international a straight red card.
Once Dalsgaard had departed, Jed Wallace very nearly fired Millwall back ahead, his curling free-kick palmed away low by Daniels. It was Brentford who looked the more assured outfit in the second half, Dasilva's teasing low ball into the area putting the Lions defence through the wringer. At the other end, Ferguson saw his chipped cross from the left brush against the woodwork before Brentford substitute Chiedozie Ogbene fluffed the chance to nick it for the visitors, blazing high into the stand after he was picked out by Dasilva, while Bees talisman Neal Maupay rifled an effort narrowly over the Millwall crossbar. Alex Pearce spoke to the written press after Good Friday's 1-1 draw against Brentford – and not only reflected on the derby draw but also looked ahead to the match at Aston Villa tomorrow. "There's certainly an element of frustration, especially with them going down to 10 men, but you've got to give Brentford credit.
But what's the point looking at results before a game, thinking, 'if we win that, win that, or lose that…' It's pointless. Hello and welcome to The Den, where Millwall host Brentford in the Championship this afternoon. Millwall come into this game in decent form, they are unbeaten in three games and have only lost once in their last fice Championship fixtures. The Bees' form is not as good as Millwall's at this late stage in the season, they have lost two of their last five games, picking up five points compared to Millwall's eight, but they haven't lost on Good Friday since 1989. Millwall vs Brentford - Championship Previous meeting: Brentford 2-0 Millwall, Championship, November 3 2018.
Millwall vs Brentford will not be broadcast live on television, but you can join football.london for full coverage of the game from The Den, including live blog commentary. Millwall vs Brentford will not be available to watch by live stream, but full coverage of the game will be available on football.london from The Den, including team news, live blog commentary and player ratings. Millwall could only manage a point against ten man Brentford on Good Friday. The midfielder looked close to adding to his four goals when a Jed Wallace pass set Thompson away on the counter before he was brought down by Henrik Dalsgaard which brought an end to both players afternoons. The question is, would have Millwall found a winner against a ten man Brentford with Thompson on the pitch? READ: Millwall's Harris frustrated after 1-1 draw with ten man Brentford READ: Millwall's player ratings from the 1-1 draw with Brentford Luckily, Swansea ended up making Millwall's point against Brentford one gained rather than two lost as they managed to beat the Millers 4-3 to extend the gap between them and the Lion's to three points. It is going to be a nail-biting scrap at the bottom of the table, one that might just go down to the very wire if Millwall keep failing to capitalise on their home advantage. This is not the first time that Millwall have failed to capitalise on ten men at home. Swansea managed to get three points at The Den despite having a man sent off in the 5th minute, leading many to deliberate on the reasons behind such failures. Neil Harris said he expected Brentford to come and play like Brazil post-match and it takes quality for the Millwall manager to make those assumptions. In Thomas Frank, they have a manager who looks like he has what it takes them to the top. Neal Maupay has scored 23 Championship goals this season for Brentford Dalsgaard was sent off for a professional foul during the draw at Millwall on Friday. Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds are third in the table following their Good Friday defeat by strugglers Wigan, and are outside the automatic promotion place on goal difference alone with three games remaining.