BY ROB STEWART
Shaun Williams spared team-mate Jake Cooper’s blushes to secure Millwall a precious point in their fight to pull away from the Championship relegation zone.
The midfielder volleyed home the equaliser right in front of the travelling supporters who would have been forgiven for fearing the worst against mid-table Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
Neil Harris’s side looked destined for defeat when they fell behind in the 52ndminute when centre-back Cooper diverted Niclas Eliason’s cross beyond Jordan Archer.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when striker Aiden O’Brien was stretchered off just before the hour-mark following lengthy treatment but Millwall showed impressive resilience.
And Williams grabbed his side a deserved equaliser with his sixth goal this term, thumping the ball beyond Niki Maenpaa from 12 yards after skipper Steve Morison headed the ball into his path in the 78thminute.
That was Williams’ last contribution as he went off injured shortly afterwards but his colleagues ensured his efforts were not in vain although City’s Chelsea-loanee Tomas Kalas went close to breaking Millwall hearts in stoppage time.
Millwall are still seeking their first away win this season and are still in the relegation zone but the point allowed the South London side to move up a place in the table and are now level on points with fourth-bottom Reading.
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