Luton left it late, but picked up a thoroughly deserved point against Millwall in the Championship yesterday evening, drawing 1-1 at Kenilworth Road.
By Mike Simmonds
Thursday, 3rd October 2019, 12:34 pm
Callum McManaman is congratulated after earning Luton a point against Millwall
In front of the Sky TV cameras, substitute Callum McManaman fired home with four minutes remaining to make it two games unbeaten for the hosts. Here's how the Hatters rated on the night.
Still searching for that first clean sheet although the goal Town conceded was no fault of his own, making an excellent save from Wallace, before Bradshaw was left unmarked to convert the rebound.
Wasn't ever under too much pressure, looking solid when called upon, just managing to do enough to prevent Smith from making it 2-0. Able to venture regularly forward on the right hand side with Millwall sitting in.
Offered Town some width on the left, with Cornick somehow unable to turn home his fierce cross. Came close himself from a clever free kick routine, but didn't spot the unmarked Bradshaw in time for Millwall's leveller.
Handled the obvious aerial threat of Smith well for most of the evening, the Lions striker having very little to feed on. Brought the ball out of defence purposefully when he had the chance to as well.
Will have been fuming that Town conceded first once more as he had comfortably dealt with the Lions sporadic attacks. Few excellent touches under pressure kept Town on the front foot as well.
Such a calming influence on the team as he was always on hand to receive the ball from his defenders and create space for Town to start their attacks. Unfortunate to be substituted but Luton needed an equaliser.
Patrolled the midfield effectively against his former side, dominating possession and kept it moving well to either flank. A bit more assertiveness in the box and he could have been on the scoresheet too.
Midfielder was the one who always looked to break the lines after Town had gradually drawn the Lions out of their two banks of four with some powerful surges into dangerous areas.
Wonderful chance to open the scoring, but just couldn't get the direction he wanted on Potts' cross. His pace was always an outlet for the Hatters as he looked to attack on the right hand side.
Showing signs he can be a big player for Luton this season and his work-rate was good, putting himself about at times. Set-pieces were a real mix bag though, some excellent, some not so impressive.
Will still be wondering how he didn't add to his tally of five goals for the season, denied three times by Bialkowski, the visiting keeper producing an absolutely stunning effort to tip his volley on to the bar.
Caused Millwall no end of problems when he came on, winning numerous free kicks on the left hand side. Lovely cross for Collins' chance, although slightly guilty of trying too much at times, with Town desperate for a leveller.
Adjusted his feet wonderfully to score the equaliser that the Hatters fully deserved. Busy from the second he came on and could be a real star with supporters this season with his ability to beat players almost at will.
Only on for five minutes, but what a five minute it was. Pushed further forward and raced down the right wing, showing great skill to reach the byline and pick out McManaman for the leveller.