- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, February 29th 2020
- The Den
Dave Barton reports from The Den
Report: Millwall 1-1 Bristol City
Saturday, February 29th 2020
Pedro Pereira’s first-half strike helped the Robins earn a share of the points at the Den.
His hard-hit drive inside 10 minutes got City up and running in an encouraging start to the game in the capital, only for City to be denied all three points in an improved second-half display from Millwall.
The leveller would eventually go down as a Tomas Kalas own goal after a ball across the box was bundled over the line with pressure from Matt Smith.
The result would see City close the gap between them and sixth-placed Preston to two points.
Head Coach Lee Johnson made six changes to the team that lost to Huddersfield in midweek. Korey Smith returned from a knee injury and captained the team while Niki Mäenpää started in place of the injured Dan Bentley.
There were also starts for Ádám Nagy, Callum O’Dowda, Pereira and Andreas Weimann while Filip Benković, Markus Henriksen, Jack Hunt, Tommy Rowe and Nahki Wells moved to the substitutes’ bench as the coaching staff look to keep legs as fresh as possible.
City started brightly and the Robins were rewarded for their early pressure in the 10th minute when Paterson played a corner to the edge of the box for Jay Dasilva, who put the ball into the penalty area and Pereira struck low to beat Bartosz Białkowski.
Millwall had a chance to level with Tom Bradshaw glancing a header wide and Mäenpää got down well to a low shot.
But it was Pereira’s strike that separated the teams at half-time and the hosts had been second best. Gary Rowett would have demanded a reaction and Millwall certainly did thst, scoring within five minutes of the restart when Connor Mahoney’s corner was bundled in.
Smith had a headed effort minutes later but Mäenpää got down low in his line to gather.
City’s character saw them through the contest to earn the point, but Johnson will likely be disappointed when City’s appeals for a penalty, for what appeared a handball, were dismissed in the 80th minute.
Next for City is a return to Ashton Gate where they host Fulham for the commemorative 125th anniversary match.
- Connor Mahoney, Matt Smith, Tom Bradshaw
- Pedro Pereira (10') , Kalas (51' og)
- Callum O'Dowda, Jamie Paterson