Saturday 18 November 2017

Forde suffers Hornets' sting

IRELAND U21 cap Tommie Hoban again caught the eye of senior team boss Martin O'Neill as David Forde's Millwall edged closer to the third tier.

O'Neill opted to head for Vicarage Road for his Saturday scouting mission, with a lot of Irish involvement in the Watford-Millwall battle as defender Hoban started for the home side with Forde, Shaun Williams and Aiden O'Brien in the Lions' line-up.

Hoban, who was scouted by O'Neill and Roy Keane in the Irish U21 side's win over over Andorra last month, impressed for the Hornets in their 2-0 win, a result which leaves Forde and his club in real danger of the drop. Millwall are seven points from safety and failure to beat Wigan at home tomorrow would leave the Lions needing a miracle in their last four games.

Ireland cap Jeff Hendrick was in the wars for Derby County in their 1-1 draw with Brentford, with Bees boss Mark Warburton claiming that the Dubliner should have been sent off - Hendrick escaped with a yellow card for a foul in the 89th minute and then went on to set up the Rams' equaliser.

"I thought the tackle in the corner was a red card and the guy is involved in the equalising goal," said Warburton. "From the replay I've seen, that's a shocking challenge and the guy should go."

Ex-U21 cap Sean Scannell earned his manager's praise for scoring the winner for Huddersfield against Nottingham Forest. "Sean Scannell is coming alive again. It's important to remember Sean hasn't played this much football since joining Huddersfield, so I'm pleased for him," said boss Chris Powell.

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