Ipswich 2-2 Millwall: Lions miss chance to climb into top six
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 02/04/18 6:43pm
Millwall failed to secure a club-record eighth consecutive away win as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Ipswich in an entertaining game at Portman Road.
Jake Cooper's 27th-minute header gave the Lions the lead before two goals from Martyn Waghorn in two second-half minutes put Town ahead.
George Saville's excellent left-footed strike drew Millwall level again on the hour mark and, despite a late flurry of chances, the visitors were unable to find a winner.
The result meant Millwall remained just outside the Sky Bet Championship play-off places, while Ipswich, who this week announced manager Mick McCarthy would leave the club at the end of the season, stayed 13th.
Adam Webster's diagonal ball for Town was beautifully brought down by Waghorn early on, but he failed to beat Jordan Archer in two attempts.effort.
Ipswich - without a goal in their previous five home games - continued to threaten the Millwall goal and Cole Skuse's close-range cut-back was cleared in front of the waiting Waghorn.
The Lions took the lead against the run of play in the 27th minute when Ben Marshall found space on the left and his cross was headed home by centre-back Cooper.
The goal gave Millwall a lift and six minutes later they could have extended their lead but Saville blazed over at full stretch from Jed Wallace's cross.
Ipswich levelled in the 52nd minute. Half-time substitute Ben Folami fluffed the rebound after Skuse's left-footed strike had been saved by Archer, but the ball was bundled over the line by Waghorn in a scramble.
The Town striker gave the Blues the lead two minutes later after he intercepted Cooper's poor back-pass and rounded Archer to side-foot home.
The Lions equalised on the hour mark after Wallace's right-wing cross found its way to Saville left of the penalty area, and he drilled the ball superbly past Bartosz Bialkowski.
Lee Gregory missed an excellent chance to put Millwall 3-2 ahead when he fired high and wide after finding space in the box in the 78th minute.
The visitors continued their search for a winner and, after Gregory's effort was saved at point-blank range by Bialkowski, Saville struck the near post.
The game was still flowing from end to end in the closing stages and Bialkowksi pulled off a stunning low save to deny Mahlon Romeo in the 90th minute.
Saville then pulled wide before Bialkowski was called upon again in stoppage time, this time saving from Wallace, as the Lions were frustrated.
Mick McCarthy: "I've never been in a driver-less car and I never, ever intend getting in one. But it must be what it feels like. The car's yours and the responsibility still lies with you but you haven't really got control over it and I'm not enjoying it, no. I'm just being honest about how I feel but I'm not enjoying it.
"I'm pleased that the fans have enjoyed it today, I think over my five and a half, nearly six years, they've enjoyed more games than they haven't."
Neil Harris: "I'm quite frustrated, I've got to be honest. I think Ipswich made the game what it was, a counter-attacking game that was very open. Sometimes when the game's like that and it's going to be who scores the most, you've got to make sure you score more than the opposition.
"It's hard to criticise my players because of the form we're in but if I want to set standards as the manager of the football club then I could tell them - and I did tell them after the game - that wasn't good enough."