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Experienced Wise sets example

Published: Friday 17 September 2004, 0.45CET
Millwall FC 1-1 Ferencvárosi TC Millwall player-manager Dennis Wise scores but his side are held.

Match statistics

MillwallFerencváros

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 17 September 2004, 0.45CET

Experienced Wise sets example

Millwall FC 1-1 Ferencvárosi TC Millwall player-manager Dennis Wise scores but his side are held.

By Trevor Haylett at the New Den

Two goals both scored direct from free-kicks meant that Millwall FC's first-ever appearance in a European competition ended in a draw. The home team thought they were heading for a UEFA Cup first round first-leg triumph when player-manager Dennis Wise put them ahead but Ferencvárosi TC levelled matters with 12 minutes remaining.

Wise move
The team from the second tier of English football had taken the game to the Hungarian champions from the start and it was fitting that Wise, who lifted the trophy with Chelsea FC in 1998, should score their goal. Captain Peter Lipcsei then came up with a valuable away goal with a similar strike at the other end.

Memorable night
The home crowd were clearly intent on making this first foray into the European arena a memorable one and gave their team a noisy reception at the start. At the same time they knew this would be a hard test for the debutants who were unable to start with either of their main strikers, Danny Dichio and Barry Hayles, through injury.

Szucs save
In the initial stages Millwall looked tentative which was perhaps understandable given their inexperience at this level. Nerves betrayed Neil Harris when Wise's cleverly-scooped free-kick put him in space behind the defensive wall. Just before that a Wise corner had seen Marvin Elliott head towards goal, demanding a stretching save from Lajos Szucs.

Missed chance
Another good opportunity emerged in the 23rd minute when Jody Morris' shot found it's way to Stefan Moore standing to the right of goal and in space. He elected to shoot first time and saw the ball travel harmlessly beyond the far post.

Disallowed goal
Millwall did get the ball in the net on the hour but the whistle had already blown for a foul. However they had only to wait another six minutes before they could celebrate. A foul on Moore just outside the area was ideally positioned for Wise who skilfully bent the ball into the far corner of the net.

Lipcsei magic
Ferencváros had not shown too much of themselves as an attacking force, content to hang back and limit their raids. The Millwall goal changed that approach however and Zoltan Balog came close with an angled volley. Lipcsei's free-kick then ensured that the visitors would return home confident of earning a place in the group stages.

Last updated: 17/09/04 1.33CET

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Lineups

millwall

Millwall

ferencváros

Ferencváros

1
StackGraham Stack (GK)
22
SzücsLajos Szücs (GK)
17
MuscatKevin Muscat
21
VukmirDragan Vukmir
2
LawrenceMatthew Lawrence
24
GyepesGábor Gyepes
9
HarrisNeil Harris
Substitution80
23
BotisSorin Botis
11
MooreStefan Moore
Substitution77
6
LipcseiPéter Lipcsei
Goal79
12
WardDarren Ward
20
RósaDénes Rósa
15
SimpsonJosh Simpson
53
KapicAdem Kapic
25
ElliottMarvin Elliott
88
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
19
WiseDennis Wise
Goal66
78
BalogZoltán Balog
Substitution90+3
8
LivermoreDavid Livermore
26
VágnerRobert Vágner
Substitution71
20
MorrisJody Morris
Substitution36
9
BajevskiAleksandar Bajevski
Substitution80

Substitutes

13
MarshallAndy Marshall (GK)
1
UdvaráczMilán Udvarácz (GK)
5
SeriouxAdrian Serioux
4
KissGyörgy Kiss
7
IfillPaul Ifill
Substitution77
7
ZavadszkyGábor Zavadszky
Substitution90+3
10
DichioDaniele Dichio
Substitution80
10
LeandroLeandro
23
McCammonMark McCammon
51
ZováthJános Zováth
26
SweeneyPeter Sweeney
90
SowunmiThomas Sowunmi
Substitution80
37
CoganBarry Cogan
Substitution36
99
PenskaMarek Penska
Substitution71

Coach

Dennis Wise* (ENG) Csaba László (HUN)

Referee

Dejan Delevic (SRB)

Assistant referees

Nikola Tomićić (SRB), Zoran Cupic (SRB)

Fourth official

Dejan Jovic (SRB)

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