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1885-131st Anniversary Year-2016 *We Fear No Foe*

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Millwall 3 Oldham 0, League One, Game 45, att: 12,419 (584)

That keeps us in 3rd spot but Walsall have a game in hand

That old lion is once again showing it's teeth

78 POINTS

I can say for certain now that the Lions are in the play-off's but Burton's win over Gillingham makes sure that a Millwall chance for the automatic 2nd spot is not possible. Oldham had only lost one game in the last eight but a visit to the Den spoilt that decent run and it only took four minutes for them to go behind. Bryon Webster got his head on the ball after some good play from Steve Morison and Chris Taylor and sent the Den into orbit as his header hit the back of the net. Oldham were pushing for the equaliser and had chances but supporters player of the year Jordan Archer was on his usual form as he kept them at bay. Steve Morison come close with a lob and Lee Martin hit the crossbar and six minutes before half time the Wall went 2-0 up when a "cheeky" back heal from Aiden O'Brien went to Shane Ferguson and he tucked it away at the back post.

We add another goal to our tally and that is six home wins on the bounce
Jordan Archer was called upon yet again when Oldham had a busy spell at the start of the second half and a combination of Archer's saves and Oldham's woeful finishing meant that it stayed 2-0 and it was the Lions that scored again when Webster scored his second when he got on the end of a Steve Morison headed ball. The Den was rocking and we raised the level further with a ear splitting roar and a ear splitting praise of Neil Harris.

It's Gillingham away for the final game
We finished strong and it's Gillingham away for the final game. Gillingham have dropped out of the Play-off's and are now in eighth spot and they must beat us and hope that other scores go their way. It would be the dogs if we could beat them and go into the play-off with an unbeaten momentum.

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Martin, Beevers, Webster, Abdou, Thompson, Ferguson (0nyedinma 68m), Morison, O'Brien, Taylor (Philpot 86),
subs not used, Forde, Edwards, Craig, Upson, Twardek

 Goals: Webster 4 and 54m,   Ferguson 39m

Oldham: Coleman, Dieng (Winchester 55m), Wilson, Kelly, Croft (Jones 68m), Forte, Gerrard, Holmes-Dennis, Wilson, Main (Poleon 68m), Dummigan
subs not ued, Brown, Cornell, Cassidy, Mils
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MSC player of the year took place a few days back and Jordan Archer took the trophy. He has had a blinding season and for a young bloke setting out on his football career he seems to have maturity above his age and deserves the award. Lee Gregory was runner up who I must admit I thought would win it and Ben Thompson got third. There was no place for Steve Morison who has finished the season strong and has lead by example with his intelligence and his skill with the ball, perhaps next year for him.
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2/5/16 Walsall won their game in hand today so we get knocked back down to fourth spot

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Bury 1 Millwall 3, League One, Game 44, 23/4/16, att: 3,669 ( we take 914)

Gigg Lane
Endeavour we did


Chris Taylor steps up and cometh the man and cometh the goals and a cheeky back heel assist that set up Steve Morison who buries again.

We are one point away of making it certain that we secure a play-off spot and we still have a slim chance of securing a automatic promotion spot. We have been in a play-off position since we beat Chesterfield away back on the 23rd of January and with two games to go it would be a crime if we did not stay there.

The travelling 914 were probably heard all over Greater Manchester

Jordan Archer was called upon early in this game to save and early clearances from Bryon Webster and Joe Martin meant that mid table Bury was going to give us a game but it wasn't long before we got a corner up the other end and Chris Taylor scored his first of the game and his second for the Lions when his ball from corner curled directly into the net. Taylor was having chances but it was Steve Morison who got our second when Chris Taylor inside the Bury penalty area who was on the ball yet again back heeled to Steve Morison who stroked the ball home. It looked like we were going to finish the first half well on top but football being football meant that it would be Bury who finished the half with their tails up as they pulled a goal back in the 2nd minute of first half extra time.

Chris Taylor gets his 2nd

Was we going to hold on to the lead as Bury followed on from their late first half goal looking for the equaliser, or would we add to our score? Mark Beevers and Bryon Webster were handling everything that come their way and although Bury had more of the ball we were to score again when Steve Morison broke on the left and travelled into the box before sending the ball back for Taylor to slot it home and the points were ours.
Tony Craig come on for the last few minutes as he has now recovered from his long term injury and looks to be ready for action. Perhaps next season'
A good day out.

1) Wigan 84 pts,   2) Burton 81 pts,  3) Millwall 75 pts,  4) Walsall 75 pts,  5) Bradford 74 pts,  6) Barnsley 70 pts,  7) Gillingham 69 pts

Just two games to go but Walsall have three

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Martin, Webster, Beevers, Thompson, Abdou, Onyedinma (Upson 59m), O'Brien (Philpot 87), Morison (Craig 90+1), Taylor
subs not used, Forde, Edwards, Twardek, Nelson

Goals: Taylor 4 and 83m     Morison 33m
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Bury: Neal, Hussey, Clarke, Mayor, Pope, Jones, Lowe (Rose 74m), O'Sullivan (Clare 67m), Soares, Pugh, Bolgar
subs not used, Sedgewick, Rose, Lawlor, Brown

Goal: Lowe 45+1






Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Millwall 1 Fleetwood 0, League One, Game 43, 19/4/16, att: 7, 865 (away 83)


TUESDAY NIGHT AND A BIT MORE DRAMA

Promotion chasing but less than 8000, Fleetwood's 83 is our lowest Den away gate for many a season

I was looking forward to this and more so after the defeat at Coventry. I fancied us to beat Fleetwood and I wasn't disappointed but the way the game panned out was ugly but this time in the season a win ugly will do just fine. The first half was poor and well below par on what we would expect for a Millwall side in the play-off mix. Lee Gregory started this game after being on the bench against Coventry and also Jimmy Abdou was back in his usual spot after Shaun Williams red card. Lee Gregory had a early moment but was millimetres away from getting on the end of a cross from Steve Morison and not much more happened after that. Fleetwood are a gritty side and hit the bar and a few minutes after that Mark Beever's had to defend stoutly in the box  " yes, I know it looked liked a penalty but the ref didn't give it so it's not. Fleetwood still have a real risk of being relegated and are giving it ago to stay up, this was their first defeat in six games I do believe.

Lee Gregory was subbed at half time and the injury that he has been carrying for a good few games now appears to need a bit more care and attention and with three more games to go I am wondering what sort of impact he can make to see us over the play-off line. Hopefully we have still a desire on he 2nd automatic promotion spot. Jamie Philpot come on for Gregory and it was his ball to Morison that gave us the only goal of the game.

 GOAL: Steve Morison 52 minutes

What a well crafted goal and a type of quality that can only be scored by somebody who knows what they are doing. Jamie Philpot provided the header and Steve Morison scored. They are calling Morison's goal a lob, calling it a lob downgrades the skill it took to beat the Fleetwood keeper on the angle. It was a master class in finishing and well worthy of his 17th goal of the season. Chris Taylor nearly had a goal but he went wide with a header which was set up by Morison not long after he scored. Morison was subbed on 70 minutes with a hamstring tweak and Fred Onyedinma took his place. Now it got nervous with Fleetwood pressing and making a go of it and we more or less give up on increasing our lead and we dug in and held onto the final whistle.
A big shout for Jordan Archer who was unbeatable and the quality of his double save at the end was something else and a very nervous type of a joy to watch. Other results went our way apart from Barnsley and we move back into fourth spot. It wasn't fancy football but at this stage anything will do and a ugly three points is just as good any other three points. COYL


As it stands: 1) Wigan 81pts,  2) Burton 78pts,  3) Walsall 75pts,  4) Millwall 72pts,  5) Bradford 71pts,  6) Gillingham 69pts  7) Barnsley 69pts


Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Martin, Beevers, Webster, Abdou, Thompson, O'Brien (Upson 88m), Morison (Onyedinma 70m), Gregory (Philpot 46m), Taylor
subs not used, Forde, Edwards, Craig, Twardek

Goal: Morison

Fleetwood: Maxwell, McLaughlin, Jordan, Jonsson (Hunter 80m), Pond, Bell, Ryan, Burns, Grant (Cole 72m), Sarcevic, scougall (Ball 80m),
subs not used, Gogic, Forbes, Nilssson, Grant


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Coventry City 2 Millwall 1, League One, Game 42, 16/4/16, att: 11,632 (1,862)

There's always drama

PEAR SHAPED

We seem not to be able to beat a team that is playing with ten men and we seem not to be able to beat a team when we are playing with ten men. We must have been able to do both at some time in the past but no game of that kind springs to mind at the moment.


