Hosts see two goals ruled out

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam Tobin

KARL Robin­son couldn’t hide his frus­tra­tion af­ter his side were de­nied a first win over Mill­wall in 21 years by in­juries and a con­tentious dis­al­lowed goal.

Charl­ton lost two play­ers in the first half-hour to in­juries but were un­de­terred, debu­tant Nathan Byrne twice forc­ing a good save from Jor­dan Archer.

The Addicks thought they were ahead twice af­ter the break, but they and Pa­trick Bauer were de­nied on both oc­ca­sions with the of­fi­cials deem­ing there to be fouls in the build-up – the sec­ond af­ter Archer ap­peared to spill the ball.

Lee Gre­gory’s glanc­ing header went inches wide late on, but a point apiece was ul­ti­mately a fair re­sult.

Robin­son played Bauer’s sec­ond dis­al­lowed goal on a lap­top be­fore tak­ing ques­tions, say­ing: “I can’t say any­thing about it be­cause I’ll get fined, but you can write what you need to write.

“I thought we were the better team. The prob­lem with Mill­wall is, when you’re on top, with Gre­gory and Steve Mori­son, you’re al­ways sus­pect and that’s the fear for us.

“It hap­pened at The Den when we were prob­a­bly the better team, we got car­ried away and they hit us on the counter-at­tack.

“Last five min­utes, my boys were dead on their feet be­cause I couldn’t make any more sub­sti­tu­tions. I can’t blame my play­ers for that, it’s be­cause we had two un­for­tu­nate in­juries. That changed the game, but it didn’t change our men­tal­ity or de­sire.”

The Lions nearly led af­ter eight min­utes as Gre­gory eas­ily out­mus­cled Bauer but chipped wide.

Josh Ma­gen­nis was stretchered off on 13 min­utes be­fore Byrne went close on 20 min­utes, his 25yard shot bounc­ing awk­wardly in front of Archer.

Mill­wall should have scored on 25 min­utes when Shaun Wil­liams’ free-kick found By­ron Web­ster in acres of space, but his header was com­fort­ably saved by De­clan Rudd.

Charl­ton were forced to swap one debu­tant for an­other on 28 min­utes, Jay Dasilva com­ing on for the in­jured Lewis Page.

Byrne went close again on 34 min­utes, show­ing great tech­nique

to hit a dif­fi­cult vol­ley, but Archer was equal to it.

Charl­ton thought they were ahead when Joe Aribo’s free-kick was bun­dled home on 50 min­utes by Bauer, but it was dis­al­lowed for a foul in the build-up.

But The Val­ley was truly in­dig­nant on 58 min­utes when Bauer fired in again, be­fore the goal was ruled out by the lines­man, who seem­ingly felt the ball had been knocked out of Archer’s hand.

Sub­sti­tute Shane Fer­gu­son made a quick im­pres­sion, ri­fling a half-vol­ley nar­rowly wide on 72 min­utes just be­fore Mill­wall had two chances in the 75th minute.

A dan­ger­ous cross fell to Steve Mori­son whose scuffed ef­fort still needed Jorge Teix­eira to hack off the line, be­fore the striker de­liv­ered a per­fect cross for Shaun Hutchin­son, his glanc­ing header just elud­ing the far post.

Gre­gory had the clear­est chance of the match on 86 min­utes, meet­ing Wil­liams’ cor­ner in space at the front post, but he sent his header spin­ning wide.

There was an ugly fin­ish to pro­ceed­ings when Teix­eira re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low card af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle for throw­ing the ball at Mori­son.

Mill­wall boss Neil Har­ris said: “I thought the game was quite even, I don’t think ei­ther team played par­tic­u­larly well. There was cer­tainly a lo­cal derby feel to it, 100 miles an hour, lack of qual­ity at times.

“I’m de­lighted with four points against Charl­ton this year, our fans will be de­lighted with brag­ging rights over the lo­cal ri­vals, but dis­ap­pointed with the fact we didn’t win the game.’

On the sec­ond dis­al­lowed goal, Har­ris added: “Ten years ago, it’s a good goal. I was a striker, so I think if the goal­keeper’s let­ting the ball go you should be able to chal­lenge.”

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Mill­wall de­fender Shaun Cum­mings and Charl­ton Ath­letic’s Adam Chick­sen

PIC­TURE: ProS­ports/ Se­bas­tian Frej

BAT­TLE: Charl­ton Ath­letic mid­fielder Chris Solly chal­lenges with Mill­wall de­fender Joe Martin FALL: Shaun Cum­mings fells Charl­ton de­fender Adam Chick­sen

GAFFER: Charl­ton boss Karl Robin­son looks on

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