Mark Chapman introduces live coverage from The Den as Millwall face Watford in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with commentary by Jonathan Pearce.
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We on the wall. This is our home. No one likes us. And we don't care. We
don't like islands and we don't like dogs. We don't like glass ceilings
and city slackers. And we don't like Sunday's. How do fans feel about
this derby being staged on a Sunday? Normally I would prefer Saturday. We
didn't like Arsenal nicking our gaffer. We didn't enjoy the
millennium. And we didn't like losing. Dennis Wise and his team are
out of Europe. At the Den you will hear the Lions roar. Today we don't
like Watford. We're not to get stung. We like Tony Cascarino, Kenny
a lot, Keith Stevens, Tim K Hill and Neil Harris. We are the Lions and
this is our then. And we like it here.
# Our Den. STUDIO: They are going to like it here for the foreseeable
future. Millwall are staying at the Denman, and we are here this
afternoon for the League 1's side against Premier League Watford --
staying at The Den. Millwall will fancy their chances having knocked
out Premier League Bournemouth in a previous round. And joining the
pitch side at The Den, a man who is working the crowd very well, former
England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright, and Watford's all time
leading goal-scorer who seems to have confused a trip to South London
with a trip to the Arctic. Your former side have a real test on
their hands? They have indeed. Always worrying when you see lots of
changes going into the FA Cup. I've been in the Watford team in the
third, fourth division, whatever, going to the big clubs and they've
not taken it seriously. So I'm a bit worried and apprehensive about this
one. You've had a great welcome here this morning, you love coming here,
and you love this crowd. Explain your connection? I've been going to
Millwall since I was nine, when I stayed with my aunt Sally down in
Deptford. I started going Millwall then. I love coming to Millwall.
When I was younger it's the only team I wanted to play for but it did
not work out that way. When I went to Burnley I was desperate to come
here and finish my career here but it didn't happen. We will show you a
game where Ian was in the crowd, 1978, FA Cup quarterfinals. Ipswich.
They won. I cried after this game. It was amazing, seeing Nick Mills,
Paul Mariner, John walking, all that, playing, amazing to see them
down in New Cross. This was one of the first times I experienced crying
after a football match, 1978, 15, gutted. We will see Paul Mariner's
hat-trick goal. This is it. Didn't want to go off celebrating too much
in front of the fans. If you scored, you would turn as quick as you can
and head back to where your team-mates were, didn't want to go
anywhere near the supporters. Going very well under Neil Harris, five
points off the play-offs. Consistency has been a huge debate,
and that has been their watchword. Only made one change in their last
eight games, injury enforced. It can only be a good thing, simply because
the boys are confident in what they are doing, playing well and not
changing it up. This is the perfect time for me to be playing a Watford
side that have changed so many players. Why? Great opportunity for
Millwall. Likes to go with two strikers and play 4-4- two. He's
grown up that way. You get a bit of a partnership, you work out how to
give the defender is a bit of a scare on the day. When you've only
got one up there, it gives the defenders a bit of a day off. They
can concentrate on getting forward and causing you problems. Watford
have reached the FA Cup final just once in 1984 in what was a golden
period for the club. Ooh, lovely skill, and what a
magnificent goal! John Barnes. Towards the near post, got a flick
and it's there. Looks of it, good goal, so well executed. Watford
cannot be stopped. All the more poignant watching that footage with
the recent passing of Graham Taylor, his funeral on Wednesday in Watford.
Since then have all Watford team's been judged against that generation
was blue I think they have, because that was the benchmark, team that
came from the fourth division and ended up finishing second in what is
now the Premier League and it was the most incredible time to be part
of that club. Yes, that's what every team must try to emulate.
Watford have been successful in getting back into the Premier
League. This season they seem a little unsettled? It has been a bit
unsettled but in terms of points we are not dissimilar to what we were
then. It's the fact we have not had that run of games where we went win,
win, win, to make such a difference. Not a great deal between them at the
moment. The team was more subtle bend. But we are not quite in the
same position. What have you made of Watford this season? A few players
have been very disappointing, and I don't think you will get any more
out of Troy Deeney. Some players are just not playing as well. Ighalo has
not come in with the goals and they are struggling to find goals from
other places. Troy Deeney on the bench, surprised? Not really, that
has been the case. It is a shame. The FA Cup is a big, big again for
everybody. To not have your best players out there every game is
disappointing. Last season, the run to the FA Cup semifinal, do you
think it gave Watford moment in the Premier League as well? It did. You
play well in the league, that day of you are playing in the cup, win
again, it sets you up for the next game, we have not really had that.
If you think the teams are being very patient in that tunnel, it's
because they are waiting for the referee to arrive. They have been
standing there for a while and the referee has yet to come out. No
point hiding it, it is not a full house today, and yet they will make
a lot of noise and the atmosphere will be intimidating. Always
intimidating down here, and they support their team ferociously down
here at Millwall. I would like to see them get through this round, get
another team down here, feel it out, because it is a number visible
stadium. You don't really want to be standing in the tunnel for a very
long period of time. That's the last thing you want to do, you've got
warmed up and mentally ready to go out and play. To be stood there for
two, three, four minutes longer than you need to be, that is not great
preparation. Just been told the referee was ready, he had to check
kit. I'm assuming the players kits. What would be a successful season
for Watford? To finish somewhere in the top ten if they can and to have
a run in the FA Cup. If you are not going to win the league you've got
to aim to get a cup final. Absolutely right. I think Watford
should be doing everything they can to get to the latter stage of this
competition. Teams are out, took a little while to get them there.
Thank you to Luther and Ian, dancing along here. Let's join the
commentary team up there in the gantry.
COMMENTATOR: Thanks very much. Good afternoon, everybody. Football folk
hero here, big Barry Kitchener, Teddy Sheringham, Neil Harris. Today
he sends out that class of 17 who believe they can become legends,
make no mistake. Sunday lunch feeding time in the lions Den and
Premier League egos are very much on the menu. Watford will have to be up
for this or they will be going out of the cup here today. Let's look at
the line-ups, the former Tottenham youngster Jordan Archer in goal.
Jake Cooper, on loan from Reading, replacing Shaun Hutchinson, who is
injured. Onyedinma, Thompson and O'Brien are all Millwall youth team
products. Watford with seven changes. Costel Pantilimon has been
their regular cup keeper. Mariappa makes his second appearance. Okaka
comes Poli stays in. I don't think the Watford manager
will have experienced anything quite like this. Won the cup in charge of
Natalie. The Den and Millwall is a world away from that.
There is the referee, had a late check on the kit. Martin Atkinson
and his two assistants. It's a ground with great community links.
And they have won the first Battle of the week, it seems. The right to
stay here and play football and have an Academy with the composter in
purchase order from the council finally being chucked out. Those
families will be delighted. A lot of them come from workers from the dock
area. They have a big dock as they hear in celebration -- docker's day
here in celebration. It is a proud community club. There is the
docker's stand on the far side. He will be dreaming, that little lad,
the Sunday shock here today. While everyone is talking about that, will
it be a shock for you today, here, Jermain? You've got a Millwall side
in great form playing the same weight week in, week out. And
Watford, their form has been very indifferent this season. Don't think
there's been too many standout performers. Good season for them.
There have been changes made to Watford. If they need any reminding
just how many upsets can be caused in this competition, all they needed
to do was watch the results come in yesterday. They need to be right up
for this game today. Their team very much with the trip to Arsenal in the
Premier League on Tuesday in mind. Never met Millwall in the FA Cup
before, Watford. Lost just once in their last ten meetings, winning
seven of those. Let's not forget that Millwall, in
their past, have just beaten Bournemouth in Premier League, in
the FA Cup. Also Arsenal, Chelsea, villa in their past. It will be
Watford in the yellow and black to kick us off and underway. Both these
teams have been to FA Cup finals in recent memory. Will they reached the
fifth round here today? Millwall in the blue and white stripes.
