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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

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Coventry 2 Millwall 1, League One, Game 42, 16/4/16, att:11,632 (we take 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

Ashley Nadesan and other things

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.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

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


THERE'S A LEAGUE ONE TUSSLE GOING ON AND WE ARE IN THE THICK OF IT

There's now five games to go and the three points won in this game all adds to the thrill of being near the top. We move into the 4th spot after eventually overtaking Gillingham who a few months back were streets ahead of us and looking certain to go up. Walsall have tumbled and Burton don't look like they can handle the pressure. Burton have got six point gap between them and the much improved Bradford City who sit in third place so Burton may be able to hold on but time will tell  We want the second place spot and it's possible and do-able but we need to win, win and keep winning. Wigan sit top with a ten point gap between them and third so I reckon they should hold on to that

LIGHT THE BLUE TOUCH PAPER

According to Byron Webster Neil Harris gave them a half time bollocking. That does not surprise me because the first half we was pony and we needed a shot of reality to turn this game around. We certainly done that and it was a reverse for Aiden O'Brien who was subbed at half-time at Colchester but came on as a substitute at half time for this game and helped to liven things up with the help of the rest of the team who now had a bit more zest about them. After just 12 second half minutes Ben Thompson's first league goal was something to see and the way he controlled the long Shrewsbury clearance with his chest and then from 3 yards outside the box volleyed the ball into the back of the net was quality. He worked his nuts off for the rest of the game and may have got a second.


Goal number two and we take the lead
2-1


With the noise racked up in the Den after Ben Thompson's goal Shrewsbury were now  on the back foot and it did not take long,  just four minutes and Steve Morison wins a header and it flashes towards the goal and beats the keeper's to his right. There was still half hour to go in this game but we out worked and frustrated the opposition creating chances but did not whack in another one until extra time when Lee Gregory took a hit from the Shrews keeper inside the box and got up off the ground and buried the penalty. The keeper got sent off.



2nd half and that's more like it


We now sit in 4th spot with 69 points and with five games to go we are 7 points from 2nd placed Burton and we have a 7 point cushion below us.

It's a good time at the moment following the Wall but the first half display is a bit of a worry
Coventry away Saturday


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 ( 1,700)

That's game 40  we were not at our best and we take home a point.

66 pts and six games to go

Recently improved Colchester did not stop us playing, it was ourselves who were off the standard that we have set. We had chances and Colchester were ordinary but our sharpness and awareness was missing. We still worked hard and there was a few individual moments that reached our expected level but in the end we were not consistent enough. Hopefully that all makes sense but it was funny old game and after the Burton encounter this game seemed a bit naff. 


Jordan Archer

The first half was quickly forgotten but what does stick is the half time substitution of Aiden O'Brien. Shane Ferguson come on and he added more graft to the side and although we improved and had chances we could not score. Strong in defence made sure that Colchester also fell short.


Talking of falling short, I thought we were down on the vocal and I did see Lee Gregory urging us to make some noise.

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: 8012, (244)


We get back to our winning ways with a superb gutsy 2-0 win over the leagues top side. The defeat at wind battered Bradford seems a distant pass and it sets us up nicely for the away trip to Colchester this Saturday coming. Colchester have won their last two games and although they are in the relegation mire I am sure their two wins will give them momentum and I presume belief. Should be a game



On The Telly-Live On Sky

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

WE KEEP BURTON AT BAY

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. There was a big shout for a penalty when Lee Gregory was tripped/tugged but took a while to go down. It looked to me that he tried to stay up which was probably a mistake.

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

A FEW MORE PERFORMANCES LIKE THAT AND WE WILL HAVE A CHANCE


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 City 1 Millwall 0, League One, Game 38, 26/3/16, att:18, 538 (500)

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

Saturday, 19 March 2016

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


Promotion Challenge: we had chances for more but the one will do

Back at home and we are playing Game No 1 of the last ten games of the season and its hard graft for the three points and well appreciated by us. Ten thousand Lion supporters turned up for this game and the Den was getting near to the noise we used create before the three years of misery and stuck in the doldrums. Neil Harris and his players are putting in a shift for every game and although we were not slick and fancy for this game we made up for it in commitment, intelligence and a dogged resistance to see this game out. Well  done Wall and a double well done to Chris Taylor who making his debut for a 2nd time for the Lions lashed the ball home with less than 2 minutes on the clock and a perfect start. We guarded that lead for the rest of the game and nobody was going to take it from us. Other scores above us did not go our way on the day and we still sit in 5th spot with a 4 point cushion.

