Millwall extended their unbeaten run to six games on Saturday by drawing 1-1 to Birmingham City at St. Andrews.
Chris Taylor equalised for Millwall after Wes Thomas had given Birmingham the led on 49 minutes.
The game was overshadowed though by referee Keith Hill’s strange decision to disallow a Millwall goal for offside on 18 minutes. The referee seemed to award the goal but then change his mind, under pressure from Birmingham players.
The visitors were unlucky not to have come away with all three points after Sean St. Ledger headed against the crossbar late on.
Millwall host Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night before facing Wigan next weekend in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
They started the better at St. Andrews and Taylor had the ball in the net after latching onto Richard Chaplow’s pass. However, the effort was initially flagged offside before the referee Keith Hill ruled it a goal. The official changed his mind and disallowed the goal upon discussions with his assistant referee.
It was the wake-up call Birmingham needed to kick them into life. Millwall goalkeeper David Forde denied Thomas’ header and saved from Ravel Morrison early in the second half.
Thomas gave Birmingham the lead with a fine low effort just minutes later though. The striker turned in the area to provide the finish to excellent City move.
However, the hosts failed to build on that and Millwall ended the game strongly. They found a deserved leveler on 70 minutes through Taylor. The striker beat Jack Butland in the Birmingham goal after Rob Hulse had found space down the wing.
Although St. Ledger did hit the woodwork with a header late on, Millwall were unable to find a third win in four league matches and Birmingham claimed a point to edge a step closer to Championship survival.