A Traditional English Football Club

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

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Walsall 0 Millwall 3, League One, Game 29, 6/2/16, att: 8,843 (749)



It was wet and windy but the sun shone for us as we beat a team up the top who is fancied to do well. 

W W W D W

We are having fun and long may it continue. After something like three years of mainly misery that light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to make me squint. We can go for this, it will be a hard graft but they are all beatable and we are in the mood to do it. In a sixteen minute spell in the second half some slick play from the Lions produced a cracking goal by Mahion Romeo on his debut which was sandwiched in between a brace by Lee Gregory. Jed Wallace was involved setting up these goals and he is showing good form after his loan contract was extended.

Walsall did have chances and hit the woodwork twice and Jordan Archer was producing his trademark double saves to keep Walsall at bay.
With Mark Beevers suspended Sid Nelson started this game which is his first for a while and he did not disappoint as he got stuck in, we defended stoutly and it stopped Walsall from attempting to claim top spot and it also made sure we retained our play-off spot. Our last five games have produced 13 points which is title winning form but there is a gap to close of nine points to catch Walsall in second spot and a thirteen point gap to catch Burton Albion in top spot. It should be interesting and it starts again at Rochdale next Saturday which is annoying because I fancied a Tuesday night game to keep the momentum going.

Top 7

Burton 60pts
Walsall 56 pts
Wigan 55 pts
Gillingham 55 pts
Coventry 49 pts
Millwall 47 pts +9 pts
Southend 47 pts +6 pts

Millwall: Archer, Romeo, Nelson, Webster, Ferguson, Wallace (Martin 75), Abdou, Williams, Upson, Gegory (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

2/2/16 Steve Morison signs for another year and is now committed to the club till summer 2017

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

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

WE WENT FOR IT


Yet another win as we overcome a decent Oxford side and most of the second half we were playing with ten men. We could not overcome the 2-0 defeat at home but we continue with our good away form. If only David Forde had not made that basic goal keeping error at our place or if we had scored a goal at home because after all, we were only playing a 4th division side. I suppose football is all about if's.  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 a shout.

We started with a flourish and had the first chance of the game when a Steve Morison effort was blocked on the line and he went close again shortly afterwards when he headed a Shane Ferguson's ball past the wrong side of the bar. Oxford who were not committing much forward had their first raid on the Lions goal after 20 minutes but it didn't add to much. Jed Wallace was getting in on the action and made their keeper work for his corn when he fired one in from a decent distance..

 0-0 half time

We started the second half with still having the believe we could get something from this game and just after ten minutes Lee Gregory set up Steve Morison but he was closed down by the Oxford keeper and nothing come about. Three minutes later we were 1-0 up when Aiden O'Brien sent across in from the left and Gregory received the ball, turned and smacked into the back of net. We still had time to win this game and then Mark Beever's gets sent off for bringing down a Oxford man closing in on goal. He took one for the team but we could have done with out it. There was still 26 minutes to go and with a reshuffled ten men Lions we carry on going forward roared on by our excellent travelling away support. On another day 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.

I hate the fact that Oxford's ground is named after the money bags that came in and finished building it. Self gratification or what.

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, MacDonld (Bowery 81), O'Dowda (Ismail 89), Kenny, Lundstram
subs not used, Slocombe, Ruffels, Dunkley



Sunday, 31 January 2016

Millwall 1 Crewe 1, League One, Game 28, 30/1/16, att: 9,044 (away 334)

Only a point but we still retain sixth spot in the play-off's


Jimmy Addou receives a award for 300 appearances for the Lions. well done, Top Man.

Millwall up near the top and Crewe down near the bottom, we should have won this game. We would have if Lee Gregory had not missed his second penalty. Take no notice of the false reports and also take no notice of the Crewe manager questioning the referee awarding this second penalty that was a blatant handball by Crewe's Oliver Turton who played the ball 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.



Plenty  of second half action around the Crewe Penalty box. We had a few one-on-ones with their keeper but as games that have gone before we could not penetrate.

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 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 just before the half-time whistle.


Lee Gregory sets himself up and hits the post


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 may be another red card, it wasn't and Archer picked the ball out the back of the net. It didn't take long before we had a penalty of our own when Bryon 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 over ten minutes left on the clock he received the ball from Morison but shot just over the bar. It looked like it could end up a draw but with three minutes left we were awarded our second penalty but this time Lee 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.

A rare event: we did not make a substitution. 

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Webster, Beevers, Ferguson, Wallace, Abdou, Williams, O'Brien, Gregory, Morison
all the subs not used: Forde, Nelson, Martin, Thompson, Upsoon, Onyedinma, Marquis

Goal: Gregory (penalty 65m)
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Crewe: Garrett, Turton, Guthrie, Nugent, Haber, Ihman, Cooper 90), Fox, Jones, Ajayi, Bakayogo (Seager 80)
subs not used, Richards, Saunders, Baillie, Ainley, Howell

Goal: Ihman (penalty 59m)

Tuesday Night
On to the next game which is somewhat different, Tuesday night away to Oxford United in the 2nd leg of the area semi-final Johnstone paint Cup and a place at Wembley is at stake. We are 2-0 down from the first leg and we have sold out our allocation of 1500 away tickets for this return game. Can we win it? of course we can.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Shane Ferguson and it's a relief to get the deal done.