For my full report please go this post, >>http://7windmills.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/millwall-1-sheffield-united-0- which is another one of my Millwall blogs,. There is links back here.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

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


Who lives near a place like this?  If I didn't know any better I would say the referee

Homer referee Kevin Wright hands Swindon a dodgy penalty and a chance to get back into a game that up to that point they were never in it. That was one of the most softest penalty decisions I think I have ever seen and throughout the game he favoured Swindon and I think the stats prove that. We were the better side, we were more clinical, more strong and had plenty of desire to win not just this game but a couple of games but we didn't have the ref in our pocket. Stitched up or what?.

Lee Gregory and Steve Morison both score early

It did not take us long to bang in a couple as Neil Harris's Lions thundered into a two goal lead. There must more to follow as the early play showed the team were up for this one and wanted to put in a good shift in front of the travelling 1200. Playing like we did there is nobody we couldn't beat in this league and to see the Lions get mugged later in the game proves that a bit more guile and a bit more savey needs to be learnt and learnt fast if we want automatic promotion out of this league. The way that the home side got back in this game mugged us and it gave them a shot of energy to go for another goal or given the chance another penalty and the ref would have fell for that as well. We had 27+ minutes to hold on to the 2-1 lead but for them to score in the 94th minute and level it to 2-2 was hard to take.That performance was close to old school Millwall and I was proud to watch them.




The gathering

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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Saturday, 5 March 2016

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

Plenty of pressure

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

Taking from my other Millwall blog 7windmills.blogspot.com <

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Millwall 0 Wigan Athletic 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

Taken from my other Millwall blog 7windmills.blogspot.com <

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Doncaster Rovers 1 Millwall 1, League One, Game 33, 27/2/16, att: 6810 (we take 825)

HOW DID STEVE MORISON MISS THAT?


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 and Gregory fired a shot on goal which went for another 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

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 for the two games. I know,  but as the song goes 'let em all come down to the Den.

Last six away=  DWWWWW

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:8722 (away 763)

TUESDAY NIGHT WAS JUST A BLIP

We were not at our best Tuesday night when we lost to Scunthorpe and that had started the moans on the forums regarding how good are we. Thinking about the play-off's or maybe a top two spot has been on our minds and maybe we had bigged ourselves up on what we could actually achieve. After this game I reckon we can achieve a lot and hopefully Tuesday night was just a blip.


Always there


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.


In the pink


Good numbers from Peterborough


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.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

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

You get games like this

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.


Gutted but they will go again

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.

A GAME TO FORGET,  I ALREADY HAVE

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

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, 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.

8/3/16, It now stands at 18,861

Saturday, 13 February 2016

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


A solid worked away win in a windy wet northern town at a football club with hardly any supporters


It's been awhile since we last played here, which was back in the 60's. We won that game then and keeping with the theme we won again. Lee Gregory was once again on target which now makes his overall tally of 19 goals this season and our 5th away win on the bounce, happy days. It was a bit of a journey for the team coming up for this game and it took them seven hours to get there, the weather was absolute crap. The pitch was taking a battering from the rain as the game got under way and the wet heavy pitch did not stop us creating chances and slinging in a few corners. Rochdale were giving it a go and the game swung one way then the other.




The second 45 minutes carried on much about the same as the first with the Lions putting in a shift all over the pitch. Sid Nelson and Mahion Romeo deserve a mention for the work that they put in and it didn't take long for Lee Gregory to score as he picked up the ball from a Steve Morison miss-hit shot. The 882 travelling Wall supporters who made up nearly a third of the attendance and with most of the second half still to go roared on the Lions to the finish. We finished strong and our counter attacking play gave Rochdale problems to the end. That's another away win and another three points, as I said earlier "happy days" 

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

Goal: Gregory 54m

Rochdale: Lillis, Rafferty, McNulty, Eastham, Lancashire, Andrew (Vincetti 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, att:4,843 (Lions away 749)


The home side did have chances and hit the woodwork twice and Jordan Archer was producing his trademark double saves to keep fancied Walsall at bay

We have been rocking on the road and this is a excellent win and one of the best if not the best away win of the season. Sid Nelson was back in the side due to Mark Beevers suspension and we defended strong and it stopped Walsall from adding to their points total at the top of the table.It also made sure that we retained our play-off position and now a +9 goal difference. Mahion Romeo made his Millwall debut and he scored a cracker squeezed in-between two goals from Lee Gregory and they were all scored in the second half.
We finished the first half strongly and even though Walsall hit the bar the second half was all to play for.

