Posted by Admin - Wed 16th August 2017 10.12AM
Millwall 1 Bolton Wanderers 1
By William Kirkpatrick
Following a disappointing loss to a strong Leeds side, the Whites travelled down to London to face fellow promoted side Millwall - a team they would hope to beat if to maintain their hopes of staying up this season.
Wanderers made three changes to the side which battled Leeds. Josh Vela and David Wheater are on the injury table while Steven Darby has failed to impress in his first games. Darren Pratley, Reece Burke and Mark Little replaced them.
A timid first half saw a lack of clear chances. Both teams were reluctant to give the opposition an inch which resulted in significant periods of congested football and half chances.
The game burst into life as Millwall opened the scoring shortly after half time.
An excellent team goal saw Millwall take a deserved lead. Skills, including a chip over Josh Cullen, a back heel assist and some effective dribbling in the box resulted in George Saville prodding the ball past Mark Howard.
Millwall pressed on and could have easily have had two. Saville latched onto a Howard's clearance with a long-range shot. It deflected, looping over Howard but stopped on the line by Mark Beevers.
It was then Bolton’s turn to attack which resulted in the equaliser. Filipe Morais stood over a free-kick in a dangerous position and placed the ball in the top left corner of the goal, a near perfect strike which left the Millwall goalkeeper stranded.
Backed by their vocal fans, Millwall pushed for the winner which put Bolton on the back foot but they held on for a point.
Bolton relied on Reece Burke and ex-Millwall player Mark Beevers to put their bodies on the line for the win. Beevers produced a brilliant block to deny Steve Morrison’s goal bound volley late on.
A scrappy game ended with neither team gained the three points they needed for their upcoming Championship survival dog fight.
It was, however, Bolton’s first point which can hopefully set their season in motion.