SCOTT Malone's "lucky strike" against QPR last Saturday was the result of boss Ian Holloway's tactical planning.
Holloway admitted there was a stroke of good fortune about the goal but insisted Malone had been positioned on the edge of the area by his design.
The left back's sliced effort deceived goalkeeper Rob Green and nestled into the top corner to earn Millwall a deserved point at Loftus Road.
And Holloway revealed afterwards that he had instructed his players to follow up on loose balls outside the box – which they failed to do against Doncaster on Easter Monday.
"We have a different plan for when we're behind, when we're in front and when we're level," Holloway said.
"If we are behind, we need to do this and that – we went to three at the back, four across midfield and three up front, and this time it worked.
"Against Doncaster, we didn't get that right and I was fuming. I know it looked like a lucky strike, but Malone wouldn't have been there normally – that's where I wanted him.
"He was laughing afterwards because he was right there to fluke it, as he was meant to be. If you look at the other chances we created, we deserved to score at least one of them.
"That makes this game a mockery sometimes – you see teams create chances, score chances and score brilliant goals, but all we needed was for one to go in off someone's ear."
Holloway was thrilled with the quality of the Lions' football against Harry Redknapp's side – especially in the first half.
He said: "My lads were absolutely fantastic from start to finish.
"We were superb in the first half and we should have gone in front. We didn't, and we can't blame anyone else for that, but we were very unfortunate.
"The move for Stefan Maierhofer's header was brilliant and their goalie has just touched it to take it off him.
"Martyn Woolford has out-done Richard Dunne and if he'd just taken another touch and rolled it into the corner, everybody would be saying 'what a fantastic goal'.
"We tried to keep it tight in the second half but it was far too open for my liking."
"I cannot ask for anymore from the players. They've been superb over the last two months – and they were again on Saturday, against a fantastic opponent.
"QPR are going to be a tough cookie in the play-offs because they've got a great squad and their performance was terrific I thought.
"Joey Barton, the way he plays the game, is a genius, and they've got every chance of doing well with Charlie Austin fit."