Immediately looking for Steve Morison, and into Gregory! What a
start that would have been! It would have been quite sensational. You are
absolutely right, it would have been absolutely sensational. All it came
from was one long ball, caught out Watford. As the cross comes in,
Gregory does so well to get anything on it but he's got to stick that one
away. As early as this chance has came, it has a good look at it,
makes good contact. You can see that he was trying to guide it into the
far corner but just gets a little too much right on it. Warning signs
already for Watford. Nearly stinging the Hornets. Outcomes Pantilimon.
We thought Pantilimon was going to play in the final but sat on the
bench. I think you saw a sign there of what Luther Blissett was talking
about before the game, in terms of the two strikers playing together,
the way they link up. Nobody was interested in marking him
in that Watford back three. He knows about scoring a few goals. A record
goal-scorer, Neil Harris, two spells at the club. He kept his cards
pretty close to his chest in the week but they are delighted that the
CPO seems to have gone away, although they will wait until batter
is finally ratified by the local council. They want to see it in
writing. The whole future of Millwall has been shrouded in doubt
for the last three or four years because of that. They are
competitive in the midfield area certainly. There is Tony Craig.
Millwall's season holder as a boy. He was part of the club when they
went to the final. Kaboul, tucked inside by Dja Djedje
in their right wingback role. This is Mason who played against Burton
in the last round the whole game. Made his debut against Spurs on new
years day at home for the 4-1 drubbing.
Here is Dja Djedje. Signed for Marseille in the summer. He has been
restricted by a foot injury. Kicked away by Jake Cooper, six of him.
There is no place to hide here at the den for any opposition player.
Never has been. On the attack again. Morison working hard in the wide
positions. A very positive start from Millwall. They were always on
the front foot. Players running forward, winning second balls.
The first corner of the game. They have sent the two centre-backs
forward. There goes Byron Webster, six foot three, injured in the warm
up in the play-off final last spring. A corner from Williams.
Webster in there with Cooper. Only scored one goal this season,
Webster. The referee has blown for a foul on the keeper I think. I think
there was a nudge on Pantilimon as the ball comes in. It was the right
delivery from Williams. Gregory just gets his backing to Pantilimon,
trying to be clever and nudge him out of the way. The referee spotted
it. Watson, pressure on the teenager.
Britos on the Italian cup for Walter Mazzarri at Napoli. -- won the
Italian cup. There are a couple of players for
Watford who won the cup elsewhere. Younes Kaboul on it in France.
A tricky tie, this for Watford. Onyedinma comes from plants did in
London. He is a winger who can play through the middle. -- once did.
It is a daunting opening for this Premier League team. It is. Once
they get to the middle of the pitch, Millwall are all over them, pressing
them higher up the pitch. The continuity of the team, they have
made one change in eight games. Walter Mazzarri has yet to find the
essential formula that Neil Harris has produced. He has used 28 players
in the Premier League. Craig thinks about it. The shot is deflected high
and away. It is a corner kick. It is all about Millwall. It is. A couple
of times now Morison is making the runs into the channels, causing
Watford problems. That is what you need to do when you play against the
back three. It was Craig who could not quite get that one on target.
Here comes that corner again. It was headed down and wide by Cooper. He
was sent off last season you might remember, playing for Reading
against Crystal Palace in the quarterfinal. Watford Mark Zona Lee.
It is great off because you are very static as a player. That is why that
ball from Williams was difficult, it is a one for any defender to deal
with. The fourth round, the fifth time in seven seasons for Watford.
They have a decent pedigree. Mariappa in his second spell.
He came on in the final four Crystal Palace last year.
A brilliant header from Younes Kaboul because he was under a lot of
pressure. Dja Djedje was seven times capped by
the Ivory Coast but he fell out with the national team. He did not want
to play in the African Cup of Nations and couple of years back and
played for Marseille instead. Interesting the way Aiden O'Brien
gets in from the left hand side. Kaboul has pushed out wide.
What a story it would be for Tony Craig if he could be on the winning
side today. His third spell at the club. Nearly 300 games in that time.
Watford are struggling to get over the halfway line. Is where Millwall
seem to laugh on. They don't give them any space. It is all very slow
and ponderous. 33 years since Watford went to Wembley and played
in the Cup Final under Graham Taylor. It would be something
special in Graham's memory if they could get there again. The FA Cup is
full of stories like that. But he has a job to do as well. He has had
two cup finals in Italy. It is a potent and hard-working Fred
two. It is. Morison did not have to look. He knows Gregory's ball chase
and knocks over the back three of Watford. That is always nice to know
as a striker. The offside flag. Last season, Tony Craig had a knee
injury. He has a horrible scar after that operation. Harris went through
adversity health-wise. He suffered from testicular cancer and was
really strong in supporting and fundraising for that cause. A
down-to-earth forthright man is Neil Harris. A Millwall man.
Neil played for Millwall against Manchester United in the final.
Britos won that one. One of four players who stayed on after last
week's draw. He was in the semifinal last season.
There was a big gamble signing Sinclair in the summer for four
million. ?4 million was spent on the back of
120 minutes of first-team football. On Graham Taylor is the song on the
lips of the fans. They think very highly of Onyedinma
here. He came through from the youth team ranks. Holding that well, Steve
Morison, bringing others into play. He did so well initially, Onyedinma,
on the right-hand side. His partner made a great run on the outside. He
couldn't find him in the end. The referee Martin Atkinson. An
eminently sensible man. Some neat little plate by Doucoure,
who seems to be on his way out at the start of the season.
Okaka scored that great, Arsenal last season when they knocked out
the holders. Worldwide from Guedioura, not a
repeat of the Arsenal striker from last year -- well wide from. He's
not a player that turns down an invitation for a shot, I can tell
you that. Don't want to give him too many opportunities in and around the
edge of the box, because when he catches them, like you said, the one
in the quarterfinal, there was no stopping that. Scored here in the
last meeting April 2000 15. That was a 2-0 Watford win. They have just
settled now, Watford. They should be the better passing team, should have
the high levels of technique. Watson in towards Okaka.
Left it hanging in the air a fair while, Djedje. Blocked by Mariappa.
O'Brien, number of games for him since he came through the youth
ranks. Scored against Braintree earlier in the competition. Has
never gone this far before. 11 goals, though, this season, for
O'Brien, from the left side. 35 between O'Brien, Onyedinma and
Morison. Some potency, as we've been saying. William Scott a great goal
this season against Nottingham Forest, remember that? Way out from
near the halfway line, Beckham style.
In the 20th minute. Did start by Millwall but Watford have settled.
Plenty of competitors in there. Ben Thompson was watching on from the
stands when they reached the 2004 final, Millwall fan. Proudest
possession, an autographed by his manager, Neil Harris. I expect he
gets ribbed about that in addressing room. -- the dressing room. Morison
was pulled back, then. Gets the cross in. Oh wait, just, by Britos.
Here is Djedje, holding off O'Brien. Good pressure from O'Brien in that
corner. Doesn't allow any time on the ball for Djedje. Well played,
Morison, again. Cummings is underneath that. Scored against
Bournemouth in the last round. He looks very promising. Made his debut
aged 17 for the club, Onyedinma, for Neil Harris.
Miss hit the clearance. A little bit lucky.
Millwall are quite happy to let Watford have the ball, here. One of
the problems the midfielders for Watford have, it all looks nice when
they are in possession but they don't have any forward runners.
Okaka wants to come towards the ball, Doucoure wants to come towards
the ball. They need to start stretching the Millwall back four
and make them run towards the own goal, otherwise it is too easy for
them. Sitting in their formation, nobody is having to work hard when
Watford have the ball, it's just too slow, not trying to break the lines.
That's something different. Full of goals last season, Watford,
with Deeney and Carlo. They've only got seven between them this season
-- and Ighalo. Gomes has not been a regular in the
cup. There he is in the middle. Janmaat to the left of him,
Cleverley to the right. Good experience in there. Not going to
surprise me if I see a couple of them on in the early stages of the
second half. Because if it continues like this for Watford, they don't
look dangerous enough. It's not like they are not playing great, they are
passing it around in midfield area is fine, just don't look like they
are going to score. They have goals in them. In their new signings. Just
some plaintive cries from Watford fans down the other end that Okaka
might have been impeded by Webster. Don't think he was.