Lee Gregory on the bench
Was the large Millwall away crowd let down? I suppose we need to ask Shaun Williams and the referee. We took the lead in the 19th minute when Bryon Webster powered in a header from a corner and things were looking good. It didn't look good for long due to Shaun Williams hand bagging with the Coventry drama queen Lameiras and the ref fell for it hook line and sinker and Williams walked.
We made changes. Jimmy Abdou replaced Shane Ferguson and Aiden O'Brien moved to the left midfield. I was gutted that Shane Ferguson was sacrificed in the re-structure after the sending off and it seemed a odd thing to do. Coventry sensed that the advantage that they now had was a golden chance to beat a top side and they were putting the effort in but we kept them at bay and went in at half time still a goal to the good.

Can we keep them at bay second half
We all know now we couldn't and a couple of goals from Coventry eight minutes apart made sure we missed out on the points. We had some good chances after the home sides brace and Joe Martin and Steve Morison both come close. A rare away defeat but we were unlucky and we gave it a go right to the end. We had Tony Craig on the bench making his return to the team and Neil Harris did not go down the route of stiffening up by having a extra man at the back.  Fleetwood at home Tuesday night and off we go again.

As it stands with four games to go  (Walsall have five)

1 Wigan 80pts---2 Burton 77pts---3 Walsall 74pts---4 Bradford 71pts---5 Millwall 69pts---6 Gillingham 68pts-----7 Barnsley 66pts

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Martin, Beevers, Webster, Williams, Thompson, Ferguson (Abdou 33m), O'Brien (Upson 58m), Morison, Taylor (Gregory 79),
subs not used, Forde, Craig, Philpot, Onyedinma

Goal: Webster 19m

Coventry: Charles-Cook, Vincelot (Maddison 36m), Fleck, Lamerias (Lorentzson 84m), Armstrong, Cole, Stephens, Rose, Philips, Ricketts (Tudgay 54m), Martin
subs not used. Addai, Birgiriman, Murphy, Fortune

Goals: Fleck 61m,  Tudgay (69)


Friday, 15 April 2016

Just waiting for tomorrow-COYL

A few things going on
The first of the last five games starts tomorrow 

Neil Harris is impressed
We trail a Combined Counties League striker Ashley Nadesan. He plays for Horley Town FC and has scored close on 100 goals in the last couple of seasons. Horley is located down near Gatwick Airport and nearby Brighton has shown interest in him. It seems that a few more clubs are also looking at him such as Norwich, Leicester and Colchester. I am sure that we can't match some of their resources but we had him in a Millwall shirt playing for the under 21s and he scored a goal in his second game against Barnsley. We got in first which may count for something and we have done well dipping into non-league in the past, Neil Harris and Lee Gregory springs to mind.  Time will tell regarding McDonalds worker Nadesan

Club Captain
Long term injured Tony Craig is also playing for the under 21's and looks like he could be on the bench for the Coventry game tomorrow

Sold Out
Alan Dunne's book The Hard Way is sold out and there is going to be a second run anytime soon.

Sold out-Livening up the Ricoh Arena
We have sold close on 2000 tickets for the away game at Coventry tomorrow. I am hoping we go some way of easing the pain of the 4-0 drubbing they gave us at the Den last August

A couple of strays
Lee Martin has returned from his loan at Northampton and Alfie Pavey returns injured from his loan spell at Aldershot Town.


Promotion
Its not a bridge too far

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Millwall and the big day out but automatic is still on

There was two games last night that are of interest:

Barnsley 2 Oldham 1 and Gillingham 1 Walsall 2

Barnsley who are 7th close the gap on the 6th placed spot to 3 points
Gillingham now are 6th with Walsall moving up to 3rd and ourselves dropping down to 5th.

A lot going on but all we got to do is win, win, win and win again



It's in our hands if at the very least we want to do this again

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Millwall 3 Shrewsbury Town 1, League One, Game 41, 9/4/16, att:9,583 (560)

A GAME OF TWO HALF'S AND IF OK I WOULD LIKE TO FORGET THE FIRST HALF


IT'SPOINTS

Another win at home but going on the first half performance that seemed somewhat wishful thinking.. Shrewsbury finished the half one nil up after scoring with about five minutes on the clock and we spent the rest of the half huffing and puffing trying to get the goal back. Shrewsbury looked a strong composed outfit from the off and they were coming close even before they scored while we were the opposite and anybody watching that half would have thought that we were down near the bottom and they were up there near the top. Their number 7 was giving Mark Beevers a tough old time and it is probably 45 minutes that our central defender would like to forget.


THE 10th ANNUAL DOCKERS DAY
The old boy's get their medals


click here>> Youtube Ben Thompson goal

Not for the first time this season we improve in the second half and the second 45 minutes see us score three and our promotion push is still on track. Our first goal was a cracker scored by Ben Thompson who when outside of the penalty area controlled a Shrewsbury clearance with his chest and then hit a volley which was so sweet the keeper had no chance and the Den went into orbit.

He's one of our own
Enjoying the lime-light


I think it was thought that Ben Thompson's first league goal would be something special and he didn't disappoint with this finish and he didn't disappoint with his celebration and at the final whistle not wanting to go down the tunnel after the game while the applause was still going on.
After we had equalised with Thompson's goal we were piling on the pressure and it did not take long for us to go into the lead when Steve Morison nicely put away with his head a Chris Taylor corner. This was such a slick header the keeper didn't see it let alone save it. We stiffened up all over the park and we kept Shrewsbury frustrated so they could not add to their goal tally. In extra time we got our third goal as Lee Gregory latched on to a poor Shrewsbury  back pass and was floored by the keeper inside the box. 
The keeper received a red card and Lee Gregory got up and buried the penalty.


Penalty
Bang in the corner

We now sit in 4th place with 69 points and with a 7 point cushion

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Martin (O'Brien 46), Beveers, Webster, Williams, Thompson, Ferguson, Gregory (Upson 90+2), Morison, Taylor
subs not used, Forde, Onyedinma, Nelson, Andou, Philpot

Goals: Thompson 57m,  Morison 61m, Gregory 90+2m penalty

Shrewsbury: Halstead, Sadler (Mangan 64m), Black (Wellens 45+1m), Vassell (Akpa Akpro 65m), Kalkai, Grimmer, Ogogo, Demetriou, Hendry, Cole, Smith
subs not used, Lutiler, Whalley, Wesclowski, Clark

Goal: Cole 4m

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Colchester United 0 Millwall 0, League One, Game 40, 2/4/16, att: 5, 377 ( we take away 1,700 )

FOLLOWING ON FROM BURTON

We head across Essex
And arrive here just off the bypass


THE WESTON HOMES COMMUNITY STADIUM


A bit of a mingle and they served a decent pint




And they had a band

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THE SCRAP

We packed in for this game and it did not take long before we had a few groans. There was not very much happening on the pitch by both teams that was of any quality and the first half in particular we was under par and scrappy.  Colchester with a relegation battle on their hands were looking for their third straight win but didn't really threaten throughout the game but they did come close early on when a shot took a deflection and whizzed past the post. Jordan Archer went low to save a shot a short while afterwards and we finished the first half with a couple of chances when Chris Taylor shot straight at the keeper and Lee Gregory picked up a headed ball from Steve Morison and with the goal in front of him and with the keeper beaten he hit it over the bar.



