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Millwall 2-2 Burnley
GOALS from Scott McDonald and Danny Shittu earned Millwall a share of the spoils in today's cracker with high-flying Burnley at The Den.
The Lions will be disappointed not to have come away with victory after taking a two-goal lead against the table-toppers.
But a strong header from Sam Vokes and an own goal from substitute Shane Lowry meant Steve Lomas and his men had to settle for the point.
Millwall were dealt an early blow as Scott Malone was forced off through injury after an awkward fall with just seven minutes on the clock.
Martyn Waghorn had the first effort on goal when he forced Tom Heaton into a save at his near post after shooting from an acute angle.
Danny Ings gave a glimpse of why he is the talk of the Championship as he turned Shittu inside out.
The England U21 international got his shot in on goal, although thankfully Shittu’s blushes were spared as Paul Robinson got back to make the block.
And it proved to be a vital intervention as just moments later Millwall grabbed the lead through McDonald.
The ball fell to the striker on the edge of the box and he made no mistake with a left-footed volley into the right of Heaton’s goal.
Millwall found themselves in dreamland seven minutes from half-time as they doubled their lead.
Shittu found himself on the edge of the box with the ball after a corner was headed away and the big man decided to have an effort on goal, which took a huge deflection on its way past Heaton.
However, Burnley instantly showed why they are top of the league as Sean Dyche’s men broke away straight from the kick-off and Vokes leapt highest to reduce the deficit with a fine header from a pin-point delivery.
Millwall emerged for the second half full of intent, with McDonald hitting a curling effort just over.
Waghorn also had an early effort on goal but the Clarets stopper was wise to it and hung on to the Lions striker’s effort well.
The hosts were left to rue those missed chances when substitute Lowry slid the ball into his net when under little pressure in the 55th minute.
Burnley must have thought the turnaround was complete when Ings unleashed a right-footed effort from just inside the area.
The Den faithful let out a huge sigh of relief, though, when they saw the attempt fly back off David Forde’s upright.
The longer the second half went on, the edgier the crowd got, with referee Phillip Gibbs bearing the brunt of the onslaught after a few peculiar decisions.
But Millwall were continuing to play with a spirit which maybe wasn't there a few months ago and rode the waves of Burnley pressure well, meaning the Lions earned successive 2-2 home draws against high-flying Championship outfits.
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Millwall: Forde, Shittu, Robinson, Trotter, Bailey, Woolford, Derry (Feeney 57), Smith, McDonald, Malone (Lowry 7), Waghorn (Morison 67). Subs not used: Bywater, Dunne, Easter, Keogh. Att: 10,168.
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