THE BOSS HAS GOT HIS CHEQUE BOOK OUT
undisclosed fee

We only went and done it, a 24 year old Northern Ireland international who can play and because he has played in 28 games for us while on loan he knows us and he knows what's needed. As we have just moved into the play-spots this signing should keep the momentum going. It will be business as usual against Crewe Saturday. The former Newcastle Utd youth player played 32 games for them and was on loan at Birmingham and Rangers before joining us at the start of this season. He states that joining the Lions is a no-Brainer and he is excited about his future with Millwall.

The eighteen month contract is interesting as it leaves options for all.


Saturday, 23 January 2016

Chesterfield 1 Millwall 2, League One, Game 27, 23,1,16, att 7,078 (854 on the road)

*BANGING THEM IN*

THAT'S ELEVEN FOR AIDEN O'BRIEN AND FOURTEEN FOR LEE GREGORY

According to the Yorkshire Star Chesterfield were the better side but Millwall were the better finishers. I suppose that happens a lot in football and it proves that goals are the key to success. I think we are spoilt by having three strikers and we don't know it. We moan and groan as at the Oxford game and a few choice words for the team and some individuals but we are winning more that we are losing  so we may not have been the better side for this game but we are the better team. We move into the last play-off spot winning our 4th league game out of five and it's nice to look up instead of looking down.  It looks like Shane Ferguson has played his last game for us as his loan period ended when he left the pitch today. There is something in the pipeline and we may resign him on a permanent deal and secure him from his club Newcastle United where he has very little chance of getting a game. I think he fits in with the side and offers hard work and has a good football brain. Hope he stays.
Another northern win
A top win at our first visit to Chesterfield's new ground which is yet another ground that has a non football related heritage and never will with a name Proact Stadium, talk about selling your soul.

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

Goals: O'Brien 27, Gregory 47

Chesterfield: Lee, O'Neil, Raglan, Hird, Talbot (Dieseruvwe 87), Ariyibi (Gardner 65), Morsy, Donohue, O'Shea, Novak, Ebanks-Blake (Harrison 72),
subs not used, Chapman, Humphreys, Onovwigun, Simons

Goal: Morsey 25

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Millwall 3 Port Vale 1, League One, Game 26, 17-1-15 att: 7,773 (287) A Sunday Special but a few stay away

That goes a long way of easing the pain from the Thursday Night Paint Cup defeat

LONDON LIVE
London Live makes an appearance. Shown Monday night on the Jason Grundy Kicks Off Show

We needed a 4-0 win to push Sheffield United off the 7th spot place but that did not happen as we could not add to the 3-0 half time lead.


Gregory bangs in the penalty and his 13th goal of the season and his second of the game which helps us secure our first home win in all competitions since beating Bury 1-0 on November the 28th. 


I sensed that the team really wanted to win this game after the failure of Thursday night and with Jordan Archer back in goal they set about the task. Aiden O'Brien also started this one and with Shane Ferguson starting on the left of the defence we quickly started banging on the Port Vale door. Steve Morison went close with just a few minutes on the clock and O'Brien was slinging crosses into the Vale box. Jed Wallace sent in  a peach of a ball and Lee Gregory on 14 minutes showed me a part of his game that I haven't seen before as he rose and stretched and sent in a looping header that left their keeper for dead as it sailed into the net. Make no mistake this was not a run of the mill headed goal, he had a lot to do.


2nd half, tussle in the corner and every ball needs to be won

He scored another one 20 minutes later when he was bought down in the box. As the picture above shows he beat the keeper who went the right way and we were 2-0 up. Gregory has twelve goals now and is on course for a decent tally this season. We were buzzing and goal number three looked as though it wouldn't be long and just before half time Steve Morison duly obliged stroking home after controlling the ball after it pinged to him after yet another Gregory effort was blocked. 
3-0 to the Wall and as I mentioned above if we score another and we do not concede we can go above Sheffield United  in 7th place on goal difference.

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

Lee Martin signs on loan to Northampton Town





Thursday, 14 January 2016

Millwall 0 Oxford United 2, Paint Trophy, A rare Thursday night game, 14/1/15, att: 7, 275 (away 1,222)

Johnstone Paint Trophy Area Semi-Final 1st Leg

Where's the ability to dictate the play and where's the midfield?

Shane Ferguson has extended his loan at the den till the 23rd of January and starts this game

We were up and at them from the first whistle and bothered their keeper with a couple of flurries around their goal and then we started to labour against a well drilled Oxford side. We did get the ball from time to time and threatened to threaten but it was either the wrong pass, a heavy touch, a wayward shot or a lost ball but we still had moments and then we cocked it up.
                             
Live on sky and we must have looked poor

Roofe who scored a couple against Swansea in the FA Cup hit a daisy cutter that didn't look like a shot but ended up beating David Forde at the foot of his right-hand post with 15 minutes gone. Farcical really and it seemed to knock the stuffing out of us. As you imagine David Forde was not Mr Popular for the rest of the game and he got stick, We conceded the second goal on 42 minutes when a Oxford shot hit the bar after Forde got a touch to it and then it all seemed to go in slow motion with no reaction from anybody in a Millwall shirt Roofe once again scored as he was alive to the loose ball and headed home.


