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Millwall FC-- A Traditional English Football Club

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

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Millwall 1 Coventry City 1, League One, Game 7, 10,9,16, att: 8,755

Sordell scores a goal and could have got a 2nd.

THIS MAY BE HARSH
Coventry were down near the bottom with just 3 points before this game and us in a play-off spot could have went top. That didn't happen as we laboured to get anything from this game. Once again we were better 2nd half but nowhere near a performance that may have got us the three points, we may have fluked it if we had a bit more luck but even that was lacking.


Keep plodding away

Coventry got off light and so did their supporters as the ground was as threatening as Dulwich Hamlet. I think I heard a gentle clap from the Cold Blow Lane end and one or two abusing the linesman for his constant off-side flag. I cannot add much more apart from Steve Morison's ball to Aiden O;Brien was spot on and the finish was superb.

I hope this is right I have checked it twice, our last defeat at home in a league game was a 2-0 defeat against Scunthorpe on the 16-2-16 so we must be doing something right and I think I know what it is. "A dogged resolve to keep plodding away and a desire not to be beaten.
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Millwall: Archer, Martin, Craig, Williams, Worrall, Thompson (Butcher 76m), Onyedinma (Ferguson 60m), Romeo, Webster, Morison, O'Brien (Philpot 88m)
subs not used, King, Wylde, Nelson, Abdou

Goal: O'Brien 71m
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Coventry: Charles-Cook, Willis, Turnbull, Bigirimana, Lameiras (Jones 75m), Reid (Agyei 79m), Gadzhev, Page (Kelly-Evans 64m), Sordell, Ricketts, Sterry
subs not used, Burge, Wright, Harries, Stevenson

Goal: Sordell 23m

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Millwall 1 Bradford 1, League One, Game 6, 3/9/16, att: 9,067 ( 499 )

LEE GREGORY STILL INJURED--JIMMY AND FERGIE ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY

We were lacking a few players for this game and I think the first half showed it. We at times struggled to hold onto the ball and while Bradford had the bulk of the possession we had the most of the shots and chances. Bradford City took the lead on 42 minutes when Byron Webster scored for them after their winger cut in on Jordan Archer's left and the previously injured (only cleared to play close to kick off) Joe Martin backed off and the winger fired in a cross which Archer got a hand to and Webster attempted to clear but it come of his shin and Bradford were happy. We could have pulled it level with just seconds to go when their keeper Doyle saved superbly from a cracking header from Shaun Williams but not to be and a few moans were heard as they walked off down the tunnel at half time..


Jordan Archer earns his corn, again

The 2nd half and we seemed to take it up a gear, it didn't take long for us to equalise and on 49 minutes Shaun Williams sent a free kick which was cleared and picked up by Joe Martin who fetched us level with a cracking shot and it's game on. With the Den buzzing Millwall were pressing but Bradford scored and a 9000 sigh of relief could be heard when it was ruled off-side. Aiden O'Brien and substitute Fred Onyedinma followed with chances and Steve Morison was doing his best to set things up and score himself but there wasn't that understanding as Lee Gregory was missing from the team. A draw it was to be, but a scary moment right at the end and Bradford nearly nicked all three points but Archer pulled off a blinding save after Mahlon Romeo somehow sent the ball high in the sky which dropped sideways into our penalty box which resulted in a chance for Bradford. Well done Jordan Archer and good luck with the new 3 year contract.

The League so far

Played 6, W 3, D 2, L 1

Top Five---Bolton 14 pts,   Bradford City 12 pts, Fleetwood 11 pts, Millwall 11 pts, Scunthorpe 10 pts

Millwall: Archer, Martin, Craig, Williams, Worral, Thompson, Wylde (Onyedinma 65m), Romeo, Webster, Morison, O'Brien
subs not used, Butcher, Nelson, Smith, Philpot, King, Chesmain

Goal: Martin 49m
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Bradford City: Doyle, Darby, Meredith, Law, Vincelot, Marshall, Dieng, Clarke, Hiwula (Morais 74m), Knight-Percival, Devine
subs not used, Sattelmaier, Webb-Foster, Kilgallon, Boateng, Hudson

Goal: Webster og 42m

News: Andy Ambler leave the Lions and gets a job with the FA. I am sure we will survive with out him.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Millwall 2 West Brom U23's 0, Checkatrade Trophy Group stage 1 30/8/16, att: 2,054 and about 80 travelling


History will tell what this was all about


There was a cry before this game about boycotting this tournament as the belief is that it is a back door method for the Premier League to have a 2nd division. The crowds were low everywhere and our 2000 I think was the fifth highest of all the Stage One 29 games. The highest crowd count was at Sheffield United which was 3.632 and the lowest was at Fleetwood which was a massive 392

I went because I wanted to

And so did these few

These trophy competition is group staged and we are in the same group as West Brom, Gillingham and Luton.  Luton won their game at Gillingham 2-1. I have a confession to make, I accidentally went wearing my slippers thinking I had my pumps on, that's a first by me and I can't imagine many have done the same. I only noticed half-time when I was outside having a smoke (fag not pipe), I tried to hide them after that but then thought " what's done is done"  I think I got away with it.