Martin Atkinson has pulled it back for the challenge on Watson.
Round the corner. Trying not to allow the 1-2 to go around you.
Nudged Watson to the floor. Kaboul is up from the back, Okaka is
in there. Blamed in towards them. Got the
slightest of touches on it. # Ending. Just edged away for a
corner. Bowl was coming in. All about the delivery. Lovely flight on
the delivery from Guedioura. I think it comes off Cummings, the right
back. Hits the far post. Tough one for Cummings, he knows he needs to
get something on it. Guedioura will swing it away. Good firm had to
clear his lines by Morison. Been important for Millwall at both ends
so far, Steve Morison. Now 33. Went to the league play-off final of
2010, which they won. Runner-up in the final last year. Played at
Wembley on four occasions including a couple of trophy finals for
Stevenage. Few grey hairs in there, now, Steve.
Putting in a real shift already. You can see why the grey hairs are
there. Workhorse for his team. In his earlier days he worked in a
paper shredding mill. So he knows what sort of life football has given
him. Appreciate it. Good vision, can he get there? No. Right idea from
Guedioura, but there is no convincing run. He is asking
players, saying, get in behind, you need to start making those runs.
Troy Deeney has a good record against Millwall. Scored his first
Walsall goal against them. Got a couple here for Watford.
Out by Okaka. Watson. Better now from Watford, they've really settled
into a decent rhythm. They are not hurting Millwall any, as Jermain was
saying. They played in a round five replay for Tottenham against
Stevenage, furthest he is gone in this competition.
Have it, son. Big clearance. Need to take, there, by Gregory.
Four Millwall players pressing. Okaka stayed down.
He's complaining he was fouled, I didn't see anything wrong. I think
it was a good challenge in midfield from Thompson. Gets back. You see
the direction the ball goes. It is a mixture between the three of them.
He probably does take a knock. Good tackle from Thompson. Cummings.
Started at Chelsea all those years ago. Came back in November into the
side, he was out for knee surgery for nine months.
Watson. When you play a free, you've got to get your wingbacks hi,
otherwise they are totally ineffective against the whole
system. They are getting a little more joy in the game. With them
keeping the ball, it has taken that early pressure Millwall were putting
on them out of the game. Millwall seem to be dropping a little too
Deepcut the minute, need to somehow get more energy into their game, get
higher up the pitch. Do what they were doing in the early stages. Good
pro, Ben Watson, in over 400 games for his various clubs. Very popular
in south London when he was a Crystal Palace player. Don't think
Millwall fans will forgive him for that. Mind you, they were quick to
forgive Ian Wright's connections. Great to see his infectious joy
here. Got the fans going, didn't he? Awkward game, this, for Martin
Atkinson. He's done well, kept it under control.
The referee might have pulled it back for a foul.
I think he will be reasonably happy with his team's first half an hour
display. They got off to a great start. He will be feeling they need
to put a little bit more pressure on Watford and get a little bit higher
up the pitch. The more that ball goes into Okaka, the more Watford.
To get a bit of joy out of that. 530 games, Neil Harris.
For although detractors and critics, a proud team. They play a huge role
in this community and they have done for years.
A free kick to Millwall but Watford for the last 15 minutes also been
comfortable. He has some real quality Williams in midfield. He
appeared to get his foot on the ball, controlled the game. He had a
cup win in Ireland. The fans want something against Britos, he wants a
free kick the other way. Morison is another one who likes to put himself
about, so he has to expect when the ball comes into the box, the
defenders will make sure they will make it as difficult as they
possibly can for him to get his head on the ball. There was a strong team
against Burton in the last round for Matt -- Walter Mazzarri. It is
Watford controlling the tempo at the moment. This is Watford on the
attack now. Nothing doing says the referee this time and that is a more
contentious one. Morison there tangling with Britos. I think Walter
Mazzarri is trying to get Britos to calm down. It is obviously from the
earlier incident when the ball came into the box. It was those two who
collided there. This is the penalty incident. Sinclair get on it. As he
goes to pull the trigger... It is a close one. You can see why Sinclair
thinks that is a penalty. If there was contact there. We need to see
another replay. It should have been a penalty. They are right people at
the other end. The goalkeeper and the defender and they just got away
with it. Goodness me! Mariappa and Pantilimon. And Gregory nearly
profited. It is going to be an intense cup tie
and a cup tie of intensity. You can't muck around with it. Brilliant
from Gregory. That is exactly what you want from your centre forward.
Getting stuck into the goalkeeper. That was a fantastic tackle. I think
they are complaining saying that was a backpass from Mariappa. He saved
them. The goalkeeper came out, didn't like the challenge. It was
poor from Mariappa. Gregory was already on the floor, he had to be
more committed and win that tackle. He went in their heart hearted and
now he has hurt himself because of it. They are calling for the
stretcher. Couldn't pick it up because it was a
backpass. I don't think that was a deliberate ball to the goalkeeper.
It wasn't. I do know what Britos was thinking. It was a terrible backpass
from him. Left is goalkeeper in a terrible situation, but once he was
there, Pantilimon, he has got to clear everything. It looks as though
he will have to come off. Heurelho Gomes will come on. The jarring,
real jolt of the challenge. Nothing wrong with the tackle. No, a
fantastic tackle from Gregory. He has gone to the ball and won the
ball. He is the more committed player. Pantilimon, when he has gone
to kick it, he has sort of dangled his ankle which has caused the
problem. Let's have a look at the penalty incident at the other end,
Jermaine. You can see as Sinclair goes to kick it, he kicks the floor.
Usually as a player when you go to pull your leg back, sometimes
players can stop you striking the ball but in this situation, Martin
Atkinson calls it right on the money. No connection there from
Williams, by the look of it. He hits the deck. A very good decision by
Martin Atkinson. What would have happened as he pulled his leg, he
would have felt a tiny bit of contact from Williams in midfield.
He was coming to win the ball. Sometimes that can put you off. It
was not enough really for Martin Atkinson to give the penalty. He
certainly stubbed his own to in the ground. There is a lengthy delay
while Walter Mazzarri makes the inevitable substitution. The sort of
injury that could have damaged ankle ligaments. Gomes has so much
experience. A semifinalist for Spurs seven years
ago now when they were beaten by Portsmouth.
Not change you would have to make. The way the game is going, there is
not one of the substitutes he would have wanted at all, Walter Mazzarri.
Some creativity on that bench in Troy Deeney, Tom Cleverley, Etienne
Capoue, all players who come to mind when you need someone to come on and
make something happen, so one of those is going to have to sit on the
bench for the rest of the game. They are concerned for their big
goalkeeper, very popular in the dressing room is Pantilimon.
Strapping on the legs to keep the leg Immobile. That is not a good
sign. He is being applauded off from all
four corners of the ground. On comes a man once dubbed in Dutch
football the octopus because of his long hands, a cup winner in the
Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven. He was a centre forward until he was
17. He played in a beach tournament, they needed a goalkeeper, he went in
goal and has stayed there ever since! That says all you need to
know about him as a centre forward! I have played with him, it was a
shock when you told me he used to be a centre forward. He is a character,
is the? He was a good guide to have around the changing rooms, to be
honest with you. Always wanted a laugh, but on his day, he was a
goalkeeper who was very good at penalties. He saved one of mine,
unfortunately. Last season I remember he saved four. He saved on
in this as well, Gomes. How much has that injury and settled
Watford? Stoppage was over six minutes.
It can unsettle Watford, it can unsettle the game. It takes the
momentum out of it, players standing around for long periods. We might
have to be here till tea-time. We might have to record Singh Something
Simple. Is that still an? No, apparently hit has not been on for
33 years. I remember that well. Jermaine? Anybody else? Just me?
He has not had a great deal to do, Jordan Archer. He has not had a shot
to save. I don't think there has been a shot on target. There was the
incident which hit the post but that was from one of their rent players.
