Millwall 1-1 Barnsley, Championship: report, ratings and verdict


Millwall 5-2-3



Barnsley 3-4-1-2

Half Time: 1 - 1 The Den ( Attendance: NA )
1 min

Millwall extended their unbeaten Championship run to three games with a 1-1 draw against Barnsley at The Den.

In a game of little quality, the first-half burst into life late on with two goals in the space of 90 seconds.

Barnsley opened the scoring through a superb Alex Mowatt strike which left Bartosz Bialkowski helpless before Jake Cooper equalised with a header from Connor Mahoney’s corner.

The Lions improved after the interval and hit the woodwork on multiple occasions, but didn’t quite do enough to win the game.

Mason Bennett saw his effort from a Jed Wallace cross tipped onto the post before the former Derby man turned provider for Scott Malone, whose header hit the bar.

The visitors themselves forced a good Bialkowski save late on through a Herbie Kane free-kick before Jack Walton and his backline dealt with an almighty goalmouth scramble that saw Millwall chances for Kenneth Zohore and Ben Thompson squandered.

Zohore again forced Walton into action in the 90th minute when he saw a header brilliantly saved but in the end the Lions had to settle for a point.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Jake Cooper’s equaliser sent the teams in level at the break. Had Barnsley gone in leading, it could have been a very different match.

Moan of the Match

Millwall’s switch to a 5-2-3 didn’t give them much attacking impetus after strong performances with a different formation in their last two matches.

Talking Point

Should Barnsley’s Callum Brittain have seen red for a challenge on Connor Mahoney?

Man of the Match

Alex Pearce – marshalled his back line superbly and once again led by example, dealing with everything that came his way.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Andy Davies (Hampshire) – inconsistent and missed a lot of simple decisions.


An intriguing battle – without much quality – with both sides very vocal throughout.


Millwall’s decision not to switch to a back four could have cost them two points in a game they need to be winning if they harbour serious promotion hopes.

Line Ups

Millwall 5-2-3

Bialkowski; Romeo, Hutchinson, Pearce, Cooper, Malone; Leonard, Williams (Woods, 76); J. Wallace, Mahoney (Zohore, 67), Bennett (Thompson, 83)

Subs not used:

Fielding, M. Wallace, Bradshaw, Smith

Barnsley 3-4-1-2

Walton; Sollbauer, Helik, Andersen; Brittain, James (Thomas, 67), Mowatt (Palmer, 73), Oduor; Simoes (Kane, 58); Frieser, Chaplin

Subs not used:

Collins, Williams, Schmidt, Woodrow


Helik, Brittain

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