A STING IN TAIL

Hor­nets boss pre­dicts his side will come out on top

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

Anya cre­ated the sec­ond, too, af­ter the break, ex­chang­ing quick­fire passes with Troy Deeney be­fore squar­ing for Gue­dioura’s easy tapin. It was a won­drous team goal be­fit­ting the Cham­pi­onship’s sec­ond-best attack.

How­ever, be­tween the penalty ar­eas, base­ment-both­er­ing Mill­wall out-fought the pro­mo­tion-push­ing Hor­nets. De­spite nu­mer­i­cal in­fe­ri­or­ity, Mill­wall’s mid­field showed a vo­ra­cious ap­petite for ac­tion, although they faded fol­low­ing Gue­dioura’s goal.

It was in the penalty box that Mill­wall came un­stuck. De­spite chance-pre­sent­ing er­rors from Heurelho Gomes, Matthew Con­nolly and Tom­mie Hoban, they never trou­bled Gomes with a save of great dif­fi­culty.

Their best chance of a goal was de­nied when ref­eree Simon Hooper re­fused Ed Up­son a first-half penalty af­ter he was scruffily felled by Ben Wat­son.

Care­taker manager Neil Har­ris said: “It’s as clear a penalty as you will see. Ed was be­tween the ball and the player.

“When you’re near the bot­tom you don’t al­ways get de­ci­sions like that. It might have helped us if we’d have scored first, but that isn’t what cost us the game.

“The dif­fer­ence, which was clear to see, was the qual­ity in the fi­nal third and that’s why a lot of the Wat­ford play­ers will be grac­ing the Pre­mier League next sea­son, with or with­out the club.

“With both goals we could have de­fended bet­ter, but we have to give credit where credit’s due. The first goal was a good fin­ish by a good player.

“I’m pleased in a lot of senses. Ev­ery­thing we asked for they gave us, but we’re into the stage where we need to win some games.”

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