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Academy Report: Millwall 1-1 Crystal Palace

8 April 2016

Palace made it six games unbeaten since they returned from their Indian adventure last month but they were forced to settle for a third successive draw at Millwall.

A slow start from Ken Gillard’s team allowed the home side to have the better of the opening exchanges and the Eagles received a let-off on three minutes when they struggled to effectively clear a cross and allowed a Lions man to thump a shot against the crossbar.

However after that wake-up call Palace responded and took the lead on 20 minutes. Ryan King-Elliott delivered the ball into a dangerous position on the right and Levi Lumeka got in ahead of his marker and was brought down inside the area. The striker picked himself up and tucked away the resulting spot-kick to register his 16th goal of the campaign.

Kian Flanagan nearly make it 2-0 13 minutes later when he saw a left-footed volley from outside the box well saved by the goalkeeper, and seven minutes before the break Palace were unfortunate to see a goal disallowed when a great pass by Michael Phillips freed Lumeka to go through on goal and score but his celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.

Colm McAdden then made a great one-handed save to prevent Millwall from scoring from close range, but another sloppy start to a half cost the visitors dear when five minutes after the restart Millwall broke from a Palace throw in an attacking position and King-Elliott conceded a penalty which was fired past 

Corie Andrews and Nathan Linton were then introduced to the fray and on 78 minutes the former missed a one-on-one chance when he latched onto another Phillips pass but hit the goalkeeper’s legs, and then Linton passed up the opportunity to score from a similar position but opted to square for Andrews but miscued.

But two minutes from time the Eagles thought they’d won it when Phillips headed goalwards from six yards out but the ball was cleared off the line and the spoils were shared.

Palace: McAdden, King-Elliott, Woods, Wynter, Sturgess, Coker (Linton 60), Phillips, Flanagan (Yeboah 79), Lokilo (Andrews 60), Fundi, Lumeka. Subs not used: Funnell, Hosannah.

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