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Lions and Forest play out draw at The Den

Our report from SE16...

19 December 2020

Tom Bradshaw scored his second goal in as many games on Saturday afternoon as Millwall drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship at The Den.

The striker turned home Jon Dadi Bodvarsson's assist early in the second-half to open the scoring, but Alex Mighten struck the equaliser just two minutes later to ensure a share of the spoils.

Gary Rowett opted to keep the same XI from the side which defeated Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night, however, there were places on the bench for Junior Tiensia and Hayden Muller.

The Lions started the brighter, with Bodvarsson and Bradshaw leading the line well, and a cross into the box on five minutes should have led to the opener, but Jed Wallace's goal-bound shot was blocked by a hand on the edge of the six-yard box - despite the protests, referee Oliver Langford incredibly pointed for a corner-kick instead of a penalty.

Forest's first attack came two minutes later, but after Sammy Ameobi showed strength to shrug off the close attentions of the Millwall midfield and slide a pass through to Lewis Grabban, his cross went across the face of goal with no touch.

The visitors then proceeded to hit the post from a free-kick - although referee Langford had already blown for a foul - before Mason Bennett curled an effort into the arms of Brice Samba and Jed Wallace did the same from a free-kick of The Lions' own.

A Forest free-kick routine ended badly on the half-hour mark as Ameobi shot well wide, but then - as the rain came down in SE16 - a smart through-ball from the attacker looked to put Ryan Yates in on goal; Bartosz Bialkowski, however, was able to pull off a smart save.

Ryan Leonard fired just over as an interesting half of football began to come to a close, but there was time for one last chance as Jake Cooper found himself free in the penalty area following a corner, but his header was cleared behind, with the resulting corner also being dealt with by the Forest defence.

The second-half was only two minutes old when The Lions took the lead. Bodvarsson showed a turn of pace to burst down the left-hand side and beat his marker, and after the Icelander pushed the ball back across the box, there was Bradshaw for the simplest of finishes to open the scoring.

However, the old saying about at your most vulnerable when you have just scored reared its head, as no less than 120 seconds later, Forest were level as a ball forward broke to Mighten, who beat the onrushing Bialkowski to the ball to equalise.

In a period of chances galore, Jed Wallace wasted the next golden opportunity to put Millwall back in front on 52 minutes as, after Bodvarsson's defence-splitting ball found the winger, he got caught in two minds and passed the ball wide of the post with Bradshaw waiting and the goal gaping.

Murray Wallace's shot was then blocked and Leonard's cross went begging as no Millwall man was situated in the penalty area on the hour-mark, with Shaun Williams' delightful ball almost setting Jed Wallace on goal five minutes later, but his attempts at goal were snuffed out by Yuri Ribeiro.

The Lions' tails were up, and a neat passing move between Mahlon Romeo, Bennett and Jed Wallace led to the latter being able to strike with 67 minutes on the clock, but more stoic defending from Forest, this time from Joe Worrall, kept the score level.

There was a moment of worry at the other end with 12 minutes remaining as substitute Anthony Knockaert found himself with some space, but as the ball broke to Ameobi, his shot on the turn was blocked by Cooper.

The end-to-end nature of the last 10 minutes ensured a thrilling finale, and it looked as though Leonard's long-range effort would prove to be decisive as the game ticked into stoppage-time, but his attempt was superbly tipped over the bar by Samba.

Millwall: Bialkowski, M. Wallace, Hutchinson, Cooper, Williams (Thompson 90'), J. Wallace (Burey 90'), Bradshaw (Parrott 72'), Romeo, Leonard, Bennett (M. Smith 72'), Bodvarsson (Skalak 84'). Subs not used: Fielding, Pearce, Tiensia, Muller.

Scorer: Bradshaw 47'

Booking: Leonard, Romeo

Nottingham Forest: Samba, Christie, Worrall, Ribeiro, Mbe Soh, Grabban (Taylor 69'), Ameobi, Mighten (Knockaert 74'), Cafu, Sow, Yates. Subs not used: J. Smith, Figueiredo, Bong, Jenkinson, Guerrero, Lolley, Arter.

Scorer: Mighten 49'

Booking: Cafu, Ribeiro, Sow, Ameobi

Referee: Oliver Langford

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