Millwall 1 Fulham 1 – Lions take point in derby clash as Jed Wallace penalty miss proves costly

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Millwall made amends for an indifferent display on Sunday against West Bromwich Albion as they prevented Fulham moving into the Championship top two tonight.

The west London club had a dream start as Aleksandar Mitrovic took less than three minutes to bag his 21st goal of the campaign.

But the Lions were quickly level through Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. The Icelandic international converted from close range – even though replays seemed to show that he was offside.

It was the first time in four fixtures that Millwall had scored against Fulham.

If there was any dispute about the equaliser then there was no doubting the veracity of Millwall’s penalty on 22 minutes as Joe Bryan brought down Mahlon Romeo – referee Andrew Madley instantly whistling for the foul. But Jed Wallace’s spot-kick clipped off the top of the crossbar.

Millwall v Fulham SkyBet Championship, The Den, 12 February 2020

The second period saw both teams struggle to create.

Fulham finished with 469 completed passes – Millwall managing 184 – but all that possession had no end product.

Tom Bradshaw had a good shooting chance in the 75th minute as he was slipped through by Bodvarsson but his finish lacked both the power and angle to beat Marek Rodak in the Fulham goal.

Scott Parker’s side went close to a winner right near the end as Neeskens Kebano’s near-post flick on an Ivan Cavaleiro corner came back off the bar.

It would have been harsh on Millwall if they had not shared the spoils.

Lions chief Gary Rowett went with a 5-2-3 formation and the backline were excellent – with Shaun Hutchinson impressing against his former club.

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