Honours even as Lions make their point

Millwall 1-1 Brentford

Gary Rowett’s men maintained their unbeaten start to the new season in an entertaining London derby, on Saturday.

Jed Wallace netted early doors, only for Ivan Toney to level – from the spot.

Despite a bright Lions’ start, with the unmarked Wallace heading home Mason Bennett’s seventh-minute cross, the Bees underlined their class and it was surprising that it took another 13 minutes before ex-Posh hitman, Toney to level.

Meeting Josh Da Silva’s deep cross Toney was about to net, only to be denied by a Shaun Hutchinson push.

Toney then casually strolled up, sending Bartos Bialkowski the wrong way from twelve yards – opening his season’s account.

In what was developing into a thoroughly entertaining contest, Millwall tried to restore their lead and right-back, Romeo – on 36 minutes – almost profited from a poor clearance and rattled Luke Daniels’s near post with a stunning drive.

A stoppage-time slip on the edge of the visiting penalty box, from Bennett’s under-hit flag-kick, saw the lively Da Silva sprint all of 70 yards, only to send his effort high into the empty Docker’s Stand.

Straight after the turnaround, Scott Malone denied Toney, with a brave clearance literally under his own bar, before Emiliano Marcondes’s inviting corner kick met stopper Christian Nørgaard’s forehead, only to float agonizingly wide of Bialkowski’s far post.

Excellent 53rd minute Wallace approach play again freed up Romeo – whose dipping drive, though, was a nice height for Daniels to make a comfortable punch-over.

Brentford continued to press, with Toney’s bicycle kick failing to hit the target. Millwall stood firm and on a counter-attack, Wallace swapped passes with Tom Bradshaw – on 73 minutes – and with Daniels’s goal gaping, Bradshaw could only volley high and wide.

Late pressure saw Bees’ Nørgaard again miss the target before Malone made another goal-saving block to deny Sergi Canos.

In the dying seconds a Hutchinson header, from substitute, Connor Mahoney’s flag-kick saw a stretching Jake Cooper unable to make contact from eight yards.

Millwall: Bartosz Bialkowski, Shaun Hutchinson, Alex Pearce (Capt), Jake Cooper, Mahlon Romeo, Ryan Leonard, Ryan Woods, Scott Malone (Murray Wallace 90′), Jed Wallace, Mason Bennett (Jon Dadi Bödvarsson 80′), Tom Bradshaw (Connor Mahoney 80′) Subs not used: Frank Fielding (GK), Shaun Williams, Ben Thompson, Matt Smith, Connor Mahoney.

Brentford: Luke Daniels, Henrik Dalsgaard, Pontus Jansson (Capt), Ethan Pinnock, Rico Henry (Dominic Thompson 3′), Josh Da Silva, Christian Nørgaard, Emiliano Marcondes, Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney, Sergi Canós. Subs not used: David Raya (GK), Dominic Thompson, Charlie Goode, Mathias Jensen, Saïd Benrahma, Marcus Forss, Tarique Fosu-Henry.

Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Mark Scholes & Timothy Wood
Fourth Official: Neil Hair

Brian Jeeves

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