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Young Hornets back to winning ways

Under-23 Report | Watford 2-0 Millwall


Michael Folivi grabbed his 11th and 12th goals of the campaign as Watford got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Millwall at London Colney this afternoon.


Hayden Mullins’ side­­­ came into the game on the back of three consecutive away losses but made it three home wins in a row with an impressive performance over the ninth-placed Lions.

It was a quiet opening 10 minutes with no real chances for either team. Both sides looked dangerous on the counter-attack, with Jerome Sinclair and Folivi looking to use their pace for the hosts.

The first chance of the game went to the hosts. An in-swinging corner from the left was met by the head of Joy Mukena but the centre-half couldn’t keep his effort down as it sailed just over the bar.

Folivi opened the scoring for the Hornets after a fantastic long-range pass from Ashley Charles set the forward racing through on goal. He beat the defender for pace and slotted past Millwall keeper Harry Girling to break the deadlock.

Millwall were almost level midway through the first-half when Noel Leighton rose highest from Joe Wicks’ corner, but his header was just over Nathan Gartside’s goal.

There was a huge chance for Folivi to double his and his side's tally on the half-hour mark. The striker was sent through again, using his pace to beat the offside trap and get in behind, but instead of shooting he tried to round Girling and was denied. There were shouts for a penalty by the home side but referee Ryan Atkin was not interested.

Millwall’s biggest threat looked to be their aerial presence, Leighton again going close with his head, however Gartside was there to meet it.

A mistake at the back by Charlie Rowan almost gave Millwall a late first-half equaliser. The centre back was caught in position by the Lions pressing forwards but recovered well to block Kris Twardek’s effort just before the break.

After a quiet opening spell to the second period, Watford almost doubled their lead after an hour. Brice Dja Djedje was through down the right, his powerful drive was saved smartly by Girling before Folivi’s rebound was also well kept out by the Millwall stopper.

Dion Pereira went close down the left-hand side, with his effort deflected out for a Watford corner. From the resulting set-piece, Folivi doubled his side's lead, heading beyond Girling to continue his remarkable goalscoring run.

Watford continued to look comfortable as the game wore on and Millwall failed to test Gartside’s goal.

The Hornets will now host Cardiff next Monday (December 4) in the Premier League Cup

HORNETS | Gartside (GK); Mukena, Rowan, Stevens; Dja Djedje, Stewart (Williams, 76), Charles (Eleftheriou, 63), Mason (C); Pereira (Sesay, 76); Folivi, Sinclair.

Subs not used | Lacy (GK), Ryan.

Goals | Folivi (16, 69)


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