MILLWALL last night hit back at Michael Appleton's claim they took "cheap shots" at Blackburn during a physical FA Cup quarter-final clash at The Den.
Scott Dann had his head bandaged after being caught by Rob Hulse's elbow in the first half and was clattered in the head again in the second by Millwall defender Danny Shittu during a feisty clash in south-east London.
Referee Martin Atkinson dished out seven yellow cards in total while Bradley Orr was left "struggling to breathe", according to Appleton, after having one of his ribs cracked in a challenge with Shittu.
Appleton, whose side will now host Millwall in a replay on Wednesday, said: "There were a lot of tackles flying around today and a couple of cheap shots going on out there, which is disappointing."
The Lions denied that was the case, however, and midfielder Jack Smith was taken aback by the comments of the Rovers boss. He said: "I didn't see any cheap shots. They seemed to fall over if we breathed on them."
Millwall manager Kenny Jackett also disagreed with the comments of his opposite number.
"Cheap shots? I don't think that was the case," Jackett said. "I don't think that was my players at all."
Millwall had a few decent chances, but were unable to beat Rovers keeper Jake Kean. Andy Keogh struck a post in the first half, and Hulse missed a sitter from six yards after the break.
Jackett admitted his forwards were not up to scratch. "There was no lack of passion from the players, but we didn't finish. It's something that we need to improve," he said.