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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:07 30th September 2009

LIONS TAMED BY GLOVERS

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Yeovil made it four points from the last two games with a battling, spirited draw tonight at the New Den.

It could easily have been all three as both Shaun MacDonald (pictured) and Jean-Paul Kalala saw fierce shots rebound off the woodwork in the second half as Yeovil pressed for a winner.

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Yeovil seemed determined not to be overawed by Millwall and immediately went on the offensive with Craig Davies, marauding down the right, being tripped by Andy Frampton inside the first minute though Andy Welsh's free kick came to nothing.

Gavin Tomlin showed his alertness when he charged down a David Forde kick but he was unable to collect the loose ball in time.

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Yeovil were playing some neat football and despite Millwall winning the game's first corner, it was the Glovers who had the first sight of goal when Tomlin's strong run ended in him shooting straight at the keeper.

Home fans favourite Neil Harris had the hosts first chance when he dispossessed MacDonald but his shot lacked power and didn't trouble Yeovil keeper Alex McCarthy.

Millwall's main threat was coming down the right flank with James Henry as the Lions started to threaten.

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Steve Morison was unlucky to see his header drop on to the top of the bar following a corner.

Just after the half hour, Sam Williams was involved in a clash with Forde that ended with both players receiving a yellow card and Forde sporting a head bandage.

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The home fans made their feelings known booing their team off at the break.

Lions manager Kenny Jackett brought Gary Alexander on for Morison at half time while Glovers boss Terry Skiverton replaced a limping Craig Alcock with Andy Lindegaard.

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Millwall started the brighter with Harris and Ali Fuseini wasting chances. Then, with the Glovers creeping back into the game, came the two efforts that almost sent the Glovers home with all three points.

First, Nathan Jones set up MacDonald whose rising, thunderous shot was tipped on to the bar by Forde before Kalala then smacked his shot against the post after being fed by Welsh.

Yeovil's best period of play then followed as they pressed forward looking for the first goal.

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Nathan Jones was booked just after the hour for dissent as the game started getting niggly.

Jackett rang the changes again by bringing on ex-Glover Danny Schofield and Chris Hackett for Henry and David Martin.

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With eighteen minutes left on the clock, a late challenge by Alexander on McCarthy sparked a melee involving nineteen players which referee Steve Cook came out of by booking both Alexander and Terrell Forbes.

Tomlin saw another effort curl wide while Alexander was making a nuisance of himself with his aerial power missing with two headers before forcing the save of the match from McCarthy who had to get down brilliantly keeping out his low shot into the corner.

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Despite five minutes of stoppage time, Millwall found no way through the Glovers rearguard resorting to pumping high balls into the Yeovil area.

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At the final whistle, more boos greeted the Millwall fans while the 156 travelling Yeovil fans could celebrate a well deserved point.

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