It has been a quiet first half for young Jordan Archer.
Britos whose backpass led to the incident which caused the injury.
80 goals for Steve Morison in his two spells. He makes the fifth round
of the cup with Birmingham and had a spell at Norwich.
The assistant will put the stoppage time board up in a moment, I would
imagine, and it will be six minutes. Can Watford get a goal here?
Cooper was trying to win the ball but it was too high there.
On the edge of the box, Doucoure is there. Okaka, Jerome Sinclair. He
has been the busiest of their forwards.
To much weight on the ball. O'Brien had quite not got there in time.
Here is Craig and now the oppressive Williams. Doucoure edged it away but
no one to hold it up for Watford. They need Deeney out there, I think.
That is exactly what Gomes can do, find shot stopper. Given he's just
come off the bench, fantastic save. Lining this one up for a good few
seconds. We know the problems Morison can cause. Technique from
Gregory, over the shoulder, on the volley, keeps it on target,
absolutely brilliant. Fourth corner of the half for Millwall, Watford
have had one. Gregory has come close to adding to his 11 goals this
season. In it comes, near post. Great block. Guedioura says Watford.
He has done so well, if this is not in, somebody is following in. Lovely
delivery into the box from Williams. Millwall in stoppage time, pouring
it on again. Ending the half as they started it. Williams, who's had such
a good first period, dangerous ball into the near post, again a flick
on. Webster couldn't keep it in. It's been a handful for them.
Himself and Britos have had a couple of good battles, both boxes. He is
the one winning the majority of them. You said in training what he
could do at Spurs, how about this for a save? Brilliant save,
technique as well from Gregory to get the shot on target. That is
where Gomes is at his best, shot stopping, reaction saves. Williams.
Cummings, good to see him back from the wall. -- back for Millwall.
Guedioura. Look at the pressure on Watford. Millwall have stopped them
playing when they have had the ball and thought of bringing it away.
Seem very, very little of Doucoure. -- we've seen very little of. Four
minutes of stoppage time, coupled to go. Asking too much, there, of
Jerome Sinclair. It's all off the cuff with Watford, it's not planned,
it doesn't seem prepared, doesn't look like they have a way of
playing. I think that's where a lot of the problems lie for Watford
fans. Last year they had a way of playing. Even if it was the goals
they were scoring in the linkup play between Deeney and Ighalo, that was
their thing. This year it is not enjoyable to watch for Watford fans
and that is where the problems have come from. You can be the best
manager in the world but football in England is rather unique visits
various layers and ultra-competitiveness throughout the
top-flight, for example. Coming to a cup tie like this, top-flight team
can be understood much pressure. Jurgen Klopp having his difficulties
at the moment, Pep Guardiola as well. And they are right up there
amongst the best in the world, if not the best. Away by Britos. There
is a foul in there. Every time Millwall knock the ball forward, not
the first one but the second one, there is always a Millwall player
connecting. Always on the front foot, making sure that they are
winning that ball. Such an important one to win for them. Into the last
ten seconds of the six minutes of stoppage time. Williams will take
it, last attack of the half. Cummings has gone out wide. In short
towards Craig. Got enough time. Back towards Webster. It comes to
nothing. Gomes has to make the save, and he's not happy about the
challenge. Thinks he was impeded by the big centre half. And it ends the
first period here uncomfortably. With angry words and gestures. And
it has not been a comfortable first half for Watford who have had to
send an Gomes to replace the injured Pantilimon. Made one terrific save
from Gregory who also hit the woodwork in the opening seconds.
He's been dangerous. Millwall have troubled Watford at times. At
half-time it is still 0-0. STUDIO: You would say, I know we are
standing right by the home fans, but they are definitely a lot happier
than Watford fans? Absolutely. The way Millwall started is exactly how
you want to start, putting Watford on the back foot. Saying that,
Watford kind of ease themselves back into it. But they are not a threat,
not getting past anyone, not getting into channels, not holding the ball
up particularly well, very easy for Millwall. How do you view the first
half? They started well. Watford caused their problems. From the
kick-off, the space left by the left back, the centre half, he should
have come across and blocked it. He's come inside, left the space,
they've broke and hit the post at the other end. The disorganisation
between the defence being in the wrong position has caused Watford
all sorts of problems. You've got the wing backs out of position,
midfield players out of position, and unable to get anything going
forward. Millwall positive in the first 15 minutes and then in the
last 15 minutes but they started off, as we can see, on fire. They
had this chance. Exactly what you want to do. You see the three centre
halves quite close together. Morison does brilliant, running into the
channel. Great cross and Gregory is really unlucky, the ball comes up
and he has to wait for it a bit. It bounces up and he's trying to get
over it but he can't quite keep it down, it's an lucky. Great, great
chance for them. Theme of the chances they have had, they are
getting forward. They are. They know they've got to get forward.
Especially against this Watford team. It happens in the Premier
League as well, when the opposition get forward, Watford have not
defended particularly well, players caught in between rather than
marking people. This is good from Millwall and they've got to keep
Watford under pressure. They have not got going. At some stage you
will see Troy Deeney because they are not holding the ball up. Good
pressure. This is poor from Watford. Mariappa, your job, unless you are
shouting to the goalkeeper, you deal with that. He has let it go and
realised he'd put his team in trouble. Forwards causing all sorts
of problems. Good header. They've got good movement, haven't they? One
goes in, they get support. They get a runner as well. Morison is a very
clever player, isn't he? He wins the headers but he also drops, because
they are a very settled side, other players seem to know where they need
to be depending on where Morison is on the pitch. What he is good at, he
is good at keeping it, what Watford are not doing. People know, with the
second ball for Millwall, they are winning it well and they will have
to take advantage sooner or later because Watford are going to liven
up. Watford headed the first ball going in but Millwall are picking up
the second ball. The fact they are getting legs up and wanting to win
that ball, that's causing all sorts of problems. I think you two have a
difference of opinion, don't you, on whether this should have been a
penalty? Penalty all day. No way a penalty. That's very simple. Let's
take a look. Why don't you think? We know there is some reason why he has
miskicked it. I just don't feel the contact, for me... How many times
have we seen it? We've watched it about 20 times. Shaun Williams has
come in, I don't think he has tried to tackle, he tried to get outside
him. His technique cannot be that poor. He must have had some contact.
You say that, anything happening in the box, even the slightest touch,
your balance is important and he obviously lost the balance. I can't
give it. I give it all-day. Maybe shows how difficult Martin
Atkinson's job is at times. Watford have probably come closest when they
hit the post? They hit the post from the free kick on the other side, and
we were just talking, if Britos, if it had been a striker, he would have
scored rather than hit the post. There is no way you'd not put
somebody who's got the instincts to continue his run to make sure that
ball goes in the back of the net in that space. Britos stopped and
waited, and reacted late. I know Watford have made changes to their
starting line-up, and they have been playing 3-5-2 most of the season.
But as you alluded to, some of the players don't necessarily know where
they are supposed to be in this system, they do not have momentum
going forward. They don't. It's the thing about discipline, isn't it?
Your starting position is very important if you are going to have
an impact. Starting positions are very poor at the moment. Not
bringing the wing backs into play enough. The centre backs too close
together. It has just been a mess. Not getting the ball into the
forwards. Opportunities to hold it. With Deeney playing people might be
able to join in. At the moment it is very comfortable. Any sympathy for
Okaka in this system? He must be seeing Morison and Gregory and the
support they have and give each other and thinking I wouldn't mind
Deeney up here alongside me to help? To give him credit where credit is
due, he has been up there, they've changed, put him in the middle, now
working off his centre backs to get in behind. They are still playing in
the wrong areas for him. But he is a willing, strong runner. If you get
the ball to him he can break something up for you. Not enough
people threatening. Know, need more bodies coming in. That's what you
want, for one of them to get forward? They are sat too deep.
