Millwall boss says Lions deserved point – as Bolton's Parkinson makes intriguing claim

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris felt his side deserved a point against Bolton.

Jordan Archer made a superb double-save before former Lions defender Mark Beevers gave the Trotters a 12th-minute lead.

Millwall rescued a point when Jiri Skalak’s 83rd-minute shot appeared to come off Jake Cooper, who is claiming his third goal of the season.

“I’ve watched it back twice – I don’t know!” Harris said later when asked who had got the final touch. “To me it looked like Skalak but I’ve not had a chance to speak to Jake. He’s such an honest boy he’ll tell me the truth.

“I can start with a negative and say we could do better with the goal, it’s a poor goal to give away. For whatever reason we weren’t quite at our best today.

“We just didn’t look particularly Millwall-like at The Den, we were five per cent off. I think the goal rocked us. Losing Tom Elliott was difficult for us, after losing Steve Morison.

“It took us a while to get going. I said to the boys at half-time we have to find a different way and use the ball a lot more on the floor.

“I thought we had some excellent passages of play in the second half and scored relatively late. We got into some really good areas. Summing it up it was definitely a point gained.”

Meanwhile, there was arguably more drama concerning the officials than there was in the actual game.

The original referee Tony Harrington was ill before the contest, with fourth official Lee Swabey taking over and Steve Perry assuming the latter's role. But in the 26th minute Swabey was forced off with a calf injury meaning linesman Daniel Reach replaced him.

Swabey reverted to his fourth official position, with Perry then one of the assistant referees.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson later made an intriguing claim: “It was quite strange because the referee got injured in the warm-up and then there was a Millwall supporter (Perry) who was the fourth official. We were having a laugh with him because when the 'keeper made that great save he couldn’t help but jump up and applaud it.

“We said ‘you’ve got to be impartial!’ and the next minute he was running the line. You could imagine from our point of view because this is a tough place for officials anyway.

“But he kept his integrity and did a good job.”

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John Kelly