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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Millwall 2 Charlton 1, Championship Game 40, 3-4-15, att: 14,722 (away 2,235)


Charlton fans arrive probably expecting their normal drubbing

There was a crackle in the air as we approached the Den for this one and with Neil Harris's fourth game in charge following on from a good performance at Brentford I was expecting a win against our near rivals from SE 7. I like to call these Charlton games the most one sided derby in English football. I am not sure that it is but if not it should be as it certainly feels as though it is.

Click on link >> Millwall v Charlton--Head to Head

                                       Charlton's first goal in nearly 20 years at the Den

We had the majority share of possession through out this game and even before Charlton went down to ten men we were bossing the play. Charlton skipper Chris Solly hand balled in the box in the 28th minute and was red carded and sent off . Lee Gregory took the resulting penalty and he missed it as the Charlton keeper went down to his right and saved. That could have fetched us down but we carried on regardless and roared on by a decent size Den crowd we created good spells of play all over the park but conceded in the 67th minute when Charlton scored against the run of play when a flick by Alou Diarra's that could have went anywhere ended up in the back of our net. The Charlton supporters went berserk and was singing like they had won the game and it was cut and dried they had the three points and we were going down. To concede against ten men is always a embarrassment but a while ago we would have collapsed and lost this game but under Neil Harris we have more fight in our bellies and more purpose with our play. Having stability in the side helps as well as all this chopping and changing under Holloway meant uncertainty and head scratching. 

Being 1-0 up the away-end think they have this game sown up as the Lions face Charlton's five at the back

We pulled this game back when Magaye Gueye in the 79th minute scored from a tight angle and eight minutes later Jos Hooiveld scored from close range which gave us a first home win since October the 25th when we beat Cardiff 1-0. This win and the two draws before keeps us in with a shout of staying up and while there's a chance we must fight for it. Some on the forums reckon we need to go down to re-group I don't hold with that, league one is like being in the wilderness and a pig to get out of, we must stay in the Championship.

Bottom five: Fulham 43 pts, Rotherham 40 pts, Millwall 36 pts, Wigan 35 pts, Blackpool 23 pts

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding(Maierhofer 69m), Abdou(Gueye 58m), Nelson, Hooiveld, Woolford, Williams, O'Brien, Gregory, Upson(Bailey 76m), 
subs not used, Archer, Dunne, Beevers, Taylor-Fletcher

Goals: Gueye 79m, Hooiveld 87m

Charlton: Henderson, Solly, Gomez, Diarra, Johnson, Fox, Berg-Gudmundsson, Vetokele(Bulot 72m), Cousins, Bulot, Eagles(Bikey 32m), Watt(Church 78m)
subs not used, Dmitrovic, Lennon, Lepoint, Wiggins

Goal: Diarra 67m

6/4/15 Bank Holiday Monday and Rotherham played and beat Brighton 1-0 the revised bottom five now reads Rotherham with 43 points which does not help our cause but they have played a extra game than us.