There is a massive hole in between the strikers and where the midfield
is. That's why Millwall pick-up every ball and come in and cause
problems. I totally agree. I've said it three times now, I think that
Troy Deeney will be introduced at some stage. Somebody who can hold
the ball and get Watford to sustain an attack. For the moment, thank
you. Teddy Sheringham was the all-time leading goal-scorer for
Millwall until Neil Harris, the current manager, went past him in
2009. Eddie is absolutely adored in these parts. He's got a pretty
decent FA Cup pedigree, too. Coming through the ranks at
Millwall, do or die. Millwall fans are very ferocious. And not just to
the opposition. You had to win the Millwall fans over, you either died
from the criticism or stood up and thought, I've got a bit about me,
I'm going to go on and be a player, you just watch. My FA Cup memories
are not fantastic at Millwall. Didn't really get going and have a
real FA Cup run. Had a couple of close runs with the bigger clubs
later on in life. Tottenham got to a couple of semifinals. Sheringham,
what a goal! When you get knocked out, you thing, and my ever going to
get there? Will I ever play in an FA Cup final? 1999 was a fantastic year
for Manchester United, we'd won the league in the last game of the
season against Tottenham. I started in that match. If I started that
game I might even be starting the FA Cup final. The manager called me and
told me I wouldn't be playing, very upset. I was 33, I probably had 17
or 18 years as a professional football and thought it had passed
me by that I would get a chance to play at Wembley in an FA Cup final.
Roy Keane has a problem, key is limping badly. I'm thinking to
myself, I'm not going on for Roy Keane. Helix over his shoulder and
says, Teddy, get warmed up. Sheringham comes on. Within a minute
I'd scored the first goal, and it was a lovely goal, 1-2 with Paul
Scholes. Played really well, enjoyed it. Worked out to be a great day
from the. Sheringham, set up for Paul Scholes! Manchester United go
2-0 up. Getting the winner 's medal, such a fantastic day in the sunshine
at Wembley for Manchester United. One of those things that you dream
of as a kid. Sheringham went a long time in football without a major
honour, now he has a championship medal and an FA Cup winners medal in
the space of a feud days. When you are growing up as a young
footballer, you want to win things. You don't dream about having lots of
money, you dream about the glory. We wanted to win the lot and that's
exactly what we did, just fantastic memories and I love talking about
it. And of course, after that Teddy
Sheringham went on to win the Champions League medal. You can join
Gary and the team this afternoon from 3:35pm on BBC One. If you fancy
walking out at Wembley this evening, there is still time to sign up for
the FA people's up -- this season. 90,000 people will fill this stadium
for the FA Cup final and you could be one of them. Sign up your five a
side team for the FA people's up and you could be walking out on the
hallowed turf at half-time. Go to the website and sign up now.
I'm delighted that we have been joined by Millwall's chief executive
Steve Kavanagh, because it has been a very worrying time for Millwall
Football Club. There was a chance they could be kicked out of this
ground because a compulsory purchase order was happening and that could
mean relocating to North Kent out of the community but things have got
better this week? Yes, we have heard they are
suspending the CPO and going back to the drawing board which we are
pleased about but there are a lot of stages in the process. Can you
explain how worried you and the fans have been in recent weeks and months
with this hanging over your club? It has been extremely worrying for
years. Local businesses have been worried, the fans have been
concerned what is going on, it has been extremely worrying in terms of
money and taking management time away from the real business. What do
you think it would have meant if you had to Rhoda Kate? I don't even want
to think about it. But is why we fought so hard to make sure it is
not the case. What you need to do to make its final, to properly go away?
It is now up to the council to make sure it does go away and to restore
trust and credibility in the whole process and for the club and fans.
How important you the coverage has been in the area locally and also
the Guardian has taken this up. Do you think that put pressure on the
council? Without a shadow of a doubt. Barney is an absolute legend.
And the fans and the wider national press have been fantastic. Without
that, I don't think we would have got to where we are. What to think
it says to the wider community of football clubs here there is a
tendency to build new stadiums out of town 's, out of cities in big
retail parks, but there is something magical coming to a football club in
the heart of the community in towns and cities. To think they will be
concerned about what has happened to you in recent years? I think they
have got to be concerned. I think local councils tend to understand
the positive power that football brings to its community and everyone
around. If they harness that power in a positive way, football and the
community can do wonderful things. When it goes negative, it is
horrible. People can go on about the magic of the FA Cup and romance in
the FA Cup and debate it until the cows come home, but what you
actually get when you come to FA Cup ties and go to Sutton on Lincoln or
Millwall all wherever, proper footballing community 's? That is
what I have said. Coming to Millwall since I was nine, with the old Den
and the New Den here, I could not believe it when people said Millwall
might have to leave. It was a devastating thing for me. It is not
to much in the area, but being a Millwall fan it was devastating. I
think one of the beautiful things about a football club in the town,
in the middle of the town, that community spirit is massive, it is
huge. It is what makes the club, the spirit of the community. We have
said it many times and that is what it is. For Watford and Graham Taylor
when he came, that is what he instilled in Vicarage Road and the
legacy is there today. Just have a word about your manager Neil Harris
and the work he has done? He is a great up-and-coming manager. He is
learning the job but he is doing a great job and the performance of the
guys, he is showing that. Let's see what the second half rings. How
important is it on board level to have someone who knows the club
through and through? The chairman's support of Neil is unwavering. He
loves Neil and having someone there who knows what this club means to
the supporters are what they are, goes back to the same thing. It
gives a heart and if the heart is there we have half a chance. I
appreciate your time. The whole footballing community will say
congratulations. The teams are back on their way out, lets Rhine to how
the half went. Both these teams have been two cup
finals in recent memory and one will reach the fifth round today. The
slightest of touches. Nothing doing, says the referee. Morison, Gregory!
That is exactly what Heurelho Gomes can do. A fine shot stopper.
Let's rejoin Jermaine Jenas and Jonathan Pearce.
Thank you very much. A little bit about Millwall's immediate future
with the CPO going away this week. Such a tradition here. They have
worked so well in this particular part of south London, the hard-nosed
docker community of yesteryear, overcoming the hooliganism problems,
and yes, it has had sometimes a bleak past. But it has a better
future now, it would seem, with this week's decision. What will the
future holds in the next 45 minutes? Millwall in the stripes kick from
left to right in this second half. Gregory second to it.
He should at least have hit the target. He claims a corner kick.
Millwall go to the referee. The ball was bouncing up awkwardly. It is
knows a prize that it is Morison causing the problems again. Morison
causing a lot of problems. I think he gets his technique all wrong
here, Gregory. He is claiming it as a touch on the ball. I know there
were players sliding in. It was that close to the goal that Gomes would
not have had a chance to react. Cummings got forward a lot in the
first half, he scored against Bournemouth in the last round. Let's
have another look at this free kick. I think Onyedinma is the type of
player who likes to be one-on-one, so I think Cummings' role in that is
to be a supporting role rather than to overlap him. It would block a
corridor for him if he got too high. He is the type of player you want to
allow to do what he needs to do. Onyedinma has pace, power and he is
causing Britos and Maicon problems. -- Mason.
That was decent from Watford and nearly sneaked in. Offside flag
anyway. It just squeezed off Cooper. The first real work that Jordan
Archer has had to do. The flag was raised but the referee has said you
can go on. What a delivery that was into the box. He still didn't look
like he would be first to the ball, Okaka. He is not having a great day,
Stefano Okaka. Suspicion of a handball. The Millwall fans were
appealing for handball. Cummings couldn't keep that in play.
He is having a very decent game, young Ben Thompson.
Williams has been impressive in the heart of the midfield for Millwall.
A change in tactics from Neil Harris, not allowing Watford to play
on the back. Doesn't want them to have that easy possession that they
were having in the first half. Watford have this throw.
I said right at the start of the programme, Jermaine, Watford needed
to be up for this or they would be out of this. Are all of those
players are up for this? Sometimes, from a player's perspective, you are
up for it but the direction seems to be off. Maybe the way they have to
play isn't working but they are sticking with what the manager has
asked them to do. I do feel there could be more effort and more energy
put into their game. They were good out there. That should be a free
kick. Maybe it was on the blindside of Martin Atkinson but he had an
assistant right there. The assistant was ten yards away, he could clearly
see that Onyedinma was getting pulled back.
