Thursday 18 January 2018

Republic of Ireland star David Forde's Lions get big win

David Forde
David Forde

DAVID Forde's Millwall have given themselves some hope of Championship survival thanks a a vital win last night which pushes James McClean's Wigan closer to the drop.

With Roy Keane in attendance at the New Den, Nadjim Abdou and Magaye Gueye scored and gifted the Lions - who lost Dubliner Shaun Williams to injury in the first half - a win which puts them three points ahead of Wigan, and Forde's side have a game in hand over the Latics. Millwall now try to bridge the four-point gap between themselves and Rotherham.

Bournemouth stay on top of the Championship table, the Cherries 1-0 winners away to Reading last night, watched by Martin O'Neill, who was there to spy on Alex Pearce and Harry Arter.

Norwich City rem ain in the automatic promotion places after a 2-0 win away to Leeds United last night, Wes Hoolahan again in the starting XI for the Canaries.

Ipswich Town are still in the playoff zone, Mick McCarthy's side earning a 3-1 win at home to Cardiff City. Eoin Doyle scored only his second goal for Cardiff since his February move but first-half goals from Freddie Sears and Cole Skuse gave Ipswich the advantage and Daryl Murphy added a third in added time.


Derby County romped home 4-0 against a sorry Blackpool side, but Wolves' hopes of promotion suffered a potentially fatal blow as they lost 2-1 away to Middlesbrough.

Former U21 cap John O'Sullivan was celebrating as he made his full debut for Blackburn Rovers in a 2-2 draw away to Birmingham.

The 22-year-old has had to be patient in his time at Ewood Park but following two loan spells this season, boss Gary Bowyer put the Dubliner into the starting XI last night, fellow Dub Darragh Lenihan also on the bench for Blackburn and Bowyer says he has high hopes for the duo.

"Darragh and Johnno are pushing really hard for it. They've trained with the group for a number of weeks now and they've shown that they can take the responsibility on.

"We've got to blood them and see if they can be part of the squad next season, not just a player that goes out on loan again. We want them to push their way into the team," says Bowyer.

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