Here are five things we learned from Millwall's eventful 1-1 draw with Lodnon rivals Fulham at The Den on Wednesday night.

Ryan Woods - king of the jungle

He’s only had a handful of games but his latest showing was by far his best. After going behind early on, Millwall responded well and dominated the first half – largely thanks to Woods.

Sitting in front of the back four he broke up play and more often than not picked the correct pass to launch a counter.

His range of passing adds something else to the midfield too, offering a quick switch of direction that Shaun Williams perhaps doesn’t.

It’s still early days for Woods and Millwall, but alongside Jayson Molumby there was a balance to the midfield in both defence and attack. You can imagine a Ben Thompson thriving in front of the two of them.  

Defensive Trio - the holy trinity

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Millwall’s back-three were outstanding for 88 minutes against Fulham. After a slow start which saw Aleksander Mitrovic poke home a teasing Joe Bryan cross, Fulham had just one shot on target. That was down to the combination of Alex Pearce, Shaun Hutchinson and Jake Cooper. All of three of them dovetail superbly together.

Pearce barks the orders and marshals the backline relentlessly, you can hear him from the top tier. He does lack pace, a lot of it as was shown when Josh Onomah had the beating of him despite yielding a ten yard headstart, but he offers a solidity, reliability and a ‘no-nonsense’ approach that every backline should have.

Hutch was superb against Fulham. Winning the ball and marching up the field with it he’s displaying the game of a man full of confidence. The same can be said of Cooper whose footwork would’ve surprised many.

Together they are a very tough backline to breach.

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Jed Wallace – the maker of his own downfall?

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He has undoubtedly been the star this season, and because of that there’s a lot of pressure on him to perform. Both from fans and himself.

Linked with big money moves to the top flight he seems to have had his head turned and has stopped doing all that was good in the first half of the season.

He still has the turn of pace that will lose most trackers, but he’s lost the awareness that had defenders second guessing. More often than not he’ll try to go it alone regardless of where he is on the park.

That said, when it comes off there’s fewer better than him in the league.


Make no mistake about it, it was poor – to put it mildly. And I’m not just talking about the off-side.

There were decisions that went against both sides that baffled. Harry Arter’s substitution was handled poorly, inconsistencies with fouls and bookings, it made each tackle a lottery.

Fulham for the Premiership?

They are third. Which is surprising.

Yes they are a solid outfit with household names boasting huge pricetags, but they look lightweight.

Aleksandar Mitrovic aside there’s not many of that side you think could get into Norwich’s starting line-up, and that’s the reality if they’re going for promotion.

They play ‘nice’ football but in this league it’s been proven you need to have a steeliness about you, look at West Brom’s visit to The Den at the weekend, it was nothing flashy but they ground out the win.

Fulham look like they have a soft underbelly, which Millwall could’ve and possibly should’ve exposed.  

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