Millwall 0-0 Walsall
The Saddlers earned a hard fought point at Millwall in a game with few clear cut chances.
Millwall, buoyed by their recent FA Cup win over Watford, threatened early on as ex-Wolves man Jed Wallace headed wide of Neil Etheridge`s goal.
Walsall struggled to break out of their half in the early stages, and on the rare occasions they did, the crucial pass was often wayward. Florent Cuvelier saw his 25-yard curler comfortably saved by Jordan Archer.
Millwall threatened mainly from crosses and corners, with Steve Morison nearly benefitting from Etheridge`s indecision towards the end of the first half, but he was unable to convert the header.
Walsall’s back three – five at times – held firm for the rest of the half and Darren Deadman blew for the break with Jon Whitney probably the happier of the two bosses.
The start of second half saw more Millwall pressure without any real chances and the sparse home crowd were becoming increasingly frustrated at the Lions` lack of creativity. The crowd`s mood probably wasn’t helped by an increasingly confident Saddlers midfield who started to piece together an increasing number of attacks. Erhun Oztumer struggled to really get into the game and was generally shackled well by the Millwall defence, one of the few occasions he did manage to break free however, he was cynically stopped in his tracks by a Lions` defender. This would have given Oztumer a chance on goal from a similar position to where he scored against Bury, but unfortunately Mr Deadman didn’t see it that way and waved play on.
The remainder of the game followed a similar pattern, with Millwall hitting lots of long diagonal balls into their front two, with O`Connell and Preston dealing well with the majority of them and the Saddlers occasionally breaking out via counter-attacks.
Whitney introduced Jackson, Morris and Randall for his debut, but apart from a couple of wayward efforts the Saddlers didn’t really trouble the Millwall goal.
There was a late scare as a scramble in Walsall box ended up with O`Brien fouling the Adam Chambers.
All in all, a solid point away from home and there’s lots of positives to take from the way we defended a barrage of crosses and long balls, after the shaky display at Bury.
Vital Walsall man of the match: Adam Chambers.