Plenty of second half action around the Oxford goal but no Lions comeback

We looked a bit more up for it second half which is a common theme this season and me being the forever optimistic I thought if we got a goal back early we can get something from this game. We set about having a go and we proceeded to bombard the Oxford half with long balls. We did have some decent wide play on the left which normally related to us winning one of those long balls and Steve Morison was normally involved but nothing was achieved from full backs running and dribbling with the ball and the midfield was non effective apart from loan signing Jed Wallace who had a sparkle about his play, I did not see that from anybody else. Flat and clueless on the night and there was nothing there whatsoever to keep you warm on this very cold night. As I said earlier we were more up for it second half and Mark Beever's should have done better with a header and Steve Morison had a header cleared off the goal line and a shot saved down to the keepers left.. My teeth are still chattering and I cannot bring myself to watch the Sky recording of this game, one shot of depression is enough.

We still have to play them at their place so there's a chance as our away record is not to bad.

Port Vale on Sunday at the Den. Back to the league and hopefully back to winning ways.
I presume Jordan Archer will be back for this one.

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

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

Scorer: Roofe 15, 42m

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Aiden O'Brien extend his contract at the Den TO 1919


12/1/2016


AIDEN O'BRIEN


ACADEMY GOLD

I reckon he has earn't this new contract and hopefully he can star* for the 2016 part of the season. He has ten goals to his name so far and there's plenty of games left to get some more.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

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

Played 25, Won 11, Draws 4, Lost 10, GD 3, Points 37= 3 points off the play off's


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 I have just heard that Oldham manager David Dunn has been sacked. Yet another one bites the dust after a defeat by Millwall. The unpleasant side of the game but that's football.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

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

2016
It's up north again and another iffy performance.

The last six league games WLLLWL "JUST TREADING WATER"

We 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.

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

Monday, 28 December 2015

Millwall and the not so happy Christmas 2015--but it finished on a high

19/12/15 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)

'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 Beevers fouled. The 2nd goal was a result of a basic defending mistake when Jordan Archer and Mark Beevers 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




Friday, 11 December 2015

We take on Oldham this Saturday and it's another trip up north


Back up the M1


A WELL BEATEN PATH

Lets hope we can follow on from our gutsy win at Southend Tuesday night and beat Oldham at their place. Oldham who sit just outside the relegation spots and have lost their last four games offer us yet another northern challenge and after our away defeats at Fleetwood and Burton Albion we need a win if we are serious about our challenge in this division. We could be in a play-off spot come Saturday night but that would depend on what we do and also what Peterborough United gets up to. We have had some very good away wins in this league this season and hopefully we can pick up another one Saturday. I don't do outright predictions score wise but I see us getting something from this game, hopefully it's not a kick up the arse.
NEWS FLASH
Game called off 90 minutes before kick off time due to a waterlogged pitch, I didn't predict that. So close to the kick off and hundreds had already made the long journey.  What a waste of a day and what a waste of money. Oldham's ground is the second highest football ground in the country so flooding cannot be a issue, can it?

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Southend United 0 Millwall 2, Johnstone Paint Thingy, Tuesday night, 8/12/15 att:5,972 (1,551)

SEMI FINAL-SOUTHERN SECTION
Image result for johnstone paint trophy
Another Wembley appearance is looming closer as we finished off Southend roared on by a massive Tuesday night travelling support of over 1500.


Travelling Wall, as far as the eyes can see

Jordan Archer was up to his old magic not long after kick off as he superbly saved a 20 yard effort, quality. The pitch looked small to me which suited Southend as they looked lively and were always on to the second ball. This second ball retention seems something that we lack which means that we always seem to be chasing but it didn't stop Steve Morison picking up the ball from a cross on the far post and smacking the ball into the bottom of the right hand corner of the goal. We go in half time 1-0 up which rubbed in the face of the Southend Ultra's who had spent the first half telling us that we were not very good. What's with that drum, bang bang all through the game. 

Phil Brown ***Millwall had a strong following who made a lot of noise and I don't like people coming here and winning***

The second half and we improved and had more action in and around Southend's box. Webster had a effort cleared off the line and free kick from Williams is cleared away by the Southend keeper. George Saville was in there as well as he shot from 20 yards out.and the ball whistles past the post.
With Roots Hall reverberating to 120 decibel Miillllllllllll we score our second in the 65th minute as a Shaun Williams 20 yard effort beat the out stretched hand of the keeper.. With our keeper Jordan Archer looking solid Southend were trying to get something from this game and it did not help us by losing possession or giving the ball away which meant there was a few scary moments until that final whistle blew.


Southend's finest enjoy a sit on the grass and a bit of a picnic

The other Johnstone results of the night

Semi Final, Northern Section  Fleetwood 2 Morcombe 0 att: 1,715

Semi Final, Southern Section Oxford Utd 3 Yeovil 2 att: 2,582

What no Wigan?

