FULL TIME: Burnley 2 Millwall 2
4:57pm Saturday 29th September 2012 in Sport
DARIUS Henderson’s injury time goal saw Burnley denied victory at home to Millwall in controversial fashion.
Liam Trotter had put the visitors ahead in the third minute but Ben Mee and Charlie Austin made it 2-1 before half time, before a Junior Stanislas goal was ruled out in bizarre fashion after the interval.
But Henderson came off the bench to level in injury time before Mee turned against his own bar with Millwall looking for a winner.
The Clarets dominated from the first whistle but despite that Millwall took the lead as Trotter exchanged passes with Andy Keogh before firing past Lee Grant from the edge of the box.
Burnley then had penalty appeals turned down by referee Craig Pawson, while Stanislas turned Martin Paterson’s cross against the woodwork.
But the equaliser came in the 19th minute as Stanislas swung in a corner from the left and Mee arrived unmarked to head home from only five yards.
Millwall wide man Scott Malone came close to making it 2-1, only to see Grant do just enough to turn his volley on to the bar, but Burnley continued to create chances and Stanislas’ free kick was smartly tipped over by David Forde.
Grant then had to keep out James Henry’s shot five minutes before half time.
But Austin put Burnley ahead in the 43rd minute with a superb header from fully 18 yards.
Kieran Trippier played in a deep ball from the right and Austin looped a header over Forde and into the top corner.
Chris McCann put a header over after half time but Stanislas looked to have made it 3-1 when he exchanged passes with Martin Paterson before racing clear and firing past Forde.
Millwall complained though and, with Burnley virtually ready to kick off, consultations between referee and linesman saw the goal bizarrely ruled out for offside.
Andy Keogh then fired wide as Millwall sought an equaliser but the Clarets again came close to a third as David Edgar had an effort cleared off the line before Stanislas’ rebound effort was saved.
Millwall though came within inches of making it 2-2 in stoppage time as Chris Wood headed against the bar.
A dink over the top then saw Henderson unmarked to fire in from 10 yards and secure a shock leveller.
Millwall could even have won it then as Henderson went clear and Mee, attempting to intercept, turned the ball against his own bar. The ball bounced just the right side of the line.
Burnley: Lee Grant; Kieran Trippier, Michael Duff, David Edgar, Ben Mee; Ross Wallace (Cameron Stewart 90), Dean Marney, Chris McCann (Marvin Bartley 70), Junior Stanislas; Charlie Austin, Martin Paterson (Sam Vokes 76). Subs not used: Brian Jensen, Kevin Long, Joseph Mills, Brian Stock.
Millwall: David Forde; Alan Dunne, Paul Robinson (Jack Smith 46), Danny Shittu, Shane Lowry; James Henry, Liam Trotter, Nadjim Abdou, Scott Malone (Shaun Batt 67); Chris Wood, Andy Keogh (Darius Henderson 75). Subs not used: Maik Taylor, Tamika Mkandawire, Josh Wright, Therry Racon.
Referee: Craig Pawson.