Millwall 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 24, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton ended a run of four consecutive defeats as they held Millwall to a 1-1 draw at The Den.

Mark Beevers opened the scoring inside 12 minutes against his former club, putting Wanderers on course for a move out of the Championship relegation zone, but they ended the afternoon back in the drop zone after Lions substitute Jiri Skalak fired home eight minutes from time.

Phil Parkinson made three changes to the Bolton side that started in defeat to Swansea City prior to the international break, with David Wheater, Marc Wilson and Josh Magennis came in at the expense of Jack Hobbs, Erhun Oztumer and Clayton Donaldson.

Kick-off was briefly delayed at The Den after Tony Harrington, who was originally penned in as referee, was injured in the warm-up and replaced by fourth official Lee Swabey.

Wanderers looked threatening from the off and had strong appeals for a penalty turned down inside six minutes, as Will Buckley was felled inside the box, but Swabey ignored the protests and ordered play to continue.

Buckley was involved again moments later, breaking free of his marker before seeing a one-on-one effort blocked by the feet of Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer.

The loose ball fell straight into the path of Sammy Ameobi, whose pinpoint pass picked out Jason Lowe. The midfielder stuck out a toe to send an effort goalwards, only to be denied by an outstanding Archer save.

The visitors were ahead in the 12th minute, however, courtesy of a former fans' favourite at The Den.

Beevers, who made more than 150 appearances for the Lions between 2012 and 2016, stole in unopposed at the far post to head a cross from Joe Williams across goal and in off the post.

Play was then halted midway through the half as Swabey, who had stepped in as referee ahead of the game, pulled up with a calf problem. After a discussion with Harrington, his assistants and officials from both sides, Swabey switched roles to run the line - with one of the linesmen replacing him on the field of play.

With the action back underway, Millwall created their first shooting chance of the afternoon but Shaun Williams volleyed wide after Buckley had cleared an initial effort from inside his own box.

A bitty half of football almost ended with the teams on level terms, with Millwall denied an equaliser in the second of six added minutes.

Aidan O'Brien, on as a substitute for the injured Tom Elliott, saw his original strike saved by Ben Alnwick before a rebound was blocked by Wheater. The ball ricocheted back off the Millwall man and headed towards goal, only for Beevers to react and clear behind for a corner to ensure the visitors took a 1-0 lead into the interval.

With the players back out for the start of the second period, there was one notable change to the Bolton side as Donaldson came on for the seemingly injured Magennis.

Five minutes had been played following the restart when the first chance arrived, with a cross from Pawel Olkowski picking out the run of Lowe. His first-time volley from 12 yards was destined for the net, only to be pushed away by an outstanding Archer stop.

Millwall upped their game after the hour, with James Meredith seeing a shot charged down by Beevers, before a follow-up from Lee Gregory rolled harmlessly into the waiting gloves of Alnwick.

Williams and Ameobi both failed to test Archer as Bolton looked to double their advantage in the last 20 minutes, but it was the hosts who were to find the net as they levelled with just eight minutes to play.

Wanderers failed to deal with a routine cross from Shane Ferguson and the ball dropped kindly to Skalak, who lashed across goal and into the far corner just five minutes after coming on as a substitute.

The Lions were in the ascendancy at this stage and almost completed a turnaround when Gregory sent a looping header narrowly wide on 88 minutes, while Bolton had one last chance to pick up all three points when Craig Noone fired over from a narrow angle in added time.

Having thrown away a lead they held for 70 minutes, Parkinson's side end the afternoon in 22nd place in the Championship table - one place behind Millwall on goal difference.

They return to action on Tuesday, when they face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Millwall: Archer, McLaughlin (Romeo 61), Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith (Skalak 77), Wallace, Williams, Leonard, Ferguson, Elliott (O'Brien 37), Gregory
Subs Not Used: Martin, Tunnicliffe, Karacan, Wallace
Booked: Hutchinson
Goals: Skalak 82

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Taylor, Beevers, Wheater, Olkowski, Lowe, Wilson, Williams, Buckley (Noone 69), Ameobi, Magennis (Donaldson 45)
Subs Not Used: Matthews, Vela, Doidge, Hobbs, Wildschut
Booked: Wilson, Lowe
Goals: Beevers 12

Referee: Lee Swabey
Attendance: TBC

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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