Front row action but no away win

I was hoping for a better Millwall second half. Aiden O'Brien who was not having his best game was subbed at half time and Shane Ferguson took his place.
The home side come at us from the off and Jordan Archer was at his best stopping a couple of decent efforts. Colchester is one of those places that has a drummer and we needed to have scored to shut that Wally up but we had to put up with it even though we we went on to dominate the rest of the half. We had chances Lee Gregory on another day would have had a couple and Chris Taylor hit the post but a point was all we earn't and we kept another clean sheet which is always a prize not to be sniffed at.

We drop a place to 6th spot but have a four point gap below us.

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Martin, Beevers, Webster, Thompson, Williams, Williams, O'Brien (Ferguson 46), Gregory, Morison, Taylor
subs not used, Forde, Nelson, Abdou, Onyedinma, Upson, Philpot

Colchester United: Parish, Brindley (Vincent-Young 59), Kent, Eastman, Shorey, Gilbey, Lapslie (Ambrose 69m), Massey (Wright 77), Moncur, Lee, Porter
subs not used, Bransgrove, Harney, Bonne, Akinwade

Monday, 28 March 2016

Millwall 2 Burton Albion 0, League One, Game 39, 28/3/16, att:8,012 (244)

A SIMPLE FACT OR TWO: we were better than this top of the division side and the Easter wind had died down.

*****

 I WASN'T GOING TO MISS THIS

Nigel Clough said they were good for the first ten minutes. I added, "but then it went down hill from there.

Once we got going I thought Burton were lightweight especially in the midfield compared to us and we were competitive all over the pitch winning more or less every header from attack to defence and causing Burton to concede possession back to us. We had more drive, more  passion, more zip and more nous to overcome a side who can't seem to win in front of the Sky cameras. Summing up I would say "we was all over them,

Lee Gregory was on fire, he set up Aiden O'Brien to score on twelve minutes and scored one of his own six minutes later. He was picking balls up coming over the top with good control, lay off's and touches and as Burton was playing high up the pitch this was a frequent occurrence.
Ben Thompson worked his nuts off and was set up to score, a shame he didn't.

The back four and Jordan Archer mopped everything up that come there way and once again Mahlon Romeo was doing his usual work and Joe Martin had one of his best games. Mark Beevers and Byron Webster deserve a mention because these two are earning their corn.  A great night and a great result. A loud crowd but the only negative was the size of the crowd but being on Sky and a night game and back to work the next day after a holiday period there may have been some who couldn't make it. Burton fetched down 244 so I could imagine that they had the same excuses.

Barry Kitchener Stand looking bare
 We match Burton's back row of four with four of our own

I ENJOYED THAT

Burton stay top by one point and we move back up to 5th place with 65 pts and 7 games to go. It' still all to play for

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, J.Martin, Beevers, Webster, Williams, Thompson, Taylor, Gregory (Philpot 88), Morison (Onyedinma 90+4), O'Brien (Upson 70)
subs not used, Girling, Edwards, Nelson, Farrell

Goals: O'Brien 12m   Gregory 18m

Burton: McLaughlin, Edwards, Mousinho, Beavon (Bennett 62m), Akins, Butcher, McCrory, Naylor (Walker 46m), Duffy (Harness 86m), Flanagan, Choudhury
subs not used, Bywater, Cansdell-Sherriff, Reilly, Weir

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Bradford 1 Millwall 1, League One, Game 38, 26/3/16, 18,538, (500 ish)

WE MAKE FOUR CHANGES FOR THIS GAME

A lousy day weather wise and also a lousy day score wise. I cannot gripe and moan because that was our first away defeat in eight games and it would not have been but with just eleven minutes of normal time left on the clock we were slow to pick up a quick throw-in from Bradford and a quick ball crossed into the Lions box saw Bradford head home.
We started this game with a few changes due to international call ups and we were missing Shane Ferguson and Jimmy Abdou from our midfield and David Forde was missing from the subs bench. Lee Gregory and Chris Taylor did not start and sat on the bench. I know that Gregory has been carrying a injury for awhile and as we have a game against Burton Albion in two days time I can understand why he did not start but I am not absolutely sure why Taylor did not start but I think I heard or read some where that he is carrying a knock. The four players that started instead were Ed Upson, Shaun Williams, Fred Onyedinma and Aiden O'Brien and on paper a four man replacement team that should not be far off the quality than the players they replaced. We started on the front foot from the off and a decent penalty shout after a couple of minutes when Fred was impeded in the box.  Not long after that Bradford come close but not close enough. The rest of the first half was both teams trading action around each others goal but the swirling wind and rain sodden pitch produced not ideal conditions for a slick pretty game and a few clumsy tackles and yellow cards were picked up by both teams. The yellow card given to Joe Martin was a absolute joke.

The second half and Jordan Archer saves well from a close up shot but it was off-side so no worries.
ChrisTaylor come on early in the second half replacing Ed Upson and Lee Gregory replaced O'Brien.
Bradford were making changes also and although the wind and rain and the heavy pitch was dictating the game both teams were making chances and were going for it. Bradford banged it in with twelve minutes to go and after that we had a golden chance when Steve Morison shot a cracker towards goal but the Bradford keeper Williams flew across the goal and somehow finger tipped the ball away. We tried hard to get the equaliser and even Jamie Philpot come on but it wasn't to be and it's Burton Albion at the Den Bank Holiday Monday evening and a chance to get back to our winning ways. Fierce winds are forecast for Monday in London but it should ease off  late afternoon so hopefully no issues with the game.

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, J.Martin, Beevers, Webster, Upson(Taylor 50), Williams, Thompson, O'Brien (Gregory 65), Morison, Onyedinma (Philpot 82),
subs not used, Girling, Nelson, Edwards, Farrell

Bradford: Williams  Darby, N.Clarke, Burke, Meridith, McMahon, Thorpe, Knott (Reid 90+2), B.Clarke (Davies 73), Proctor (Hanson 73),
subs not used, Cracknell, Anderson, Routis, Thomas

Goal: Davies 79


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Millwall FC - Dare We Believe

MILLWALL ARE BACK



TURNING UP THE HEAT

Steve Morison reckons we are getting louder as the crowd grows bigger and the season comes to a climax. Once we turned the corner and started to play the way Neil Harris wants us to play the crowd has been OK but not really letting ourselves go which I am sure is due to three years of rubbish and many, many disappointments for us to get carried away. I don't think that we fully believe that we are going to win more than we lose and probably thought it will go "tits up any time now"  Whatever way the season pans out we are looking decent and if not this season there's always next.
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24/3/16
A trio of updates:

Mahlon Romeo signs a new contract to stay at the Den till the summer of 2019

Tony Craig returns to full training with the team

1710 Colchester tickets sold out

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Millwall 1 Sheffield United 0, League One, Game 37, 19/3/16, att:11,175 (away 1,167)

PROMOTION PUSH IS STILL ON TRACK
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Our 2nd biggest gate of the season and its a 1-0 win

That's one of the ten games out the way and we start with a win.I am not sure that the word "slog" is correct but I will use it. This was a slog of a game against a side that seemed to have most of their team in midfield which meant for chunks of the game our midfield was trying to play them when we were pushed back tight up against our own defenders.  Balls over the top sorted that problem but that was only when we had possession. Sheffield United gave us a game and we responded. We scored early, missed a few chances and battled and grafted. We kept a clean sheet and if my memory serves me right we restricted them to one decent shot on goal that Jordan Archer dealt well with.
Ben Thompson amazes me, he is not a big bloke but dominates his space and everybody else's when given the chance. He is going to have a future and hopefully most of it spent at The Den
Mahlon Romeo was lively on the right wing and he created a outlet from defence which was different from just putting the ball over the top and he caused Sheffield problems all game long.

