|Martin 72, Williams 88||Venue: The Den
|Duffy 37, Gestede 65|
MILLWALL fought back from two goals down to draw with ten men on a night of high drama at The Den.
Lions manager Ian Holloway and assistant Marc Bircham were sent to the stands after Andy Wilkinson was shown a red card in the 61st minute, with Blackburn leading 1-0.
The Stoke loanee's dismissal, for a studs-up challenge on Ben Marshall, prompted a mass brawl on the touchline in which both benches were involved.
Rudy Gestede then headed Rovers further ahead, adding to Shane Duffy's first-half opener, as tempers continued to flare in a poisonous atmosphere.
But the Lions regrouped and Lee Martin's low strike reduced the deficit to one in the 72nd minute.
And 90 seconds before the end of normal time, Shaun Williams arrowed a powerful drive beyond Jason Steele and into the far corner to spark wild scenes of celebration.
Seven minutes were added on by referee Darren Deadman, who was booed off at the end, but Millwall withstood a late flurry of Blackburn chances to claim a point.
As expected, Danny Shittu and Mark Beevers were back in Millwall's starting line up having sat out Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Watford.
The rest of the team was unchanged, although strikers Lee Gregory and Mathias Ranegie were passed fit to return to the bench. Scott Malone was missing through injury.
Blackburn had the first chance of the game in the sixth minute when Jordan Rhodes picked out the advancing full back Alex Baptiste, who lashed the bouncing ball into the side netting.
Millwall started the game poorly and their only sight of goal in the opening 20 minutes was a speculative Matthew Briggs drive that drifted well over.
Rhodes then spurned a good opening for the visitors when he beat David Forde to Markus Olsson's cross only to head wide of the target.
With the Lions struggling to break down a well-drilled Rovers defence, Shaun Williams took the direct route to goal when he blasted a 35-yard shot at Jason Steele, who tipped over.
Scott McDonald also saw an effort kept out by Steele but it was the visitors who took the lead in the 37th minute when Marshall's free kick was put in by Duffy.
Tom Cairney could have made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time but his strike, intended for the bottom corner, flew narrowly past the frame of Forde's goal.
Having been booed off at the break, Millwall came out with renewed energy at the start of the second period.
Williams and Upson both had efforts on goal from the edge of the box before Martin's goal-bound effort was deflected over by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
But when Wilkinson slid in with Marshall for a 50-50 challenge, ref Deadman brandished the red card after encouragement from the Blackburn bench.
Holloway and his staff were furious with the away dugout and a huge melee ensued, with Bircham given his marching orders.
Back on the field, and with the hosts in a temporary state of disarray after going a man down, Gestede headed in a free kick to make it 2-0.
But after excellent hold up play from Ricardo Fuller, Martin dragged a low shot into the corner to pull one back.
Holloway was then ordered to leave the touchline after making one complaint too many to the fourth official and took a seat in the directors box.
He quickly disappeared again, though, and revealed afterwards that he watched the closing minutes of the match on a monitor in his office.
And he "hit the ceiling" when Williams blasted in from the edge of the box to draw Millwall level.
Gestede wasted a guilt-edged opening in the fifth of seven additional minutes as a pulsating match was brought to an end with the score at 2-2.