Millwall 1 Nottingham Forest 0

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Last updated : 01 November 2003

Managerless Millwall's mini-revival in the league continued under Dennis Wise and Ray Wilkins as they took all three points with a 1-0 home win against Nottingham Forest.

The Londoners have only lost one of their last six games and the defeat is Forest's fourth on their travels his season.

The game almost had a dramatic ending when the Forest players had their penalty appeals for a handball in stoppage time waved away.

"I thought it was a penalty to be honest," said Wilkins afterwards. "I am proud of our team because we have a got a young group of players who are willing to work.

"Myself and Dennis have got one game left in charge together. I have verbally applied for the job but I don't know if Dennis has." The game started brightly with both teams passing the ball well and attacking with a number of chances created at either end.

Tony Warner denied Gareth Taylor twice in the first half with two superb close-range saves which the striker should have buried.

It was Millwall that went in a goal up though when first-half substitute Kevin Braniff headed home a Peter Sweeney cross on the stroke of half time.

The second half started slowly with neither team looking able to break the other down. Referee Peter Walton substituted himself on the hour and the fourth official Mr Castle took over.

Forest looked to keep the ball as they tried to pass their way through the opposition defence but for all their possession they could not break down the Millwall rearguard which stood firm.

"I don't know how we lost this game," said Forest boss Paul Hart. "Darren Ward had nothing to do all game and we had some great chances."

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