Next it's Oxford United over two legs in the Area Final. The winner will play Barnsley or Fleetwood at Wembley sometime next year

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, J.Martin, Webster, Beevers, Saville, Williams, O,Brien (Nelson 90+1), Gregory, Morison (Ferguson 71m), Upson
subs not used, Forde, B.Thompson, Pavey

Goals: Morison 34m Williams 65m

Southend: Bentley, White (Rea 73m), Coker, A.Thompson, Worrall, Mooney, Payne, Atkinson, Hurst (Pigott 58m), Leonard, Barrett
subs not used, Prosser, Deegan, O'Neill


Saturday, 5 December 2015

Millwall 1 Wycombe 2, FA CUP round 2, 5/12/15 att;3,960 (658)

Getting beat at home by a League Two side is not what I expected,  last season maybe

I know you can't win them all but we should be winning this



A fair few make up the away end
We turn up in small numbers


It's never a good omen but we lost the toss at the start of this game and attacked towards the Cold Blow Lane Stand.in the first half of this game. Should I use the term "attack? because we didn't do much of that. Over the course of the 90 minutes we were not on our game and for the first half we did not turn up, we still managed not to concede and good sides can still win games even when they are not playing well thought I.


Not on their game



We stepped it up for the 2nd half and had a mini spell of pressure on the Wycombe goal straight from kick off  but the away side broke on 50 minutes and Jordan Archer was beaten close range. This goal looked offside from the counter attack and the ref and the lino missed it, I didn't . It was not all bad and eight minutes later young (one of our own) Ben Thompson fetched it back to 1-1 and it's game on. She should go on to win this now and I was expecting a step up in play and the old Millwall at home would perhaps thump another couple at least. Somehow that did not happen and Wycombe had the dog with a bone approach and they were not going to let us have it. We could do nothing special and even the recent dynamic goalscoring  play of Aiden O'Brien was nowhere to be seen, Ben Thompson nearly scored again when he picked up a ball from Shaun but his shot missed just missed and that was a big miss. Fred Onyedinma came on and he looked like he may have been able to "do something" but a injury shortened his time on the field and he had to go off near not far off the final whistle when before we could get the substitution on Wycombe scored their second goal and it was good night Vienna. and the FA Cup.



Step up, who wants?


It's never a good omen but we lost the toss for the start of this game and attacked towards the Cold Blow Lane stand in the first half. Should I be using the term "attack? because we didn't do much of that. Over the course of the 90 minutes we were not on our game and for the first half we didn't turn up but we still managed not to concede and good sides can still win games even when they are not playing well thought I.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Nelson, Webster, J. Martin, O'Brien (L. Martin 84), Thompson, Williams, Upson (Onyedinma 69(Pavey 90+4), Gregory, Morison,
subs not used, Forde, Cummings, Abdou, Wood

Goal: Thompson 58m
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Wycombe Wanderers: Ingram, Jombeti, Stewart, Pierre, Hayes, Bloomfield, Wood, Amadi-Holloway(Thompson 74), Harriman, O'Nien, McCarthy
subs not used, Lynch, McGrinn, Sellars, Kretzschmar, Rowe, Ugwu

Goals: Hayes 50m, Harrison 90+4

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Burton Albion 2 Millwall 1, League One, Game 20, 1/12/15 att: 2,888 ( away 490)

The weather was good for this yet another northern trip. Incredible away support yet again for a Tuesday night

A SPOT IN THE TOP SIX WAS THERE TO PLAY FOR

With just two minutes in we get clobbered by some toe-rag tackles, but as usual we get nothing.
Sid Nelson started this one which is something that he hasn't done for awhile and over the course of the game done ok but did make mistakes. We dominated the first half and with Burton having just one up front our back line were coping well. We were having chances and looked strong and a nine minute free kick by Shaun Williams was cleared by the home side and picked up by Shaun Cummings who returned it back and Aiden O'Brien fired in a shot but unfortunately straight at the keeper. Steve Morison shortly afterwards zipped through two defenders but his effort landed on the roof of the net and it was still 0-0. A deliberate hand ball is usually a booking and maybe a sending off but by no stretched of the imagination can a loose ball that bounces off a players arm be classed as deliberate but this was and Aiden O'Brien got booked for it after he had put the ball in the back of the net. Stitch up.

Burton go on to score two goals which rocked us and half time couldn't come quick enough.I have no idea if it was Burton's manager Jimmy Floyd Hasslebank's magic but they scored two goals close to half time with a Steve Morison fierce effort in between them that was saved at full stretch by the Burton keeper. Jordan Archer was at his best and made sure Burton did not go in with 3 goals to their tally as he some how made a double save that people will be talking about for years to come.

 Half time and we go in gutted.

It's all to do

We gave it all in the 2nd half and Aiden O'Brien and Mark Beever's had early chances and if Steve Morison had got to a ball that dropped tantalising close to him we could have pulled a goal back earlier in the game than we actually did. We put Burton under a lot of pressure and with 15 minutes to go Joe Martin tucked one home after a goal mouth scramble and we were back in it. The 490 travelling Wall were making themselves heard and screamed for a penalty when Aiden O'Brien appeared to be fouled to the ground. Young Fred Onyedinma nearly started Christmas early when he executed a overhead kick that stopped the heart for a second as it narrowly just missed wide of the upright.That was that.
To finish the game off Mark Beever's got sent for nothing and he won't be playing in the Wycombe FA Cup game come this Saturday.

