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Millwall 1-1 Bolton Wanderers: Mark Beevers ends Bolton's 378-minute goal drought

Mark Beevers heads in Bolton's opener at Millwall.
Mark Beevers (in white) scored Bolton's first goal in 378 minutes, but Millwall levelled in the closing stages

Bolton ended their six-hour goal drought, but Millwall rescued a point late on to prevent a rare home league defeat.

Mark Beevers gave the visitors the perfect start when he stooped low against his former club to nod in Joe Williams' cross.

The defender then cleared off the line during six minutes of first-half stoppage-time caused by an injury to referee Lee Swabey.

Millwall applied pressure in the second half and got their reward eight minutes from time when substitute Jiri Skalak drilled in.

Both teams had chances to win it - Lee Gregory nodded wide for Millwall, and also had the ball in the net, but only after a foul had been awarded, while Craig Noone shot over for Bolton.

Having beaten Aston Villa, Wigan and Ipswich, Millwall were aiming for a fourth home league win in a row, something they had not achieved since April 2016 - but they were stopped in their tracks by a Bolton side hunting their first away win in three months.

Beevers' diving header brought some relief for Wanderers after 378 minutes without a goal, and Millwall were kept in it during the first half by keeper Jordan Archer - ironically only in the team because Ben Amos, on loan from Bolton, was ineligible against his parent club.

The hosts improved after the break and Skalak's equaliser kept Bolton in the bottom three and Millwall a place outside it.

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"We didn't look Millwall-like at The Den, up and at them, 100 per cent - we were five per cent off.

"I said at half-time [that] it's about finding a different way, being brave with the ball, being brave without the ball, and using the ball a lot more on the floor.

"I thought we had some excellent passages of play second half, scored relatively late in the game, and got into some really good areas. For me, summing it up, it's definitely a point gained."

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson:

"We've not had the greatest points return in recent weeks but I thought the lads played very, very well.

"Before we scored, we should have had a penalty - you've got to see it to believe it how we didn't get the penalty given.

"All in all, it's a good day's work for us. We'd have loved to have taken all three points but in terms of the way we played I've got to be very pleased."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Archer
  • 2McLaughlinSubstituted forRomeoat 61'minutes
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 45mins
  • 5Cooper
  • 3MeredithSubstituted forSkalakat 77'minutes
  • 7Wallace
  • 6Williams
  • 28Leonard
  • 11Ferguson
  • 19ElliottSubstituted forO'Brienat 37'minutes
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 12Romeo
  • 16Martin
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 21Karacan
  • 22O'Brien
  • 25Wallace
  • 26Skalak

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 16Olkowski
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 3Taylor
  • 18WilsonBooked at 7mins
  • 10Ameobi
  • 21Williams
  • 4LoweBooked at 21mins
  • 11BuckleySubstituted forNooneat 69'minutes
  • 28MagennisSubstituted forDonaldsonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Vela
  • 8Donaldson
  • 9Doidge
  • 12Noone
  • 14Hobbs
  • 20Matthews
  • 30Wildschut
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
12,554

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 1, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Joe Williams following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Aiden O'Brien (Millwall).

  5. Post update

    Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Sammy Ameobi tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Shane Ferguson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Millwall 1, Bolton Wanderers 1. Jake Cooper (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jiri Skalak.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jiri Skalak (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

  13. Post update

    Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jiri Skalak (Millwall).

  16. Post update

    Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jake Cooper (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shaun Williams.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.

  19. Post update

    Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich18113432211136
2Middlesbrough189722191234
3Leeds1896331171433
4West Brom1894539261331
5Sheff Utd189452921831
6Derby189452721631
7Nottm Forest187922516930
8QPR188372024-427
9Swansea187562017326
10Blackburn186842125-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham175932320324
13Stoke185852122-123
14Bristol City186482021-122
15Brentford185672825321
16Preston185673031-121
17Wigan186391926-721
18Sheff Wed185582232-1020
19Rotherham184771625-919
20Reading184592429-517
21Millwall184592330-717
22Bolton184591224-1217
23Hull1844101626-1016
24Ipswich181891530-1511
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