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Ticking over

15 November 2013

Keogh and Chaplow on target in 2-2 draw

Andy Keogh and Richard Chaplow were on target as a Millwall XI shared four goals in a behind-closed-doors friendly at West Ham United on Friday.

With no scheduled League fixture this weekend due to the international break, Friday's match provided a great opportunity for the likes of Mark Beevers to get some useful match minutes under his belt following six weeks sidelined with a knee injury.

Millwall took the lead at Upton Park on 14 minutes when Lee Martin got to the byline and swept in a cross that Keogh headed past Sam Howes in the home goal.

Two minutes later Lions stopper Stephen Bywater did well to keep out a close-range volley, but he could do little prevent Carlton Cole hauling the Hammers level on 30 minutes after the ball fell to his feet from a Matt Jarvis corner.

The two teams exchanged scoring opportunities as Maiga struck the outside of the post with a left-foot shot and Chaplow fired over from Martin's through ball.

But it was Millwall who edged in front after 68 minutes courtesy of Chaplow's finish from close range after Keogh had charged down a clearance from teenage keeper Howes.

However The Lions joy was short-lived and just eight minutes later West Ham were back on level terms when a trialist was in the right place to pick his spot with a firm header from Maiga's cross.

"It was a very good work-out against a very strong West Ham team," said Lions assistant manager Mick Harford.

"This was beneficial for everyone who played; there were people who haven't played a full 90 minutes for a while, young lads who could get acclimatized to playing in a different stadium - it was a good all round work-out.

With the international break it is important to keep the fitness levels up and this was a great opportunity to keep ticking over."

Team: Bywater, Dunne, Beevers, Lowry, Smith, Feeney (Onyedinma, 70mins), Moussi (Wright, 60mins), Chaplow (Powell, 70mins), Martin, Keogh, Morison. Subs not used: Gerrar, Siafa, McManus, Penny, Bender.

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