Millwall: Archer, Cummings(Upson 90m), J.Martin, Nelson, Beevers, Ferguson(Gregory 46m), Williams, Saville(Thompson 46m), Onyedinma, O'Brien, Morison
subs not used, Forde, Wood, L.Martin, Edwards

Goal: J.Martin 75m

Burton Albion: McLaughlin, Edwards, Mousinho, Flanagan, McCrory, Duffy, Naylor, Butcher, O'Conner, El Khayati (Atkins 90+2), Beavon (Thiele 49m),
subs not used, Mathews, Reilly, Joachim, Binnon-Williams, Palmer

Goals: McCrory 35m,  El Khayati 42m




Saturday, 28 November 2015

Millwall 1 Bury 0, League One, Game 19, 28/1115, att: 8.311, (away 456)


31 POINTS




We still struggle to score when it comes to a one on one with the keeper and Lee Gregory was guilty of this again which made this game a lot tighter when it come to the final 20 minutes of the 2nd half.
Shaun Williams scored one of his specials which he does from time to time which gave us the lead on 14 minutes and with a cold wind swirling around the ground both ourselves and Bury tried to score or score again but it wasn't to be and the single goal takes us just outside the play-off's with a two point gap.


Shaun Williams wearing the skippers armband gets mobbed after scoring a 25 yard low to the floor cracker

I am trying in my mind to describe this game and it's tricky. I know one thing it was not, it was not a classic. A scruffy battle of a game springs to mind. It felt like that we didn't somehow know how to play against Bury and couldn't dominate the game and keep them quiet. Bury were always a threat and kept us on our toes right through to the final whistle. Jordan Archer pulled off a super double save in the first couple of minutes and I was amazed how he done it, he is so agile its unreal. Quality Keeper. Their keeper was busy and as mentioned he come out for one on one's and was strong. Fred Onyedinma tested him and so did Lee Gregory as mentioned earlier and on other occasions

Steve Morison was on the bench for this one and according to Neil Harris he should have been at home as he was unwell but he insisted that he was ok and come on in the 61st minute but could not add to the his goal tally. I cannot recall the last time we played this lot but it seems a long time ago so I wasn't sure what to expect and I know we would have them well scouted but they seem to have a style of play that makes them a bit of a hand full so it was three points well earn't
.
A short time later, I just looked it up. The last time we played them was 6/3/2001 and we lost 2-1.

Millwall: Archer, Cummings, Ferguson (Chesmain 83), Beevers, Webster, Williams, Saville, Onyedinma (Morison 61), Gregory, O'Brien Upson (Thompson 81),
subs not used, Forde, L.Martin, Nelson, Pavey

Goal: Williams 14 min

Bury: Bachmann, Riley (Pope 66), Hussey, Clarke, Etuhu, Clarke, Major, Jones (Rose 37), Soares, Cameron, Dodoo,  (Pugh 69),
subs not ued, Ruddy, Nardiello, Eagles, Brown

Our last 10 League Games  DLWDWWDWLW  out of 30 pts up for grabs we take 18

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Fleetwood 2 Millwall 1, League One, Game 18, 24/11/15, att:3,326 (we take 490 )

We were unchanged for this one


I'll quickly forget about this one, me thinks. We didn't turn up for this one and we got beat by a average lower league side who like to big themselves up playing in Arsenal shirts and calling their ground Highbury. They ain't no Arsenal but they know how to turn up on a crap midweek winters night in Lancashire and play to the conditions, I can't knock them for that and they earn't the three points as Jordan Archer kept their goal count to just two. I cannot forget the 490 who made the trip to our first visit to Fleetwood and they deserve a win this Saturday.

We concede cheaply

Us? in the end we could have sneaked a point from this game if we had not conceded late on but "could have" is a bit like if, as in, if only. We missed a couple of decent chances, I waffle on, Bury at home Saturday as I mentioned before and a chance to get back to winning ways. I like that feeling, I was getting used to it after 3 years of dross.

Millwall: Jordan Archer, Cummings, Webster, Beevers, J.Martin, O'Brien, Savill (Onyedinma 80m), Williams, Ferguson (Upson 63m), Gregory, Morison
subs not used, Forde, Nelson, Romeo, Thompson, L.Martin

Goal: Webster 90 (that's 2 in two)

Fleetwood Town: Maxwell. McLaughlin(Grant 85m), Pond, Davis, Bell Ryann, Jonsson, Sarcevic, Fosu (Forbes 77m), Ball (Proctor 83m), Henen
subs not used, Hunter, Haughton, Gogic, Teixeira

Goals: Jonsson 65, Grant 89

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Millwall 4 Colchester United 1, League One, Game 17, 21/11/15 att:8,739 (442)


*THAT'S NINE GAMES UNDEFEATED IN ALL COMPETITIONS* 

28 POINTS AND 8th IN THE TABLE

2 POINTS OFF THE PLAY OFF'S WITH A GAME IN HAND

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 Lee Gregory is scoring again, Colchester are sent home with nought and it's a cold, cold day.