Welcome back Chris
We scored with less than two minutes on the clock and Chris Taylor must be over the moon as he comes back to Millwall again on loan and lashes a Steve Morison cross into the back of the net. Going into the lead early did not mean that Sheffield were there for the taking and they were making it a tough old game for the Lions as the visitors kept possession for periods of time and tackled hard when they didn't.
They still had to deal with our defence and this is where they came up blank and Jordan Archer didn't have to make a save of any note in the rest of the first half. We had more chances before the half-time whistle but yet again we are not very good with one-on-ones with the keeper and both Lee Gregory and Steve Morison missed again.


Sheffield defend in numbers

The second half was won of those chunks of the game that saw the opposition push from the midfield that had Jimmy Abdou and Chris Taylor at times pushed back, playing deep and facing the wrong way. The Lions defence held firm and a solid performance and as I said earlier restricted Sheffield to one decent shot on goal which Jordan Archer dealt with superbly. After missing out on the full three points at Swindon when we conceded late you could see that the team were in no mind to do it again and all them put in the shift to make sure "no repeat performance. I am thoughtful that it looks like we  "have got our Millwall back"  and although we are not mistake free we are doing a lot more right than wrong.

I was bang on with my prediction in my earlier post regarding the attendance as 11,000 or thereabouts.

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Martin, Beevers, Webster, Abdou, Thompson, Ferguson (Upson 90+1), Gregory (O'Brien 83m), Morison, Taylor
subs not used, Forde, Nelson, Williams, Edwards, Onyedinma

Goal: Taylor

Sheffield United: Long, Brayford, Basham, Edgar, Baptiste (McEveley 49), Done, Cuvelier (Coutts 68), Hammond, Flynn, Sharp, Sammon (Adams 71)
subs not used, Howard, Kelly, Whiteman, Calvert-Lewin


Alan Dunne has he's autobiography out for sale and he was in the Merchandise Hut signing copies and before you ask, yes, he did have a queue. 

Friday, 18 March 2016

It's Millwall V Sheffield United and it's ten games to go

Pie and Mash before the game tomorrow, me thinks

10 games to go
Should be a 11,000 crowd tomorrow or thereabouts as we play the first of our last ten league games. Sheffield United will bring a few as normal which always makes these sort of games a bit more lively as we turn the volume up a notch or two. Getting the three points is a must.

Jed Wallace is recalled by Wolves
I expect us to fly tomorrow as we get at them from the off but I will be curious to see how we respond to missing Jed Wallace who has been recalled back to Wolves. I will admit I am gutted about that but it may be a good thing. We knew he was going anyway on the 9th of April when his loan spell finished but by going back to Wolves early should give give us a bit more time to organise and slot the replacement player into the side. It may have tricky with just a few games to go.

Another player we know comes back to the Den
We have loaned a replacement in midfielder Chris Taylor from Blackburn who has been on loan before with us in 2012-13 who if  I recall done OK  in the time he was with us. I know there was some issue at the time regarding that he did not sign for us permanently but went to Blackburn instead but that was then and now is now and as a 29 year old footballer he is running out of time if he wants to drag himself out of the Blackburn reserves and get some first team football under his belt and maybe kick start his Millwall career. He knows what's needed.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Swindon 2 Millwall 2, League One, Game 36, 12/3/16, att: 8,623 (away 1,247)

IT LOOKED LIKE ANOTHER AWAY DAY WIN

Another away game and another chance to take home the three points

We flew at them from the off and before Swindon knew it they were 2-0 down. It looked like it was going to be another happy weekend away and a win here would mean one more step towards promotion. We looked strong and precise in front of goal and on the first half display we could beat anybody in this league. I still believe that even though it went tit's up after half-time as we seemed to tire and where a homer referee helped to contribute to the 2-2 result. If that was a penalty then the moon is made of cheese.
Lee Gregory and Steve Morison scored our two goals in the opening fourteen minutes and the Lions with their foot firmly on the pedal Swindon struggled to cope with or to stop the Lions threatening throughout the first half. We did not score again but we had the chances to increase our goal tally and I presume that Swindon were thankful when the half-time whistle blew.



We threatened second half but also conceded


It's the second half and from the off Steve Morison threatened when Shane Ferguson sent in a peach of a cross that was headed just wide of the post. If we had buried that we would have gone on to win the match. I thought we were already going to win the match anyway so was not concerned about this miss at the time but now I understand how important it was.


Half time and the travelling Wall prepare for more of the same please

We were slowly losing control of the game as we appeared to tire and on 63 minutes Swindon were awarded a a very soft penalty when the Swindon player Barry fell to the floor like a fairy when Carlos Edwards breathed on him. The referee with great eagerness awarded a penalty to Swindon who scored and we had 27 minutes to hold on to our 2-1 lead. We nearly did just that but it wasn't to be as the home side scored in the last minute of extra time and gutted, it felt like a loss and it was a long drive home.


I wonder if this bloke had a long drive home

There was some wins above us today but we retain our position in the play-off's with a four point buffer.

Top spot..Burton 71 pts
2nd..        Wigan  65 pts
3rd..        Gillingham 62 pts
4th..        Walsall 62 pts
5th..        Millwall 59 pts
6th..        Bradford 58 pts
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7th..        Coventry 55 pts

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Edwards (Upson 84), Beevers, Webster, Abdou, Thompson, Ferguson, Gregory (O'Brien 77), Morison, Wallace,
subs not used, Forde, Willaims, Onyedinma, Nelson, Philpot

Goals: Gregory 7m,  Morison 14m

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Swindon: Vigouroux, N.Thompson, Ormonde-Ottewill (Brophy 63), Robert (Rogers 46), Tumbull, Ajose, Doughty, L.Thompson, Obika, Barry, Rossi-Branco (Sendles-Wright 79)
subs not used, Henry, Traore, Brophy, Hylton, Landolu

Goals: Ajose (dubious penalty 63), Doughty 90+4
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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Millwall enjoying League One

This league has it all going on. Teams that were and are up or near the top are faltering and teams that were mid table or below are pushing and dis-lodging teams like Coventry, we are one of those teams. Earlier on in the season Gillingham stuffed us 3-0 at the Den and were streets ahead of us. After 27 games played Gillingham had 54 points and we had 43. Eight games later we are a point behind them in 5th spot and they are looking over their shoulder at us. The Walsall head coach has been sacked with Walsall still in the top four but they have not won for six games. Barnsley and Bradford are closing and Burton look fragile. Its there for the taking. We play away at Swindon this weekend and they are much improved so it should be a interesting game but one that we could win.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Millwall 3 Blackpool 0, League One, Game 35, 5/3/16, att: 9,753 (away 245)

LET EM ALL COME DOWN TO THE DEN




Much troubled Blackpool come to visit

None of the four teams above us won this weekend so we close the gap

Blackpool were not much of a threat as we continue to add points to our tally and close on the automatic promotion spots. As we know we could not score against Wigan on Tuesday night but today it seemed simple as Lee Gregory, Steve Morison and Jed Wallace with his first for the Lions sent Blackpool back home with the threat of relegation firmly hanging around their necks. While I sympathise with the Blackpool supporters regarding how their club is owned and run there is no charity in football when it comes to results and certainly no charity from me as we earn another three points and I and many others enjoy the weekend.

With just eight minutes in it did not take Lee Gregory long to bang in another goal and bring his goal tally to 21 in all competitions. He has certainly clicked in to gear this season and without doubt he has won his spurs as a League One striker. Joe Martin was suspended for this game and Carlos Edwards who was back in the side aimed a long throw towards Gregory who breezed by two defenders and buried the ball with his head.
Tuesday night it was difficult to score with so many chances but today it was so simple. Funny game football.

