|Morison 76|| Venue: The Den
|Akinde 11 (pen), Yiadom 102|
MILLWALL were knocked out of the Capital One Cup as goals from John Akinde and Andy Yiadom sent Barnet though at The Den.
The home side missed a host of chances and paid for it in extra-time when Akinde muscled past Byron Webster to square for Yiadom to score.
The Lions will rue Steve Morison’s penalty miss just past the hour mark but, in truth, they also owed Jordan Archer after he produced a number of top-class saves throughout.
The home side will also wonder about a very sluggish first-half performance against their dangerous counter-attacking opponents.
It was really only after Paris Cowan-Hall and Lee Gregory came on that Millwall found some life, and indeed it looked like there was only going to be one winner when Morison equalised with 14 minutes left.
But Barnet found extra energy in the extra period and deservedly booked their place in the second round after a plucky performance.
Neil Harris had made four changes to the side that won at Shrewsbury on Saturday, handing a full debut to Archer in place of David Forde in goal.
Sid Nelson started at right-back replacing Shaun Cummings while Shane Ferguson was on the left side of the back four.
John Marquis, meanwhile, partnered Morison up front with Gregory rested.
Harris had spoken about welcoming the distraction of the cup before the game, but he might have been having a re-think following the start the away side made.
Three divisions separated these sides a year ago but it didn’t seem like it early on with Akinde and left winger Luke Gambin in particular looking threatening.
Striker Akinde, top scorer for the Bees last season, was always seeking to drop off the shoulder of Webster and it was a tactic that almost paid off early on when he capitalised on Nelson’s poor positioning to cut back inside and shoot just over.
He didn’t have to wait too much longer for another opening though, again finding space outside Webster to burst into the box and tumble under the defender’s challenge.
It was a clear penalty and Akinde took the spot-kick himself, confidently rolling the ball into the bottom corner with Archer sent the wrong way.
If the home crowd expected that to spark their side it wasn’t quite working out like that.
On 26 minutes Gambin could have doubled Barnet’s advantage when he scurried into the box and shot towards the bottom corner, but Archer produced a brilliant save low to his left to tip the ball onto the post.
Millwall were struggling to get into any real rhythm – until Lee Martin had a glorious opportunity to level the scores.
A rare lapse at the back allowed Morison to dig out the ball and put Martin in one-on-one with Graham Stack, but the former Lions keeper was quickly off his line to smother the winger’s attempt and when the ball rebounded towards the line Sam Togwell did well to prevent the equaliser.
The second half brought a flurry of chances – and it brought out the best in Archer. He saved low to his left when Akinde shot in the box and then palmed away Yiadom’s left-footed effort.
Millwall, however, should have equalised just after the hour mark after Onyedinma had been fouled in the box but, with Gregory not on the field, Morison stepped up only to hammer his penalty off the crossbar.
Barnet almost compounded his misery when Gambin struck a shot across Archer but again the keeper managed to get down low to save.
Gregory and Cowan-Hall were both introduced on 66 minutes and they immediately added a spark to the home side.
Two minutes after Onyedinma should have done better than find the side netting from Cowan-Hall’s cross, Morison made up for his penalty miss when he glanced Williams’ free-kick past Stack.
But it was Barnet who looked the more dangerous in extra-time and they went ahead again when Akinde beat Webster on the right and squared for Yiadom who tapped in from a couple of yards.