Millwall extended their winless run to seven games after they were held to a 1-1 draw against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Wednesday night.
The Lions took the lead midway through the second half when Tom Bradshaw fired home the opening goal for Neil Harris’ side, but Luton managed to secure a point when Callum McManaman scored late on in the match.
Millwall could have considered themselves fortunate to enter the break on level terms following a poor second-half display where Luton were granted a number of opportunities to take the lead.
However, the hosts couldn’t find a breakthrough before the interval as their attempts were thwarted by an impressive performance from Millwall goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski in between the sticks.
The Ipswich loanee made an error which was responsible for his side’s defeat against QPR two weeks ago, but he delivered a stand-out performance at Kenilworth Road to make amends for his mistake back in September.
Here, we take a closer look at Bialkowski’s statistics from the match…
Bialkowski has been a regular in Harris’ side this season and he played the full 90 minutes as Millwall were held by newly-promoted Luton, and he had looked on track for a clean sheet before McManaman’s late goal. The 32-year-old delivered an excellent goalkeeping display over the course of the match, and his performance perhaps deserved to be rewarded with a clean sheet.
Millwall came under much pressure from the hosts in the first half in particular, as Bialkowski needed to deal with five shots over the course of the whole match. The fact he kept all four of these out until the end of the match proves how significant he was in Millwall holding their initial 1-0 lead.
It should also be noted that these were not easy saves for Bialkowski to make as three of them required him to use his reflexes with Luton having several good opportunities to take the lead. There was one particularly key instance inside the opening 20 minutes where James Collins could have easily handed the Hatters the lead if not for Bialkowski’s point-blank save.
The Millwall summer signing also showcased his passing range during the match as he recorded a 78% passing accuracy from his long balls, which is not a bad return considering many of these were ambitious long passes. He demonstrated how effective these passes can be after 30 minutes when he picked out Bradshaw’s run into the penalty box, but the striker couldn’t finish off the move.
The goalkeeper was required to deliver a strong performance given the pressure his side came under at times, and he certainly did just that. He will be disappointed to not have a clean sheet to his name given his showing for the Lions.