After the international break we started where we left off and carried on banging in goals. Lee Gregory was up to his usual mischief of terrorising opposition goal keepers as he picked up the ball, run and fired in a cracker. It looked like he was going to get a second as he shot from a tight angle but the ball hit the near post. Our strike force of Steve Morison, Aiden O'Brien and Lee Gregory have been banging them in and usually it is them that are racking up the goals so a bit of a surprise for me to see Shane Ferguson finishing like a quality striker and getting a couple of goals in this game. He is terrific and fits the shirt perfectly, it's a shame he's not ours but on loan.

Lee Gregory scores his 10th of the season


Our not so good friend Marvin Sordell is closely marked by Mark Beever's who has him in his pocket

We did concede after a defensive cock-up when we were 2-0 up when Joe Martin sort of passed the ball to Colchester and they scored to cut the deficit. That was as close as the Essex side got to us in this game and we extended our lead in the 62nd minute when Shane Ferguson got his second. Defender Byron Webster was lurking around the Colchester box in the 81st minute which even at 3-1 up we were not sitting deep and we got our 4th when his shot took a slight deflection and we had now scored 12 goals in our last 3 games, happy days. That was a comfortable win and Colchester have now conceding the most goals in the Football League. 

*The Millwall revival continues*

Millwall: Archer, Cummings, J.Martin, Beevers, Webster, Williams, Saville, Ferguson(Onyedinma 71), Gregory (L.Martin 83), Morison, O'Brien (Upson 79),
subs not used, Forde, Nelson, Thompson, Romeo

Goals: Gregory 13,  Ferguson 38, 62, Webster 81

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Colchester United: Jones, Edwards, Elokobi, Gilbey, Moncur, Massey, Olufemi, Eastman, Bonne, Harriot, Sordell (Porter 46)

subs not used, Parish, Wright, Lapslie, Sembie-Ferris, Curtus, James

Goal: Porter 55

24.11/15 Paris Cowan-Hall joins Bristol Rovers on a one month emergency loan. He's had a few injuries and has not hardly played in the first team so I am sure getting proper match fit should kick start his playing ability, hopefully.

27/11/15  Jack Powell joins Braintree Town on loan until the new year. Seems a bit of drop to me but perhaps he will appreciate more playing for Millwall and the bright lights that can bring.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Millwall 5 Crystal Palace 1 U21s, Friday 13th November, 2015

'
AT THE DEN

Rampant Lions brush this lot aside in this U21s game.That's our 4th win in the last five games and goals from Jack Powell, Ben Thompson, Ed Upson and a brace from Lee Martin made it so. It seems odd that a League One sides U21s can soundly beat a Premier League side U21s, but that must explainwhy 18 year old Harry Donovan has quit the Arsenal Academy and joined the Lions. Justin Skinner must be thrilled at the way things are going but I am sure he is always looking for improvement and why wouldn't he? COYL

Millwall: Sandford, Romeo, Farrell, Thompson (Eze 75), Mbulu, Upson (Parr 46), Powell, Pavey, Martin, Cowan-Hall
sub not used Barton
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16/11/15 Monday night
FA YOUTH CUP ROUND 2

Now it's the turn of Woodbridge Town to be on the end of a thumping as the Millwall Youth team smacked them 9-1. Woodbridge Town had already beaten Bury and Dagenham and Redbridge and it looked like they could have given us a game but it wasn't to be. It's Charlton in the next round and they are useful apparently.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Plymouth Argyle 3 Millwall 5, Johnstone Paint Trophy, Game 3, 10/11/15 Tuesday night, att:5,869 ( 295)


There was eight goals in this game and Lee Gregory scores three or was it four

That's the fourth cup game this season and we have won the lot if I forget to mention the League cup defeat against Barnet.
  
This trophy is a bit of fun and we are making it ours. We take 300 down to League 2 front runners Plymouth on a Tuesday night and this five goal tally was a good reward. We seem to have approached this game with a bit of a carefree attitude as its a break from the "serious games" and it produced goals not just for us but the opposition as well. In our first two wins in this competition we kept clean sheets but I sense a "go for it type of attitude as in 'if the opposition score two we will score three"  Plymouth are on top of  League 2 and must have thought they were in with a chance but once again our strike force was on their game as Lee Gregory got four and Aiden O'Brien got one to finish them off. Plymouth scored some crackers and looked useful so even more so for us it was a good win. There is a international break this weekend and we could afford to bust a gut in this one as plenty of time to recover and it paid off.
I know that our 43rd minute goal is officially credited to Mark Beevers but Lee Gregory and Neil Harris are adamant that Gregory scored it,  so I will record it as such.

There was a bit of "afters" after this game when some Plymouth support come on the pitch and made a half hearted attempt to get at the travelling Wall. We stood and watched.
12 got ground banning orders a few days later

Millwall: Archer, Edwards (Nelson 34), Webster, Beevers, J.Martin, Onyedinma(Thompson 88), Saville, Williams, O'Brien(Upson 83), Morison, Gregory
subs not used, Pavey, Girling

Goals: Gregory 21, 43, 49, 58 pen, O'Brien 66

Plymouth: McCormick, Mellor, Nelson, Hartley(Purrington 83), Sawyer, Threlkeld, McHugh, Tanner(Brunt 62), Carey, Wylde(Simpson 69),Jervi
subs not used, Cox, Bittner

Goals: Jervis, 34, 85 Carey 56
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Other results in this cup tonight