A great delivery information. -- in from Mason.
He will be pleased with what his team have done so far. His first try
Red Sea this week is to get them in the promotion play-offs. But was
their target this season. He is not a manager who bleats about the
budget here. He said he had is in the top six and he is happy with
that. You can tell he is creating a very positive environment. The fans
seem happy. The players seem to buy into everything he wants.
Mariappa at times has looked a little rusty, no surprise, first
game back at the club. Mason, in space. Good delivery in. Ooh, it was
a good delivery. He can cross the ball. 19-year-old Brandon Mason. It
was a weird cross as well. Almost like a strike on goal. He has just
absolutely drilled it from this wide position. Towards Okaka, who
couldn't get across the defender, and did very well to almost martial
him and make sure he could not get a clear head onto the ball. Like a
well hit three iron that went on and on and on, they're. It really was.
What did Okaka really do enough to fight for that delivery into the
box? Better now from Watford. Here is Jerome Sinclair. He's worked
hard. Seen off thereby Cooper. Play on. Decent cross in, was Okaka being
pulled back in there? Did Webster have hold of him? Here come
Millwall, getting lively now. Aiden O'Brien.
Watford have still got a man down at the other end. Djedje has stayed
down. Looks fairly calm but inside will he be ceasing? Was this a
penalty? Two or three unbelievable deliveries that have come into the
box. Got across him. Whether that was enough to drag him down or if he
has thrown himself to the floor, difficult to see from that angle.
Again, I think it's a tough one for Martin Atkinson to give. Definite
contact but there always is in the box is. It is whether or not he has
absolutely pulled his arm down. It looked as though, well, their arms
were on each other, fighting each other for position. The referee has
to be absolutely sure. He seems to be dragged down from the replay. It
seems that way but you've got to understand that Okaka has his arm
across him, he'll be trying to pull the defender down as well to get
himself into a better position. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
Tough one for Martin Atkinson to give.
This is the crumbling blow that saw Djedje go down holding his head.
This is another worrying one for Watford. Not a nice one from
O'Brien. Leading with his arm, catches him in the back of the head.
I told our guests felt it was a penalty. -- I'm told.
I can understand why, but in the heat of the moment, as quick as the
game is going on in that particular moment, it is a tough one. All on
the blindside. Tough one for Martin Atkinson to get. These are
disturbing scenes. Well, you can understand the
concern. Sitting up, that's much better.
If at any time he was out he'd have to go off. They are already
preparing Janmaat to come on. Got a right cuff, there. All the way
through, O'Brien hasn't gone far away. He was the Millwall player
involved. Didn't think there was any malicious intent. He has gone to win
the ball. Yes he has gone with a lot of aggression, as you should do. But
he has not gone in there to try and hurt Djedje. Just been on the
receiving end. Well, he's going to stay on. Janmaat has been sat down.
Seems to become plainly more about his neck than anything else, think
it was the impact. He keeps holding his neck as if that's the issue
rather than the elbow to the head. Janmaat and experienced Dutch
international. But only played half an hour since Boxing Day because of
a groin problem. Djedje, just one substitute
appearance for the club so far. Coming back on. Morison looking to
pressurise Britos. Britos under pressure from Morison. The shot was
blocked from Williams. Getting intense now. Watson with
time and space, didn't use it well. Djedje seems OK now. Webster. Here
is Doucoure. Djedje, the boos for him are unfair. Kabul has come from
a long way out to join the attack. He sent ball in, parried by the
goalkeeper, helped out by Ben Thompson's clearance. Watford are
getting stronger, it seems. And there are more deliveries coming
into this box. Crying out for another striker to come on with
Okaka, because the delivery is very good. On your own as a striker
making those runs you aren't easily picked up. Sinclair played for that
and got it. Rather daft challenge by Craig, really. Miss timed it. Never
beaten Watford, Tony Craig, in seven attempts.
Kaboul up there. Scored the one goal for the club on New Year's Day
against his old team, Tottenham. Guedioura, we saw a lovely cross
from him moments ago. Okaka is in their being watched by Webster.
Kaboul is being watched by Cooper. Oh dear, oh dear. Goodness me. No
wonder he's shaking his head. Exasperation on the face of an
expressive manager. Life as a manager can be very frustrating. In
such a good position, no need to try and create another angle. Sometimes
you need to move the ball to create another angle, but that just needed
whipping in. Okaka trying to get away from his man as the cross comes
in. Not a good ball. Pressure on Guedioura straightaway. Thompson and
Williams have worked so hard. Watford have stepped it up a bit,
more impetus to get the ball into the box from wide areas a lot
quicker. Sinclair wider to the right in this half. Caused one or two
problems. Over there again but they couldn't get the throwing taken.
Plenty of time in their for the central midfielders.
The referee saying play on. There was a foul in there. Guedioura
trying to find some holes. Sinclair. Doucoure. Watford are winding it up.
Ooh, hit the referee. Lucky bounce the Millwall. Gregory to the left.
Onyedinma, can he find Gregory? Kaboul with an absolutely crucial
intervention. Used his experience, there, Kaboul. The tenacity of
Onyedinma wins that throw. No goals, but spirited cup tie.
Cummings with it. The referee has come out of the penalty area.
Cummings with a low ball. Position to do just that. Foul here on Okaka.
Frustrates the life out of Centre forwards. Onyedinma hyperspace, got
the yard he needed. Wanted to beat Mason two or three times, ended up
being a poor delivery -- had the space. Okaka making the run to the
middle, not seen by Guedioura. Missed the first several months of
the season with a hamstring. Linked up with Sinclair.
Watson misplaced his pass, Onyedinma will run all day, and he's been
brought down there, and that will be a yellow card for Britos.
Got a real strength about him, Onyedinma, when he gets going. There
are times when you think, don't know where you are going, here. But he
has that strength and the extra burst of pace to get himself out of
trouble. Got his head down the whole time. Because he is so quick and so
strong, it's causing them a lot of problems. And that was a late
challenge from Britos. Had no option but to bring him down. Williams with
it. Gomes under pressure comes and gets good contact. It was good
contact from Gomes. He gets a thank you off his centre halves. What you
want to see from your goalkeeper when balls are delivered high and
flighted like that. 66 minutes gone in this fourth-round
tie. Flat delivery. Powerful driven effort from Ben Thompson. Can they
set up a possible counter? Williams got back again. Covered so much
ground. Here is Morrison. In that Millwall midfielder Shaun
Williams has run his socks off. Thompson is another one. Sticks his
foot in. Williams is the one with the real quality left foot but
Thompson has worked just as hard. Showed promise, Williams. He was the
league of Ireland young Player of the Year seven years ago. Caught the
eye at sporting Fingal in that run to the Irish cup final.
Be earlier than intended substitution now going to happen.
Djedje goes off. On comes Janmaat. He is not the fans' favourite as far
as Millwall are concerned. I think he was badly hurt. He looked a
little bit nervy at times. On comes Janmaat. He is very experienced.
He has given Gomes work to do. A pass like that on an afternoon like
this. He didn't panic. But I do think he was entirely happy with a
backpass from his team-mate Kaboul. Here comes a double Millwall
substitution. That was blocked by Kaboul. Right
place, right time to block the cross from Fred Onyedinma. I think Britos
has been poor today. I don't know if he is carrying an injury or I don't
know what it is, but he is getting caught out every time. Jed Wallace
has come back from a second loan spell.
Okaka is looking stronger and stronger. Here is Morison.
Gomes saw that danger. Shane Ferguson is going to come on for
Millwall as well. He is in Northern Ireland player. This is the first of
the substitutions. On comes Ferguson. Off goes oh Brian.
Northern Ireland international and Republic of Ireland U21.
Ferguson on loan originally from Newcastle and signed permanently.