The game was ok and West Brom made a game of it but we were a cut above and our young players looked better than theirs. More first team experience I presume. Two of our older players scored the goals with Jimmy Abdou banging one in from close range after a run into the penalty box and Steve Morison whacking home a 75th penalty.

Millwall: King, Craig, Williams (Thompson 65m), Wylde, Romeo, Nelson, O'Brien (Morison 65m), Abdou, Twardek (Worrall 65m), Philpot. Chesmain
subs not used Archer, Webster

Goals: Abdou 62m,   Morison 75m pen
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West Bromwich U23's: Rose, Wilson, McCourt, Donnellan (Elbouzedi 46m), Fitzwater (Piggott 88m),  O'Shea, Sweeney, Smith ( Pritchatt 78m), Harper, Wright, Nabi
subs not used: Palmer, Wilding, Forss, Melbourne

Saturday, 27 August 2016

27/8/16, Chesterfield 1 Millwall 3, League One Game 5 att: 5,689

27/8/16 Chesterfield 1 Millwall 3, League One, Game 5, att: 5,689 ( 513 )

Our first win on the road this season and a Steve Morison double helps to make it a happy long journey home for the travelling 500.I always like to see Shane Ferguson playing further up the pitch as I feel that part of his game is missing when he is playing deeper. It didn't take him long to score, 13 minutes to be exact playing on the left wing where he picked up the ball and droved forward to send the ball low into the corner of the net. Chesterfield upped their game for a period but then that Morison double sent the home side down the tunnel at half-time 3-0 down. His first goal was a peach of a shot and the keeper had no chance of getting near it. Three minutes later he scored his 2nd by picking up the ball after a pass from Shaun Williams and superbly lobbing the keeper.

The 2nd half and Chesterfield pull one back. Fred goes off injured after replacing Joe Martin who was injured in the first half and Sid Nelson comes on. We were still a threat for the rest of the game and we see the game out with our new signing Calum Butcher on the pitch as he replaced Shane Ferguson who went off with a injury.
Millwall: Archer, Martin (Onyedinma 39m (Nelson 46m), Craig, Williams, Worrell, Thompson, Romeo, Webster, Ferguson (Butcher 81m), Morison, O'Brien
subs not used, Wylde, Abdou, Philpot, King

Goals: Ferguson 13m, Morison 38m and 41m
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Chesterfield: Fulton, McGinn, Hird, Liddle, Evatt, Gardner (Mitchell 52m), Evans, Nolan, Donohue, O'Shea (Dennis 59m), Ariyibi
subs not used, Raglan, Dimaio, Allinson, Simons,Daly

Goal: Hird 65m

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

23/8/16 EFL Cup round two Millwall 1 Nottingham Forest 2 att: 4009 (707)

Tuesday Night Cup Game

The League Cup


After beating Barnet 4-0 in the first round we take on Forest at home

Some of us made the effort to go and watch this game and we were witness to a half-decent game of football. We made seven changes to the side that beat Sheffield United and although I think had a good first half we went in at half-time 1-0 down.We were busy in and around the Forest box with and with Jamie Philpot making his home debut looking lively had having chances we and the seven academy players were holding our own. Young Fred let fly with a cracking drive that the keeper had to react to smartly and save to his left. We had restricted Forest to almost nought but they scored on 34 minutes and although we had chances after to at least go in level at half-time we did not take them.


In the distance a fair few Forest made the game and no that's not Steve Morison with his feet up. 

Steve Morison come on and Aiden O'Brien went off with half an hour to go and or goal threat dropped off as Steve Morison took up defensive duties (that's how it seemed) and spent most of his time in midfield and wide positions. Forest were having chances but a last ditch tackle from Byron Webster and a clearance from Mahlon Romeo kept the away side out. Shaun Willams come on for Ben Thompson and what a contribution from the midfielder, a 50 yard stroke towards goal perfectly weighted and it drifted over the keeper and into the net. With just under 15 minutes to go we had the time to get another and win this game but with just 2 minutes of normal time to go Forest scored and they go into the next round.