Wigan 4 Blackpool 0
Barnsley 2 York 1
Fleetwood 0 Sheff Utd 0
Fleetwood win 4-1 on penalties

Rochdale 0 Morcambe 1
Gillingham 1 Yeovil 1
Yeovil win 5-4 on penalties

These two below played the next night

Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Oxford Utd 2
Southend Utd 1 Bristol Rovers 0

The draw for the next games is this Saturday coming
No league game this Saturday as yet another international break

No game this Saturday for us yet another international break

14/11/15
Just seen the draw and it's away to Southend. They have beat us the last two times we played them but we have improved since then so should be a interesting game,

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Millwall 3 AFC Fylde 1 FA Cup First Round Proper, 7/11/15 att: 3,445 (away 164)

FA CUP AND WE ARE UP AND RUNNING

Skipper Tony Craig out injured and Steve Morison wears the armband

Pre-match thoughts, interesting. Never played these before etc. We should do them but then it is the FA Cup ,anything can happen. I am a little bit worried regarding how many of our important players are not playing due to injuries and also loan players who are not because their own clubs do not want them cup tied , but I am sure we still have enough to "do them".

164 of them turned up for the biggest game in their history

The dedicated 164

David Forde started and he done ok overall but he still managed to have one of his scary moments when he come for a ball that wasn't really his and you heard a few groans. 

A break in the play
The deadly trio conspire

The first half finished 0-0 and although it was a half that did not have us on the edge of our seat. Fylde are a decent side and played a steady game and were a threat but we handled them ok. We was lacking a cutting edge a fizz all over the park and the subbing of non-effective Paris Cowan-Hall who was making his full home debut and bringing on League 1 player of the month Aiden O'Brien done the job. He contributed to upping the tempo and it didn't take to long before he buried our first when he picked up the ball and run in towards the Fylde goal and oozing quality he beat the keeper low to his right. It wasn't long after that and Lee Gregory was giving it ago and scoring when he picked up a ball from Shaun Williams and then went inside and outside of the player at right back and clinically stroked home our second of the game. 2-0 and cruising, or so I thought. AFC Fylde had a goal in them and we being Millwall let them score it as they cut in from the left and after Bryon Webster halted the move their player Whittle managed to shoot towards the fire post and the ball was in.
Aiden O'Brien was there again being busy and this time feeding Steve Morison who moved in towards goal and with the class of a proven striker masterfully side footed the ball past the Fylde keeper. Game over, I wonder who we got in the next round?

A sparse Cold Blow Lane, all in all a poor home attendance

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Webster, Beevers, J.Martin, Cowan-Hall(O'Brien 45), Thompson, Williams (Powell 90), Onyedinma, Morison (Pavey 90), Gregory
subs not used L.Martin, Arrcher, Romeo, Wood

Goals: O'Brien 54, Gregory 60, Morison 88

AFC Fylde: Urwin, Hughes, Hanningan, Collins, Whittle, Charles, Wilson(Finley 77), Baker, Hughes(Liloyd-McGoldrick 83), Rowe, Blinkhorn
subs not used, Hinchliffe, Sumner, Barnes, Hardy, Langley

Goal: Whittle 62

The ref was driving me nuts, defo anti-Milwall
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The next day

The 2nd round draw and we pull Wycombe Wanderers at our place, that's winnable

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Neil Harris a Millwall bloke

The teams doing OK, what about the manager?


As manager stints go he his doing all right, a bit shaky at the start of the season but now with a third or thereabouts of the season gone we sit just outside the play-off's with plenty to play for. The last six games read WWDWWD with four clean sheets. We all know what a great player and record breaker he was for Millwall and he seems to be enjoying himself and coping very well with the pressures and also coping with the numerous injuries and suspensions. It looks like we have good spirit within the side and after three years of grot there's a buzz about the place once again. I think he is doing well and I hopefully there's no reason why he cannot continue. We sing his name the same way we used to when he was a player and I wonder how many other football managers are treated this way?  To us he's a special kind of  bloke.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Millwall FC 0 Bradford City 0, League One, Game 16, 31/10/15, att:9,367

25 Points


Dockers enjoying the sunshine as the away end looks on

A Defensive Stalemate
Before the kick off I had psyched this game up in my head to be something big and wonderful but in reality it was nothing like that. There was positive outcomes from this game such as a clean sheet and the single point that took us to 7th in the league table and of course we didn't get beat which is always a happy thing.
 STUCK IN THE MIDFIELD MIRE
I am struggling to think of something to describe this game so I will just settle with, there was commitment shown but nothing much happening around our goal and also the Bradford goal or perhaps say "it was a game of two-half's"  the first half was a non-event and the second half we improved and Shaun Williams had a decent effort saved. The away end had not much to cheer also.

That's just two defeats in the last thirteen and it was good to hear the Den start to have that "edge" again and after this game the point seems to be worth more than it did when we were earning it.

A little bit of trivia :
We had the second biggest gate in the division with a crowd of  9,367. The biggest gate was at Coventry City which was 11,853, not surprising considering that Coventry spent nine seasons in the Premier League and 25 years before that in the old Division One, I presume they have still kept hold of a "few" fans.