Mahlon Romeo has been a breath of fresh air since he put on the shirt and there was some excellent play between him and Jed Wallace which nearly resulted in Lee Gregory getting his second but not this time as the ball went wide of the post. Carlos Edwards who working well was clattered to the ground on 23 minutes and Jed Wallace banged in the resulting 25 yard free kick beating the Blackpool wall with ease. We dominated the first half and could have a few more.


Mahlon Romeo from defence to attack

I like the craft and graft of young Ben Thompson and he nearly scored with just over ten minutes into the second half but maybe next game. Carlos Edwards was fouled again and had to leave the field hurt so hopefully not to serious as we could do with him for the run in to the end of the season. Blackpool did seem to be a bit more organised for the 2nd half and although we were having chances we did not add our third goal till the 87th minute when we were awarded a penalty (yes! a penalty) for hand-ball in front of the Cold Blow Lane Stand and Steve Morison buried it.
Next game is down or is it up the M4 and away to Swindon.

Top Seven

1 Burton 68pts
2 Wigan 64pts
3 Gillingham 59pts
4 Walsall 59pts
5 Millwall 58pts
6 Barnsley 55pts
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7 Coventry 52pts


Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Edwards (Upson 65), Beevers, Webster, Abdou, Thompson, Ferguson, Gregory (O'Brien 78), Morison (Philpot 87), Wallace,
suns not used, Forde, Williams, Onyedinma, Nelson

Goals: Gregory 8m, Wallace 24m, Morison pen 87m
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Blackpool: Doyle, White, McAlister, Robertson (Boyce 44), Potts, Redshaw, Herron (Cullen 63), Aldred, Philliskirk, Aimson, Ikpeazu (Paterson 83),
subs not used, Lyness, Jones, Smith, Yeates

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Millwall 0 Wigan 0, League One, Game 34, 1/3/16, att: 7,981 (281)

The most one sided game that I think I have ever seen


Wigan sit above us in second spot and are much fancied
Every player was having a pop but if it wasn't saved it "flew wide"


Walking down Ilderton Road after the game I overheard a bloke talking to his mate saying that we had enough chances to have won five games. I make him right because every player was having a pop at the Wigan Goal. Even before Wigan went down to ten men in the 37th minute we were ripping into them and thoughts were that it would not be long before we took the lead. It didn't happen and ten man Wigan nicked a point.
Some of our finishing was 'it flew wide and I cannot believe how many times balls into the Wigan box were wasted because nobody could get on the end of one, frustrating or what?  That's my moan done because we did play well and it was at such a high tempo that the opposition did not threaten and if they had a game plan I am sure it went out the window as they hung on to this game helped by their 40 year old keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen who played a blinder. He was the major factor in that we did not score when we had one of our numerous shots on target, ask Jimmy Abdou or any other player because they all had a go apart from Jordan Archer who was a bystander for most of the night.
We should have had a penalty when Lee Gregory was brought down in the box but as per the ref waved play on. I am not even sure we would have scored from a penalty as it was one of those nights. We are still in play-off's and how can we not win our way out of this division playing like we did tonight, goals will happen and there's no side we couldn't beat playing like that.
Nearly forgot, second placed promotion chasing Wigan fetched 281, I think that's about half a coach load.

THE ATTACKERS
Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Martin (O'Brien 79), Webster, Beevers, Abdou, Thompson (Williams 64), Ferguson, Gregory, Morison, Wallace
subs not used, Forde, Edwards, Onyedinma, Nelson, Philpot

THE DEFENDERS
Wigan: Jaaskelainen, Perkins, Power, McCann, Morsy, Grigg (Wildschut 79), Morgan, McAleny (Davies 65), Colclough (Barnett 46), Pearce, Wabara
subs not used, Nicholls, Flores, Chow, Yuckic

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Doncaster 1 Millwall 1, League One, Game 33, 27/2/16, att;6,810 (we take 825)


Steve Morison bags his 13th of the season but it should have been a brace


All the other games around and above us apart from Wigan went more or less our way and as all points are valuable this one was gratefully received, We started with the same team that took the field against Peterborough and our Ben Thompson had a shot deflected from goal with just a few minutes gone.A couple of minutes later Steve Morison lobbed the Doncaster keeper and we were 1-0 up.With Doncaster pressing and threatening our goal we counter attacked which is one of our trade marks away from home and a four man move which finished with Shane Ferguson hitting in a cross that was dealt with by the defender and we did not increase our lead. On the half hour we should have been awarded a penalty when Lee Gregory who was setting himself up for a finish had his shirt nearly ripped off his back by a Doncaster defender but the ref chose to ignore it but we still managed a corner as Gregory fired a shot on goal which went for a corner.

Millwall "old boy" has something to prove

Doncaster Rovers had not won in the last four games and the early period you could see why but on 37 minutes ex Millwall Richard Chaplow thumped the ball home to equalise for the home side. Don't you just know that would be the case. We were all holding our breath as Chaplow was lurking again just before half-time but this time Jordan Archer made a superb save and we went in at half time all square.

2nd Half

That was a miss that was

How did Steve Morison miss that? I must say that again, how did Steve Morison miss that? With the 2nd half barely a few minutes old Lee Gregory set up Morison who seemed to have his boot laces tied together completely missed the ball and a open goal. I think its being blamed on a "bobble" It was even Stevens for a while as both sides where ending up in the oppositions box and Shane Ferguson in particular putting in a shift and putting in some decent balls into the box, if only. Jordan Archer was saving everything that ended up his way. From a corner Bryon Webster's firm header was saved and shortly afterwards Lee Gregory was brought down while racing towards the Doncaster goal. With seconds left on the clock Archer was there again to made sure we went home with at least a point. I am sure with the way we have been playing away this season that the side is disappointed that they did not win this game but no ground lost and Wigan at home Tuesday night is something that I can't wait for and hopefully we can follow on from our 3-0 defeat of Peterborough and continue winning at home. We have Blackpool at home Saturday and I am looking for six points. I know,  but as the song goes 'let em all come down to the Den.

Last six away=  

Doncaster 1 Millwall 1
Rochdale 0  Millwall 1
Walsall    0  Millwall 3
Oxford     0  Millwall 1 Johnstone paint 2nd leg semi final
Chesterfield 1 Millwall 2
Oldham 1     Millwall 2

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Martin, Beevers, Webster, Abdou, Thompson, Ferguson (O'Brien 76), Gregory, Morison, Wallace (Onyedinma 88),
subs not used, Forde, Williams, Nelson, Philpot, Mbula

Goal: Morison 6m

Doncaster: Stuckmann, Lund, Evina, McCullough, Chaplow, Williams (Gooch 60), Tyson, Keegan (Middleton 52m), Taylor-Sinclair, Grant, Alcock
subs not used, Butler, Mandeville, Marosi, Coppinger, Stewart

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Millwall 3 Peterborough 0, League One, Game 32, 20/2/16, att: 8,722 (away 763)

BACK ON THE WINNING WAY

After the dismal Tuesday night home defeat against Scunthorpe there was a ripple around the Millwall forums that seemed negative regarding us beating Peterborough. Lack of faith springs to mind.
A bit harsh some may say because after all our home form has been dire and the Scunthorpe defeat cemented the notion that this could be another loss.


Grey and miserable. Some may say "a bit like the Millwall Forums"

From the off the Den was roaring on the Lions and it was good to see and hear that those in the stands were not excepting or expecting another Scunthorpe performance. We were better that Tuesday as I knew we would be because after all the Scunthorpe defeat was the first defeat after five wins and a draw in the league and as a team in the play-off's we must have something about us.The Peterborough boss made me chuckle when I read his thoughts after the game.....they played pretty much as we thought they would, there was no surprises for us, we prepared for everything that come our away. There's more of his words of wisdom on the net and he maybe another dugout boss who is shown the door after getting beat by the Wall.


