Sunday, 26 February 2012

Wright Stunner Eases Millwall's Relegation Fears

JOSH WRIGHT crashed home a wonder strike as Millwall eased their relegation fears.

The midfielder drilled in a volley from 35 yards to ensure the Lions chalked up only their second league win of 2012 by beating Burnley 3-1.

Andy Keogh had earlier fired Kenny Jackett’s men ahead with Harry Kane scoring a third as the Clarets’ run of five unbeaten home games came to an end.

Surprisingly, considering their shocking return of taking just two points from their last 15, Millwall battered Burnley.

The tone was set within three minutes as Hameur Bouazza cut in from the left touchline and smacked a shot against the bar.

James Henry was sloppy in his bid to head the follow-up home instead nodding over from close range.

Soon after, Paul Robinson was allowed a decent headed chance from a corner that Marvin Bartley had to hack off the line.

Eddie Howe’s men were rocking and the Lions sensed it. They finally pounced when David Edgar made a hash of a clearance.

Ben Mee still had a chance to get rid of the ball but reacted slower than Keogh and the Irish international dipped his shoulder before hammering a rising drive past It was a strike to remember but nowhere near the quality of Wright’s 30th-minute effort.

The midfielder took time to steady himself as Mee’s header dropped to him before blasting a right-footed volley past a bemused Grant.

Burnley switched to a three-man defence at the break and paid the penalty when James Henry put Kane through and the striker side-footed past Grant for the third.

Jay Rodriguez managed to grab a 92nd-minute consolation from the penalty spot after Shane Lowry tripped Bartley in the box.

Howe said: “It was our poorest show for a long time.”

Jackett said: “We haven’t had a win for a while so this was great for our confidence.

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