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Lee Bowyer left gutted after Charlton lose to Millwall at the death

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Charlton boss Lee Bowyer could not hide his disappointment after his side were on the receiving end of a Matt Smith stoppage-time winner as Millwall triumphed 2-1 at the Den.

A sixth-minute header from captain Shaun Hutchinson put Millwall in front, but they were pegged back shortly after half-time by Jonathan Leko's smart finish.

The game looked to be heading for a draw but Smith, brought on with just four minutes remaining, rose at the back post to earn the hosts all three points, leaving Bowyer ruing missed opportunities in what he believes was a dominant display.

"I'd have been disappointed with a point! We can't afford to not win this game, because I thought we were the better side," Bowyer said.

"I may be biased but this is what I'm watching, us playing the way we're playing. To come away with nothing is so disappointing. I can't express how disappointed I am.

"I thought we were better than them. I thought we dominated large parts of the game. First half we conceded an early set-piece which gives them something to hold on to but once we started passing the ball then we dominated the rest of the first half.

"Once we equalised I thought here we go, we're going to go and win the game. We were better than them. When we're moving the ball, we created a lot of problems for them.

"Once we equalised we stopped passing the ball, it became more of an even game, but I still felt that we'd go on and win the game, but we end up losing and getting nothing.

"We have to defend better. We've lost this game on two set-pieces. Defending set-pieces is easy, you just make sure your man doesn't score. That's it. It's simple.

"But for some reason their man wanted to score more than our man wanted to defend. And their goalie obviously played really well, but to come away with nothing, that's ridiculous."

The result extended Millwall's undefeated run over Charlton in the league, which charts all the way back to 1996, and the thrilling end to the game excited Lions boss Gary Rowett.

He said: "As a manager you want to win 3-0 and have a really easy afternoon, but if you can't do that there's no more exciting way to win a local derby than in the last two or three minutes.

"It was a difficult game, Charlton are a good side. They've shown that this season.

"I think at 1-1 it was a real turning point. People talk about Bart's (Bartosz Bialkowski) save, it's an unbelievable save, but their keeper has also made an unbelievable save so, I think we probably just edged the chances, Charlton edged possession and control.

"They then dropped a bit, and allowed us to get back into it. And then, we're at home, we've got to make attacking changes and try and force the game.

"If you put quality into the box with Matt he's the best in the division in those scenarios. As soon as he comes onto the pitch the players have to avoid just hitting him from anywhere and lacking respect for him as a player. We've got to work it into better positions to get the cross."

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Lee Bowyer left gutted after Charlton lose to Millwall at the death

Result: Brentford earn comfortable win at Wigan to move into top half of Championship

Brentford moved into the top half of the Sky Bet Championship, and within touching distance of the top six, after a straightforward 3-0 victory at struggling Wigan.

Bryan Mbeumo fired the bees in front just five minutes into the match before second-half strikes from Kamo Mokotjo and Josh Dasilva made sure of the win.

Both sides finished the contest with 10 men, with Cedric Kipre seeing red for the home side and Julian Jeanvier taking an early bath for Brentford.

Wigan were out of sorts right from the off, with Kieffer Moore playing a 70-yard ball from deep inside Brentford territory towards his own goal and goalkeeper David Marshall only just preventing the ball going out for a corner.

But the respite was only temporary, with the Bees taking the lead with only five minutes gone.

Dasilva supplied the corner from the left-hand side, which Christian Norgaard was able to meet, unmarked, from six yards out. Marshall made the initial save but Norgaard steered the rebound back to Mbeumo, who stabbed home from close range.

Wigan's first sight of goal came from Moore on the 25-minute mark but it drifted wide of the far post with David Raya untroubled.

Jamal Lowe thought he was in for Wigan just before the half-time whistle, lobbing the ball over Raya and towards the empty net. However, Pontus Jansson somehow got back to volley the ball up against the bar and off the line – with only the offside flag denying him the clearance of the season.

Brentford would have been pleased with the way they had been able to largely control the ball and keep Wigan at arm's length, and the home side will clearly have been subject to some harsh words from manager Paul Cook at the interval.

Wigan came out for the second period with a spring in their step and Michael Jacobs had a low shot saved by Raya at full stretch.

The hosts went for it on the hour mark with a double change, throwing on Josh Windass and England Under-18 star Joe Gelhardt for Jacobs and former Bee Lewis Macleod.

But almost immediately, a tough task became tougher when Brentford doubled their advantage with 20 minutes to play.

Marshall did well to claw out a cross from Dasilva, but Mokotjo was on hand to rifle home from 15 yards.

And any chance Wigan had of pulling it back disappeared within three minutes when Kipre was dismissed for a second bookable offence, taking down Ollie Watkins in full flight.

The visitors then added salt to Wigan wounds with a glorious third goal with seven minutes to go, with Dasilva sending a magnificent strike into the top corner from 20 yards.

Wigan's misery was compounded in the six added minutes when Gelhardt had to be carried off on a stretcher having taken a nasty blow to the head.

In the melee that followed, Brentford's Jeanvier was sent off, with Williams of Wigan receiving a yellow card.

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Result: Livermore haunts Hull as West Brom consolidate top spot in Championship

West Brom consolidated their position at the summit of the Championship table with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Hull at the KCOM Stadium.

The Baggies didn't have it all their own way in East Yorkshire and Grant McCann's side were confident having won their last three outings, but it was an old face that came back to haunt the Tigers.

Jake Livermore, who spent three-and-a-half seasons as a Hull player before joining West Brom in 2017, scored the only goal in the 28th minute, firing home from distance.

The home side had their chances, with Kamil Grosicki spurning their most notable opportunity, but West Brom showed the grit of promotion contenders to ensure Livermore's strike was decisive.

Perhaps unsurprisingly it was Slaven Bilic's outfit who dominated the early encounters, but despite seeing most of the ball they failed to carve out any real chance of note inside Hull's penalty area.

That was until the 21st minute when Darnell Furlong was allowed space down the right-hand side to pick out Grady Diangana in the area with a teasing cross, only for the West Ham loanee to send his header over the bar.

Just two minutes later, though, Grosicki should have opened the scoring.

The Poland international's run into the area was picked out by Jackson Irvine but he lacked the conviction to make the most of the chance, putting his tame shot wide from 12 yards.

Matt Phillips stung the palms of City goalkeeper George Long with an effort from outside the area and from the resulting corner, West Brom took the lead.

A short corner found its way to Livermore, who was in acres of space on the edge of the area, and he punished his old side for their slack defending by lashing the ball home.

The Tigers rallied before half-time and did find the back of the net themselves as the in-form Jarrod Bowen poked home, only to see his celebrations halted by a raised flag.

Eric Lichaj made a clumsy run forward but after a clever one-two with Bowen, he squared the ball into the area where Kevin Stewart was arriving but he couldn't get the connection he craved.

The Baggies weren't exactly in control in the second half but in the space of a minute they missed two great scoring opportunities.

First the lively Diangana dragged a shot wide of Long's goal after a neat piece of passing play on the edge of the area and moments later Matheus Pereira put a shot wide from a central position.

The Baggies, though, had done enough to maintain their two-point cushion at the top of the league.

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