Millwall: King, Romeo, Nelson, Webster, O'Brien( 59m), Onyedinma( Worrall 44m), Thompson(Williams 73m), Wylde, Ferguson, Abdou, Philpot
subs not used. Archer, Martin, Craig, Twardek

Goal: Williams 76m

Nottingham Forest: Henderson, Lichaj, Mills, Perquis, Lam(Pereira 67m), Paterson (Cash 89m), Landsbury, Vaughan, Ward, Thome  (Burke 46m), Veldwijk)
subs not used Smith, Mancienne, Grant, Vellios

Goals: Paterson 34m, Veldwijk 88m

Calum Butcher leaves Burton Albion to come and play with us.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Here we go again-happy as can be-back in League One-after our trip to Wem-ber-lee

2016/17 Season and we are getting a new kit with stripes
After finishing last season on a low with the 1-2 defeat against Barnsley at Wembley we start this season as one of the favourites to go go up. Time will tell and with Mark Beevers signing for Bolton Wanderers hopefully we have somebody who can step up to the plate and make that centre half spot their own. We have options Tony Craig, Sid Nelson, Shaun Williams and perhaps others. Byron Webster now has the job of holding the defence together and perhaps taking the captain's armband.The  idea of Webster taking the armband may raise a few eyebrows but it would help him to focus an see more of the game which a striker may not.
Early June
Seven players leave the club. Carlos Edwards, Lee Martin, Jack Powell, Ed Upson, Keaton Wood, Chris Parr and John Marquis.We all have our thoughts on those we have let go and in my book Carlos Edwards is the best player there or was the best player there and I think he will have to drop a division or two if he still wants to play because age may have finally caught up with him.
With John Berylson backing Neil Harris and money available for another promotion push we are looking for players and have had early talks.  These early talk players were out of contract Mark Beevers and loanee Chris Taylor. The talks come to nought as Beevers and Taylor signed for Bolton Wanderers. It's obvious to me that money was the factor with these two because why else would you go to that souless place of a industral estate a mile in distance outside the town.
Near the end of June
We sign defender Shaun Hutchinson from  Fulham on a two year deal which may have a bearing regarding my earlier comments regarding Byron Webster and the vacant Mark Beevers spot.
This should liven things up as we sign left winger Gregg Wylde on a two year deal from Plymouth and David Worrall from Southend United also a winger and as he says himself a very good header of the ball considering he is only 5'7" tall. If we start getting these balls down the wings and into the box we are going to be banging them in left, right and centre.
Early July
We should have been looking at Folkstone Invicta striker Harry Smith (proper Millwall name that) who is 6'6" tall and was banging them in last season more or less a goal a game but he has a injury so will be coming in for a week trail shortly.
We are in a training camp in Portugul

Middle July
Has the agent been at work? Lee Gregory is going to Rotherham is what I thought but it's nonsense. Rotherham United have been sniffing about and put in a couple of cheeky bids but Lee Gregory who has been training in Portugal with the rest of the team is staying put. Hopefully that is all done and dusted as we have a few pre-season friendlies coming up.

16/7/16 Saturday, Hayes Lane, Pre-season Friendly, 1 Bromley 1 Millwall 2, This was a day when you could fry a egg on the bonnet of your car, it was hot. With Millwall wearing their new strip and new signings David Worrell and Shaun Hutchinson starting this was a game that all though the Lions didn't smash them they won the game in a professional manner with Fred Onyedinma (3mins) and Lee Gregory (27mins)scoring the goals.
We made some changes
Forde(Archer 62), Romeo(Brown 62), Nelson(Webster 62), Hutchinson(Ronney 62), Chesmain (Craig 62), Worrell(Twardek 62), Abdou(Williams 62), Thompson(Farrell 62), Onyedinma (Wylde 62), Gregory(O'Brien 62), Morison (Philpot 62)

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19/7/16 Tuesday night, att: 1,407. Pre-season friendly against Dartford at their place and we win 3-0
We made changes from the team that started at Bromley and although some of big guns did not play we comfortably won the game 3-0 and young Fred scored again.and set up Aiden O'Brien to score just over 15 minutes later. Once again there was many changes 2nd half and Jamie Philpot finished the non-leaguers off with ten minutes to go.
Archer (King 60), Brown (Romeo 75),Nelson (Rooney 60), Webster (Bray 60), Craig (Chesmain 60), Worrall (Twardek 55), Thompson (Farrell 60), Williams (Donovan 60), Wylde (White 60), Onyedinma (Pavey 60), O'Brien (Philpot 60)

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23/7/16, The 3rd friendly and back to a Saturday game and Millwall beat Crawley Town 3-2 at their place, att:1,278 (we took 489)
We played a stronger team and we needed to as Crawley gave us a tougher game and we had to come from being 2-1 down to win the game. With just less that five minutes to go Steve Morison headed in from a Shane Ferguson superb ball into the box. Amazing away crowd for a friendly.
The Lions: Archer (Forde 46), Romeo, Craig, Webster, Hutchinson, Abdou, Williams (Thompson 71m), Wylde (Ferguson 60m), Gregory (Onyedinma 71m), Morison, O'Brien (Worrall 71m),
subs not used, Nelson, Twardek
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26/7/16 Dover 2 Millwall 0, our last pre-season game and we send our B-side

