|Morison 64, Woolford 90||Venue: The Den
|McGugan 17, Abdi 86|
MARTYN Woolford scored a stoppage-time leveller as Millwall claimed a richly-deserved point against Watford to keep their survival hopes alive.
Almen Abdi's 86th-minute strike took a cruel deflection to give the Hornets a late lead but goalkeeper Manuel Almunia fumbled Woolford's half-volley as the Lions earned a draw.
Lewis McGugan's goal capped a strong opening half for the visitors but Millwall fought back and equalised when sub Steve Morison scored from a tight angle following a corner.
Almunia made stunning second-half saves to deny Alan Dunne and then Woolford, but the winger's speculative effort fooled the former Arsenal stopper and crept in.
Defeats elsewhere for Charlton, Blackpool and Doncaster meant the Lions moved to within a point of safety with four games of the season still to play.
Ed Upson's suspension paved the way for Shaun Williams to return to the starting line up in Millwall's only change from their midweek win over Wigan.
Carlos Edwards, who was passed fit to start after being forced off against the Latics, went close to scoring his second goal of the week with a rising 20-yard drive in the third minute.
But it was the visitors who dominated the early stages and Gabriele Angella should have broken the deadlock with a close-ranger header that he somehow glanced wide.
McGugan, who had been denied by Forde moments earlier, soon opened the scoring, however, with a low drive from 20 yards that crept inside the near post.
The Hornets' goalscorer went close again with a swerving half-volley that had Forde scrambling across his goal as the Lions struggled to repel the visitors' incisive attacks.
Manuel Almunia was forced into his first save of the afternoon when Scott Malone advanced to the edge of the area and let fly with a dipping shot that was punched clear.
And Millwall should have levelled when Stefan Maierhofer poked the ball through to Owen Garvan who, six yards out, failed to make proper contact with his effort.
Lee Martin and Woolford both saw attempts on goal blocked as Ian Holloway's side finished the half on the front foot.
They started the second period in the same vein, with Maierhofer heading over from six yards when it looked easier to score.
But Millwall eventually restored parity when Woolford's corner fell to Morison at the back post and the striker buried his shot from a narrow angle.
That goal brought the home crowd to life but Watford continued to pose a threat on the break, and Forde made saves to deny McGugan and Fernando Forestieri in quick succession.
At the other end, Williams and Malone both fired tamely over the bar before sub Simeon Jackson's rasping drive narrowly missed the target.
Dunne thought he'd scored when his sweetly-struck half-volley arrowed towards the far corner but Almunia made a fine fingertip save at the expense of a corner.
And Watford restored their advantage on the break when Abdi's effort deflected off Beevers and bobbled into the corner past a wrong-footed Forde.
Having made another superb stop to deny Woolford, Almunia went from hero to zero at the death when he was beaten too easily by the winger's shot from the right side of the area.