ILIAS Chair’s second-half opener wasn’t enough to secure victory in this cross-capital clash, with QPR and Millwall sharing the points.
After a drab opening period, Chair’s blockbuster on 53 minutes saw the R’s take the lead at The Den.
With their tails up, QPR had chances to make it 2-0 – but instead had to settle for a point after Millwall restored parity in the 70th minute.
Substitute Jon Dadi Bodvarsson netted just seven minutes after he was introduced, with his shot deflecting in off Osman Kakay.
Looking to avert a run of three straight defeats, R’s boss Mark Warburton made two changes to his side following Saturday’s reverse at Huddersfield Town.
Kakay and Dom Ball came into QPR’s starting XI for this London derby, with Todd Kane and Chris Willock taking up places on the bench this time around.
Rangers, in a 4-2-3-1 formation, lined up as: Seny Dieng; Kakay, Rob Dickie, Yoann Barbet, Niko Hamalainen; Geoff Cameron, Tom Carroll; Bright Osayi-Samuel, Ball, Chair; Lyndon Dykes.
Gary Rowett’s Millwall went into this affair without a win in eight Championship fixtures. Former R’s striker Matt Smith began from the bench for the Lions.
The home side fashioned the first notable attempt on six minutes. Troy Parrott’s low box effort warmed the hands of Dieng, who collected the ball at the second time of asking.
The first half was a largely scrappy affair that lacked any real quality. Rangers’ first attempt arrived on 20 minutes – Ball’s distance blast comfortably collected by Bartosz Bialkowski.
Two minutes later, Parrott threatened for Millwall again, shooting low at Dieng following tidy approach play from the hosts.
But that was it in terms of both goalkeepers being worked before half-time. In all, it was a forgettable half.
Into the second period, and Ball worked Millwall’s Bialkowski inside a minute – the home custodian tipping the ball away to his left before the danger was cleared.
Rangers then took the lead on 53 minutes.
After Warburton’s men built patiently, Chair arrowed an unstoppable 20-yard effort into the left-hand corner to hand QPR the initiative.
Things almost got even better for the R’s two minutes later. Dykes was presented with an excellent close-range opportunity, but could only shoot straight at Bialkowski from 10 yards.
Suddenly, Rangers looked in control and you felt that they needed to capitalise on an improved spell by registering a second goal.
Millwall responded by making an attacking treble change, as ex-Hoops frontman Smith – along with Bodvarsson and Ryan Leonard – replaced Alex Pearce, Mason Bennett and Shaun Williams.
But the R’s continued to threaten. On 66 minutes, Carroll teed up Osayi-Samuel, who raced into the box before shooting low at Bialkowski.
From the resultant corner, Dickie headed just past the upright.
Three minutes later, Chair went close to adding a second goal, with his stinging low attempt from 18 yards forcing a strong one-handed save from Bialkowski.
However, Rangers were duly punished for not making more of those opportunities when Millwall levelled matters 20 minutes from time.
Against the run of play, a ball in from the right fell to Bodvarsson, whose subsequent effort deflected off Kakay into the net – wrong-footing Dieng in the process.
That was obviously tough to take for the R’s, who soon made a double switch. On 77 minutes, goalscorer Chair and Carroll made way for George Thomas and Macauley Bonne.
Both teams huffed and puffed in search of a late winner, but it wasn't forthcoming.
Millwall looked to build through the aerial threat of Smith in closing stages, but Rangers stood firm to return to west London with a point.