Millwall: King, Brown, Nelson (Bray 82m, Rooney, Ferguson (Chesmain 65m), Twardek, Donovan, Farrell, Wylde (McNamara 76m) Philpot (Smith 62m), Onyedinma (Pavey 62m),
sub not used, Sandford

att: 866
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THE SEASON STARTS PROPER

6/8/16, Millwall 3 Oldham 0, League One, Game 1, att: 9, 787 (312)

That's a great start to the season as Lee Gregory, Aiden O'Brien and Byron Webster score a goal each as the Lions pose a threat throughout the game. I am hoping we can keep this going and quickly add more points to our tally as due to a bad first part of the season last year we had to play catch up and we didn't quiet make the automatic promotion spots and that cost us. Our new signings Gregg Wylde and David Worrell both played in this match with Worrell starting and Wylde coming on as a 2nd half sub. Both players done ok against a Oldham side who had ten players making their debuts so not surprising that a comfortable win gave us the first points of the season.

Millwall: Jordan Archer, Mahlon Romeo, Tony Craig, Byron Webster, Shane Ferguson, David Worrell, Ben Thompson, Shaun Williams, Aiden O'Brien, Steve Morison, Lee Gregory, (J.Martin 46m) (Onyedinma 71m), (Wylde 82m)
Subs not used, Nelson, Abdou, Phipot, King

Goals: Gregory, 13m pen,  O'Brien 45+2.09m, Webster 46m

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Oldham: Ripley, Wilson, Clarke, Burges, Reckford, Green, Banks, Flynn, Fane, Erwin, McKay
(Law 11m), (Klok 68m), (Osei 60m)
subs not used, Kettings, Croft, Cassidy, Edmundson

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Harry Smith 9/8/16
We have had a look at the Folkstone Invicta striker Harry Smith who has spent some time with us and we have signed him on a two year deal. Neil Harris likes what he saw and reckons he has the whereabouts to become a decent footballer but is rough around the edges.
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9/8/16, EFL Cup 2nd Round, Barnet 0 Millwall 4, att:1,410

Our first visit to Barnet's new ground and a comprehensive win to take us into the next round.
A own goal started the demise of Barnet and Aiden O'Brien and Steve Morrison took the game beyond their reach. According to the Barnet manager Martin Allen the score wasn't a true reflection on the game, "what's he saying? they should have won it"
Anyway a Fred Onyedinma penalty near the end of the game topped the win off and I wonder who we will get in the next round.

Millwall:Archer, Martin (Ferguson 82m), Craig, Thompson, Onyedinma, Wylde, Nelson, Webster, Morison, O'Brien (Worrall 67m), Morison (Philpot 79m), Abdou
Subs not used, Williams, Gregory, Romeo, King

Goals: Akinde og 23m, O'Brien 34m, Morison 74m, Onyedinma penalty 81 m

Barnet: Vickers, Johnson, Dembele, N'Gala, Nelson, Watson, Weston, Akinde (Gash 54m), Togwell, Akpa Akpro (Gambin 58m), Nicholls (Amaluzor 71m)
subs not used, McKenzie-Lyle, Taylor, Muggleton, Champion

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13/8/16 MK Dons 2 Millwall 2, League One, Game 2, att:10,232 (2,065)


Over 2000 make the trip

We could have won this game but late on we could have lost it. We blew a two goal lead as it only took MK 6 minutes to score a couple of goals to equalise. With the two goal lead I was buzzing but following the Wall it didn't last long but in the end with more chances from both sides it was a decent game and the point is welcome but it should have been three. Conceded twice quickly after we achieved two goals is a worry and and to give up a decent lead cheaply shouldn't be Millwall. Peterborough Tuesday should be interesting as they put five past us the last time we played them at their place.

Millwall: Archer, Craig, Williams(Abdou 28m), Worrall(Onyedinma 82m), Thompson, Gregory, Romeo, Webster, Ferguson(Martin 81m), Morison, O'Brien
subs not used King, Wylde, Nelson, Philpot

Goals: Upson og 24m  Worrell 27m
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MK Dons: Martin, Baldock, Lewington, Walsh, Upson, Potter, Williams,(Bowditch 61m), Agard (Thompson-Asante 87m), Powell, Downing, Maynard
subs not used, Nicolls, Wootton, Williams, Jackson, Tshimanga

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16/8/16 Tuesday Night, Peterborough United 5 Millwall 1, League One, Game 3, att: 5,007 (648)


I MISSED THIS ONE-WHICH WAS LUCKY

That confirms it "our defence and midfield is not at where it needs to be. I have no idea where that result came from and was not expecting it even though they scored five last time. The travelling 648 must have suffered watching that and I was struggling to pick up the result on a old radio while on holiday where the chance of getting a signal on the phone was non existent. I couldn't be bothered after we went 4-0 down and  and found out the final score next day. We were 2-0 down after 7 minutes when Jordan Archer was caught wrong footed and for their second they scored again when we defended square and was caught. Peterborough's 3rd came on 20 minutes when they scored when a unmarked player netted with his end. The obligatory consolation goal was scored by Steve Morrison with about 10 minutes to go and that was that.

