Two goals in the first ten minutes saw Millwall and Fulham share the spoils in an energetic London Derby.

Aleksander Mitrovic’s third-minute finish from close range was cancelled out by Jon Dadi Bodvarsson who tapped home from a corner on the eighth minute, despite looking a good few yards offside.

Gary Rowett reverted to the 5-2-3 that has been so successful during his time as Millwall boss, bringing in Tom Bradshaw, Alex Pearce and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in place of Matt Smith, Shaun Williams and Aiden O’Brien.

The visitors wasted no time and took the lead in the third minute when Aleksander Mitrovic got on the end of a dangerous cross from Joe Bryan.

The Serb poked home from inside the 6-yard box to score his third goal in three consecutive games against Millwall.  

Millwall hit back instantly and drew level through Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. The Icelandic frontman was first to a second ball after a Jed Wallace corner and finished emphatically.

There was some debate over offside, but after some deliberation between the referee Andrew Madley and his assistant, the goal was given on 9 minutes.

Madley waved away the Fulham protests, but on replays, it was clear the referee made a big mistake.

On a bitterly cold South London night, the game was providing plenty of action to keep spectators warm.

The action kept coming, as Millwall won a penalty on 21 minutes. Mahlon Romeo was tripped by a covering Cottager.

Jed Wallace stepped up hoping to score his sixth successive penalty of the season and keep his 100% record. Instead, his effort clipped the bar, almost reaching the travelling fans in the upper tier.

The whole stadium was in good voice, home and away fans alike, as the second half started, and the rain began to fall.

Both sides came out playing with a lot more caution. Fulham were seeing more of the ball, but did little with it, as Millwall retained their defensive shape.

Although Fulham dominated the possession, the struggled to create chances. Millwall’s ventures into the away side’s half were few and far between as the home side sat deep.

Despite that, Millwall had the first real chance of the half when Bodvarsson put Bradshaw through. Unfortunately, the Welshman’s finish was comfortable for Rodak in the end.

Rowett introduced Matt Smith and Jiri Skalak in the 85th minute in a but to push for victory, but it was too little too late from the home side.

Millwall remain without a win in four league games now, but the Lions will be much happier with their performance.


Millwall: Bialkowski, Romeo, Hutchinson, Pearce (Smith 85), Cooper, M. Wallace, Molumby, Woods (Skalak 85), J. Wallace, Bradshaw (Leonard 77), Bodvarsson.

Subs: Steele, Ferguson, Mahoney, O’Brien.

Fulham: Rodak, Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan, Arter (Kebano 88), Cairney, Onomah, Kamara (Cavaleiro 70), Mitrovic, Decordova-Reid.

Subs: Bettinelli, McDonald, Johansen, Christie, Sessengon.