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Saturday, 27 February 2016

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


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)


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.
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.
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

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.


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


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:
There is a link within this article which shows the statement that Millwall's chairmain John Berylson has penned to Lewisham council.

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" 

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

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 )


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