Neil Harris in his interview after the game said a few choice words about the team and he did not blame some of the travelling Wall from leaving the game early, he reckons he would have left early if he could.
Me' I will quickly forget this one and a win against Sheffield United Saturday will bring us back on track. I'm not panicking' yet

Millwall: Archer, Martin(Wylde 46m), Craig, Thompson, Gegory, Romeo, Webster, Ferguson (Hutchinson 77m), Morison, O'Brien(Onyedinma 65m), Abdou,
subs not used, Worrall, Nelson,  Philpot, King

Goal: Morison 79m)
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Peterborough: Alnwick, Smith, Hughes, Bostwick, Baldwin, Edwards(Nabi 75m), Forrester, Taylor(Coulthirst 74m), Maddison, Anderson, Nichols(Gormley 86m),
subs not used, White, Chettle, Tyler, Santos

Goals: Maddison 6m, Taylor 7m, Edwards 20, 52m., Nichols 67m
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20/8/16 Millwall 2 Sheffield United 1, League One, Game 4, att: 9.058 (785)


Back to winning ways after the shame at Peterborough


This game finished 1-1 at half time and like many a game at the Den and at our old ground we were better the 2nd half. A good many made it known at the half time whistle that even though the half finished equal and Shaun Williams scored one of his quality strikes, improvement was needed, also it was a chance to sound off about the Peterborough game. 

As per normal once we have had our moan we welcome the Lions back onto the pitch with the normal welcome and they got stuck in from the off with Lee Gregory having chances but his shooting boots was not on target and also the their keeper pulling off a good stop when Gregory was one on one with him. With Shane Ferguson who had replaced Aiden O'Brien slinging in crosses and the midfield winning balls we were more like we should be, but we had to wait to the 89th minute when for some reason the Sheffield defender O'Connell stretched his arm up high and handled the ball. My player of the season so far Steve Morison can sink a penalty and he sunk this one after sending the keeper the wrong way. Another three points and no boo's at full time. 'Come on you Lions

Millwall: Archer, Martin, Craig, Williams, Worrell, Thompson, Gregory (Onyedinma 82m), Romeo, Webster, Morison, O'Brien (Ferguson 70m), 
subs not used, King, Philpot, Wylde, Abdou, Nelson

Goals: Williams 14m,   Morison 89m pen
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Sheffield United: Moore, Hussey, O'Connell, Basham, Scougall (Chapman 82m), Sharp (Done 65m), Coutts, Freeman (McNulty 90m), Wilson, Duffy, Clarke
subs not used, Ramsdale, Wright, Wallace, Whiteman

Goal: Scougall 21m

Monday, 30 May 2016

Millwall 1 Barnsley 3, League One Play-Off Final, 29th May 2016, Wembley Stadium, att: 51,277



OUR BIG DAY WAS A BIT OF A DAMP SQUID--BUT YOUNG HARVEY BROWN HAD AN AMAZING DAY


Back at the Arch

The lot I was with got there 3 hours early but it didn't matter as there is always lots to see and do before a Wembley game. Plenty of pre-match buzz around the place and even at the early hour many Millwall were streaming out of Wembley Park Tube Station ready for the game that would top the season off. I wanted us to stuff this lot from Barnsley who have spent the last two weeks slagging us off and they really are utter pillock's who hide behind keyboards and insult from afar. We took 30,000 to this game and although the total did not match the numbers we have took before to Wembley we were everywhere before the game and made up the bulk of the crowd and most of the noise once inside the stadium.


Having a beer


I had been confident all week that we would beat Barnsley but now the doubts were setting in, I tried to shrug them off but...........

Ben Thompson:   I did wonder what was going through his mind as it wasn't too long ago he was following the Wall like us and would more or less be doing the same thing and without much doubt as a supporter of the Lions thinking " this is Millwall we are talking about and disappointment could be just around the next corner:  A incredible journey for him and just a few years later wearing the shirt and coming out the tunnel to the thunderous roar of the Millwall crowd. If it was me they would probably have to call a ambulance as my heart would be coming out my shirt and my knees would be knocking. How would he play?


