|Good Show! But Lions boss is still fuming|
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Millwall manager George Graham was fuming about the tackle which left defender Lindsay Smith with eight stitches in his leg on Saturday.
Smith, Millwall's best player, was stretchered off near the end after a challenge in the penalty area from Peter Eastoe.
And Graham blasted, "It was a late tackle which revealed the bone in Lindsay's leg. I didn't think it was a 50-50 ball."
Despite seeing his side gain a point from a tremendous match at Fellows Park, Graham was not too happy with a draw.
He said, "I am very disappointed with the result. Admittedly we were hanging on in the last few minutes, but in the first half we controlled the game apart from a ten minute spell. We created a hell of a lot of chances."
Millwall certainly did carve out numerous goal opportunities, several them in the first 25 minutes when they were completely on top.
Kevin Bremner put them ahead after just three minutes and the same player twice went close to increasing the lead before Walsall equalised with their first shot at goal.
Richard O'Kelly was the scorer in the 26th minute and seven minutes later he scored again to put Walsall ahead. Millwall continued to look the better side and after the break Tony Kinsella, Kevin Bremner and Dean Neal all went close before Nicky Chatterton made it 2-2.
Walsall soon hit back and Craig Shakespeare restored their lead after 68 minutes only for Steve Lovell to level the scores once more 15 minutes later.
In the last few minutes, Walsall had chances to win the game, but a defeat for Millwall would have been an injustice after they had contributed so much to a thrilling match.
Graham conceded, "It was a great game for the fans. That's what football is all about."
MILLWALL: Sansome, Stevens, Roffey, Kinsella, Smith (Mcleary), Cusack, Lovell, Bremner, Neal, Chatterton, Otulakowski
Referee F. Roberts (Prestatyn). Attendance: 4,382.
Lovell: Late Equaliser
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Millwall's remarkable performance at Fellows Park left manager George Graham in two minds. He was disappointed by dropping two points after scoring three times away from home, but delighted about the entertainment value.
Six hundred Lions were in the crowd treated to a six-goal feast.
“It was a great game for the fans . . . that is what football is all about,” Graham enthused.
“We were hanging on in the last 10 minutes but in the first half we had completely controlled the match, except for ten minutes.”
Walsall still after their first League win, have lost only one of their six League and Cup games. But Millwall gave them more problems than any other side so far and in this form the Lions must be rated promotion material.
Anton Otulakowski again lived up to his reputation as one of the best midfield men in the lower divisions. Up front, Dean Neal and Kevin Bremner gave Walsall's central defenders Peter Hart and Colin Brazier a nightmare with their speed and control.
Bremner put the Lions in front with a third-minute drive from Neal's headed pass, but Richard O’Kelly struck twice in the 26th and 33rd minutes to give Walsall a half time lead.
Nicky Chatterton's 57th minute equaliser was followed by Walsall's third goal from Craig Shakespeare, but Steve Lovell levelled again seven minutes from the end.
Wallsal Cherry; Caswell, Mower, Shakespeare, Brazier, Hart, Rees, Eastoe, O’Kelly, Handysides, Childs (Kelly).
Millwall: Sansome; Stevens. Roffey, Kinsella, Smith (McLeary) Cusack, Lovell, Bremner, Neal, Chatterton, Otulakowski.
Ref: Mr. F. Roberts (Prestatyn)
Right: Roffey gives chase to David Kelly
Left: Anton Shadows Kenny Mower