Millwall made a spirited entry into Europe on Thursday night and more than deserved their 1-1 draw against seasoned European campaigners Ferencvaros of Hungary. Had the London side been a little more than a one-man band they would have won. In a virtuoso performance, skipper Dennis Wise was Millwall's diminutive midfield general, free-kick trickster and floater of corners into trouble-some positions for the visiting defence. If he could only have got on to the end of some of his own passes, no doubt he would have been the match-winner too.
Predictably, he was the scorer of the home side's goal, on 65 minutes, casually side-footing home a free-kick from 25 yards into the left corner of goalkeeper Lajos Szucs' net. Five minutes later he drifted a free-kick from the right-hand angle of the area on to the head of David Livermore seven yards out, only for the midfielder to nod it across the goal.
Millwall will regret such profligacy when they travel to Budapest for the return as the clear underdogs. In the first half they had twice spurned excellent chances. After Wise's second half strike, a lapse of concentration cost Millwall victory. On 78 minutes they were suckered by a Peter Lipscei free-kick around the wall, which 'keeper Graham Stack could only parry into his right corner.