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Match Report : 19/10/2013

19 October 2013

Full-time score from The Den

Jermaine Easter struck a dramatic injury-time leveller as battling Millwall twice came from behind to secure a share of the derby spoils against QPR.

In a pulsating Den encounter, Niko Kranjcar's controversial 26th-minute opener - his first for the Hoops - put the high-flyers ahead before Scott McDonald capitalised on an error by Richard Dunne to level for The Lions on 51 minutes.

Charlie Austin’s cool finish on 69 minutes looked to have given Harry Redknapp’s side all three points, but Easter fired in an angled drive in the dying seconds to secure a point for Steve Lomas' side.

Millwall boss Lomas made a quartet of changes with Paul Connolly replacing the suspended Alan Dunne, Danny Shittu partnering Robinson at centre half, Nicky Bailey and  McDonald in for Shaun Derry and Lee Martin respectively.

It was a bold, although not altogether unexpected, reaction by the manager as he looked to stem the flow of goals that had seen his side concede nine in their last two outings.

Having already seen his thumping 30-yard drive crash against the woodwork, Kranjcar fired the visitors ahead midway through the opening half.

However, there was an air of controversy around the strike as just seconds prior to the goal, Millwall were denied what seemed a clear penalty when Austin shoved Liam Trotter to the floor in the area, leaving the home fans incensed.

With the players' appeals falling on deaf ears, Rangers broke to the other end of the pitch and Joey Barton teed up Kranjcar, who smashed an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box.

Having gone ahead, Rangers looked comfortably in control, although Trotter twice missed opportunities to equalise with headers, directing both efforts narrowly wide of the mark.

Trotter was unperturbed by those misses, and six minutes after the interval he pressured Dunne into a mistake, pulled the ball back from the bye-line for McDonald, who despatched a precision finish into the bottom corner.

It was the first goal QPR had conceded after a club record eight consecutive clean sheets - but their disappointment was short-lived.

By the 69th-minute Harry Redknapp's men had edged back in front when Austin latched onto a fine through ball from Krancjar and dinked the ball past David Forde for his sixth goal in as many games.

Forde then produced a crucial save, palming the ball away at full stretch after Junior Hoilett had cut in and hit a curling shot that looked destined for the top corner.

Roared on by the home crowd, Millwall piled forward in the dying minutes with skipper Robinson pushed up front, and the visiting defence appeared to be holding firm for an away win.

But with the game entering the fifth and final minute of injury-time, Morison flicked on to Easter, who turned past Clint Hill and rifled the ball beyond keeper Rob Green into the bottom corner for a last-gasp leveller.

Millwall: Forde, Connolly, Malone, Robinson, Shittu, Bailey, Abdou, Trotter (Morison, 70mins), Waghorn, McDonald (Keogh, 63mins), Woolford (Easter, 79mins). Subs not used: Bywater, Smith, Lowry, Wright.

 Green, Simpson, Assou-Ekotto, Dunne, Hill, Henry, Barton, Austin, Kranjcar (Faurlin, 72mins), Hoilett (Phillips, 82mins), O'Neil (Jenas, 89mins). Subs not used: Murphy, Traore, Chevanton, Ehmer.QPR:

 M.DeanRef:
 13,727 (away 2,107)Att:

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