Millwall were left frustrated, but at the same time thankful for the performance of Bartosz Bialkowski in their draw with Cardiff City on Saturday.
Having taken a first-half lead through Matt Smith’s first Championship goal of the season, Gary Rowett’s men were pegged back by their former boss Neil Harris when Kieffer Moore’s deflected effort equalised 11 minutes from time to earn the Bluebirds a point.
And whilst Ben Thompson and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson were both guilty of squandering guilt-edge chances either side of Moore’s leveller, Millwall also needed some outstanding saves from their Polish goalkeeper to ensure they didn’t suffer a third league defeat of the campaign.
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Bialkowski has come to the Lions’ rescue on numerous occasions since joining from Ipswich Town last summer, and he continues to be there standout player on an almost weekly basis.
Late on at The Den, he produced one save in particular that was reminiscent of one that David De Gea made in a Liverpool vs Manchester game from Joel Matip at Anfield back in 2017.
Josh Murphy had beaten the offside trap before picking out Harry Wilson, who looked certain to score from close-range, but the Millwall stopper somehow stuck out a leg to keep the scores at 1-1.
There was even time for Bialkowski to make another from Moore – which caused The Den faithful to rush to social media to express their delight at their goalkeeper’s performance on Saturday.
Check some of the best responses below:
Jon Dadi is done at Millwall.
There needs to be a huge shake up in January. Bart being our best player week in, week out is a worry.
— Elliott Curran (@ElliottCurran) November 21, 2020
Frustrating…….when bart is your man of the match have to say a draw is probably fair….that chance for bodvarsson though 🙁
— Millwall halfwayline (@millwalljdb) November 21, 2020
Bart is keeping us in this game once again
— George Chandler (@GCMillwall) November 21, 2020
Bart is the best shot stopper I’ve seen at Millwall
— Reg (@FruitnVeggie) November 21, 2020
That was always going to be a draw given the nature of the teams and history, but that has to be a point gained in the scheme of things. MOM Bialkowski and #Millwall rue those missed chances from Thompson and Bodvarsson
— 𝖦𝗋𝗎𝗆𝗉𝗒 𝖦𝗋𝗂𝖬𝖺𝖼𝖾 (@StuartMace) November 21, 2020
Bialkowski by some way the best keeper I’ve seen at Millwall he is ridiculous
— Freddie Amor (@Freddie_Amor) November 21, 2020
Thomos chance was miles easier than JDBs, both should score tho… Malones error was schoolboy at best lazy at worse and Bart is our most influential player which is a concern if we want to do more than just survive in the Championship #Millwall
— Jody.R (@J_Rizzell) November 22, 2020
Agree here. When Bart leaves Millwall they will be very very big boots to fill. Espevially judging by some of the dross we’ve had over the last 20 years or so.
— James Gibbins (@jamesgibbins) November 21, 2020