Report: Millwall v Bolton Wanderers

Filipe Morais' second-half free-kick earned Wanderers a share of the spoils away at Millwall on Saturday afternoon.

Phil Parkinson made three changes from the side that narrowly lost out to Leeds United on the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Darren Pratley had recovered from the virus that ruled out his inclusion last Sunday to regain the captain’s armband from David Wheater who sat out the game with a back injury sustained during that contest.

Mark Little and Reece Burke came into make their first full league starts. Josh Vela, who picked up a leg injury on the opening day, is currently on the sidelines with a leg injury while Stephen Darby missed out.

Jed Wallace had the first attempt on goal for the hosts after two minutes but his low short from range was comfortably gathered by Mark Howard.

Reece Burke was shown an early yellow card after he lost the ball in midfield before clattering into Byron Webster.

A tasty cross from Shane Ferguson over on the left evaded the heads of the Wanderers defenders as well as that of Wallace who was inches away from connecting as Millwall launched a rare foray into the Wanderers third.

Moments later a free-kick on the right hand side from Josh Cullen was cleared away before the ball feel to Jem Karacan whose right footer sailed over the bar.

Steve Morison should have done better when he was gifted possession just outside the box but his snapshot went straight into the arms of Howard.

The hosts were enjoying more possession as the half wore on but didn’t really pose any threat to Howard’s goal.

Wanderers’ defence looked comfortable with Burke showing great composure whenever he had the ball.

Wanderers commenced the second-half on the front foot with Adam Le Fondre doing a lovely turn to lose his marker. However, the Wanderers frontman couldn’t find a way beyond Jordan Archer.

The hosts broke the deadlock through Saville shortly after the restart after the midfielder latched onto a flick on from Morison. Howard was wrong footed as the ball drifted past him.

Parkinson made his first change after 53 minutes with former Millwall man Filipe Morais replacing Mark Little at right-wing back.

And the change almost paid dividends with a Morais cross finding the head of Le Fondre near the penalty spot only for the striker fail to get enough purchase on the ball to direct it past Archer.

Wanderers had Beevers to thank for clearing the ball of his line after Howard was left stranded when he punched away a clearance.

The visitors were now on the back foot and found themselves defending a corner which was eventually cleared after several attempts.

Wanderers got themselves back into the contest in spectacular fashion thanks to the substitute Morais.

His free-kick from 20 yards could not have been struck any sweeter as it sailed into the top right hand corner. Archer was rooted to his spot and seemed stunned that it had nested into the net.

The Portuguese-born wideman followed up shortly afterwards with a left footer from distance but Archer wasn’t troubled. Wanderers were clearly boosted by their equaliser.

Howard was forced into a smart save to deny Gregory as the forward’s neat turn almost caught the Wanderers defence out.

Adam Armstrong came on for Le Fondre with 21 minutes remaining as Parkinson’s charges looked to capitalise on their momentum.

Aaron Wilbraham came on for Gary Madine with seven minutes left on the clock.

And the home side came close with just a handful of minutes remaining, with Beevers on hand to block Morison's goalbound effort from six yards.

Despite the best efforts of both sides however, it was honours even come full time.

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