Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bad Bounce for Wise after Brawl

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bad Bounce for Wise after Brawl

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Byline: STUART JAMES

MILLWALL were today deciding whether to lodge an appeal after manager Dennis Wise and two of his players were dismissed in an ugly finale to their 1-0 victory at Cardiff.

The game exploded in the final minute when Millwall midfielder Alan Dunne appeared to aim a punch at Cardiff 's Chris Barker.

The incident sparked a mass brawl that led to David Livermore, who was playing his first game since returning from a one-match ban, and Cardiff 's James Collins both receiving red cards along with Dunne.

Wise, watching from the touchline, was dismissed after a water bottle he threw to the ground in disgust bounced up and struck the assistant referee.

These unsavoury scenes overshadowed a vital win for Millwall, which was secured courtesy of Danny Dichio's first-half penalty. And with the Lions' threadbare squad already stretched to the limit, Wise is hoping that a review of the incidents will provide him with grounds for appeal.

"We have a few injury problems as it is, so we will study the video to see whether it is worth appealing," Wise said. "But we battled hard for this win.

We defended resolutely and we got the result we were after.

"It's just a shame the last minute might overshadow that."

Meanwhile, Wise's assistant, Ray Wilkins, argued that the confrontation, which continued in the players' tunnel, should not be blown out of proportion.

"It was a great shame. It had been a decent competitive game of football before that," Wilkins said. "It was also so unfortunate for Dennis. I think there was a lot of frustration on the touchline and Dennis ended up being sent off because he threw a water bottle at the floor and it bounced up and hit the linesman.

"The whole thing looked worse than it was because a lot of players were involved."

The result lifts Millwall to eighth place and rekindles hopes of a serious playoff challenge. They were under sustained pressure for much of the second half but Andy Marshall was in inspired form. …

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