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Keogh's late Hillsborough penalty gives Lomas his first Millwall point
3:55pm Monday 26th August 2013 in Sport
By Sam Brown, Lions Live presenter
ANDY Keogh came to Steve Lomas’ rescue as his late penalty gave the Lions' the new manager his first point in a 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
Last season saw the Owls snatch late victories over Millwall at both Hillsborough and The Den and the visitors were without a point or a goal as they went up the M1.
And they were destined for another defeat until four minutes from the end when Richard Chaplow was felled and referee Stuart Attwell pointed to the spot.
Keogh stepped up and fired home his first league goal since the away trip to Bolton in January, strike which also came from the penalty spot.
"The performance today was something to build on but we keep making it difficult for ourselves,” Lomas said.
“I've got to commend the boys' character to come back after what could have been another setback.
"They could have felt sorry for themselves but they kept going.
“The majority of the second half, apart for the last five minutes, was played in Sheffield Wednesday's half, we controlled the ball and looked lively.
"We've still only got one point but it was a great battling performance away from home and a good comeback.
“We could have gone under but the lads that came off the bench made an impact."
Millwall lined up without Steve Morison, Jermaine Easter and James Henry.
Having forgotten their own kit, the Lions also had to line up in Sheffield Wednesday’s away shirts from last season.
Scott McDonald was handed a full debut and joined Keogh up front, while Lee Martin also came in for Henry on the left.
Millwall needed only five minutes to register their first goal of the campaign, but it didn’t come from a Lions’ player as Kamil Zayatte turned Martin’s cross into his own net.
The home side responded immediately and drew level through Reda Johnson.
Milwall keeper Stephen Bywater made an error by spilling Lewis Buxton’s free-kick and Johnson headed home. And things went from bad to worse as Frenchmen Jeremy Helan who put the Owls in front after 21 minutes.
The Lions started the second half brightly and even their own away kit had arrived from London to give them a much more familiar look.
There were chances for both sides but it wasn't until the 87th minute the Lions drew level as Chaplow went down in the box and referee Attwell awarded a penalty.
Keogh stepped up and calmly sent Owls keeper Chris Kirkland the wrong way to leave a relieved Lomas taking the positives from the performance.
The manager said: “We played football the right way, passing the ball well.
“We started well but another couple of individual errors put us on the back foot.
“I think the penalty was probably accumulation because earlier Jose Semedo just rugby tackled Scott McDonald to the ground.
“I just don't know how the referee doesn't see that.
“He's the wrong side, he's got two arms around his waist.
“Maybe it's from that there that we get the decision, I don't know, but I thought it was no more than we deserved.
"Sheffield Wednesday are a big, physical side and they put the ball in the box.
“Unfortunately Stephen Bywater makes an error for their first goal but he more than redeemed himself with a save at the end.”
The Lions’ next test will be against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup on Wednesday evening and then Lomas will look to next Saturday to build upon the well-earned point at Brighton.
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