The Lions press but wide it goes

About the same as the rest of the team would be the answer to that question and after a long hard season it seemed to be a game too far.  We didn't play to any expectations and performed well below par. They made the game easy for Barnsley and they won it with some good finishing after moments of play where we didn't compete or win the second ball. We had bad luck when Bryon Webster had to drop out shortly before the start due to the injury he picked up in the 2nd leg of the Bradford City game. Was it bad luck or bad judgement that he declared that he was fit to start? Tony Craig come on in his place and took the Captains arm band from Steve Morison, I presume from the nod of Neil Harris. Steve Morison worked hard throughout the game trying to create but it wasn't to be his day or anybody else's. Due to injury we lost Joe Martin near the end of the first half which depleted our normal back four even more and not forgetting that Mahlon Romeo was also missing from the back line as he was suspended.  Shane Ferguson dropped into the left back position and Aiden O'Brien came on and played down the left but no super sub status as he produced very little.


Shed loads of Wall


The start of the game could have resulted in us taking the lead just after kick off but Barnsley went down the other end and went 1-0 up when Carlos Edwards was beaten to the challenge and Barnsley fired the ball home. The 30,000 went quiet for a second but then quickly got back into song to roar the Lions on. It did not work as Barnsley scored their second with nearly 20 minutes on the clock when a shot from outside the box curled into the top corner with Jordan Archer well beaten.
Mark Beevers was putting in a shift without Bryon Webster and scored ten minutes before half-time when he picked the ball up after a sort of miss-hit from Tony Craig and near the six yard line he spun and buried the ball home. Game on.


Game on

The second half and we had a few chances to equalise and Aiden O'Brien come close when Steve Morison crossed and O'Brien picked up the ball and shot but the keeper was in position to save without moving. The third Barnsley goal we conceded from a corner when Jordan Archer and others failed to clear or collect the ball and Barnsley's pint sized winger Lloyd Isgrove managed to out jump our back line and and his glancing header ended up in the back of the net. Chris Taylor had a effort late on but it wasn't to be and League One again next year. The away support rubbed it in which is to be expected and there was a small scuffle up on the upper tier which didn't result in much and was missed by many but managed to make head-line status. It is Millwall so to be expected.

I am having a couple of weeks off with this blog and unless the mood takes me to post something 'see you next season COYL

Millwall: Archer, Edwards (Williams 82), Craig, Beevers, J Martin (O'Brien 43), Taylor, Abdou, Thompson (Onyedinma 76), Ferguson, Gregory, Morison
subs not used, Forde, Philpot, Upson, Nelson,

Goal: Beevers 34m

Barnsley: Davies, Williams, Roberts, Mawson, Scowen, Isgrove ( Watkins 84m), Hammill, Hourihane, Fletcher (Toney 80m), Brownhill, Winnall
subs not used, Townsend, Chapham, Nyatanga, McCourt, White

Goals: Fletcher 2m,   Hammill 19m,  Isgrove 74m

Friday, 20 May 2016

Millwall 1 Bradford City 1, League One Play-Off 2nd leg, 20/5/16 we win overall 4-2 and we are off to Wembley, att; 16,301 ( 1,718)

Nights like this is moments I treasure, there's no ground like the Den, my ears are still ringing

The special times continue
Amazing scenes of celebration as the Lions take us to Wembley and it's Barnsley next

That put a few noses out of joint especially around the Bradford and Barnsley area. The amount of abuse of us and the team on social media was intense.They wanted a Yorkshire derby at Wembley and they certainty did not want us. They accused the team of cheating when it was plain to see to all that we were the better team and worked hard over the two legs to earn our trip to Wembley. Our celebration on the pitch was something sinister and we were scum for doing it but it's ok for every other clubs supporters to do it and in fact Bradford fans done it themselves a few years back after  they were playing Northampton.

WE ARE LOUD WE ARE PROUD AND WE ARE IN YOUR FACE 
BUT WE AIN'T NO BABY EATERS

Neil Harris has done something amazing

Wembley here we come and we go again

Millwall; Archer, Edwards, Beevers, Martin, Webster (Craig 90+3), Abdou, Thompson, Ferguson, Gregory (Williams 88), Morison, Taylor
subs not used, Forde, Upson, Onyedinma, Nelson, O'Brien

Goal: Gregory 33m

Bradford: Williams, Darby, Meredith, Evans, N.Clarke (Davies 74m), B.Clarke, Cullen (Thorpe 46m), Reid, Proctor, McArdle, McHahon (Anderson 88m)
subs not used, Cracknell, Marshall, Morris, Burke

Goal: Proctor 43m

Monday, 16 May 2016

Bradford City 1 Millwall 3, League One Play-Off Semi Final, 1st leg, Sunday 15/5/16, att:19,241 ( 1,828)

ONE STEP NEARER BACK TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP


I had a bounce in my step today as I headed for work and I couldn't wait to talk about football when I got there. Roll on Friday

This is what supporting Millwall is all about, every now and then we are blessed with special times


LET THEM ALL COME DOWN TO THE DEN

With a two goal lead to take back to the Den this Friday night things are looking good. I know it's still only half-time and there is still a lot to do but we are now back at our place and I have just heard that all the home tickets are gone and its sold out.  Bring on the roar and bring on the Lions.


