HALF-TIME: Bristol City 1, Millwall 1
City had scored 13 goals in four previous home games in the Championship this season and made their intentions clear from the outset, almost going ahead after just three minutes. Sam Baldock's low centre was only half cleared by Lions skipper Danny Shittu and Stephen Pearson, invited to try his luck from the edge of the penalty area, steered his shot inches wide.
Making his first start since signing from Derby County, Steven Davies was narrowly off target with an in-swinging free kick and then had a snap shot saved by keeper David Forde as City continued to pour forward.
But for all their attacking prowess, the Robins remain fallible at the other end of the pitch and Millwall should have been in front when Scott Malone fed Darius Henderson, who out-muscled Mark Wilson only to shoot wide with the goal at his mercy.
A focal point, Davies continued to be at the heart of City's best moments and he displayed a refreshing willingness to shoot on sight, curling another left-footed effort just over Forde's bar.
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When opportunity next came knocking, the Liverpudlian made no mistake to give the home side the lead in bizarre circumstances.
When Baldock was put clean through in the 28th minute, Lions keeper Forde took evasive action, rushing from his line to execute a headed clearance on the edge of the 18 yard box. But he had not bargained on Davies meeting his header with one of his own and, hopelessly out of his ground, the keeper looked on in consternation as the ball sailed back over his head and into the net.
Encouraged by the goal, City almost forced another before half-time, Baldock racing in behind left-back Jack Smith and delivering a low centre towards Davies and Pearson which required Alan Dunne to make a last-ditch clearance.
But City's defensive weaknesses resurfaced to hand the Londoners an equaliser on 39 minutes, James Henry sending in a superb centre from the right for Henderson to score with a towering header.
As good as Henry's delivery was, Robins centre-backs Liam Fontaine and Lewin Nyatanga did not do enough to thwart the big striker's run.