Peterborough's only contribution in this game. The ball in the back of the net but it's ruled off-side


As I said we were going for this from the off but Peterborough had the first chance when they won a free kick, nothing come of it and it was not long before Lee Gregory looking at goal picked up a ball from a Jed Wallace cross but the opposition blocked and cleared. We continued to pressure and with Shane Ferguson who started this game in midfield creating play higher up the pitch we were busy around the Peterborough goal. With nearly 15 minutes gone I have no idea what Mark Beever's was thinking of when he was near the half way line and he whacked a back pass so high and long in the air to goal keeper Jordan Archer, what could he do? he couldn't catch it or touch it as it was a back pass but what a save as he back headed it over the bar. The video of this is all over the internet but just in case you have not seen it.
skysports watch-millwall-goalkeeper-jordan-archer I think they are calling it 'save of the season. It was 0-0 at that point and a goal for Peterborough would have been a game changer.
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Steve Morison scored a couple in this game and the first was headed home on 30 minutes when Ferguson picked up the ball and scooted through the middle and played the ball to Lee Gregory who fired one in which the keeper blocked, Gregory won the loose ball and set Morison up to score his first of the game with a close in header. Peterborough made a few changes at the start of the second half and one of these changes who hadn't been on the pitch for 20 seconds cynically flattened Jed WaIlace and should have walked but his punishment was just a yellow. It did not take us long in the second half to extend our lead when Gregory who was looking for his twentieth goal of the season had already threatened earlier in the game headed home after receiving the ball from a Mark Beevers flick. He's record for his last ten games is quality, ten goals in ten games, and twenty overall in all competitions.
Also I have looked at the stats and we have not lost a game where he has scored. A good little buy from FC Halifax and he is grafting hard.
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A happy place was the Den at this point and it got happier when Morison got his 2nd on 62 minutes and the Lions third. This goal was also a header as he connected with a Shane Ferguson corner and we were 3-0 up and comfortable. Steve Morison was looking for his hat-trick and was set up nicely from a Jed Wallace cross but he was just a gnats testicle away from connecting with it. He was substituted with a little over quarter of a hour on the clock to go and Lee Gregory quickly followed. With John Marquis and Aiden O'Brien now on the pitch we saw the game out and took the points.
We are coming to the final run in of the season and there is 14 league games to play and 42 points available. I wonder how many of them we would end up with. There's no prediction from me as I don't want to put the mockers on it but 30 would be nice.
 I (we) have not had to worry about top of the table stats for a good few years so its different and its a joy. COYL

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Webster, Beevers, Martin, Wallace, Abdou, Thompson, Ferguson (Onyedinma 86), Gregory (O'Brien 76), Morison (Marquis 73),
subs not used, Forde, Nelson, Edwards, Powell

Goals: Morison 30m 60m, Gregory 49
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Peterborough United: Alnwick, Smith, Taylor, Bostwick, Oztumer (Coulthirst 46), Santos, Beutyman (Maddison 57), Coulibaly, Forrester, Samuelsen, Toffolo (Nicholson 46)
subs not used, Henry, Zakuani, Baldwin, Nichols

22/2/16 John Marquis goes back on Loan to Northampton,  I don't think he will be back in a Millwall shirt.



Thursday, 18 February 2016

Millwall 0 Scunthorpe 2, League One, Game 31 , 16/2/16, att:8,036 (173)

I am bit late with this, the Lewisham Council land grab saga has drained me. ..



Mushroom Picking?
The game:

That's the end of our unbeaten run and lets hope we can start another one

I don't really want to raise the effort to think about this game because we were way off the mark. We got beat by a bunch of spoilers who were spending so much time lying on the grass I thought they were picking mushrooms. It would be nice to see at home some creative midfield play but nothing seen like that in this game.  If we picked the ball up or was passed the ball in a midfield position it wasn't long before we lost it which doubled the work load the defence had to deal with. Just after 15 minutes Sid Nelson cleared with a whack to anywhere, it went straight to a Scunthorpe player and "bang' we were 1-0 down. If we have not got the midfield skills needed to create lets at least get in and win the second ball and if we need to win it again. Counter attacking football we play away from home is more direct and normally away we do not have to deal with five behind the ball.
Scunthorpe scored late to seal the win and it may have been different. Lee Gregory had a golden chance on the hour after picking up a superb ball from Jed Wallace and having beaten the keeper he put it wide. That miss hurt Gregory and we weren't happy either.

Still 6th place in the League and still a three point gap.


Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Nelson, Webster, Ferguson, Wallace, Abdou (Marquis 81), Upson (Thompson 45), O'Brien, Gregory, Morison
subs not used, Forde, Martin, Edwards, Beevers, Onyedinma

Scunthorpe:Daniels, Mirfin, Madden (Luer 79), Bishop, Dawson, Townsend, Hopper (Wotton 90), Wallace, Ness, McSheffrey (O'Brien 66), Clarke
subs not used, Anyon, Laird, Adelakun, King

Goals: McSheffrey, 17, O'Brien 90+2

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

DEFEND OUR DEN sign the petition now....Regeneration Land Grab

DEFEND OUR DEN


The popular Lions Community Centre under attack from Lewisham Council

Lewisham council are close to selling the land around Millwall which includes the stadium car park and the much praised Millwall Community Trust building (Lions Centre) to a developer Renewal who's holding company is off-shore registered. How can a off-shore registered company be part of the community and transparent in their day-to-day dealings? They cannot, you move your operation off shore for one reason, avoiding tax. It all sounds a bit dicky to me.


Scunthorpe game

Sign the petition here:  Defend Our Den

For the Millwall's fan on the board comment:
http://www.millwallfc.co.uk/news/article/peter-garston-lewisham-council-millwall-football-club-renewal-2956243.aspx
There is a link within this article which shows the statement that Millwall's chairmain John Berylson has penned to Lewisham council.

17/2/16
At the Lewisham Council cabinet meeting regarding this land grab it was said "it has come to our notice that the circumstances of the Compulsory Purchase Order necessitate further investigation before this matter can be considered"

There is now a referral to this sell off of our our land and now it's a chance for Millwall FC to voice it's aspirations for the club and it's assets and let them know we have every right to be involved in decisions that will impact on the club and all of our futures.. We must get this right

18/2/16,  9.25pm: The petition has now reached 17000 and still climbing. The comments left on the web-site by people who signed the petition are amazing and it shows that not just Millwall supporters are against this council madness, thanks to them all including George from Crawley.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Rochdale 0 Millwall 1, League One, Game 30, 13/2/16, att:2,882 ( 873)


THE DEFENCE SHOWS GRIT AND PASSION AS LEE GREGORY SCORES NINE IN EIGHT


Happy times continue as we take all three points under the nose of Keith Hill and Rochdale. They spout that they were robbed and should have had a penalty and that's nothing new for us. Monitoring the managers that we have beat this season their reasons for the defeats are always not because we are a decent side but every other hard luck story you can think of.

First time back at Rochdale since our win way-back in 1965



Lee Gregory yet again banged one in or in the case of his game tapped one in which made his total 19 goals this season and it was enough to give us a 5th away win on the trot and still hold on to the last position in the play-off spots. That's 50 points now and like always it's one game at a time but I am looking at the top. It was a bit of a journey for the team on Friday and it took them seven hours to get there so they must have missed some prep for this game.
The pitch was taking a battering from the rain as the game got going and the wet heavy pitch did not stop us creating chances and slinging in a few corners. Rochdale were doing their bit and the game swung one way then another as both sides were going for it.

The second half carried on the same as the first with the Lions from back to front putting in a shift which included Sid Nelson and Mahlon Romeo and it did not take long before Gregory on 54 minutes scored a poachers goal after the ball found his way to him when Steve Morison mis-hit a effort on goal. The travelling wall who made up nearly a third of the overall attendance and with most of the 2nd half still to go roared on the Lions. If it was a nervy time the team did not show it as as Gregory come close but the keeper saved. With counter attack raids on the Rochdale goal we see the game out and the wet and long journey home didn't seem that bad.