This is a bit of a surprise. Onyedinma going off. One man who
will be delighted about that is Britos. I saw him a moment ago, he
was stretching his hamstring and looking tired. He will be delighted
to see Onyedinma go off. Wallace will plan the right-hand
side. An uncomfortable afternoon for
Britos. 18 minutes to go. This is the moment the Premier
League team make their mark. Millwall will have to work hard to
stop getting those crosses in. The good thing about Mason is when he
picks up a ball, you know his intentions straightaway. The only
thing he wants to do is get that ball into the box with quality.
A strong challenge by Cooper. That was a robust but fair tackle.
A strong tackle, JP, but it was timed to perfection. If he doesn't
time it to perfection Sinclair is either in goal or it is a penalty.
Very few teams have ever come to the old den or the New Den and had a
comfortable afternoon. He has worked hard, woody aura. -- give Dora.
This man is the constant factor for Watford. He has just passed another
goal milestone. That was another dangerous ball in from the young
left-back, Mason. He can definitely pass the ball into good areas. His
placement of the cross is very good. Watford case themselves better than
Millwall. That was a decent pass to Mason, probably asked too much of
him. Here comes the Talisman, Troy
Deeney. It will be the young Sinclair who departs. I have to say,
I agree with that. In fairness to Okaka, he has probably not have the
best of games, but he will be better with someone like Troy Deeney up
there with him and he will pose a lot more of a threat playing
together. Deeney has scored here on a couple of occasions. Three goals
against Millwall in the past. He has played against them more times than
any other opposition in his career. He looks for this immediately and
pressurises Webster. Straightaway, you can see his intentions, his
movement. He is a lot better. He knows what he wants.
Ben Thompson is only 21. He played for the youth team ranks here.
Another team who were relegated when Neil Harris was in charge.
On this evidence and that we saw against Bournemouth, they will
certainly be knocking on the play-off door again. Neither will
want a replay. Webster has played for 11 clubs in
his long career. That is little old centre forward
reminded to a centre-half there. Webster and Cooper are as physical
as they come. They have been getting stuck in all day. Troy Deeney is a
physical striker, likes to put himself about. What was nice to see
was after the tackle, a pat on the back, Webster gets up, no
complaining, game goes on. The fans thought Britos was climbing up on
Morison there. Morison is quieter in this second half. He put in a good
day at the office in the first half. That was a poor challenge by Mason.
Certainly caught Wallace there on the half term. That has inflamed the
situation. A young man though. He missed timed it. Martin Atkinson is
sensible as a referee. It is a yellow card. I would be surprised if
it was anything more. It was a missed timed tackle. Quite forceful.
Obviously upset Thompson but nothing more than a yellow card. Just as
timed. It was an Wallace but Thompson got upset about it. That
was a lovely ball in. The save has to be made from Morison. Watford
simply switched off there defensively. Yes, they did switch
off and ended up getting very deep. That was clever from Ferguson to
take the quick free kick. The delivery was spot-on as well.
Heurelho Gomes with another good save. He has made two since coming
on. I think at Spurs when he fell foul
of the managers and dropped out of the first-team reckoning, I think it
was his decision-making more than anything else that raised doubts. As
we said in the first half, a good shot stopper.
Can the team 40 places below the Premier League side force a victory
here? Williams has not stopped running all day long. The Irishman
created the pressure and forced the error that gives them the corner. He
is right in there. Morison in there as well. Gregory. Craig is up from
the back. Here come the centre-backs.
Morison in the six yard area for Millwall, looking to pressurise
Gomes. Out its wings. Good, decisive header again by Okaka. The ball
stayed in there. Williams is in there.
Back clearance went straight back into the mix. Thompson out wide.
Checks back. It came off Mason, no penalty. Pleading for a free kick.
Not given. Martin Atkinson was right there,
looking directly at it. It would be interesting to see it again. Gregory
under pressure from Mariappa. Six and a half minutes to go, roughly. A
little bit of stoppage time. Lovely cross, Morrisey! -- Morison!
Millwall of League 1 lead Premier League Watford with six minutes to
go, Steve Morison, one of the old men of the team, a Millwall hero,
gets the goal. And the Lions are boring, now. Talk about making an
impact, exactly what you want when you're two substitutes come on, make
a difference. The composure in the first place. The delivery from
Ferguson to the back post is absolutely spot on. Real quality.
And Morison, who has been unbelievable for Millwall today, in
terms of the workrate he has put in, absolutely deserved that. Kept his
eye on the ball, volleys it through the legs of Gomes. Nothing more than
they deserve, it's been brilliant. The man who once worked in a paper
shredding firm to eke out a living as a footballer. Here is Kaboul. Up
towards Deeney. Watford have had more of the ball in the second half
but throughout the game Millwall have created the more danger. Britos
looking for Okaka, Deeney was in behind. Lifted away by Cummings. And
free kick goes Millwall's way. They need to keep their composure.
Watford are going to throw everything at them. They need to
stay resilient at the back, as they have done for the majority of the
game, and try to see this out. Watford knew it was going to be
tough. The Lions could reach the fifth
round for the third time in six seasons. They love the FA Cup, this
south London team. Gregory. Strong. Here is Cummings.
And Wallace. Another corner. Fresh pair of legs in the wide positions.
It was a big call from Neil Harris. I thought Aiden O'Brien was doing
well, Onyedinma was doing well down the right, causing Britos a lot of
problems. They've come on not only with fresh legs but real quality in
their play as well. It was a good call from Harris. The fans will try
to suck this in. Ferguson with it, Morison at the near post with a
touch, it's two! It's ruled out a handball. Ooh, he thought he'd
settled it, there. The big centre-half up from the back,
Webster. But it's not given. Will it yet swing on that decision? That's a
poor ball away from Watford. And this is a terrific run by Wallace.
And he's had a go at goal. Tell you what, there's no sign of
getting the ball in the corner and wasting time at the minute, is
there? Will that come back to haunt them? I'm sure we will soon find
out. Mason up towards Deeney. He won't complain, not Troy Deeney.
Guedioura. When people talk about the Watford changes, and they will,
there have been seven of them, don't forget Guedioura is an
international. Late free kick. Guedioura high, up
and under the keeper came, didn't get there. Jordan Archer to make the
save. Well, was this handball? Yes it was. Well spotted. I think the
referee has got all the big calls right. He has. The only one Watford
players might argue is the penalty incident with Okaka. I stand by what
he said, too tough to call. He's had a great game, Martin Atkinson. 20
seconds to go, and I gather there will be a lengthy period of stoppage
time. As soon as the board goes up, we will confirm it.
They'll take their time. Free kick against Morison. What a strong game
he has had. Would he be amongst those for your Man of the Match? Key
have to be, the way he has played, the goal he scored -- he'd have to
be. Deeney, should he have started, that was the big question. He's done
well, there. Out by Webster. It will come to Deeney, here. Couldn't get
the shot away because of the intervention of Webster who has
worked so hard, and he did just enough. Just wouldn't fall the
Deeney into the right spot. Almost gets too much underneath the ball,
ends up having to use his instep. What he really wanted to do was run
on and follow that with his left foot. Can Watford break hearts? In
towards Kaboul, towards Britos. Goes wide, it's a goal kick.
I bet he's seen a few things. The old'uns have had the old heroes
here. A fair few of them will remember Harry Crips. Barry
Kitchener. Maybe he remembers Teddy Sheringham, Cascarino. The younger
ones will have their new heroes now. Millwall want to make another
substitution. He'd have known hostility when things turned against
him when he was Natalie manager. Goodness me, that's a fearsome
place. Mason. Deeney to Guedioura. Now
Janmaat. Needs to get it in there. Watson first to the loose ball.
Halfway through stoppage time. Morison, Man of the Match, closes,
there. Didn't do enough to stop the ball arriving on the edge of the
box. That's comfortable enough. He'll drop on it and he'll keep it.