That's 13 points from the last 15

Walsall were testing us as the second half got into its stride and they were looking to score. They were having play around the Lions goal and Ferguson done well to clear .On 61 minutes Gregory scored when Jed Wallace sent a ball in from the right and our leading goal scorer scored close in. Not to long after Sid Nelson made two proper old skool Millwall type blocks to keep the home side from scoring and cue Romeo who when picking up the ball from Jed Wallace run into the box and struck the ball low down and beat the Walsall keeper. 2-0 and there was still time for more and Gregory disappoint when he was served the ball from Shaun Williams and run in on goal before firing a shot home. The points were ours and the travelling Wall who had been loud and proud throughout the game made sure that the team were cheered and clapped off in away that they new this was a first class result and its going to be a very good journey home.

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

Goals: Gregory 61m 77m,  Romeo 70m

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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

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

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

A GOOD RESULT ON THE NIGHT BUT NO SKIP DOWN WEMBLEY WAY

We gave them a game and beat them on the night but the mistakes in the first game cost us. We could not overcome the 0-2 defeat in the home tie but we continue with our good away form. 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 with a shout.

Roared on by a large away support we started with a flourish and a early Steve Morison effort was blocked on the line and he went close again shortly afterwards when he powered a header just past the wrong side side of the bar. Oxford had their first chance on the Lions goal after 20 minutes but it didn't add up too much. I like the way Jed Wallace plays and he always seems to create with his assaults on the Oxford goal and he smacked a long distance shot that was well stopped by the Oxford keeper.

We started the second half with us still believing we could get something from this game and just after ten minutes Lee Gregory set up Steve Morison but he was closed down quickly by the Oxford keeper and nothing come about. Three minutes later we were in front when Aiden O'Brien sent a ball in from the left and Lee Gregory received the ball controlled it how he wanted it and shot it into the net. We still had time to win this game and then Mark Beever's gets sent off for bringing down a Oxford player who was closing in on goal. There was 26 minutes to go and with a reshuffled ten men we carry on going forward roared on by the packed Millwall away. On another night 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.

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
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Oxford United: Buchel, Skarz, Roofe, Mullins, Wright, Sercombe, Hylton, MacDonald (Bowery 81), O'Dowda 9Ismail 89), Kenny, Lundstrom
subs not used, Slocombe, Rufffels, Dunkley

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Millwall 1 Crewe 1, League One, Game 28, 30/1/16, att: 9,044 ( 344 away)


Three penalties, two of them put away and we miss the third

Shane Ferguson starts this game as he is now a contracted Millwall player as we sign him from Newcastle United. He has done very well while being on loan at the Den and it is a first class signing and good Millwall business. Added quality to the team and he fits right in.

Plenty going on in the Crewe box
300
Jimmy Abdou landed on "our shores" back in 2008 after we signed him from Plymouth on a free and today he was presented with a silver platter for the 300 games he has played for us. Incredible really, quiet bloke, small in size, not the most skilful of the players in the team but well liked among the Wall support because he always gives it all, runs for the 90 minutes and probably runs home after. 

We should have won this game. We would have if Lee Gregory had not missed his 2nd penalty of the game. Take no notice of the false reports and take no notice of the Crewe manager questioning the referee awarding this second penalty that was a blatant hand ball by Crewe's Oliver Turton who played the ball deliberately 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.
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 Lee 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 missed decent chances.


Having the chances

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 maybe another red card. It wasn't and Archer picked the ball out of the back of the net. It didn't take long before we had a penalty of our own when Byron 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 ten over ten minutes left on the clock he received the ball from Steve Morison but shot just over the bar. It looked like it could end up a draw but with just three minutes left on the clock we were awarded our second penalty but this time 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. Something unusual happened with this game, we did not make a substitution.

