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By Tom Moore
Monday, October 8, 2012
Millwall goalkeeper David Forde felt his side fully deserved the victory against Bolton.
Darius Henderson gave the Lions the lead after 17 minutes only for Chris Eagles to equalise five minutes after half time.
The Trotters forward missed a penalty on the hour mark and was made to pay for it as Henderson struck again to hand Millwall a vital win.
It was all the more special for Forde as it was his first win in the side, since regaining his place from Maik Taylor, who had kept him on the bench since March.
“It was fantastic,” Forde said. “It’s only my fourth game back.
“I have been out a long time - six, seven months without first-team football.
“I knew I would need five or six games to get back to where I was, so it’s been great.”
The Republic of Ireland international made a key save in the first half from Eagles.
The former Manchester United man found a clear path to goal and unleashed a shot that appeared destined for the top corner.
However, Forde leapt to his left and tipped the ball over the bar to preserve Millwall’s lead.
“It was just a reaction really and he unleashed it,” he explained.
“It is just one of them that you work on during the week and it came off so it is nice.”
After Eagles had equalised for Bolton, he was awarded a penalty after a trip by Alan Dunne.
Yet that golden opportunity was not taken as the forward picked himself up, dusted himself down and blasted the penalty over the bar.
“It was bizarre,” Forde admitted. “I didn’t see the incident at the time so I will have to look at it again but we deserved that luck.
“We were the better side with the better chances.
“He missed and from then on I thought there was only one side that was going to go on and win it.”
The decision to award the penalty angered the home fans and they upped the volume for the Lions.
The support paid off in the final minute as Andy Keogh fed Henderson on the edge of the area and the striker made no mistake, with his shot beating Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan and nestling in the bottom corner.
“It was fantastic,” Forde said “They got wound up and were right behind us.
“As a team, we played terribly well. I think we deserved the win and it was a great finish from Darius.”
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