Webber swoops on rotating Millwall

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Millwall 0 Watford 2

It has been the preserve of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool for the past few years, but Millwall fans must have thought they would never see the day that squad rotation came to The Den.

Yesterday, however, they did, all to no avail as Dennis Wise's replacements hardly covered themselves in glory. In a frequently ill-tempered game marred by some ugly confrontations, epitomised by Danny Dichio's second-half dismissal, Watford also extended their impressive unbeaten run to six games and climbed, thanks to Danny Webber's goal, to sixth in the Championship. That strike would have been enough, but with the Lions cowering as Heidar Helguson ran at the defence with 14 minutes remaining, the Icelandic international made sure of victory with a shot inside Graham Stack's far post.

Webber scored probably his easiest goal of the campaign. From a cross by Neil Cox, Helguson was unmarked and saw his goalbound header saved by Stack. Unfortunately for the Millwall goalkeeper, he could only push it to Webber who tapped in from a yard out.

Ray Lewington, the Watford manager, praised Webber's improvement saying: "He gets himself within six yards. He wouldn't have done that 12 months ago. But we're not getting carried away."

Goals: Webber (65) 0-1; Helguson (76) 0-2.

Millwall: (4-4-2): Stack; Simpson, Lawrence, Ward, Muscat; Sweeney, Elliott, Serioux (Wise, h-t), Cogan; Dichio, Moore (Ifill, h-t). Substitutes not used: Marshall (gk), Livermore, Harris.

Watford: (4-4-2): Lee; Mayo, Dyche, Cox, Doyley; Ardley, Gunnarsson, Mahon, Young; Webber (Bouazza, 88), Helguson (Dyer, 84). Substitutes not used: Chamberlain (gk), Darlington, Demerit.

Referee: P Taylor (Herts)

Booked: Millwall: Dichio, Wise. Watford: Gunnarsson, Mahon.

Sent-off: Dichio.

Man of the match: Webber.

Attendance: 10,865.

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