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Millwall 0-0 Fulham Cham 32 1415 Daily Star

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Millwall (0) 0-0 (0) Fulham

Fulham manager Kit Symons believes Hugo Rodallega's disallowed goal should have stood to hand Fulham a much needed three points at Millwall.

The Colombian striker fired home from six yards with ten minutes left on the clock but the Whites' celebrations were cut short by the linesman's flag.

A win would have opened up an eight-point gap to Millwall, who occupy the final relegation spot, but Symons had to settle for a draw.

The Fulham boss said: "Disappointed not to get the win but points in this division are precious so we'll take that but the disallowed goal, in my opinion, was a good goal and should have stood.

"Hugo's level with the man marking him but I think the other defender is a yard deeper so it certainly should have stood, in my opinion.

"The linesman's flag went straight up, to be fair, and the referee has got to go off that so I've got no issues with the ref.

"I just think it was the wrong call by the linesman but these things happen so I'm not going to lose too much seep over it.

"It's just a little bit disappointing as it would have capped off a fantastic day - a clean sheet away from home and if we had come away with all three points it would have been perfect."

It was a game of few chances at The Den with neither goalkeeper being seriously tested.

Millwall have struggled on their own patch this season but they started brightly and put the visitors under pressure with an aerial bombardment in the opening exchanges.

Full-backs Jimmy Abdou and Dan Harding were given plenty of time to whip in some testing crosses but Whites keeper Marcus Bettinelli caught confidently.

Ian Holloway's men should have taken the lead in the 12th minute but striker Lee Gregory blazed over from five yards after being well found by Abdou.

Fulham soon settled but Alex Kacaniklic's tame effort was easy for Lions keeper David Forde while Rodallega saw an effort hit the side netting just before the break.

The second-half proved a more tense affair with both sides desperate to avoid defeat in this relegation six-pointer until a frantic last 15 minutes.

Midfielder Michael Tonge, making his home debut, saw his whistling strike beat Bettinelli but midfielder Lasse Vigen Christensen managed to just deflect it wide with his head.

Millwall sent the resulting corner into the box and defender Alan Dunne had a free header but he could only nod straight at the Fulham keeper.

The visitors then thought they had grabbed a rare away win when left-back Kostas Stafylidis found Rodallega in the box but the linesman had his flag up before the striker's effort had the net rippling.

The draw leaves Millwall three points off safety and Holloway knows his Lions have to improve at home.

He feels his side were good value for the win but acknowledges their lack of end product cost them dear.

Holloway said: "I thought we deserved to win. Maybe I'm biased but that's as good as we've been apart from that goal. I think that's the most crosses we've got in for a long, long time here.

"Unfortunately we've had 16 efforts at goal and only four on target, so that's what we've got to look at and work on.

"I asked the team to take the game to them and be on the front foot and I thought we were at the start of both halves. They looked a little bit dangerous on the counter attack just before half-time whereas the second-half I didn't feel they did.

"Luckily the linesman got his job right and did his job as Rodallega was offside."

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