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Lions' roar power

1 December 2014

What the papers said

Sunday Mirror
Lions' roar power

"Once we got Ricardo (Fuller) on there, we went from back to front quicker and put them on the back foot. If we'd scored earlier we may have won; we hit the bar and there was a strange non-decision when Lee Gregory was fouled in the area."

Millwall boss Ian Holloway said: "Bournemouth are on such a good roll. I didn't expect to be 2-0 down by half-time and it could have been one or two more.

"There was no complacency, but it was completely frustrating."

He refused to criticise Pitman, adding: "It was just one of those things. We were in a two-on-one situation to score but it wasn't to be. I thought Brett made a good decision to leave Junior with a tap-in, but unfortunately he had strayed offside.

"When their first goal went in it was going to be a tester and we needed to be winning 2-1."

"But we stopped doing the good things we'd done and fell into the trap of making poor decision making.

He said: "A third goal would obviously kill the game and it would have been a good second-half.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, hoping to celebrate his 37th birthday and 300th game in charge, couldn't hide his disappointment.

At half-time Bournemouth looked down from the top with Derby losing - but by the end they had tumbled to fourth.

But he and his team mates should know The Lions never lie down, having recently recovered from 3-0 down at home to Wolves to draw 3-3, coming back from two down against Blackburn to snatch a point and netting late to level with Sheffield Wednesday.

Steve Cook had already headed second-placed Bournemouth into a 22-minute lead and three minutes later, Pitman, in his 277th game for the Cherries, cleverly stroked the ball out of keeper David Forde's reach to make it 2-0.

pitman, so often in the shadow of injured England Under-21 striker Callum Wilson or Frenchman Yann Kermorgant, has filled in for them magnificently this season and ran himself into the ground for his team on this occasion.

Millwall didn't need a second opportunity to come back. They completed their point saving mission through substitute and Everton reject Magaye Gueye who grabbed his second goal of the season on 88 minutes.

With just five minutes left and The Lions caught out upfield, Pitman drew keeper David Forde and had the goal at his mercy - only to pass to Junior Stanislas who was offside as he netted.

He mucked up the perfect chance to put Bournemouth 3-1 up and in the clear against battling Millwall.

Poor Brett Pitman went from hero to villain after notching his sixth goal of the season.

The Independent

At half-time, Eddie Howe must have been confident of celebrating his 37th birthday and his 300th game as a manager by taking Bournemouth to the top of the Championship.

Instead, his team squandered a two-goal lead and dropped to fourth place, Millwall substitute Magaye Gueye levelling late on.

Bournemouth have now drawn three successive games after winning seven in a row and Howe’s frustration was clear: "We had total control but for whatever reason we stopped doing all the good things."

It had all started so brightly. Bournemouth defender Steve Cook nodded Andrew Surman’s cross home after 22 minutes and three minutes later Brett Pitman raced onto Matt Ritchie’s pass to double the lead.

Perhaps Bournemouth thought the match was won, perhaps it was the introduction of Ricardo Fuller, but Millwall were more dangerous in the second half, and Ed Upson headed in Jermaine Easter's cross after 75 minutes.

Now Bournemouth were shredding their fans' nerves as Artur Boruc spilled a header and Millwall's Alan Dunne hit the bar. After Pitman and Junior Stanislas made a hash of a two-man breakaway, Gueye drove home the equaliser with two minutes remaining.

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