Beevers thrilled to be Millwall's saviour on big occasion

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MARK Beevers admitted he picked the perfect time to score his first Millwall goal after rescuing the Lions a point against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Beevers was the visitors' hero at Selhurst park as he deflected in Josh Wright's late corner to complete a valiant comeback from 2-0 down.

The Sheffield Wednesday loanee knew little about his 77th-minute equaliser, which struck his hip and looped over Eagles keeper Julian Speroni, but the 22-year-old was delighted nevertheless.

"The goalkeeping coach Kevin Pressman says it was an own-goal, but I think he's having a bit of banter there," Beevers said.

"It's flicked my leg and gone into the back of the net. It's nice to get the equaliser on such a big occasion.

"That second goal was always going to come and if anybody was going to win then it was going to be us.

"I've played in a few derbies up north but it's different down here. The Millwall fans are really passionate about their football and when both goals went in they went ballistic which is good to see.

"On a personal note, it's nice to get a goal and good for the club to climb the table."

The game was finely poised at half-time with ten-man Palace holding a slender 2-1 lead, but Beevers was pleased with the team's performance in a pressure situation.

"Everyone knew there were a few sticky decisions out there," he said. "The gaffer said to keep on doing what we were doing because towards the end of the half, we were on top.

"We had to come out in the second-half the way we finished the first-half and I think we did that.

"We kept the ball well, created a few chances and maybe could have converted a few more. It was nice to get the equaliser but we should have got a few more."



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