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Posted Sat 03 Jan 15 at 17:30 PM

Full-time score from The Den

Millwall and Bradford City will have to play it again after Saturday's FA Cup Third Round tie finished all square in a thrilling 3-3 encounter at The Den. 

In a real ding-dong affair Phil Parkinson's in-form Bantams took an early lead when Billy Knott slammed home the opening goal after Millwall had failed to clear their lines from a corner.

The Lions, missing a quartet of first-team regulars through injury, thought that they had forced a leveller on the quarter hour mark when Ricardo Fuller fired past Ben Williams from eight yards after Danny Shittu's header from a Lee Martin free-kick had been pushed into his path by the keeper. The linesman spotted that Shittu had strayed a foot offside and unfortunately - but correctly - Fuller's effort was disallowed.

However, Millwall kept plugging away with Jimmy Abdou sending a looping header high and wide on 24 minutes. The lively Fuller then directed a header narrowly off target before ending a surging run into the heart of the danger zone with a low shot that flew inches past the upright. 

The Lions were not to be denied and their pressure paid off shortly when Scott McDonald steered a textbook header beyond Williams' reach and into the corner of the net after neat work on the wing by Lee Martin to level up nine minutes before the break.

Neither manager made any changes to their playing personnel and it was Millwall who started the second-half with real intent and purpose to their play. 

Millwall kept knocking at the door and took a deserved lead in the 66th-minute when McDonald turned provider, picking out Fuller with a neat pass following a quick Lions counter-attack. Striker Fuller made no mistake with a crisp finish for his fourth goal of the season.

However The Lions' joy was short-lived and just four minutes later James Hanson's rasping drive crashed against the woodwork, the ball dropped down and hit home defender Sid Nelson, bobbling over the line from barely two yards. 

The visitors had their tails up and looked to have put one foot in the hat for Monday's Fourth Round draw just six minutes later when Knott expertly volleyed the ball in from close-range for his second goal of the game on 76 minutes. 

Lions boss Ian Holloway introduced Magaye Gueye for Richard Chaplow with nine minutes remaining and the sub's first touch was a whisker away from picking out Fuller in the penalty area. His second delivery in the 83rd-minute, however, proved decisive as he did find Fuller, who coolly converted to level at 3-3. 

Both teams had opportunities to grab a dramatic late winner, the best of which fell to Gueye, whose fierce 16-yard drive stung the hands of keeper Williams in the Bradford goal, meaning the two teams will meet again on Wednesday 14th January to see who goes through to Round Four.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Briggs, Nelson, Shittu, Upson (Woolford, 89mins), Abdou, Chaplow (Gueye, 81mins), Martin, McDonald, Fuller. Subs not used: King, Easter, Martinez, Powell, O'Brien. 
Bookings: Upson (22mins), Chaplow (50mins) 
Scorers: McDonald (36mins), Fuller (66, 83mins) 

Bradford City: Williams, Darby, Meredith, Sheehan, Liddle, Hanson, Knott (McBurnie (90+5mins), Stead (Zoko, 89mins), Morais, McArdle, Halliday (Kennedy, 77mins). Subs not used: Urwin, Routis, Wright, Mottley-Henry. 
Booking: McArdle (53mins) 
Scorers: Knott (6, 76mins), Nelson (70mins og) 

Ref: D. Webb 
Att: 5,470 (away 1,093)

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