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Nelson, Webster, Martin, Wallace, Abdou, Willaims, Upson, Gregory (Marquis 86/), Morison
subs not used, Forde, Edwards, Ferguson, Thompson, Onyedinma, O'Brien

Goal: Gregory 54m

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Rochdale: Lillis, Rafferty, McNulty, Eastham, Lancashire, Andrew (Vincenti 35), Allen, Cannon ( Alessandra 71), Camps, Bunney, (Mendez-Laing 71), Henderson
subs not used, Lund, Collis, Rose, Syers

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Walsall 0 Millwall 3, League One, Game 29, 6/2/16, att: 4,843 (749)



It was wet and windy but the sun shone for us as we beat a team up the top who is fancied to do well. 

W W W D W

We are having fun and long may it continue. After something like three years of mainly misery that light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to make me squint. We can go for this, it will be a hard graft but they are all beatable and we are in the mood to do it. In a sixteen minute spell in the second half some slick play from the Lions produced a cracking goal by Mahion Romeo on his debut which was sandwiched in between a brace by Lee Gregory. Jed Wallace was involved setting up these goals and he is showing good form after his loan contract was extended.

Walsall did have chances and hit the woodwork twice and Jordan Archer was producing his trademark double saves to keep Walsall at bay.
With Mark Beevers suspended Sid Nelson started this game which is his first for a while and he did not disappoint as he got stuck in, we defended stoutly and it stopped Walsall from attempting to claim top spot and it also made sure we retained our play-off spot. Our last five games have produced 13 points which is title winning form but there is a gap to close of nine points to catch Walsall in second spot and a thirteen point gap to catch Burton Albion in top spot. It should be interesting and it starts again at Rochdale next Saturday which is annoying because I fancied a Tuesday night game to keep the momentum going.

Top 7

Burton 60pts
Walsall 56 pts
Wigan 55 pts
Gillingham 55 pts
Coventry 49 pts
Millwall 47 pts +9 gd
Southend 47 pts +6 gd

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Nelson, Webster, Ferguson, Wallace (Martin 75), Abdou, Williams, Upson, Gegory (O'Brien 88), Morison (Marquis 88)
subs not used, Forde, Wood, Thompson, Onyedinma

Goals: Gregory 61m 77m,  Romeo 70m

Walsall: Roberts, Demetriou, Downing, O'Conner, Taylor (K.Morris 75), Chambers (Lalkovic 75), Mantom, Bradshaw (Cook 50), Sawyers, Forde, Henry
subs not used, Preston, Kinsella, B.Morris, Jezeph

2/2/16 Steve Morison signs for another year and is now committed to the club till summer 2017

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Oxford United 0 Millwall 1, Johnstone Paint Trophy area final 2nd leg, 2/2/16, att:10,138 (1,478)

WE WENT FOR IT


Yet another win as we overcome a decent Oxford side and most of the second half we were playing with ten men. We could not overcome the 2-0 defeat at home but we continue with our good away form. If only David Forde had not made that basic goal keeping error at our place or if we had scored a goal at home because after all, we were only playing a 4th division side. I suppose football is all about if's.  A good result on the night but no Wembley final for us but there is the League One Play-off's and at this moment in time we are in with a shout.

We started with a flourish and had the first chance of the game when a Steve Morison effort was blocked on the line and he went close again shortly afterwards when he headed a Shane Ferguson's ball past the wrong side of the bar. Oxford who were not committing much forward had their first raid on the Lions goal after 20 minutes but it didn't add to much. Jed Wallace was getting in on the action and made their keeper work for his corn when he fired one in from a decent distance..

 0-0 half time

We started the second half with still having the believe that we could get something from this game and just after ten minutes Lee Gregory set up Steve Morison but he was closed down by the Oxford keeper and nothing come about. Three minutes later we were 1-0 up when Aiden O'Brien sent a cross in from the left and Gregory received the ball, turned and smacked into the back of net. We still had time to win this game and then Mark Beever's gets sent off for bringing down a Oxford man closing in on goal. He took one for the team but we could have done with out it. There was still 26 minutes to go and with a reshuffled ten men Lions we carry on going forward roared on by our top draw travelling away support. On another day Fred Onyedinma would have buried that chance after being set up by Gregory but on this occasion it wasn't to be and that was that.

I hate the fact that Oxford's ground is named after the money bags that came in and finished building it. Self gratification or what.

Millwall: Archer, Cummings (Martin 68), Webster, Beevers, Ferguson, Wallace, Abdou, Upson (Onyedinma 82), O'Brien, Gregory, Morison
subs not used, Forde, Thompson, Marquis

Goal: Gregory 54 mins

Oxford United, Buchel, Skarz, Roofe, Mullins, Wright, Sercombe, Hylton, MacDonld (Bowery 81), O'Dowda (Ismail 89), Kenny, Lundstram
subs not used, Slocombe, Ruffels, Dunkley



Sunday, 31 January 2016

Millwall 1 Crewe 1, League One, Game 28, 30/1/16, att: 9,044 (away 334)

Only a point but we still retain sixth spot in the play-off's


Jimmy Addou receives a award for 300 appearances for the Lions. well done, Top Man.

Millwall up near the top and Crewe down near the bottom, we should have won this game. We would have if Lee Gregory had not missed his second penalty. Take no notice of the false reports and also take no notice of the Crewe manager questioning the referee awarding this second penalty that was a blatant handball by Crewe's Oliver Turton who played the ball with his right hand down by his side. I was directly in-line with this and had a good view from block 8 and well spotted the Lino.



Plenty  of second half action around the Crewe Penalty box. We had a few one-on-ones with their keeper but as games that have gone before we could not penetrate.

Crewe did give us a game which we did expect and we had to work hard to try to win the game and putting the penalties aside we had chances but on the day we didn't lack effort but lacked that spark to bury the ball. We had the majority of the early play and we were putting the ball into the Crewe box with Gregory and Aiden O'Brien having chances. Just before half-time we should have been dancing in the isles as both Jed Wallace and Steve Morison also missed decent chances.


Lee Gregory sets himself up and hits the post


It seems that we still like to make things hard for ourselves and went behind on 59 minutes when Jordan Archer conceded a penalty and for a scary moment I thought it may be another red card, it wasn't and Archer picked the ball out the back of the net. It didn't take long before we had a penalty of our own when Bryon Webster was impeded going for a header and Gregory stroked it home. Jed Wallace had a great chance to give us the lead with just over ten minutes left on the clock he received the ball from Morison but shot just over the bar. It looked like it could end up a draw but with three minutes left we were awarded our second penalty but this time Lee Gregory hit the post and that was that. I take the positive.....that's another game we didn't lose and it's 44 points.

A rare event: we did not make a substitution. 

Millwall: Archer, Cummings, Webster, Beevers, Ferguson, Wallace, Abdou, Williams, O'Brien, Gregory, Morison
all the subs not used: Forde, Nelson, Martin, Thompson, Upsoon, Onyedinma, Marquis

Goal: Gregory (penalty 65m)
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Crewe: Garrett, Turton, Guthrie, Nugent, Haber, Ihman, Cooper (Ng 90), Fox, Jones, Ajayi, Bakayogo (Seager 80)
subs not used, Richards, Saunders, Baillie, Ainley, Howell

Goal: Ihman (penalty 59m)

Tuesday Night
On to the next game which is somewhat different, Tuesday night away to Oxford United in the 2nd leg of the area semi-final Johnstone paint Cup and a place at Wembley is at stake. We are 2-0 down from the first leg and we have sold out our allocation of 1500 away tickets for this return game. Can we win it? of course we can.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Shane Ferguson and it's a relief to get the deal done.

