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Millwall 2-2 QPR
JERMAINE Easter made a case for the substitution of the day as his injury time equaliser earned Millwall a Den draw against high-flying QPR.
Easter came on for Martyn Woolford in the 79th minute and hit a right-footed effort onto the post and past Robert Green, much to the home fans’ delight.
It was a well deserved point for the Lions, who will feel slightly aggrieved with referee Mike Dean's first half performance.
The man in black denied the Lions what looked to be a stonewall first half penalty as Liam Trotter looked to be pushed by Charlie Austin in the box.
Millwall’s players and fans voiced their concerns to Dean but he was having none of it and waved play on - and play on QPR certainly did.
Junior Hoilett turned on the pace, broke clear and had an effort which was blocked.
However, the ball fell kindly for Niko Kranjcar and he unleashed a superb left-footed shot past David Forde.
But it wasn't the first time that Forde had been forced to look down the barrel of Kranjcar's loaded gun as the Croatian had already rattled the post with a sublime half volley.
In fact, it was the Kranjcar show for long periods of the first half as the Croatian had yet another eye of goal as the ball fell to him on his left foot.
This time the home defence learnt their lesson and his effort was closed down well with his goal-bound shot flying away to safety off a last gasp sliding block from a Lions defender.
Millwall did much better in the second half to control the threat Kranjcar and Hoilett brought to the match, closing down the former and playing a little deeper to control the latter's pace.
The hosts were rewarded for their improved start to the second half when they equalised in the 51st minute, as Liam Trotter dispossessed Richard Dunne and laid a pass back across goal for Scott McDonald to tuck away.
Millwall were understandably jubilant as they scored what was just the third goal that QPR had conceded all season.
But Steve Lomas’ side looked like they had blown their chance of walking away with anything with just over 20 minutes on the clock.
Charlie Austin went bearing down on goal, the former Burnley man coolly lifting his effort over Forde and into an empty net.
The setback looked like it might condemn Millwall to a third straight defeat, but Lomas' men were showing the kind of determination that was lacking earlier in the season and didn't give up easily.
With five minutes of added time put up on the fourth official’s board, the home crowd gave an almighty roar and the players reacted by giving it one last go.
And with just seconds left, Easter found himself bearing down on Robert Green's goal and the substitute made no mistake with his finish, putting it into the only part of Green's goal unreachable for the former England number one.
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Millwall: Forde, Connolly, Robinson, Shittu, Malone, Abdou, Bailey, Waghorn, Trotter (Morison 70), Woolford (Easter 79), McDonald (Keogh 63). Subs not used: Bywater, Lowry, Smith, Wright. Att: 13,727
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