But he won't yet think of Monday's draw. The back four do well in those
situations, don't they? Touch tight with their men, they move up and
back in a line. Not easy for strikers to find spaces when the
back four are working so well. There's my Man of the Match, what a
game he's had today. For the first 45 minutes he was absolutely
everywhere. Causing the back four problem after problem. When the big
moment came he was there to stick the ball in the back of the net. Off
goes Lee Gregory who might have scored in the first attack of the
game. Brought another good save out of the goalkeeper. Off he comes to
be replaced by an old stage, here. On comes Abdou, they call him Jimmy,
here. From the southern area of France.
He's been here forever and a day. Morison. 334 games for the club,
Abdou. Nice that he gets on. Watson was tagged. The referee says play
on. Precious little time left now for Watford. About to enter that
last minute of stoppage time. Into the last minute of stoppage
time now. Yellow card for Jed Wallace, the
substitute. Difficult afternoon for the referee. Stood up to all the
decisions he's had to make. Have to be careful, and he was in the end.
Doucoure, last chance for Watford, now. Blocked by Cummings. Poor ball
away. Pressure comes back on Millwall. Britos, great leap by
Cooper. Anywhere will do now, Millwall. He won't be rushed,
Thompson. He was caught in possession. Doucoure, Janmaat goes
to the right. We've had the six minutes. Blocked again in there by
Williams. What a game he's had, that should be it. The referee checks.
Morison... And Neil Harris have moments more to wait. There it is.
Don't tell anyone here in south London the FA Cup has lost its
lustre. That dreams don't happen any more. That the glamour has gone.
Because Steve Morison's goal has beaten the Premier League team. A
man who started his career 16 years ago at Northampton and through
Bishop Stortford and Stevenage, has created another FA Cup giant-killing
story. Watford of the Premier League are out. They've gone. The team 40
places below them have beaten them with Thompson's winner.
STUDIO: That's a remarkable performance by Millwall, their
second Premier League scalp. Olmert in the third round, and now Watford
in the fourth round. And the goal-scorer and the manager of
Millwall are speaking to us. Great chances to the game, you can see
what it means to everybody? I thought we was excellent. Watford
are a top side. They paid as respect and named a really strong side. I
thought first half we was outstanding, could have been three
or four up at half-time, and you start to wonder whether it will
come. Then you just need that it does magic in the box and
fortunately experience shines. You had to be patient up there, you
were. What does it say about your team that are able to put out
another Premier League side? I don't know really. We work hard on the
pitch. Sometimes it don't go for us but we put 100% -- 110% in. Today,
we were brilliant from start to finish. It was a good goal at the
end. Well deserved. You just looked like a team who really wanted this?
I think as a club and a team, this is what the FA Cup is all about.
Like Steve said, we are an honest bunch, we have a great work ethic,
we are organised but you have to add quality to that and today we
certainly had that. What does it mean for you as players, an FA Cup
run and to keep it going as long as possible? Want to go as far as we
can but to keep our feet on the ground but most importantly is
Wednesday night. If we don't turn up then it is a waste of time for us.
We want to get promoted. Good luck, guys.
Now we will go to Ian Wright and Luther Blissett. One is looking
happier than the other! I am laughing. That is a very hard thing
for him to do. On the balance of play, was it deserved? I think it
was well-deserved. Take the penalties out of it, but they
deserved it by the way they played. They played it as it should be, an
FA Cup tie. You put the effort in and the work in and you put all that
in and do get your reward. He is still laughing and he is still
milking the crowd at the moment, is Ian! You would echo what Luther
said? Yes, they started on the front foot for Watford. I can't understand
the rest of the players. I don't know what else Watford are playing
for. They have to play to get to the latter stages of the FA Cup. They
gave Millwall a great opportunity with the team be picked. I think
Millwall from the oft deserved to win it. I was not paying any
attention to that answer because also the macro all the crowd were
chanting Luther was a scorer. That was a real quality goal. If he puts
it in the right place you could see the goal coming. I thought, if he
gets this right, it is a goal. You have to question the marking of
Watford. They really paid for it this time. They had no awareness he
was there whatsoever. I think Morison was immense for them today.
He held it up very well. He and his strike partner were very good today.
And keeping the ball in, not letting Watford get out. It is not a new
discussion but do you think Premier League defences in general are so
I'm used to playing against two up front, that when they are faced with
that, they struggle? I think anybody would struggle. When the ball comes
into you and it is consistently coming in, and stake will be made.
It happens more lower down because teams tried to do that. And you
would give credit for Neil Harris for his substitutions. He took both
his wide men. The crowd did not necessarily agree but it paid off?
Ferguson came on and you could see his delivery. His delivery for the
goal was fantastic. He had a good overlap coming round the side. It
was at the right time for Morison who deserved his goal. We debated at
half-time whether there was a penalty on Sinclair and you differed
in opinion. In the second half there was a poll on a cargo which were you
were in agreement with? -- Okaka. He was getting his arm across. He
pulled his arm across. It was a very difficult one for the referee and
assistant referee to see. He got away with that. You get that kind of
luck. When we saw it magnified there it was on the blindside of the
assistant referee. He has got the man marking and he has somebody else
there as well. It is very difficult for the referee and linesman. He
should have been stronger. When Troy Deeney came on, Watford seemed to
have a little more energy then. He offered greater support to Okaka. He
probably had the best chance at the end of the game but when you show
this it highlights Millwall putting their bodies on the line? The ball
goes out and comes back in. He reacts well. I think you just waited
just that little bit too long for it to settle so he could hit it and he
has gone side footed. You have to get it on the target as quick as you
can. I cannot believe people like Troy Deeney weren't starting and
Janmaat and Capoue. You have to start your strongest team for the FA
Cup. I would completely agree with you. You have to have everybody and
more if you can to try and win the FA Cup. They desperately want to
beat you. They beat Bournemouth on the way here. Of course they will
have a go. I know you will have sympathy for Watford fans who were
watching this, you have to have sympathy for those who did find the
away end. They played good money to watch them. They have and you come
to watch your best players play at all times. For me, you start with
those best players and you take them off and put other players off if
things are going well. You do not do it the other way round. As we saw,
the game was lost by then. What I know about Watford and Graham
Taylor's team, God rest his soul, they get the ball in early and they
play from there. All of the sudden icy Watford playing the ball across
and it is not going anywhere. It is not the mantra of Watford. It is not
the FA Cup. You look at Millwall, every opportunity, they played off
the front. The defenders have to turn and be in their right position,
they have to defend properly. They have to demand the opposition do
their job. If they are defender, they defend. We did not defend very
well at all. And Millwall are five points off the play-offs. Those
players in the dressing room will not feel as if they have tied
bodies. We talked earlier about momentum. That is what you use the
FA Cup four. I am not saying Watford are in real danger of going down but
they do need to get a nice run going because it is not as if they are
pulling up trees in the Premier League. The fact is, Millwall with
this game, and they are doing so well in the league, it can be
another game where they take the Premier League scalp and kick on and
get more the meant. Jermaine Jenas gave Morison Man of the Match, would
you like to have played up front with him? Played instead of him!
Then I would have got Man of the Match! You would have fed off him.
He is a big old number nine, very honest. They held it up well. He
deserved his goal. They did not like playing against him at all today,
the Watford back three. Is Millwall get a home draw tomorrow evening, it
is a cliche, but nobody will want to come here? Especially when they see
what they are coming up against, Millwall. I think if you come here
now, and it has got to be a lesson for everybody, you have got to come
here with the intention of taking them on because the better team will
win the game. Let me point you in the direction of what is coming away
as regards the FA Cup. Manchester United against Wigan later on.
Highlights of all of today's games at 10:30pm and the draw for the
fifth round on the One Show tomorrow. Thank you very much to Ian
and Luther. Millwall are through to the next round in the FA Cup,
proving that here at the Den, there is no place like home. Bye-bye.
A lovely cross, Morison! Millwall, one, Watford, nil.
Tom Jones, obviously. Winston Churchill.
Invented the bicycle. The internet. Telephone.
Mark Chapman introduces live coverage from The Den as League One Millwall face Premier League Watford in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with commentary by Jonathan Pearce.