What the press made of the draw at The Den
Crewe Alex stretched their unbeaten run in League One to three games but remain deep in the relegation mire after a 1-1 draw at Millwall.
Brad Inman's penalty on 59 minutes had handed Steve Davis' men the lead at the New Den but Lions striker Lee Gregory restored parity and earned a point for the Londoners when he netted from the spot five minutes later.
But Crewe did have to survive late drama when Gregory missed a second Lions penalty at the death after Ollie Turton had handled.
IT WAS a tale of three penalties, two scored and one missed, at the New Den as Crewe made it three straight draws.
Brad Inman handed Crewe the lead on the hour with a well taken penalty after George Cooper was felled, the first penalty they'd been awarded in over a year.
But just five minutes later they were protesting at referee Chris Kavanagh as he awarded a decision to the surprise of everyone in Alex red, which Lee Gregory despatched.
With just two minutes to go there was yet more controversy as the linesman awarded the hosts a penalty to the surprise of the whole ground, adjudging Ollie Turton to have handled despite being under no pressure. Thankfully for the Alex, Gregory could only smash his spot-kick against the post as Crewe hold on for a deserved point.
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Lee Gregory converted one penalty but missed another as Millwall spurned the chance to pull away from the chasing pack this afternoon.
A single point was a missed opportunity for the Lions, who would have moved to within two points of fifth-placed Coventry and five points ahead of seventh-placed Sheffield United if they had won.
But they had to come from behind to get even the point they did manage.
In virtually Crewe’s only dangerous attack of the game, a speculative ball over the back of the hosts’ defence left Jordan Archer against four attackers and he brought down George Cooper just inside the area in on the hour. Brad Inman converted to give the visitors a shock lead. Archer was spared a red card by ref Chris Kavanagh, and that can only have been because he wasn’t sure there had been any contact as Cooper tumbled because there was no doubt the keeper was the last man.
Millwall equalised with 15 minutes left, though, as Alex keeper Ben Garratt elbowed Byron Webster who was going for a header and Gregory converted the resulting spot-kick.
But they should have claimed the points when Ben Nugent handled late on and Gregory smashed his spot-kick against Garratt’s right-hand post for what would have been his 16th goal of the season.