Dominic Solanke beat Bartosz Bialkowski at the near post to put Bournemouth ahead
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Bournemouth 1 Millwall 1
Despite Bournemouth missing the chance to move into the top two, the half-term report for Jason Tindall is largely positive.
At the Championship’s midway point, they sit just a point off the automatic promotion places, having lost many of their most valuable players in Tindall’s first post as a manager.
Dominic Solanke’s 10th goal of the season looked like it would be enough to overhaul Swansea but Millwall fought back to equalise 11 minutes from time through Matt Smith.
The pendulum swung several times in the first half. Initially Bournemouth were dominant and might have led in the second minute when David Brooks snaked his way between two defenders and was denied only by Bartosz Bialkowski’s forearm from close range. But having weathered the storm it was Gary Rowett’s side who then created the better chances.
Jed Wallace should have put them ahead when he collected Ryan Woods’ clever pass but could not beat the onrushing Asmir Begovic, who saved with his legs. Jake Cooper then saw his header cleared off the line from Scott Malone’s corner before Malone himself was unable to convert the rebound when Begovic parried Wallace’s free-kick shortly afterwards.
With Rowett readying his team talk as the more satisfied of the two managers, he saw Bournemouth take the lead on the stroke of half time. Dominic Solanke profited from Junior Stanislas’ clever turn and pass as he buried his finish inside Bialkowski’s near post.
After starting the season strongly, one win in 14 has left Millwall stranded in lower mid-table, with the prospect of a relegation battle beginning to loom on the horizon for Rowett’s side.
They were by no means outclassed here and deservedly equalised when substitute Smith prodded home with his first touch after Cooper had headed down a long free-kick. Before that, Kenneth Zohore had struck the base of the post with a free-kick, after he had been fouled by Jack Simpson.
Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Begovic; Smith, S Cook, Simpson, Kelly; L Cook, Lerma (Riquelme 83); Brooks (King 83), Stanislas (Billing 71), Rico (Stacey 87); Solanke. Subs: Dennis (g), Surridge, Carter-Vickers, Kilkenny, Anthony. Booked: Lerma
Millwall: (5-2-3): Bialkowski; McNamara, Hutchinson, Pearce (Smith 78), Cooper, Malone; Woods, Leonard; J Wallace (Thompson 84), Zohore (Bennett 78), Parrott (Bovardson 78). Subs: Fielding (g), Williams, Bradshaw, Ferguson, Romeo. Booked: Cooper, Leonard
Referee: Mr T Robinson (West Sussex)