Millwall U23s maintained a four-point gap over opponents Coventry City on Monday afternoon after coming from behind to secure a draw at the Alan Higgs Centre.
An intriguing encounter saw a Lewis Green own goal bring Kevin Nugent’s side level shortly before half-time, cancelling out Jordan Ponticelli’s opener.
The game started fairly evenly albeit with two notable Sky Blues chances, with Josh Eccles and Sam McCallum both firing shots off target in an attempt to test Ryan Sandford in the Millwall goal.
The first Lions chance fell to Isaac Olaofe half an hour in, striking over the top from inside the area, before Coventry punished Nugent’s team with a neat finish from striker Ponticelli to take the lead three minutes later.
The lead did not last long in the West Midlands, however – Sky Blues defender Green turning into his own net following a dangerous Millwall attack one minute before the interval.
Olaofe and Rob Harvey both threatened in the second half, either side of a Billy Stedman chance for the hosts, but either goal was not to be breached again.
There was though time for a dismissal, as The Lions ended the game with 10 men following a straight red card shown to Reuben Duncan – who had been brought on five minutes earlier – for a strong challenge on McCallum.
The result sees Nugent’s young side sit fourth in the Professional Development League South, with Coventry fifth. Elsewhere, a comprehensive win for leaders Ipswich Town sees The Lions seven points from the summit after 13 League matches – albeit with an opportunity to close the gap when they host The Tractor Boys at Calmont Road next Monday.
Starting XI: Sandford; Parker, Debrah, Stojsavljevic (Mitchell 75'), Topalloj; Harvey (Duncan 72'), Donovan, Hanson, Saunders-Henry; Olaofe, Alexander (Mitchell 85')
Subs not used: Wright, Skeffington