In one of the EFL Championship games on Wednesday night, Millwall and Luton played out a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road in an early six-pointer near the bottom of the table.
Harry Cornick just failed to head in a Dan Potts cross, and Bartosz Bialkowski kept out a James Collins volley from a corner.
Into the second half, Bialkowksi dived to keep out a downward Collins volley, again from a corner, before Tom Bradshaw slid in at the far post against the run of play after Simon Sluga had pushed away Jed Wallace’s shot.
Matt Smith missed an open goal by heading wide Mahlon Romeo’s cross, before substitute Callum McManaman turned in Luke Bolton’s pull-back to equalise two minutes from time.
Here, we take a look at three things we learned about Millwall from last night…
Millwall need to get better at defending corners
From corner kicks, Millwall were poor all night at defending them, Collins of Luton having two attempts to score from them and if it wasn’t for Bialkowski, he likely would have done so.
For all the height that Millwall have in their team, it was evidently poor that the side didn’t have much clue what they were doing from corners, and if Luton had better finishers from set-pieces, then Millwall would have been punished.
Millwall midfield needs to improve at dictating play
Across the 90 minutes last night, Millwall’s midfield two of Ryan Leonard and Jayson Molumby both struggled to make an impact on the night, not getting on the ball enough and struggling to settle Millwall down when they got on the ball, instead being too eager to get the ball forward.
A midfield two didn’t suit Millwall last night to try and dictate the play away from home, instead letting Luton get the foothold in the game and create the better opportunities from the centre of the park.
The Lions rely too much on Bialkowski
If it wasn’t for Millwall keeper Bartosz Bialkowski in goal for the Lions, they could have ended up losing the game.
Bialkowski commanded his box well, dealing with crosses and making some important saves as Millwall managed to weather the storm as they had a period where they nicked a goal but then went back to being on the defensive.
Bialkowski has the experience and nous to see games out in the Championship, but Millwall were unable to hold onto their lead as Luton never gave up till the end.