Millwall: Archer, Cummings, Webster, Beevers, Ferguson, Wallace, Williams, Abdou, O'Brien, Gregory, Morison
subs not used, Forde, Nelson, Martin, Thompson, Upson, Onyedinma, Marquis
Goal: Gregory (pen 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, Ballie, Ainley, Howell
Goal: Ihman (pen 59m)

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Chesterfield 1 Millwall 2, League 1, Game 27, 23/1/16, att: 7,078 (we take 854)


ON THE ROAD AGAIN AND IT'S ANOTHER NORTHERN WIN

According to the local rag Neil Harris is convinced we should have been awarded a penalty when Mark Beever's was tugged down from behind as he was just about to bury a ball from a few yards out. If Bombers convinced it was a penalty so am I. This could be Shane Ferguson's last game as his loan period ends but there maybe something brewing and he could stay, I hope he does.

I did not realise that we have not won at Chesterfield for 32 years and I was at that game. We were in the mire at that time with manager George Graham and we were struggling to stay up. We won this game 1-0 and it meant no fourth division for us. Apart from the win I remember a lad who got slung out for climbing over the front barrier to take a photo of the travelling support. I thought it was harsh and I still do now, I wonder if he blagged his way back in. We took a large away support that day and I remember Chesterfield's old ground Saltergate rocking. Their new stadium these days is called the Proact Stadium which is the name of a Chesterfield based IT company. Ever thought what's wrong with football?

They beat us at our place this season so it was a chance to reverse the outcome and move up the table.. Our away form this season has been decent and it continued here as we come back from being behind and took the prize of a play-off spot.

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

Goals: O'Brien 27m, Gregory 47m
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Chesterfield: Lee, Oneil, Raglan, Hird, Talbot (Dieseruvwe 87), Ariyibi (Gardner 65), Morsy, Donohue, O'Shea, Novak, Ebanks-Blake (Harrison 72)
subs not used, Chapman, Humphreys, Onovwigun, Simone

Goal: Morsey 25m

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Millwall 3 Port Vale 1 (3-0 ht), League One, Game 26, 17-1-15, att: 7,773 9267) Sunday afternoon

40 POINTS AND JUST OUTSIDE THE PLAY-OFF'S BY ONE POINT

Jimmy Abdou starts his 300th game for Lions

It would be about now that we make our play if we are serious about getting straight back out of this league.
We have enough fire power to do it and a bit more consistency will bring results. I believe that's all that's missing from the side and if we sort that we should climb the table.

Fire power: Lee Gregory 13, Aiden O'Brien 10, Steve Morison 10 and a further 21 scored by a assortment of defenders and the midfield..There's not a big hitter who is leading the field but there is games left for all three that are in double figures to aim for the twenty mark.


Steve Morison battled with these two Vale defenders all game



The crowd was somewhat less for this game and I put it down to a few factors. Losing at home to Oxford Thursday night didn't help and Sunday afternoon may have had something to do with it. The away crowd was sparse and I won't mention the cold because after all we are Wall and cold wouldn't keep us away, would it? 
We stuck into Port Vale as soon as the whistle went and had them on the back foot as we pushed forward and probed around Vale's goal. Steve Morison had a early chance after five minutes when his shot went just the wrong side of the post. This Morison effort was possible due to support play from Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien and its always good to see this spearhead trio working well together. With 15 minutes on the clock Loan signing Jed Wallace put in a superb ball for Gregory who with a lot to do adjusted his shape and managed to send a looping header inside the far post, what a goal that was. After the gloom of Thursday night and the defeat by Oxford it was good to hear the Den back to it's noisy self as we celebrated a cracking opener. 


A goal and a couple of hoodies keeps out the chill of  South Bermondsey

Lee Gregory was to strike again after being awarded a penalty when he was clobbered in the box and after 34 minutes the Lions were 2-0 up. We could have added to our tally before the penalty and it was good to see the defence and midfield working a lot better than they did Thursday, perhaps this was due to the less amount of long balls going over the top. We were dominated the half and just before the whistle blew for half time Steve Morison pounced when another effort from Lee Gregory was deflected out to Morison who stroked the ball home. Could we add to our goal tally in the second half and improve on our goal difference, Time will tell.