THE BOSS HAS GOT HIS CHEQUE BOOK OUT
undisclosed fee

We only went and done it, a 24 year old Northern Ireland international who can play and because he has played in 28 games for us while on loan he knows us and he knows what's needed. As we have just moved into the play-spots this signing should keep the momentum going. It will be business as usual against Crewe Saturday. The former Newcastle Utd youth player played 32 games for them and was on loan at Birmingham and Rangers before joining us at the start of this season. He states that joining the Lions is a no-Brainer and he is excited about his future with Millwall.

The eighteen month contract is interesting as it leaves options for all.


Saturday, 23 January 2016

Chesterfield 1 Millwall 2, League One, Game 27, 23,1,16, att 7,078 (854 on the road)

*BANGING THEM IN*

THAT'S ELEVEN FOR AIDEN O'BRIEN AND FOURTEEN FOR LEE GREGORY

According to the Yorkshire Star Chesterfield were the better side but Millwall were the better finishers. I suppose that happens a lot in football and it proves that goals are the key to success. I think we are spoilt by having three strikers and we don't know it. We moan and groan as at the Oxford game and a few choice words for the team and some individuals but we are winning more that we are losing  so we may not have been the better side for this game but we are the better team. We move into the last play-off spot winning our 4th league game out of five and it's nice to look up instead of looking down.  It looks like Shane Ferguson has played his last game for us as his loan period ended when he left the pitch today. There is something in the pipeline and we may resign him on a permanent deal and secure him from his club Newcastle United where he has very little chance of getting a game. I think he fits in with the side and offers hard work and has a good football brain. Hope he stays.
Another northern win
A top win at our first visit to Chesterfield's new ground which is yet another ground that has a non football related heritage and never will with a name Proact Stadium, talk about selling your soul.

Millwall: Archer, Cummings, Webster, Beevers, Ferguson (Martin 76), Wallace, Abdou, Williams, O'Brien ( Upson 78), Gregory (Onyedinma 88), Morison
subs not used, Forde, Nelson, Thompson, Marquis

Goals: O'Brien 27, Gregory 47

Chesterfield: Lee, O'Neil, Raglan, Hird, Talbot (Dieseruvwe 87), Ariyibi (Gardner 65), Morsy, Donohue, O'Shea, Novak, Ebanks-Blake (Harrison 72),
subs not used, Chapman, Humphreys, Onovwigun, Simons

Goal: Morsey 25

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Millwall 3 Port Vale 1, League One, Game 26, 17-1-15 att: 7,773 (287) A Sunday Special but a few stay away

That goes a long way of easing the pain from the Thursday Night Paint Cup defeat

LONDON LIVE
London Live makes an appearance. Shown Monday night on the Jason Grundy Kicks Off Show

We needed a 4-0 win to push Sheffield United off the 7th spot place but that did not happen as we could not add to the 3-0 half time lead.


Gregory bangs in the penalty and his 13th goal of the season and his second of the game which helps us secure our first home win in all competitions since beating Bury 1-0 on November the 28th. 


I sensed that the team really wanted to win this game after the failure of Thursday night and with Jordan Archer back in goal they set about the task. Aiden O'Brien also started this one and with Shane Ferguson starting on the left of the defence we quickly started banging on the Port Vale door. Steve Morison went close with just a few minutes on the clock and O'Brien was slinging crosses into the Vale box. Jed Wallace sent in  a peach of a ball and Lee Gregory on 14 minutes showed me a part of his game that I haven't seen before as he rose and stretched and sent in a looping header that left their keeper for dead as it sailed into the net. Make no mistake this was not a run of the mill headed goal, he had a lot to do.


2nd half, tussle in the corner and every ball needs to be won

He scored another one 20 minutes later when he was bought down in the box. As the picture above shows he beat the keeper who went the right way and we were 2-0 up. Gregory has twelve goals now and is on course for a decent tally this season. We were buzzing and goal number three looked as though it wouldn't be long and just before half time Steve Morison duly obliged stroking home after controlling the ball after it pinged to him after yet another Gregory effort was blocked. 
3-0 to the Wall and as I mentioned above if we score another and we do not concede we can go above Sheffield United  in 7th place on goal difference.

Port Vale made two substitutions for the start of the second half and had a bit more zest, I presume they got a half-time rollicking and scored after fifteen minutes.with a shot that Jordan Archer had no chance with.. We kept the opposition away from scoring for the rest of the game and had numerous chances our selves to add to the score. A solid home win and that's the way it should be.

Millwall: Archer, Cummings, Ferguson, Beevers, Webster, O'Brien (Marquis 88m), Williams, Abdou, Wallace (Upson 63m), Gregory (Onyedinma 87m), Morison
subs not used, Forde, Nelson, Martin, Thompson

Goals: Gregory 14m, 34m pen,  Morison 45

Port Vale: Alnwick, Purkiss, Dickinson, McGivern, Duffy, O'Conner, Foley (Hooper 55m), Daniel (Kelly 46m,), Brown, Moore (Dodds 55m), Letch-Smith
subs not used, Neal, Streete, Yates, Grant

Goals: Hooper 61m

Lee Martin signs on loan to Northampton Town





Thursday, 14 January 2016

Millwall 0 Oxford United 2, Paint Trophy, A rare Thursday night game, 14/1/15, att: 7, 275 (away 1,222)

Johnstone Paint Trophy Area Semi-Final 1st Leg

Where's the ability to dictate the play and where's the midfield?

Shane Ferguson has extended his loan at the den till the 23rd of January and starts this game

We were up and at them from the first whistle and bothered their keeper with a couple of flurries around their goal and then we started to labour against a well drilled Oxford side. We did get the ball from time to time and threatened to threaten but it was either the wrong pass, a heavy touch, a wayward shot or a lost ball but we still had moments and then we cocked it up.
                             
Live on sky and we must have looked poor

Roofe who scored a couple against Swansea in the FA Cup hit a daisy cutter that didn't look like a shot but ended up beating David Forde at the foot of his right-hand post with 15 minutes gone. Farcical really and it seemed to knock the stuffing out of us. As you imagine David Forde was not Mr Popular for the rest of the game and he got stick, We conceded the second goal on 42 minutes when a Oxford shot hit the bar after Forde got a touch to it and then it all seemed to go in slow motion with no reaction from anybody in a Millwall shirt Roofe once again scored as he was alive to the loose ball and headed home.


Plenty of second half action around the Oxford goal but no Lions comeback

We looked a bit more up for it second half which is a common theme this season and me being the forever optimistic I thought if we got a goal back early we can get something from this game. We set about having a go and we proceeded to bombard the Oxford half with long balls. We did have some decent wide play on the left which normally related to us winning one of those long balls and Steve Morison was normally involved but nothing was achieved from full backs running and dribbling with the ball and the midfield was non effective apart from loan signing Jed Wallace who had a sparkle about his play, I did not see that from anybody else. Flat and clueless on the night and there was nothing there whatsoever to keep you warm on this very cold night. As I said earlier we were more up for it second half and Mark Beever's should have done better with a header and Steve Morison had a header cleared off the goal line and a shot saved down to the keepers left.. My teeth are still chattering and I cannot bring myself to watch the Sky recording of this game, one shot of depression is enough.

We still have to play them at their place so there's a chance as our away record is not to bad.

Port Vale on Sunday at the Den. Back to the league and hopefully back to winning ways.
I presume Jordan Archer will be back for this one.

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Martin (O'Brien 64), Beevers, Webster, Williams (Upson 78m), Abdou, Ferguson, Gregory (Onyedinma 85m ), Morison, Wallace
subs not used, Archer, Nelson, 

Oxford United: Buchel, Baldock, Roofe (Hylton 87m), Mullins, Wright, Sercumbe, Hoban (O'Dowda 77m), McDonald, Lundstram, Maguire, Evans,
subs not used, Slocombe, Ruffels, Dunkley

Scorer: Roofe 15, 42m