Millwall 3-2 Everton, FA Cup Fourth Round: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 1 - 1 The Den ( Attendance: 16,354 (2,234) )
An injury-time Murray Wallace strike secured a 3-2 victory over Everton in a controversial rain-soaked Den encounter.
With the tie heading towards a replay after Jake Cooper’s 75th minute equaliser appeared to come off his arm, Wallace slotted home to send the home fans into raptures.
The victory means Millwall have now won five FA Cup games in a row against Premier League opposition going into Monday night’s Fifth Round draw.
In a low-key first-half, Richarlison’s low 25-yard effort squirmed under Millwall stopper Jordan Archer to give Everton a 43rd minute lead.
But that lasted only four minutes as Lee Gregory’s looping header over Jordan Pickford saw the Lions level at the interval.
As conditions worsened in the second period, Gylfi Sigurdsson expertly played in substitute Cenk Tosun to slot home for Everton’s second (72).
But once again Millwall replied immediately – Cooper getting on the end of Wallace’s pass to make it 2-2 just three minutes later.
And as the legitimate claims for handball were waved away, Wallace further compounded Everton’s misery with his last-gasp stoppage time winner.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Lee Gregory’s quick-fire equaliser on the stroke of half-time changed the dynamic of the second period.
Moan of the Match
Although conditions may have been poor, Millwall keeper Jordan Archer looked uneasy throughout and was at fault for Everton’s opener.
With Millwall’s second goal mired in controversy should VAR have been used for all Fourth Round ties and not just a select few?
Man of the Match
Lee Gregory – looked isolated at times but never stopped running and totally deserved his goal.
Tweet of the Match
Michael Oliver (Northumberland) – used all his experience to let a classic cup tie ebb and flow.
Typically rip-roaring throughout – a rain-soaked Den was made for cup encounters like this and the resultant shock.
Although Millwall may have been fortunate with the equaliser, they were full value for their late winner due to their tremendous spirit alone.
Archer; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, M. Wallace; Williams; O’Brien (Skalak, 87), Tunnicliffe, Leonard, Ferguson (Morison, 89); Gregory
Subs not used:
Meredith, Pearce, Martin, Hanson, Alexander
Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina (Zouma, 45), Digne; Gomes, Gueye; Lookman (Walcott, 79), Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin (Tosun, 65)
Subs not used:
Baines, Bernard, Stekelenburg, Davies