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

Things are happy in this part of South London
Millwall 3 Port vale 1
Man City 4 Palace 0
Hull City 6 Charlton 0
I can't wait for work in the morning

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Millwall 0 0xford United 2, Johnstone Paint Trophy, area final, 1st leg, 14-1-15, att:7,275 (away 1,222)


Thursday night, we do not get many of them down the Den


WE COCKED THAT UP

1st half
We started well and then faded, We did get the ball from time to time and had our moments but we looked flat and jaded and it did not take long before we conceded. Oxford have Kemar Roofe a player who after scoring twice against Swansea in the FA Cup has become a bit of a starlet for Oxford and with 15 minutes gone he brushed aside Shaun Cummings and he shot or passed (not sure what) into the box which beat David Forde at the bottom of his right hand post. This mistake by Forde was bad news for him because having just got back in the team after being dropped for some poor displays this was the last thing he wanted. He got jeers from some of us and there was a good few I think who want him gone. 
We conceded again again on 42 minutes which was a strange goal. A Oxford shot hit the bar after Forde got a touch and then it seemed to go into a slow motion mode with no reaction from any body in a Lions shirt and there was Roofe again to head home his second goal.

2nd half

We come away with nothing

I thought that if we got a early goal we can still get something from this game and we set about the second half long balling up to our strikers. Oxford did not score any more which was the only positive on the night even though we did improve and Mark Beever's who can score a goal or two mis-directed a header and Steve Morison had a header cleared off the line and a shot saved low down to the goal keepers left. We still have to play them at their place which going into the game 2-0 down may seem an impossible task but if we click on the night we can give them a game because after all we are near the top of a division above them.

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

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

Goals: Roofe 15, 42m

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Oldham 1 Millwall 2 League One, Game 25, 9/1/16 att:3,558 (we take 362)

THAT TAKES US THREE POINTS OFF THE PLAY-OFF'S

Oldham have had spells in the top flight which was back around and after the first world war and in the early days of the Premiership but this lot have fell a long way. With less than 4,000 on the gate and a team that hasn't won in 12 games at home they were there for the taking. On a miserable day weather wise back in December this fixture was due to take place but Boundary Park one of the highest football grounds in the football league was flooded so it was called off. The Oldham supporters have had a miserable season but found humour and took joy that at least it was a Saturday when they didn't lose and especially a Saturday when they didn't lose at home.
Joy does not last long in football and as the Oldham lot more or less predicted they would lose at home with this one and all though the game was not a classic we secured the three points while not being at our best.  Shane Ferguson finishing his loan period with assists for both goals and a grateful 3-points.come south with us. It made a change to win up north and hopefully we can win some at home.

The Game


Homer referee, awarded four free kicks to us and fourteen to Oldham. Par for the course really

We sign on loan midfielder Jed Wallace from Wolves and thank you Kenny. We were after this player in the summer but didn't get him. We have him for a month and he started this game with Aiden O'Brien on the bench. Jed has pace and it didn't take long for us to get on the score sheet as he zipped in a cross which Lee Gregory picked up and buried after three minutes gone. Wallace was quick all over the pitch and it looks like he don't mind tracking back when duty calls.
Shane Ferguson played well but has played his last game for us as his loan period has come to a end. We have put in a bid for him as he has done well so we will be waiting on Newcastle United to let us know.

Oldham did have spells and they equalised in the 59th minute after they were awarded a dodgy free kick which David Forde had no chance with.  Forde was kept on his toes later through the half when Oldham pushing for the winner or at least another goal tested him on two occasions and a cross come shot was superbly turned away for a corner and also a thunder of a shot from the Oldham player Winchester had Forde horizontal and yet again he superbly saved. He is certainly working hard to keep his place between the sticks. We have not had much luck from our away trips up north recently so it was a happy journey home when with just five minutes left on the clock Shane Ferguson crossed a peach of a ball which Steve Morison buried by getting in low with his head.


Footnote: John Marquis back in the fold after his loan spell at Leyton Orient came on for the last three minutes when he replaced Steve Morison. Not sure what was the point of that.


Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Martin, Beever's, Webster, Wallace (O'Brien 64m), Williams, Abdou, Ferguson, Gregory (Onyedinma 76m), Morison (Marquis 87m)

subs not used, Archer, Upson, Thompson, Nelson

Goals: Gregory 2mins,  Morison 85mins

Oldham: Coleman, Dieng, Kelly, Jones, Poleon (Forte 64m), Cassidy, Winchester, Murphy, B.Wilson (Fuller 87m), Lafferty (J.Wilson 87m), Dummingan
subs not used, Cornell, Brown, Mills, Bove

Goal: Jones 59mins


13/1/16 Just heard that the Oldham manager David Dunn has been sacked. Not a nice thing and it seems to happen a lot when teams get beat by Millwall.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Barnsley 2 Millwall 1, League One, Game 24, 2/1/16, att: 8,700 (we take 385)

2016

It's way up north again and another 'iffy performance.