When we went 1-0 down Saturday because Joe Martin felt the need to handle the ball in the box and concede a penalty I am sure a few of us said, "oh shit" when they scored from the spot and were expecting the worse to follow but then to watch shortly after Lee Gregory collect a ball from Steve Morison, spin and the fire the ball passed the Bradford keeper was a joy and a goal of great craft. With the score back to 1-1 and Millwall pushing for more Steve Morison with great presence run into space from a Shane Ferguson corner and with a powerful header beat the keeper just under the bar. The keeper was clutching thin air for that and he was again just before half-time when a superb Joe Martin free kick curled just inside the right-hand post and we had the game in the bag.. Bradford went for it second half but apart from a Bradford miss from when Carlos Edwards lost the ball on the by-line we finished the game in control and we looked solid all over the pitch. That's 45 goals between Lee Gregory and Steve Morison this season and a chance to add some more.

From the Yorkshire Post--A big ask for Bradford, going to Bloomfield Road or the Perelli Stadium and overcoming a first leg deficit is one thing. Doing it at Millwall in front of arguably the most hostile crowd in English football is quite another.

As I said earlier roll on Friday night

Millwall: Archer, Ewards, Martin (Craig 71m), Beevers, Webster, Abdou, Thompson, Ferguson (Williams 88m), Gregory (O'Brien 64m), Morison, Taylor
subs not used, Forde, Nelson, Upson, Onyedinma

Goals: Gregory 14m,  Morison 34,  Martin 44m

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Bradford: Williams, Darby, Meredith, Evans, Clarke, Cullen, Reid, Proctor, Morais (Davies 69m), McArdle, McMahon (Anderson 82m),
subs not used, Cracknell, Morris, Leigh, Routis, Thorpe

Goal: McMahon 13m pen

Saturday, 14 May 2016

I didn't want it to end, did you? and it is still not finished....Bradford V Millwall, play-off semi-final 1st leg, Sunday 15th May, 12.15pm kick-off

What a season that was. It started with a win and it finished with four of them on the bounce.

Neil Harris: Not bad for a first full season in management.

WLLDLWWLWDLWDWWDWLWLLLWL >>WWWDWWLWDDWDWLWDWLWWWW
                                                                 
You can see at a glance that although we had some good wins we also had a few losses in the first half of the season. The second half is something else and if you look at it it's a title winning performance. If not the Championship next season it must be the one after.

Ben Tompson gets an award for the top young player in the football League for April. Not bad for a lad in his first full senior season in League One. As we say down at Millwall " he's one of our own.


Ben still finds time to stop, chat and sign a shirt

12:15pm tomorrow (stupid time, it doesn't suit the supporter but that don't matter

*LIONS OF THE SOUTH* 
We play tomorrow once again up north but not phased about that because it has been a whole season more or less of playing up there and we have done alright, we ain't no southern softies.COYL

Bring it on......

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Gillingham 1 Millwall 2, League One, Final Game 46, 8/5/16, att: 9,375 (1213)

We finish the regular season in the way that we have been doing more often or not for the most of the last half and that is with a win.

PLAYED 46--WON 24--DRAWN 9--LOST 13 =81 POINTS


THE PRIZE


This was a game that Gillingham must win if they wanted a chance of making the play-off's but we wasn't keen to let them and with the help of the travelling Wall we were more than up for it and got the winner in the 98th minute when Lee Gregory was felled in the box, he took the penalty and scored his 25th goal of the season.. 
Last ten.....WDWDWLWWWW *that's impressive*

We took the lead in the 55th minute when Aiden O'Brien pounced on a loose ball that come off the keeper after a Steve Morison shot and cue the knees up in the packed away section and other bits of the ground were the travelling Wall support had managed to bag some tickets. We now continued to play some decent football and with the Gillingham supporters and the home side management receiving reports that Barnsley, Bradford and Scunthorpe were all winning the writing was on the wall for them and it was just pride to play for. They were giving a helping hand when in the 86th minute Mahlon Romeo was sent off for steaming into a challenge with intent but did not make contact with the player. We are appealing against this red and if we are not successful Romeo will miss all the play-off games including Wembley if we get there.
This sending off gave Gillingham a burst of energy and two minutes into extra time they scored form close range and levelled the score. We didn't settle for a draw and deep into extra time Lee Gregory who after his stomach operation game on as a sub earlier in the game replacing Aide O'Brien was clobbered while bearing down on the Gillingham goal and he buried the resulting penalty kick.We finish with four wins on the trot and we have momentum.

