Last-gasp own goals give Millwall a draw at Swansea

Last-gasp own goals give Millwall a draw at Swansea

Nathan Wood heads into his own net to give Millwall a point

Millwall scored two own goals in stoppage time to earn a remarkable 2-2 draw at Swansea City.

Swansea looked to have secured their first home win of the season thanks to first-half goals from Ryan Manning and Michael Obafemi.

But the Lions refused to lie down and had hope when Harry Darling netted his own in the 93rd minute.

The equalizer came almost from the last minute of the game when a deep cross ended with another Nathan Wood own goal.

It spelled desperation for Swansea, who looked certain to claim back-to-back Championship wins for the first time since April and a first home win of the campaign.

But there was joy for Millwall as they picked up a first point on the road in 2022-23.

Gary Rowett’s side remain fourth in the early-season Championship table, while Swansea move up one place to 12th, but will struggle to explain how they ended up with one point instead of three.

Both teams had enjoyed encouraging finishes last weekend, with Swansea scoring late at Blackpool to secure a first win of 2022-23 and Millwall securing a thrilling comeback win against Coventry City.

After a minute’s applause in memory of former Swansea midfielder Lenny Johnrose, a hero of the club’s escape from the threat of relegation to non-league football 19 years ago, it was the hosts who resumed where they left the weekend.

Swansea took an early lead and scored a first home goal of the season from the opening attack of the night when Scott Malone’s attempted clearance was flicked on by Olivier Ntcham to Manning.

In space at the far post, the Swansea left-back unleashed a crisp half-volley that bounced into the net at the far post after a touch from the jumper Bartosz Bialkowski.

In a frantic opening, Swansea should have doubled their lead when Ntcham’s play was stopped and Joel Latibeaudiere, soon to be sidelined with what looked like a shoulder injury, lifted the rebound from the bottom line

Millwall came close to leveling as Shackleton’s sweet goal beat home keeper Andy Fisher but he fired against the crossbar.

Shackleton had Millwall’s other standout effort in the first half, this time curling a shot wide, as Swansea extended their lead thanks to Obafemi’s fine first goal of the season.

Ryan Manning fires home
Ryan Manning scored his first goal since January in the first minute of the game

Fed in by Kyle Naughton, the forward rounded Jake Cooper before stomping the ball home from the edge of the box.

Millwall needed a major improvement after the break, and Billy Mitchell’s deflected effort forced Fisher into his first save of the night.

Swansea threatened to end the contest when Joe Allen, who was outstanding on his second home debut after rejoining the Welsh club in the summer, and then Ntcham were denied by Bialkowski.

Millwall’s players rose almost in unison to appeal for handball when Manning blocked George Honeyman’s shot, but referee Gavin Ward called no penalty and booked Malone for dissent.

There was another less convincing call for handball against Ben Cabango, before debutant Andreas Voglsammer headed home Fisher from the corner of the box but saw his effort bounce off the safety of the crossbar .

With that, Swansea must have felt they were home and away, but Millwall somehow conjured up their second rousing finish in three days.

First Danny McManamara sent a cross that bounced into the net past Darling.

As the tension reigned for the home side, Wood inadvertently headed another deep cross past Fisher as Millwall’s Tyler Burey lurked at the far post.

Swansea head coach Russell Martin:

“For 93 minutes, we were by far the better team. Dominant, aggressive, everything we were criticized for against Blackburn, and rightly so in many ways, I think the lads got it right tonight.

“I have to take it on, I take care of the mentality of the team. The ball goes out for a service, and one of our players. [who is] not involved returns the ball to the field of play. I am absolutely furious about it. i told him This simply cannot happen. He punched them back to serve quickly and we conceded a goal.

“Whether you’re on the bench or not, you’ve got to add value to your team in some way. That’s certainly not an added value.

“It’s the moments in this league where if that goes against us, I’m pretty sure it’s getting hit in the stands, it takes a minute to get it back and it’s game over, everybody’s going really well “.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett:

“Swansea are very difficult to play against. They pass the ball well and create a lot of movement. But the flip side is that maybe you’re not as well set up when you’re under pressure and that’s what I told the players at half-time. .

“Everything we’ve worked for goes out the window after a minute and the second goal we have to defend better. Then we had two clear penalties.

“We’ve had to ride a bit of luck because Swansea still open you up and create those quality moments. But we put pressure on them and if you keep knocking on the door and asking, it’s up to the opposition to see the game out. .

“We took something out of a game that probably after 30 minutes I couldn’t see us getting anything.”

alignments

Swansea

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Fisher
  • 23Wood
  • 26Naughton
  • 6beloved
  • 22LatibaudiereReplaced bySorinolaat 20′minutes
  • 7AllenReplaced byFultonat 68′minutes
  • 8grimaces
  • 3ManningBooked at 73 minutesReplaced byCabangoat 75′minutes
  • 17Pyro
  • 10NtchamReplaced byCongreveat 76′minutes
  • 9ObafemiBooked 90 minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Fulton
  • 5Cabango
  • 13bandage
  • 20Cullen
  • 29Sorinola
  • 31Cooper
  • 45Congreve

Millwall

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 15CresswellReplaced byLeonardat 64′minutes
  • 5CooperReplaced byHutchinsonat 64′minutes
  • 3M Wallace
  • 2McNamara
  • 8MitchellBooked at 42 minutesReplaced byVogelsammerat 75′minutes
  • 16ShackletonReplaced bySavilleat 64′minutes
  • 11MaloneBooked 65 minutes away
  • 39Honeyman
  • 14BureyBooked at 39 minutes
  • 7Afobe

Substitutes

  • 1long
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6Evans
  • 18Leonard
  • 21Vogelsammer
  • 23Saville
  • 25Olaf

Referee:
Gavin Ward

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