Millwall recovered from a disastrous start to return to winning ways at Wycombe on Saturday.
The Lions had their unbeaten Championship start ended by Swansea City prior to the international break, and endured the worst possible start at Adams Park when the usually-reliable Bartosz Bialkowski gifted the Chairboys their first ever goal in the second-tier.
However, Gary Rowett’s men responded brilliantly after the break and completed an impressive turnaround thanks to Jed Wallace’s penalty and Ryan Leonard’s stunning first league goal of the campaign.
Matt Smith struck the bar in either half as the Lions could have won by a greater margin – although one-goal proved to be enough.
Millwall hit the crossbar once more in the closing stages, and it would have been a contender for one of the great Championship goals had it been a few inches lower.
From the halfway-line, Jake Cooper attempted the most audacious set-piece effort which left Wycombe’s Ryan Allsop scrambling back towards his own goal. Fortunately for the goalkeeper, the woodwork came to his rescue and denied Cooper the goal of his lifetime.
Off the bar from the halfway line! 👀@MillwallFC's Jake Cooper had the @wwfcofficial keeper scrambling… so much so he broke his own net 😂#EFLonQuest – Saturdays at 9pm #EFL #Millwall #Chairboys pic.twitter.com/oIGmJyVB7r
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Cooper was asked about the moment after the match, and told South London Press: “I thought this has got a chance! It took forever to come down. I saw it going outside the post and then coming back inside, but it just wasn’t to be. It was a good effort but it didn’t go in unfortunately.”
2020 has thrown up some bizarre footballing moments, but this would have been one of the more unexpected. Cooper is known for his aerial ability, but certainty isn’t renowned for scoring worldies.
It’s a great shame that it didn’t creep it as it would have been one hell of an effort and one that even David Beckham would have been proud of!