Millwall 1-1 BWFC
Wanderers went down to The Den with fans' expectations once again unnecessarily pressured. Millwall's first home game of their newly-promoted season on the back of losing just 1 in their last 19 at the notorious home. It was never a must-win nor an easy 3 points.
Mark Little came in for Stephen Darby as Pratley and Burke replaced the injured Vela and Wheater. A fairly innocuous first half that saw, roughly, about 3 completed passes between the two sides. The Lions took the lead through a bobbly passing move led to a George Saville shot trickling past a wrong-footed Mark Howard following not one of the three centre-backs closing down. The fourth goal Bolton have conceded in the league and all four could've been defended a lot, lot better. Another bit of defensive disorganisation led to a deflected, looping shot from the goalscorer to be headed over the crossbar by Mark Beevers. Following his introduction, Morais' impact was nigh on immediate. A simply beautiful, wonderful, absolutely magical free kick bent into the top corner for the Trotters' equaliser.
Wanderers remain in a position that the majority of fans would take at the end of the season. Ahead of some strong sides in the league, an over-reaction is inevitable with our baffling support but sticking at it against a strong side like Leeds, a comeback victory in the Cup and away point to kick off the season provides a lot of positives.
Now, The Whites head to Birmingham on Tuesday night to face a Harry Redknapp side on the back of a 2-1 win over Bristol City. However, they will be without the suspended Mikael Kieftenbeld and Che Adams is a doubt; that could be a huge loss. Parkinson will have serious hopes of getting at least a point.