The last six league games WLLLWL "JUST TREADING WATER"

We get off to a good start and managed to secure a couple of corners in the first few minutes but it didn't take long before Barnsley scored. Mark Beever's with a last ditch tackle gave Barnsley a corner who played it short before crossing it in to the penalty box and it was headed in near the back stick. It was nearly half time before we caused a scare in the Barnsley box when Mark Beever's leapt like a salmon and the keeper gathered at the second attempt. This little bit of Millwall excitement was not enough to hold off the "groans" from the travelling Wall support when the half-time whistle blew.

It only lasted six minutes, it's the new year and it's the same old......

We changed a couple of players at half time with Lee Gregory and Shane Ferguson coming on and Fred Onyedinma and Ed Upson going off. This change did not stop Barnsley from still threatening the Lions goal and they were enjoying possession but Millwall now played with a bit of back bone and Steve Morison nearly scored but his effort was stopped on the goal line.  With David Forde still keeping  his place in goal he was keeping Barnsley from scoring again and it may have been the case that it inspired the team to produce a equaliser on 61 minutes when Steve Morison picked up the ball when a Joe Martin effort bounced to him after hitting the post and he banged the ball in. It only lasted six minutes before Barnsley scored again and once again we go home with nought. On this showing we haven't improved and we need to to do a lot more if we want something from this season apart from just getting by.

Millwall: Forde, Edwards(Abdou 68m), Martin, Beevers, Webster, Upson (Ferguson 46m), Williams, Saville, Onyedinma (Gregory 46m), O.'Brien, Morison
subs not used, Archer, Nelson, Thompson, Philpot

Goal: Morison 61m

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Barnsley: Davies, Wabara, Long, Mawson, White (Bree 87m), Watkins (Smith 87m), Pearson, Isgrove, Hurihane, Hammill, Winnall
subs not used, Townsend, Williams, White, Roberts, Templeton

Goals: Winnall 12m, Hammill 67m

That's Christmas and the New Year truly over

Monday, 28 December 2015

Millwall and the not so happy Christmas 2015--the win at Southend made up for some

9/12/15 At home to Gillingham who are sitting pretty near the top.
26/12/15 At home to Walsall  who are sitting pretty near the top
28/12/15  Away to Southend who are in 7th spot

We sit just outside the play-offs and it's three tough games on the trot and hopefully at least seven points to set us up nicely for the new year.
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Millwall 0 Gillingham 3, League One, Game 21, 19/12/15 att: 12,032 (away 1,607)



In this league playing Gillingham is our local derby

'Oh dear, It didn't take long before we 2-0 down and reduced to ten men. We were playing like we were at the bottom of the League as in the " good old days" and we went behind in the 20th minute when Gillingham were awarded a free kick after Mark Beever's fouled. The 2nd goal was a result of a basic defending mistake when Jordan Archer and Mark Beever's both left each other to clear the ball but neither one did and it resulted in Archer feeling the need to foul the Gillingham player McDonald and a red card followed. I had my head in my hands and so did a good few others looking looking at this and this was two bob stuff. Gillingham scored from the resulting penalty and we were 2-0 down after 28 minutes. With David Forde now in between the sticks we had a bit of a mountain to climb and the end of the first half couldn't come quick enough.



Second half and we improve but nowhere near enough to get something from the game

Millwall: Archer (Forde 25m), Edwards, J.Martin, Beevers (Onyedinma 82m), Webster, Upson, Saville, Williams, Gregory Morison, O'Brien
subs not used, L.Martin, Ferguson, Thompson, Abdou, Nelson
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Gillingham: Nelson, Jackson (Osadeba 69m), Garmstone, Egan, Hessenthaler, McDonald (Donnelly 46m), Samuel (Norris 90+6), A.Morris, Dack, Wright, Oshilaja
subs not use, G.Morris, Ehmer, Houghton, McGlashan

Goals: Samuel 20,89m   Dack 28m

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Millwall 0 Walsall 1, League One, Game 22, 26/12/15, att: 8,364 (248)

Walsall go top of the division after this narrow win but we should have got t least a point from this game. Walsall dominated the first half with plenty of possession football and looked pretty stroking it about amongst themselves. Some of Walsall's finishing was woeful and apart from Walsall's Sean O'Driscoll's possession football tactics we were not out bossed or out played throughout this match. We were crap in the first half of this game and looking at the starting line up with five changes after the Gillingham defeat it land Walsall taking the lead it looked like another thumping at home was on the cards.We finished the half 1-0 down after Walsall scored that only goal of the game on 29 minutes when Sid Nelson miss-read a long ball. We did have chances our selves in this first half and what seems to be a common concurrence is woeful officials that are really getting our backs up which in a strange way produces some of our most intense noise and the Lions better play. " No one likes us...............


