WHOLESALE CHANGES AND NEW SIGNINGS How long can I go on. Constantly writing about the Lions and their defeats is tedious and I can hardly rustle up the effort to turn on the laptop, but with the new players starting this game I went to the Den curious more than anything else but with hope that it was going to better than I seen and heard recently. Playing against Ipswich who are doing well and our old boss Mick McCarthy was always going to be a big ask for a Millwall side that had just been stuffed by a League One side and had a 19 year old as captain plus four recent signings and eight changes from the Bradford game. We were better. There was improved effort and a bit more passion which means there is a chink of light, a small chink, but enough to let me know there may be something there, something to cling on to and maybe a win before long. That hope will hopefully keep me going.
We did play better, we didn't roll over and we did try to get something from this game and we gave it ago. We did go behind to yet again a early goal and we did concede a second shortly after that but we didn't capitulate on the pitch or in the stands and we kept going and managed to score just before half time which set us up for the second half. Could we get something from this game was my thoughts at half-time and that was a thought that hadn't come my way for a good few weeks, maybe months.
Free kick, but no cigar
We did give it ago in second half to try to pull the game back and Webster, Powell, Gueye all had shots off target so did Abdou who had three. Shooting practice should be on the agenda. We conceded the third on 77 minutes and that was end of us getting anything from this game.
New signing Diego Fabbrini looks useful and can certainly play with the ball. He was subbed in the 60th minute and replaced by Lee Martin and after that we didn't seem to have the same fizz in Midfield.
We have no game for ten days so this will help getting the new signings bedded in and especially the back four as it was clear early on that Cummings, Webster, Nelson and Harding hadn't played together before and time will be the factor in making sure that they get to know each other.
Millwall: Forde, Cummings(Fuller 80), Nelson, Webster, Harding, Abdou, Powell, Gueye, Fabbrini(Martin 60), Gregory, Maierhofer
Subs not used, King, Shittu, Woolford, McDonald, Wilkinson