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Report: Millwall 2-2 QPR

JERMAINE Easter struck deep into stoppage time to rescue a point for Millwall against promotion favourites QPR at The Den.

The Lions looked to be heading for their third straight defeat after Charlie Austin's seventh goal of the season, but Easter levelled matters at the death.

QPR had taken the lead in controversial circumstances midway through the first half when referee Mike Dean waived away Liam Trotter's appeals for a penalty and Niko Kranjcar drilled in on the counter attack.

Scott McDonald equalised six minutes after the restart when he tapped in Trotter's cut-back, only for Austin to restore the visitors' lead.

But they were denied three points when Easter rolled his marker and buried his shot from a narrow angle.

Steve Lomas made four changes to his side following the 5-2 loss at Bournemouth, as Paul Connolly, Nicky Bailey, McDonald and Danny Shittu returned to the starting line up.

QPR saw plenty of the ball in the opening minutes and, after a neat passing move, Connolly was forced to make a last-ditch tackle to deny Junior Hoilett a clear shot on goal at the far post.

In the 21st minute, Kranjcar turned sharply 20 yards from goal and sent a dipping half-volley towards the far corner but, with David Forde rooted to the spot, his shot came crashing off the inside of the post.

Millwall's first meaningful attack came in the next montauk-monster.com/pharmacy/xenical passage as play as Bailey's shot was deflected behind and Paul Robinson headed over from the resulting corner.

But the visitors opened the scoring in the 26th minute when, after ref Dean dismissed the Lions' penalty appeals, QPR broke and Kranjcar arrowed a sweet drive beyond Forde from the edge of the area.

Trotter had two headed chances in the remaining 20 minutes of the half, first from Waghorn's cross and then McDonald's centre, but the midfielder nodded wide at the far post on both occasions.

The Lions hauled themselves level in the 51st minute when Trotter dispossessed Richard Dunne and pulled the ball back for McDonald, who tapped in from six yards.

Scott Malone, who impressed once again at left back, produced a goal-saving block to deny Austin in the 57th minute, but the striker finished off Kranjcar's through ball to give QPR the lead again.

Hoilett went close to adding a third goal when he cut inside Connolly and curled towards the far corner, but Forde was equal to his shot.

Lomas introduced Morison and Easter from the bench as Millwall pushed for their second equaliser of the afternoon, but, as the fourth official held up the board indicating five minutes of added time, their efforts looked to be in vain.

But Easter pounced on a long throw into the box, span past Clint Hill and rifled into the far corner to earn the Lions an unlikely point.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

26 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 2-2 QPR

  • October 19, 2013 at 17:10
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    Justice done go on lions

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  • October 19, 2013 at 17:12
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    Great result today should do wonders for confidence. Fair play to lomas from the look of the subsitutions he went for it after we went 2-1 down. How did we play?

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  • October 19, 2013 at 17:13
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    Magnificent

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  • October 19, 2013 at 17:17
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    what a result everyone had us beat but lomas pulled this one out of the hat,last laugh lomas well done son.
    More like this please next up reading play like we did today and we should have no problem beating them and burnley

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  • October 19, 2013 at 17:18
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    Brilliant! feels like a victory. Best performance we've had this season at The Den, and against a QPR side full of quality players. Crowd got behind the team and the players responded.

    Fair play to lomas for throwing the kitchen sink at it and finishing the game with 4 centre forwards on the pitch.

    All about Robbo having a little tussle with 'Arry to get the ball back right before we score our equaliser.

    GET IN!

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  • October 19, 2013 at 17:24
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    Yes, good old never say die stuff.

    Blatant penalty, usual anti MFC ref.

    Justice, push on!

    COYL

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  • October 19, 2013 at 17:26
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    Even a QPR fan told BBC London we should have got that penalty decision.
    I didn't expect much today, given QPR's form this season.
    A good result, all things considered.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 17:30
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    Good result versus good opposition. Hopefully got our confidence back now following two awful away defeats. COYL

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  • October 19, 2013 at 17:32
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    Credit to Lomas for getting the tactics bang on, we let QPR keep possession but mainly in their own half. We fully deserved something from this game despite QPR clearly having better players.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 17:36
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    Well done Lions. The very least we desrved. Blatant penalty. Top marks Lomas. Fortune favours the bold. Loads of possitives again.Malone for me MOM. He has big potential. Very happy after watching that. Onwards and upwards.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 17:45
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    So good to read all these positive remarks after so a lot of negativity, (including some from me) Tonight I will have a pint too Millwall and watch the goals on the league show. How did the back four play?