Forever optimistic 

Once again like the Gillingham game we improved second half  and could have equalised after a few minutes when a Aiden O'Brien effort was tipped round for a corner. We had opportunities scattered across the half but just could not provide that effort, that little bit of magic that was going to the job and frustrating for all as Walsall still could have punished us more with one of their break-aways There was always a chance being just the one goal but we could not manage it.

That's two home defeats on the spin and I am well off with my 7 point prediction. Is there a chance of getting all three at Southend in a couple of days time? With Millwall there is always a chance and recovery will be a major factor after such a short space of time between games. Let's wait and see.

Millwall: Forde, Edwards, Martin (Pavey 75m), Nelson, Beevers, Abdou, Williams, Ferguson, 0'Brien, Morison, Onyedinma (Upson 68m), 
subs not used, King, Cummings, Webster, Saville, Thompson

Walsall: Etheridge, Demtriou, Taylor (Kinsella 46m), O'Conner, Downing, Chambers, Sawyers, Forde, Lalkovic (Preston 88m), Morris (Cook 71m), Evans
subs not used, Roberts, Mantom, Baxendale, Flanagan

Goal: Lalkovic 29 mins

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Southend 0 Millwall 4, League One, Game 23, att: 10,099 ( we take away 1,745 )

POINTS COME AT LAST

Back at a Roots Hall after a short time and we are back with our winning ways. That's six goals scored against Southend in our last two games at their place and once again we take a large away support. Aiden O'Brien is back on the score sheet with his 10th goal of the season and he's prediction of ten goals at Christmas was a little bit out but he has achieved ten before the new year which is top drawer for a bloke not long out of the Academy. Southend hadn't been beaten in eight games in the league so this 4-0 thumping of the Shrimps is even more impressive considering that the last time we won a league game was the 1-0 against Bury way back on the 28th of November.

Neil Harris changed things again in this game with Sid Nelson and Carlos Edwards rested and they were replaced by Bryon Webster and Shaun Cummings. George Saville was back in midfield joined by Ed Upson and the recently back to fitness Jimmy Abdou and Loanee Shane Ferguson dropped to back on the bench.
As soon as the whistle went we were up and at them forcing corners one after the other but we did not score our first goal to the 27th minute when young Fred Onyedinma set up Joe Martin who 15 yards out smacked a shot low to the ground that flew in off the post. The large travelling support behind the Southend goal hit the rafters and they were to be shortly on another two occasions be treated to more cheers of happiness as the Lions go in at half time 3-0 up with these two goals scored by Cummings
(off the post then off the keeper) and then Fred getting one of his own when he picked up a rebound after a shot by Steve Morison and drilled it into the Southend goal.

1700 go home happy
Southend made changes for the start of the second half and by the 9th minute had changed three players with Phil Brown looking and probably hoping for a change of fortune. The change of fortune did not happen and although Southend finally had a spell of worthwhile pressure it was Millwall who got the fourth. Steve Morison passed a peach of a ball to Aiden O'Brien and as mentioned earlier buried a slick low shot into the corner of the net at that was that. 1700 go home happy and thousands elsewhere finally have some football cheer over the Christmas period.

That's 34 points, 9th in the table, our 10th league win of the season and still only three points outside the last play-off spot

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Martin, Beevers, Webster, Onyedinma (Ferguson 86m), Saville, Williams, Upson, Morison (Pavey 88m0, O'Brien (Thompson 80m)
subs not used, Archer, Nelson, Philpot, Abdou

Goals: Martin 27m, Cummings 35m, Onyedinma 45+1m, O'Brien 70m

Southend: Bentley, White, Coker (McLaughlin 46m), Thompson, Worral (Deegan 46m), Mooney, Payne, Atkinson, Hunt (Piggot 54m), Leonard, Barrett
subs not used, Smith, Prosser, Hurst, Rea