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Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Millwall

Scott Malone

Millwall face a last-day wait to preserve their Championship status despite earning a battling draw at QPR.

Scott Malone's injury-time equaliser cancelled out Charlie Austin's 77th-minute penalty, awarded for handball against Simeon Jackson.

The point edged Ian Holloway's side two clear of third-bottom Birmingham and one ahead of Doncaster.

Now a win against Bournemouth at the New Den on Saturday will guarantee their Championship survival.

That scenario is one that Millwall fans will accept gratefully given that they were seconds away from their future being out of their own control.

Had they not equalised, and had Doncaster not conceded twice in the final four minutes against Reading, Holloway's side would have been looking out anxiously for the result of Birmingham's game in hand against Wigan on Tuesday. A home win in that one would have left them in the bottom three.

Instead, Malone's shot was misjudged by goalkeeper Rob Green, the ball trundling into the net to earn Millwall a point.

That was reward for a competitive performance against a QPR side already secure in the play-offs.

Stefan Maierhofer and Lee Martin spurned openings before the latter left the field on a stretcher following a challenge involving Tom Carroll.

After that, Millwall were indebted to goalkeeper David Forde, who thwarted Niko Kranjcar, Austin, Ravel Morrison and Junior Hoilett.

However, the Irishman could not deny Austin his 17th of the season after Jackson, under pressure from Morrison, handled Hoilett's cross.

Holloway's side rallied late on, Shaun Williams cannoning a free-kick against the crossbar before Malone struck.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway on the penalty decision:

"I think handball should be deliberate. It might have hit his hand but was it in the box and was it deliberate?

"If there hadn't been a whistle, not one person behind that goal would have jumped up looking for a penalty - and I know this ground pretty well.

"But because it's Millwall it doesn't matter. How many times has that happened this year?"

QPR boss Harry Redknapp:

"When you're 1-0 up in the last minute you expect to see the game out.

"It's difficult to balance a team and maybe we had too many players who are good when they have the ball and not so good when they haven't got it.

"Wigan lost which means we know we're going to be at home for the second leg [of the play-offs] and that's what we wanted."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 2Simpson
  • 6Hill
  • 10Carroll
  • 15OnuohaBooked at 85mins
  • 5Dunne
  • 35BenayounSubstituted forHoilettat 63'minutes
  • 17Barton
  • 9AustinSubstituted forDoyleat 84'minutes
  • 4Morrison
  • 19KranjcarSubstituted forZamoraat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Yun Suk-young
  • 14Doyle
  • 18Hughes
  • 20Henry
  • 23Hoilett
  • 25Zamora
  • 26Murphy

Millwall

  • 1FordeBooked at 78mins
  • 44Edwards
  • 28Malone
  • 17Williams
  • 2Dunne
  • 16BeeversBooked at 60mins
  • 13L MartinSubstituted forMorisonat 16'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Bailey
  • 42MaierhoferSubstituted forJacksonat 53'minutes
  • 29GarvanSubstituted forMcDonaldat 65'minutes
  • 11Woolford

Substitutes

  • 5Robinson
  • 8Easter
  • 9Morison
  • 19Jackson
  • 26Abdou
  • 27McDonald
  • 43Bywater
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
15,725

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away23
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Millwall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Millwall 1.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Simeon Jackson.

Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

Scott Malone (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Millwall 1. Scott Malone (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Doyle (Queens Park Rangers).

Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt blocked. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Bobby Zamora tries a through ball, but Kevin Doyle is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Mark Beevers (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

Scott Malone (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Kevin Doyle replaces Charlie Austin.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

Goal!

Goal! Queens Park Rangers 1, Millwall 0. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

David Forde (Millwall) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Simeon Jackson (Millwall) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bobby Zamora replaces Niko Kranjcar.

Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross.

Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Millwall. Carlos Edwards tries a through ball, but Steve Morison is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Scott McDonald replaces Owen Garvan.

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Nicky Bailey.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4530963999
2Burnley45261453592
3Derby45259113284
4QPR452211121577
5Reading451913131470
6Wigan442010141370
7Brighton451815121469
8Blackburn45171612767
9Bournemouth45181215266
10Ipswich45171414565
11Nottm Forest45161712465
12Middlesbrough45151614961
13Watford441515141560
14Bolton45141615-158
15Leeds4516821-856
16Sheff Wed45131418-153
17Huddersfield45131121-1050
18Blackpool45111321-2546
19Charlton44111221-2545
20Millwall45101520-2945
21Doncaster45111123-3044
22Birmingham44111023-1543
23Barnsley4591224-3239
24Yeovil4581324-2837
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