Millwall 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 15, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's winless run in the Championship was extended to nine games on Saturday, as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Millwall.

Lukas Jutkiewicz put Wanderers ahead in the 15th minute at The Den, heading past David Forde from a Chris Eagles cross, but the game changed in the space of four short second-half minutes as Ian Holloway's side fought back to claim a point.

After Danny Shittu had handled inside his own box, Jutkiewicz had the opportunity to put the visitors 2-0 up with 12 minutes to go. His poor spot-kick was saved by Forde and Millwall would then go on to equalise, four minutes later, as Martyn Woolford slotted home from close range after Adam Bogdan had done well to make the initial save.

Dougie Freedman made two changes to the side that was beaten by Burnley on Tuesday night, with Mark Davies and Darren Pratley taking the places of Lee Chung-Yong and the ineligible Liam Trotter.

Former Bolton defender Shittu started for the Lions, while ex-loanee Liam Feeney was on the Millwall bench.

Both teams found the conditions difficult on a blustery afternoon at The Den, although it was the hosts who managed to create the first opportunity of the game. A slip from David Wheater provided Steve Morison with a one-on-one, but the Wanderers defender managed to recover and slide in to poke the ball away from the forward.

Alex Baptiste did well to clear a Shaun Williams cross moments later, before Medo Kamara shot wide of the target with Bolton's first attempt of the game on 10 minutes.

The hosts managed to clear a Tim Ream free-kick just before the quarter-hour, but the ball was in the back of the net 60 seconds later as Jutkiewicz got on the end of an Eagles cross - flicking the ball beyond Forde and into the net via the inside of the post.

Millwall should really have equalised five minutes later, but Wheater somehow positioned himself on the line to clear Martyn Woolford's goalbound shot to safety.

That miss seemed to spur on the home fans and they were appealing for a penalty on 24 minutes, but referee Simon Hooper ordered play to continue after Ed Upson went down inside the Bolton box.

Just five minutes after Wheater had cleared the ball off the line, Baptiste did the same as Jermaine Easter's shot had beaten Bogdan.

More penalty appeals went unheard as Wheater blocked a shot from Woolford just before the half-hour, before Eagles became the first man to be shown a yellow card after leaving his leg in during a challenge on Scott Malone.

Bogdan was alert to hold on to a pull-back from Malone, five minutes before the break, while Shittu threw himself in front of two strikes from Mark Davies at the other end of the field.

Kamara saw a shot deflect narrowly wide in stoppage time, before Lee Martin fired over the crossbar at the other end, as Bolton took their one-goal lead into the half-time break.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, although the opening moments were halted due to an injury to Lions defender Malone.

The first chance arrived six minutes after the interval, with a speculative free-kick from Eagles crashing back off the inside of the Millwall post. Unlike Jutkiewicz's first-half attempt, this one didn't nestle in the back of the net.

Millwall made a triple substitution just before the hour - as Simeon Jackson, DJ Campbell and Scott McDonald came on to replace Upson, Easter and Martin.

Those changes appeared to give the hosts a little extra going forward, but it was a good ten minutes before a chance of note fell their way, with Campbell heading harmlessly over the crossbar from 10 yards out.

Then, at the midway stage of the half, Wanderers were denied a second goal by the offside flag. Baptiste had the ball in the net and had turned away in celebration of his fifth goal of the campaign, only to turn around and see the assistant's flag raised.

That seemed to provide the wake-up call the hosts required and Baptiste was required at the other end two minutes later, as he cleared a goalbound header from Morison to safety.

Woolford was the next to try his luck, but couldn't find a way past Bogdan, before the visitors were awarded a 78th minute penalty after Shittu handled the ball inside his own box.

Jutkiewicz stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, but Forde guessed the right way and made a comfortable save to deny the on-loan Middlesbrough forward from 12 yards.

To rub salt into the wound, Millwall them pulled themselves level four minutes later. Bogdan did incredibly well to deny Jackson from point-blank range, but Woolford reacted quickest to tap the ball into the net to make the score 1-1.

Jay Spearing, Neil Danns and Kamara all came close to restoring Bolton's lead inside the final five minutes, before Jutkiewicz headed straight at Forde after Chung-Yong had come off the bench to tee him up.

Despite some late pressure from the visitors, they failed to find a way through the Millwall backline and were made to settle for a 1-1 draw - their 12th stalemate of the season.

Wanderers return to action next Saturday, when they face mid-table Watford at the Reebok Stadium.

Millwall: Forde, Fredericks, Shittu, Dunne, Malone, Woolford, Williams, Upson (McDonald 56), Martin (Campbell 57), Easter (Jackson 56), Morison
Subs Not Used: Robinson, Feeney, Powell, Bywater
Booked: Upson, Malone, Shittu
Goals: Woolford 82

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Baptiste, Mills, Wheater, Ream, Spearing, M Davies (Knight 79), Kamara, Pratley, Eagles (Danns 73), Jutkiewicz
Subs Not Used: Hall, Lonergan, Vela, Chung-Yong, White
Booked: Eagles, M Davies
Goals: Jutkiewicz 15

Referee: Simon Hooper
Attendance: 10,007

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