Brave Lions hold on for draw
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Millwall and Everton will have to do it all over again after drawing 1-1 at The Den.
Millwall and Everton will have to do it all again after drawing 1-1 at The Den on Saturday.
Marvin Williams had given the home side a surprise half-time lead, but Everton should really have won the tie at the first time of asking after Leon Osman had bagged a late equaliser.
David Moyes's men started the contest brightly and almost gained an early advantage when former Lion Tim Cahill went close with a volley in the opening exchanges as Millwall hung on for dear life.
But The Lions weathered the storm and slowly asserted themselves with Ben May being unlucky to have his diving header cleared off the line after he had latched onto a corner.
With six minutes to go until the break, Marvin Williams steam-rollered his way through the Everton defence before lifting the ball into the roof of the net to give the home side an unexpected lead.
The Toffees pressed for an equaliser in the opening exchanges of the second-half, with Cahill seeing a header drift just over the bar and McFadden having a shot blocked amid shouts for handball.
The goal seemed to inspire Millwall, however, as they eagerly set about chasing after every loose ball, snapping at the heels of their Premiership opposition at every opportunity.
David Weir was lucky to escape with a yellow card having cynically hauled Williams down after he had broken free of the Everton back line, with Richard Wright saving smartly from the resulting free-kick.
The equaliser finally came in the 79th minute when Leon Osman got on the end of a left wing cross. Although Andy Marshall managed to parry his initial close-range shot, Osman made no mistake in heading the rebound past the helpless Millwall keeper.
The goal lifted Everton as they looked to put the tie to bed. Osman went close again with a deft chip and James Beattie blasted over from a difficult angle six yards out. Marshall saved superbly from a Ferguson diving header as the valiant Lions began to tire.
Kevin Kilbane should have sealed the contest when he sent the ball over after hitting his shot first-time after getting on the end of a right wing centre.
But the sheer effort expended by David Tuttle's men made them worthy of earning a replay, and that is exactly what they got as the final whistle went on an entertaining game at The Den.
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