YEOVIL Town boss Gary Johnson admitted that Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Millwall ‘felt like a loss’ after his side were guilty of letting a lead slip for the third time in four games.
Neat build-up play involving Tom Lawrence and James Hayter ended in Joe Ralls volleying home a 64th minute opener.
But Millwall struck back ten minutes later with a strong downward header from Steve Morison – and Johnson was left to bemoan the Championship’s fine margins. He said: “We had most of the game but didn’t take our chances. It feels like a loss because we needed to win that.
“That was our game today, six inches too high or six inches too wide. Then one little lapse and teams at this level punish you.
The result sees Yeovil remain bottom on 21 points, still six points off 21st position, but with a game in hand – and Johnson insisted the fight for survival was still well and truly alive. He said: “I don’t think six points with a game in hand is insurmountable. We have to keep believing.”
After a low key opening, the game was brought to life by two chances in quick succession.
Firstly DJ Campbell made the most of some hesitant Yeovil defending, before firing a snapshot just wide of the post.
Ishmael Miller then came even closer as he engineered some room just inside the box before rattling the crossbar with a powerful strike.
It was more of the same after half time, and it was substitute Ralls who finally made the breakthrough.
With Millwall left-back Malone caught upfield, Lawrence, on loan from Manchester United, burst 50 yards into the space left behind, before slipping in Hayter in who dinked in the perfect cross for the onrushing Ralls to cushion a volley into the bottom right corner.
Millwall equalised on 75 minutes when Malone’s deep cross from the left wing found Steve Morison, whose powerful header beat the helpless Marek Stech in the Yeovil goal.
Both sides then had opportunities to seal the win, with Adam Morgan going close for the home side before visiting captain Danny Shittu headed a corner narrowly over the bar with the last action of the match.