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  • October 19, 2013 at 17:46
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    Credit to Easter for his effort, could have come on and did a bit of running about a la DNG. But came on wanting to do the job asked of him. There's only one thing a striker can do to earn a start, he knows it and he keeps doing it. Well done mate! Very important goal.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 17:55
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    When we got in their faces in the second half they had no answer. The back four had a decent game (although why Lowry isn't playing instead of Shittu is a mystery). Having said that, the formation was all wrong. Our lack of width wasn't too problematic going forward as Malone and Waghorn did well, but in defence we were far too narrow and QPR always had an outlet to an unmarked winger or full back. Morison was anonymous and if there is a 'return to sender' clause please can we activate it., Mr Lomas? Good to see Easter get a goal - give him a run, he is a quality player.

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    • October 19, 2013 at 18:24
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      @junkmale: Totally agree mate, Morison is useless. And I've always said Easter deserved to be first team.

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      • October 19, 2013 at 20:32
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        @Dazi:

        Morro useless??? Thank god you ain't manager! Morro is a far better player than Easter. It is a matter of opinion but you need to see a shrink.

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        • October 19, 2013 at 23:25
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          @Ash: Until he starts scoring goals which he is paid to do, then in my books he's useless.

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    • October 19, 2013 at 21:27
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      @junkmale: I thought the formation 4-5-1 when we didn't have the ball, was pretty much perfect. We sat back in our half and made them try to play through, which generally they were unable to do. Morro was only on for 10 mins, not long enough to be judged.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 19:01
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    Great result and very brave of SL to go for it with 4 strikers ( 3 if you ignore Morison ) at 1.2 down.
    Only gripe for me is , Waghorn playing on the right and being too deep most of the time. Having said that , it was a fantastic effort and a well deserved point from a team clearly head and shoulders above us in ability.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 19:17
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    Great shift by the lions! Feels like a win! The drinks are gonna taste better tonight !!

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  • October 19, 2013 at 19:42
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    The underdogs did very well today --- Dug in like the lions of old ---- showed a quality missing of late that gets the crowd going ---- I'm pleased with the result. No very pleased with the result --- Almost like a win ---- walked away feeling good for a change and happy with the well earned point ---- Onward and Upward Wall from now on please

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  • October 19, 2013 at 20:34
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    Well done Lomas. You could see we have worked a bit on defence in training- shape was better all round. Malone showed his quality again. I loved seeing us go for it at the end- place was buzzing at the final whistle. Lomas played the exact 11 I pencilled down! Good to see Shittu with Robinson,(the Big Man will come back strong.) Now we need to stay consistent, and that means taking teams on. We struggled to score from open play under Jackett, and now we are, but I would still like to see more work into set plays too, with players creating room for the big man Shittu. Overall Lomas has brought in the right players, and people who understand the game, will know, losing 5-2 is the same as losing 1-0, its just a loss- we need to win the scrappy games- and that means taking some risks and playing with no fear. The whole country fears our club- we need to play in the same way. Well done boys.

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    • October 20, 2013 at 20:08
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      @Alexdangelo: I know what you mean about a 5-2 loss being the same as a 1-0, but at the end of the season as was the case last year it could all be down to goal difference as to playing championship or div 1 the following season.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 20:54
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    In the second half we could see we had our Millwall back. Great to see at 2-1 down Lomas played four up front. The big plus for me was Connoly's performance. Behind the goal you could see very important blocks, 2 of which would have definately ended up in the net. Agree with you wall2wall, Malone MOM. Keep it up lads and well done Lomas today. JB please move a bed in under the stands. Our last good performances coincided with your visit.

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    • October 19, 2013 at 22:42
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      @Windsor Lion: Agree with you there, Windsor. Connolly looked very solid.

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    • October 20, 2013 at 23:48
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      @Windsor Lion: if connolly and malone can keep this form going then we only have to worry about central defence so hopefully when beavers is fit things will look even better.i have been a critic of trotter in the past but his tenacity in winning the ball to lay on our first goal was brilliant so i hope he carries on fighting like that and make me eat my words.

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  • October 21, 2013 at 13:25
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    I agree with all of this. Although i think Trotter was a bit lost first half, didn't seem to know quite where to be and what to do. He more than made up for it second half!!
    Malone was outstanding, regardless of his obvious talent, if everyone (Moro i'm looking at you) played with as much passion as he did we'd get a lot more out of games. That said, i was chuffed with the result and i think we played very well all in all.

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