We have been banging in the goals and we are the 3rd highest scorers in the league with 73 goals.We also have the 2nd best goal difference in the league with a +24. We have won the same amount of games as Wigan who finished the season as champions and only second place Burton has won more games than us winning 25. Neil Harris has done well in his first full season in charge and with the help of his right hand man David Livermore.we finish comfortably in a play off spot.

Bring on the Play-off's

TOP  Wigan 87 pts
2nd   Burton 85 pts
3rd   Walsall 84 pts
4th   Millwall 81 pts
5th   Bradford 80 pts
6th   Barnsley  74 pts
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7th Scunthorpe 74 pts

Play off 1st leg 15/5/16
The play-off's start soon and our first game in this knock-out competition is the first leg away to Bradford City  next Sunday the 15th of May. A bit of a journey for this one and it's a 12:45 kick off which takes no consideration for the travelling support
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Play off 2nd leg 20/5/16
Friday night at the Den 7:45 and hopefully on to Wembley


Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Martin, Beevers, Webster, Thompson, Abdou, Ferguson (Upson 71m), O'Brien (Gregory 74m), Morison (Craig 86m), Taylor
subs not used, Forde, Edwards, Williams, Onyedinma

Goals: O'Brien 55m   Gregory 90+8 penalty

Gillingham: Nelson, Egan, Ehmer, Loft(Williams 58m), Hesssenthaler (Jackson 58m), McDonald, Samuel (Norris 59m), Dack, Dickensen, Wright, Oshilaja
subs not used, Morris, El-Abd, Osadebe, Donnelly

Goal: Egan 90+2

Red card appeal was never going to be anything but.....

We appealed against Mahlon Romeo's red card but that was a waste of time, it still stands so he missing the play-off games. Neil Harris is charged by the FA for being sent to the stand in the same game when he complained about the Romeo sending off. I wonder what delight they have in mind for him.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

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

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


That old lion is once again showing it's teeth

78 POINTS

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

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

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

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

 Goals: Webster 4 and 54m,   Ferguson 39m

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

Saturday, 23 April 2016

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

Gigg Lane
Endeavour we did


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

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

The travelling 914 were probably heard all over Greater Manchester

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

Chris Taylor gets his 2nd

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

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

Just two games to go but Walsall have three

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

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

Goal: Lowe 45+1






Tuesday, 19 April 2016

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


TUESDAY NIGHT AND A BIT MORE DRAMA

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

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

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

 GOAL: Steve Morison 52 minutes

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


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


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

Goal: Morison

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


Sunday, 17 April 2016

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

There's always drama

PEAR SHAPED

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


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

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

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

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

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

Goal: Webster 19m

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

Goals: Fleck 61m,  Tudgay (69)


Friday, 15 April 2016

Just waiting for tomorrow-COYL

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

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

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

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

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

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


Promotion
Its not a bridge too far

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Millwall and the big day out but automatic is still on

There was two games last night that are of interest:

Barnsley 2 Oldham 1 and Gillingham 1 Walsall 2

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

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



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

Saturday, 9 April 2016

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

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


IT'SPOINTS

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


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


click here>> Youtube Ben Thompson goal

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

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


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


Penalty
Bang in the corner

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

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

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

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

Goal: Cole 4m

Saturday, 2 April 2016

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

FOLLOWING ON FROM BURTON

We head across Essex
And arrive here just off the bypass


THE WESTON HOMES COMMUNITY STADIUM


A bit of a mingle and they served a decent pint




And they had a band

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THE SCRAP

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



Front row action but no away win

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

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

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

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

Monday, 28 March 2016

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

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

*****

 I WASN'T GOING TO MISS THIS

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

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

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

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

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

I ENJOYED THAT

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

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

Goals: O'Brien 12m   Gregory 18m

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

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Bradford 1 Millwall 0, League One, Game 38, 26/3/16, 18,538, (500 ish)

WE MAKE FOUR CHANGES FOR THIS GAME

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

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

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

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

Goal: Davies 79


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Millwall FC - Dare We Believe

MILLWALL ARE BACK



TURNING UP THE HEAT

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

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

Tony Craig returns to full training with the team

1710 Colchester tickets sold out

Saturday, 19 March 2016

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

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

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

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


Sheffield defend in numbers

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

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

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

Goal: Taylor

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


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

Friday, 18 March 2016

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

Pie and Mash before the game tomorrow, me thinks

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

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

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

Saturday, 12 March 2016

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

IT LOOKED LIKE ANOTHER AWAY-DAY WIN

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

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



We threatened second half but also conceded


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


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

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


I wonder if this bloke had a long drive home

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


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

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

Goals: Gregory 7m,  Morison 14m

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

Goals: Ajose (dubious penalty 63), Doughty 90+4
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