Fulham and Millwall played out a feisty and enthralling London Derby, which ultimately ended all square between two sides who are well in the race for a promotion challenge later in the season.
A frantic first-half got this London Derby off to a thrilling start as Millwall quickly employed a high press in order to stifle their Fulham counterparts, with the Cottagers largely struggling to play out from the back during the early stages of the contest.
Despite Millwall’s upbeat start to the game, it was Fulham who took the lead in South Bermondsey as a well worked free kick was whipped into the box by Joe Bryan for Aleksandar Mitrovic to slide home past Bart Bialkowski after holding his run superbly.
You would’ve been forgiven for thinking that the goal would’ve dampened Millwall’s energy, but that was far from the case as the Lions almost immediately got back on terms as a corner was headed into the path of Jon Dadi Bodvarsson by Shaun Hutchinson, with the towering Icelandic striker sweeping home from an offside position.
Fortunately for the home side the goal stood after Andrew Madley had consulted with his linesman on the far side and we had a real game on our hands with only eight minutes on the clock.
This really bounced the Lions back into life as their rediscovery of the high press caused Fulham to misplace easy passes, before the game took yet another turn.
Mahlon Romeo’s threatening run into the penalty area was found by Jed Wallace, before the Millwall right back was chopped down by Joe Bryan inside the area, thus seeing Madley point to the spot immediately.
Wallace was the man to take on the responsibility from 12 yards for the Lions, but unfortunately for the former Portsmouth man his spot kick only managed to find the back of the away stand as he skied his effort high over the bar.
As we headed into the second half, Fulham were afforded more of the ball than they were in the first, with the likes of Tom Cairney and Josh Onomah given a lot more room.
Chances were few and far between during the second period, with Tom Bradshaw striking a low effort straight at Marek Rodak when put through, before Fulham substitute Neeskens Kebano struck the crossbar with a near post header as the game fizzled out for 1-1.
The result leaves Fulham in third on joint 56 points with second placed Leeds United, whilst Millwall remain in eleventh on 46, just seven points off the top six.
Full-time: Millwall 1-1 Fulham.