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Millwall 1-1 Fulham: Visitors miss chance to move into top two

Aleksandar Mitrovic scores for Fulham
Aleksandar Mitrovic's early goal gave Fulham hope of moving into the automatic promotion places

Fulham missed the chance to move up to second place in the Championship as they were held to a draw at Millwall.

An exciting first half saw Aleksandar Mitrovic give Fulham the perfect start as he slid in Joe Bryan's excellent curling cross having got between Millwall's centre-backs.

But the hosts controversially levelled soon afterwards as Jon Dadi Bodvarsson stabbed home despite being in an offside position from what seemed to be a Tom Bradshaw flick-on.

The Lions should have been ahead 12 minutes later, but Jed Wallace struck a penalty against the top of the bar after Bryan had fouled Mahlon Romeo.

Neither side could find a winner after the break, despite Neeskens Kebano hitting the crossbar for Fulham in stoppage time.

Scott Parker's Fulham drew level on points with second-placed Leeds, but are behind them on goal difference, while Millwall stay in 11th place.

The game started frantically - Mitrovic's 21st goal of the season put him top of the Championship's goalscoring standings in his own right, but Millwall's equaliser caused consternation on the Fulham bench, and replays showed they had a case.

A corner from the right was headed back towards goal by Shaun Hutchinson with Alex Pearce appearing to be offside. The ball never reached Pearce as Bradshaw clipped the ball forward, although it appeared that referee Andy Madley and his assistant felt that Fulham defender Josh Onomah got a final touch on it when both Pearce and Bodvarsson were beyond the last defender.

Wallace almost latched into a long ball to put Millwall ahead soon after he missed his penalty, while at the other end Fulham impressed with their passing but only had a shot from Mitrovic right at the end that was straight at Bartosz Bialkowski to show for it.

Onomah twice missed the target after powerful runs through the Millwall defence after the break, while Bradshaw had a great chance to win it for the hosts with 15 minutes left after being put through on goal, but his tame left-footed shot was easily saved by Marek Rodak.

Fulham almost took all three points in the second minute of stoppage time as a corner from the left was glanced goalwards by Kebano, but the attacker's header came back off the bar.

Jed Wallace's early penalty hits the bar
Jed Wallace's early penalty hit the bar as Millwall gave Fulham a scare at The Den

Millwall manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio London:

"I watched it again and it's so difficult. If the linesman flags straight away, we can all debate it and then he's probably going to give offside because of that initial reaction.

"But when you watch it back, you just can't tell who's touched it and if you can't tell who's touched it, you can't be sure it's offside.

"It's such a difficult one and I don't know the answer. I don't know, genuinely, but I was pleased with our reaction."

Fulham boss Scott Parker told BBC Radio London:

"We found it quite difficult in the first half; we didn't really put our mark on the game.

"I think their goal is clearly offside and after that, it just felt like that moment rattled us a little bit.

"It is what it is. I wouldn't have thought you would need VAR for that decision tonight.

"I've just seen it back, I just honestly don't understand. We can't dwell on that.

"We hit the bar, we huffed and puffed and it didn't go our way at times."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 15PearceSubstituted forSmithat 86'minutes
  • 5Cooper
  • 12Romeo
  • 16Molumby
  • 19WoodsBooked at 25minsSubstituted forSkalakat 86'minutes
  • 3Wallace
  • 7Wallace
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forLeonardat 77'minutes
  • 23Bödvarsson

Substitutes

  • 10Smith
  • 11Ferguson
  • 14Steele
  • 18Leonard
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22O'Brien
  • 26Skalak

Fulham

  • 12Rodák
  • 4Odoi
  • 3Hector
  • 13Ream
  • 23Bryan
  • 10CairneyBooked at 61mins
  • 18ArterBooked at 81minsSubstituted forKebanoat 88'minutes
  • 47KamaraSubstituted forCavaleiroat 70'minutes
  • 25Onomah
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 9Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 6McDonald
  • 7Kebano
  • 8Johansen
  • 19Cavaleiro
  • 22Christie
  • 43S Sessegnon
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
12,870

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 1, Fulham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Fulham 1.

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Josh Onomah.

Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jed Wallace.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Harry Arter.

Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Millwall) with an attempt from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jiri Skalak replaces Ryan Woods.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Matt Smith replaces Alex Pearce.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Harry Arter (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Millwall).

Attempt blocked. Ryan Woods (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Harry Arter (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harry Arter (Fulham).

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Ryan Leonard replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson with a through ball.

Foul by Harry Arter (Fulham).

Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Aboubakar Kamara.

Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).

Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Attempt missed. Josh Onomah (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Denis Odoi with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Attempt missed. Josh Onomah (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a fast break.

Booking

Tom Cairney (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

Murray Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).

Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Attempt missed. Josh Onomah (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Michael Hector.

Foul by Michael Hector (Fulham).

Murray Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Josh Onomah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Hector.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom321711457342362
2Leeds32168847301756
3Fulham32168847331456
4Brentford321661053262754
5Nottm Forest32159843311254
6Preston32158947361153
7Bristol City3215894845353
8Cardiff32121374643349
9Blackburn32138114638847
10Swansea32121193737047
11Millwall32111383938146
12Sheff Wed32128124135644
13Derby321110114044-443
14Birmingham32127134148-743
15Hull32117144347-440
16Reading32109133837139
17QPR32116154756-939
18Middlesbrough32813113442-837
19Charlton3299144145-436
20Huddersfield3298153751-1435
21Stoke32104183949-1034
22Wigan3279163148-1730
23Luton3283213866-2827
24Barnsley32510173758-2125
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