Millwall 1-1 QPR, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 0 - 0 The Den ( Attendance: 2,000 )
Millwall and QPR played out a 1-1 draw on a night where all eyes were on the hosts’ pre-match anti-discrimination display.
After Millwall supporters booed players for taking a knee on Saturday, both sets of players displayed unity in the fight against racism by linking arms and holding up an anti-racism banner.
After the gesture went off without incident, the first-half paled into insignificance with only a Troy Parrott shot and a long-range Shaun Williams effort of any note.
The second-half saw QPR break the deadlock in the 53rd minute as Ilias Chair’s superb strike from outside the box gave Bartosz Bialkowski no chance.
Millwall upped their game after a triple substitution just past the hour mark but not before QPR went close again – Dominic Ball’s curling strike that was parried away by Bialkowski who also did well to deny Lyndon Dykes.
The Lions eventually got their equaliser through Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in the 70th minute as the QPR backline failed to clear a cross with the forward’s effort deflecting past QPR keeper Seny Dieng.
Millwall looked the more likely to grab a winner late on but failed to really test Dieng – though they did have a late penalty appeal for handball waved away.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
On a huge night for the club, Millwall fans responded positively to the pre-match anti-racism messages.
Moan of the Match
Millwall had opportunities to open the scoring before QPR took the lead but as has been the case recently, were unable to make their chances count.
Should Millwall have gone more attacking from the start considering QPR’s below average defence?
Man of the Match
Mahlon Romeo – after an unsettling few days, let his football do the talking – providing real energy going forward as well as sticking to his defensive duties well.
Tweet of the Match
Jarred Gillett (Australia) – very quick to reach for his whistle and got too many calls wrong.
The home crowd saw a much improved display from the weekend and were keen to support that as well as the pre-match anti-discrimination messages.
A much-improved Millwall display without the final end product while QPR had chances of their own and will be pleased with their point as well.
Bialkowski; Romeo, Hutchinson, Pearce (Bodvarsson, 64), Cooper, Malone; Woods, Williams (Smith, 64); J. Wallace (Burey, 89), Parrott (Bradshaw, 74), Bennett (Leonard, 64)
Subs not used:
Fielding, M. Wallace, Thompson, Ferguson
Dieng; Kakay, Dickie, Barbet, Hamalainen; Ball, Cameron, Carroll (Thomas, 76); Osayi-Samuel, Dykes, Chair (Bonne, 77)
Subs not used:
Kane, Willock, Masterson, Bettache, Kelman, Kelly, Adomah
Ball, Barbet, Bonne