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Millwall 2-2 Wigan Athletic: Matt Smith earns Lions a point against Latics

Matt Smith has scored five goals in 15 appearances for Millwall so far this season
Matt Smith has scored five goals in 15 appearances for Millwall so far this season

Millwall twice came from behind to seal a point against out-of-form Wigan Athletic in the Championship at The Den.

Anthony Pilkington gave Wigan the lead in style when he was found unmarked on the edge of the box and fired a low shot home.

Shaun Hutchinson headed in from a corner to level for the hosts, but the Latics led once more thanks to Antonee Robinson's strike from an acute angle.

However, their lead did not last long as Millwall levelled again, this time after Matt Smith met Shaun Williams' cross.

The result means Millwall slip to 11th while Wigan drop to 21st in the Championship table, just two points and one place above the relegation zone.

The Latics will fall into the bottom three on Wednesday if 22nd-placed Middlesbrough beat bottom side Barnsley.

Paul Cook's side are without a victory in six Championship games, losing four of them, and are yet to win away from home this season.

Wigan started the second half much the same as they did the first, with US international Robinson scoring his first professional goal.

But they were undone once more, this time as they failed to clear their lines as Smith was able to head home from close range and secure a point for the hosts.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio London:

"We'd almost pre-warned the players because you kind of knew what was going to happen.

"We knew that Wigan were coming to fight for their lives, they play a really strong second-ball game, very direct, they were fighting for every single thing and I would say they fought harder than us for the first 15 or 20 minutes.

"We just didn't quite have that zip that we've had in the previous games and that was understandable, but nevertheless disappointing."

Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It's the reaction we wanted and hoped for from Saturday's disappointment from conceding late on. The first goal was a cracker with his quality and finishing, it was excellent.

"I felt Millwall equalised against the run of play both times but we're happy with a point and it's a tough place to come as Millwall are on a good run.

"It's been tough on the road to pick up points and to lose in the manner we have lately, I'm sure the 165 travelling fans thought 'here we go again' but I'm glad we saw it out for them."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12RomeoBooked at 79mins
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 63mins
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Wallace
  • 7Wallace
  • 16Molumby
  • 6Williams
  • 21MahoneySubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
  • 8ThompsonSubstituted forSkalakat 79'minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forO'Brienat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Smith
  • 14Steele
  • 15Pearce
  • 17Brown
  • 22O'Brien
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 26Skalak

Wigan

  • 1Marshall
  • 15Sterling
  • 22Dunkley
  • 16Mulgrew
  • 3Robinson
  • 9Lowe
  • 4MacLeodBooked at 43mins
  • 5Morsy
  • 7PilkingtonSubstituted forKipreat 67'minutes
  • 19MooreSubstituted forMasseyat 76'minutes
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forWindassat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Windass
  • 11Massey
  • 17Jacobs
  • 21Kipre
  • 23Jones
  • 33Naismith
  • 38Gelhardt
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
10,021

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 2, Wigan Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Wigan Athletic 2.

Jayson Molumby (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt saved. Jayson Molumby (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden O'Brien.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Antonee Robinson.

Foul by Jiri Skalak (Millwall).

Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Josh Windass replaces Joe Garner.

Attempt blocked. Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gavin Massey.

Attempt saved. Lewis MacLeod (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Sam Morsy.

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cedric Kipre.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jiri Skalak replaces Ben Thompson.

Booking

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mahlon Romeo (Millwall).

Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic).

Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gavin Massey replaces Kieffer Moore.

Offside, Millwall. Shaun Hutchinson tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Jake Cooper (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross.

Attempt missed. Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross.

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Cedric Kipre replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt saved. Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Anthony Pilkington (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall).

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).

Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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3Fulham1895429181132
4Preston1794431181331
5Swansea188642318530
6Nottm Forest168532013729
7Bristol City177822521429
8Brentford178362213927
9Sheff Wed177462216625
10Cardiff186752625125
11Millwall186752224-225
12QPR177372732-524
13Derby186661924-524
14Charlton186572523223
15Hull176562523223
16Birmingham177281722-523
17Blackburn176382326-321
18Reading175391922-318
19Huddersfield184682026-618
20Luton1852112533-817
21Wigan1844101628-1216
22Middlesbrough172871523-814
23Stoke1842121931-1214
24Barnsley1716101836-189
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