Bristol City 1
MILLWALLL lost the 100 per cent home record and were three
minutes away from defeat, writes MAURICE WOOLF.
Then up popped Mr Reliable, Steve Lovell, with his 12th goal of
Lovell turned on to a Dave Cusack free-kick and beat John Shaw
with a low shot.
This was just reward for Lovell, who had had a point-blank shot
saved by Shaw in the third minute. Seven minutes later he saw his
header cleared off the line by Andy Llewellyn
Bristol went in front in the 68th minute following a free-kick.
Alan Walsh took it and the ball bounced off the Millwall wall to
Lewellyn, who crossed for Trevor Morgan to net from close in.
Millwall would have been well in control i the unfortunate Alan
McLeary hadn't made the miss of the season two minutes before City
Lovell hit the post and the ball rebounded to McLeary, who was
only six yards out. With no one near him he inexplicably ballooned
the ball over the bar.
City had a chance to go ahead in the 60th minute when Morgan
centred and Kevin Stroud completely missed the ball.
Bill Roffey prevented a City goal when he challenged Glyn Riley
for the ball. His important header prevented Riley from scoring and
the former Palace and Orient player received a cut head for his
City manager Terry Cooper said: "We'd have settled for a point
before the match. It was a good test for us. We were under a lot of
"Our lads were sick at giving a goal away so late, But I told
them they can hold their heads high."
Millwall boss George Graham said: "It was a dour game, but it was
up to us as the home team to win it.
"I felt that at the end we got our just desserts. If we'd have
scored early on we'd b«t*e had a good win.
"What pleased me was that we never gave in and Lovell got his
Millwall: Sansome; Stevens, Roffey, Briley. Smith, Cusack,
Lowndes, Bremner, McLeary (Neal. 76 mins), Lovell, Otulakowski.
Bristol City: Shaw; Llewellyn, Newman, Curie, Philipson-Masters,
Riley, Pritchard, Ritchie, Morgan. Walsh, Stroud. Sub: Crawford.
Ref.: Brian Hill (Kettering). Att.: 7,024.