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Honours even

13 November 2012

Batt on target in Fulham friendly

Shaun Batt was on target as Millwall and Fulham shared the honours in a 1-1 behind-closed-doors friendly draw at Motspur Park on Tuesday afternoon.
The game provided seven senior Lions players, including Batt, the opportunity to get some vital match minutes.
"With the game coming up on Sunday this was an opportunity to give a few of the guys some minutes against very good quality opposition," said Scott Fitzgerald.
"Lads such as Maik Taylor, Karleigh Osborne, Scott Malone, Dany N'Guessan and Therry Racon were all involved. All the pro's had an excellent attitude as expected and I was very pleased with the overall level of performance against a good Fulham team."
Striker N'Guessan met Malone's 20th-minute free-kick with a firm header, but sent his effort off-target with The Lions' first serious goal attempt and Racon then sliced wide just four minutes later as the visitors pressed forward.
Damnmy Shitta saw his thumping shot saved by Fulham keeper Csaba Somogyi and Millwall went close to breaking the deadlock again just before the break when Batt's delightful chipped effort was acrobatically cleared off the line by Jack Grimmer.
The Lions finally broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time when full-back Dylan Richards jinked his way into the area and cut the ball back to Batt who fired home from close range.
Millwall picked up where they left off after the break and N'Guessanshowed his strength to hold off Grimmer as he burst into the box, but his shot was straight at the onrushing Somogyi.
The Lions could have gone 2-0 ahead on the hour when N'Guessan played an inch perfect pass through to Batt, but the frontman was unable to control the ball sufficiently and Fulham defender and Alex Brister slid in with a perfectly timed tackle.
Fulham hauled themselves level with 15 minutes remaining courtesy of an Alex Smith penalty after substitute Lyle Della Verde was sent tumbling in the area. Smith kept his cool to convert at the second time of asking having taken his initial spot-kick before the referee had indicated he could do so.
Although the home side enjoyed the majority of possession in the latter stages, they were unable to trouble Maik Taylor in the Millwall goal.

Fulham:Somogyi, Brister (Passley, 82 mins), Musa, Tavares (Della Verde, 63mins), Grimmer, Senderos, Vigen Christensen (Minkwitz, 45mins), Pritchard, Woodrow, Smith, Banya. Subs not used: Oberschmidt, Arthurworrey.

Millwall: Taylor, Newman, Malone (Sammoutis, 63mins), Wright, Goodman, Osborne, Shitta (Wilkinson, 82mins), Racon, N’Guessan, Richards, Batt (O’Brien, 66mins). Subs not used: Fitzgerald, Barlett.

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