West Brom and Millwall fans got themselves in a massive punch-up at The Hawthorns during the two sides’ encounter on Saturday.
A video is currently doing the rounds appearing to show the sets of supporters clashing during the game, with fists thrown with intent to hurt.
A gate was also broken during the brawl, with no police present to break it up or calm the situation down. This is a developing story so keep refreshing for more.
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— Football Fights (@footbalIfights) September 11, 2021
The Baggies moved to the top of the Championship table, hoever had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Millwall.
The West Midlands outfit extended their unbeaten run to six games in the league but their four-match winning run ended after captain Kyle Bartley sent in a 49th-minute header, which was then cancelled out by on-loan Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard’s header six minutes later.
The result meant that Valerien Ismael’s side went top as previous leaders Fulham lost 1-0 at Blackpool, however trouble broke out at half time as can be seen below….
A draw was a fair result with West Brom winger Grady Diangana missing an early chance and striker Karlan Grant having his spot kick saved by Bartosz Bialkowski in the first half, while Millwall pair Jed Wallace and Sheyi Ojo were denied by keeper Sam Johnstone.
The visitors spent most of the first half having to defend but actually created the first opening. Midfielder Billy Mitchell unleashed a low effort that forced Johnstone into a diving save.
But the Baggies soon showed authority with two chances falling to Diangana, who did brilliantly to hold off Jake Cooper when speeding through the middle, then dragging a low effort just wide of the far post.
Diangana had another chance at goal, this time with more difficult and failed to keep a falling volley down from the edge of the box as the ball flying high over Bialkowski’s crossbar after some headers in the penalty area following a long Darnell Furlong throw-in.
Millwall threatened on the break when a poor header from Semi Ajayi left Wallace in the clear, easy work for Johnstone though despite being off his line to palm the ball away.
There was drama on the verge of first half when West Brom won a penalty. Diangana fell under faint contact from Maikel Kieftenbeld chasing a short corner.
Grant’s spot-kick was simple for Bialkowski to guess correctly in diving to his right to keep it from going into the back of the net.
West Brom started the second half with purpose and took the lead just four minutes after the break, with Bartley rising highest, above Cooper, to put his header beyond Bialkowski from Conor Townsend’s cross after Grant’s knock-back.
The Baggies’ lead lasted just six minutes before Millwall got an equaliser. Wallace crossing in from deep and Ballard’s far-post header managed to creep under the crossbar despite there being three Albion players on the line.
Following a very scrappy first half, the game proper opened up and now it was the away side’s turn to try and catch West Brom off guard.
Scott Malone put in an early cross to set up Ojo, but the on-loan Liverpool forward failed to control the ball and the chance was lost.
The hosts’ returned fire and Ajayi sent a header bouncing over the crossbar from Furlong’s cross.
West Brom had a let-off in the 74th minute with Ajayi mishitting a backpass to gift Ojo with a one-on-one chance, though there was Johnstone again to save his team-mate’s blushes by keeping out the shot to his right.
What the managers said…
West Brom’s Valerien Ismael: “We made too many mistakes in our backline and were punished for it. We need to have another desire and another attitude to be better than this. We have to be more ruthless in our backline – that was our strength in the first five games so we need to get back to that and dominate our opponent.
“We will learn from this and adjust but we need to put more energy to address that intensity. We need to learn from this and adapt, from when the opponent does not want to take any risk and wants to take the intensity out of the game. The game plan from the opponent was another way we have to deal with and Millwall made it difficult for us.”
Millwall’s Gary Rowett: “West Brom are very good at playing pressure football against you and a lot of teams struggle to deal with it. Every game we have watched, teams have struggled to deal with that intensity. I thought we managed that really well and dealt with the game.
“Overall, we created quite a few chances and possibly more and the better chances. We conceded a poor goal but we always looked threatening. Sheyi Ojo and Jed Wallace looked a major threat on the counter attack and we realty should have scored another goal in that period.”
Fans reacted as West Brom and Millwall supporters got in a massive punch-up at half time…
@glesgatim: Most of the guys getting hit seemed to be older guys, some pensioners. How low life becomes even lower.
@andyroo1983: Give it the big n then do nothing about it ! Turn the chap on his side n grab his tongue ffs!
@grahamrhino10: Absolute fucking morons
@lehart3para: Absolute helmets 😒
@jofranc60856155: Disgusting behaviour, absolute tools the lot of them!!
@Fuller47808100: The need to throw beer bottles is laughable!!! Fuck off somewhere else like a carpark in Handsworth get it on there 🤷♂️
@fubbarr: Guy on the floor got knocked out by missiles in 1st few seconds from his own fans 😂😂😂
@ef3feb59fb3f445: 60 year old men in that. Grow up.
@contiadunk: Morons, just go to the game watch the match and go home, with all what has happened for the last 18 months when will people learn there is more to life than this
@JamesPurvis21: All a bit silly really, isn’t it?
@Allegro3: What is wrong with these people.
@ovyonekenobi: The millwall cat flap!
@HauserQuaid: Their mothers must be so proud of them.
@parmadiggyd: Go to a match and enjoy yourself then go home. Hope the lad on the floor is okay
Twitter users continued to react with West Brom and Millwall fans in a massive punch-up at half time…
@mfc_aaron: bloke on the floor has taken a nap in the wrong place
@leowatkins: Props to the bald fella here for looking after the person on the floor
@Baggieslad1234: Hate to say it but cunts on both sides today. Witnessed both sets of fans acting like complete melts.
@Rob_egerton: Isn’t it lovely to have the fans back at games?
@JamieDutton3: Someone having a sleep in the middle there 😴
@AlexWoolridge: What an absolute bunch of vile bastards these Millwall fans are. Had to leave 10 mins early as my 10 year daughter was petrified. Never should she witness or hear what she did today at half time
@ssmudhar1986: Bell end central here
@jimbeamjunior: The guy on 26secs that catches a bottle lobbed at him, then lobs it right back, fucking superb
@Duzc1972: Millwall fans are cowards, bottle hit a kid by me in crowd. Then witnessed this, they broke through and ran back. Embarrassing fans, there local copa said the same.
“I’ll do ‘em, just let me at ‘em.”
Go on then.
“I’ll do, em, I will.”
— Ryan Benjamin (@Ryan_Benjamin) September 11, 2021