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Millwall:  Archer, Edwards, Craig (Webster 56), Beevers, J.Martin, 0'Brien, Williams, Saville, Ferguson (Onyedinma 62), Gregory (Pavey 90), Morison
subs not used, Forde,  Cummings,  L.Martin,   Powell

Bradford:  Williams, Darby, McArdle, Burke, Meredith, McMahon, Liddle, Evans, Reid (Marshall 72), Hanson, Cole (B. Clarke)
subs not used, N. Clarke, Knott, Leigh, Cracknell, James
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Tony Craig was injured in the 53rd minute after he chucked himself in to block a Bradford shot and
was replaced by Bryon Webster.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Millwall v Bradford City, Phil's "biggy" coming up this weekend.


Their hardest test to date


Pleased to have another home game to go to and hopefully we can continue our winning way and move up a couple of notches into the play-off's. We are now on the radar as a team that look like that we will be challenging this season and now we have been noticed. We will have to keep at a level of play and commitment that as got us into this position as being in the spotlight adds extra pressure, extra media exposure( we just might be a team that gets more that 60's on Channel 5's Football League Show ) and extra people through the turnstile which will all add to the intensity and expectations.
Bradford's manager Phil Parkinson reckons it's going to be their hardest test to date and they will need to take their play to another level to beat us. That's a compliment but he also states that this is the "biggy" and that they will need to pull out all the stops to beat us. I am not fussed as we have a team that can beat them and a wedge of players that can get the goals.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Millwall 2 Doncaster 0, League One, Game 15, 27/10/15, Att:8,294 (away 195)


WE CONTINUE TO CLIMB THE TABLE AND NOW SIT IN 8TH SPOT WITH 24 POINTS

I thought we were going to thump this lot 5-0 but the 2-0 is dandy. That's another home win and we are a gnats whisker away from the play offs, but it's only game 15 so a long way to go yet. We were up and running early and  enjoyed a Steve Morison double to take a two goal lead after eight minutes on the clock and I would have put large on us banging in a few more but it wasn't to be as we missed some sitters and we lacked that edge  and the will to comprehensively beat this lot.  Our midfield seemed to be lacking especially when Doncaster were attacking and we gave them to much room by sitting deep and inviting them on. Talking of Doncaster they play the pulling shirt and tugging arms routine and the referee was as useless as was the lino's in spotting these spoiling tactics. Doncaster threatened mainly down their left-hand side and we need to deal with this better as Doncaster did threaten the Lions goal at times and if their finishing was somewhat better who knows, the score may have been a tad closer


Tuesday Night Crowd, Oh Stevie Stevie

At times we played like the away side as we sat deep and aloud the opposition to come on to us and then we counter attacked with numerous long balls that our front runners chased down and did produce chances but  could not improve on the the earlier two goals. Can I criticise allowing Doncaster to have a lot of possession  after we took a 2-0 lead? I think I can. The team were in command with just 8 minutes gone and they were 2-0 up, perhaps they thought they had done enough, after all they had recently played two tough away games and 'why waste energy" I would have liked them to have gone for the throat and won by a greater margin but three points is three points so not much grumble from me.

After reading Neil Harris the next day he admitted that we took our foot of the pedal after the two goals and he would have liked that Steve Morison scored another goal and took the match-ball home with in.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, J.Martin, Craig, Beevers, Saville, Thompson, Ferguson (Webster 90+2)
O'Brien (L.Martin 86), Gregory (Onyedinma 69), Morison,
subs not used, Forde, Cummings, Powell, Pavey

Goals: Morison 5 and 8 mins

Doncaster: Stuckmann, Lund(Williams 77), Evina, McCullough, Butler, Wellens(Forrester 53), Tyson, Tylor-Sinclair, Coppinger, Stewart (N'Guessan 56), Middleton
subs not used, Marosi, Gobern, Keegan, Whitehouse

Bring on Bradford City this weekend

Monday, 26 October 2015

Millwall v AFC Fylde They come to visit in the 1st round proper of the FA Cup

WELCOME TO LONDON


I cannot remember ever playing this side before. I am sure they will enjoy their "day out" in S.E. London. They like to bill themselves as 'The football team of the Fylde Coast and they are called the Coasters. They are a few miles in land from Blackpool based in a one horse village called Warton on the A584 and play in the Vanarama National League North. They have crowds from 350, 500 and 800+  it all depends on who they are playing. The 800+ was against FC United Of Manchester.
They sit top of their division after playing 13 games with 29 points and W9 D2 L2. That's not bad is it. The four sides below them are Solihull Moors, Nuneaton, Harrogate Town and Stockport.
FC United Of Manchester sit along way behind them in the same league with 14 points.



Their manager Dave Challinor is delighted with the trip to Millwall and he is generous as he calls us a proper football club and a great football club and we have a great pitch. He seems to know us.


Click on link >> www.afcfylde.co.uk/fa-cup-coasters-draw-millwall

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Sheffield United 1 Millwall 2, League One, Game 14, att 19617 (we take about 900+)

21 points and we sit in 10th spot

Nigel Adkins blames their defeat on bad refereeing, what planet is this man on?

The Lions continue their good away form by beating the Blades on their own turf. I was hoping for a sneaky win at Sheffield today but I don't think it was sneaky. We dominated the stats regarding shots on and off target and our possession was more a less the same as the hosts. Our away form has been good this season and apart from the 5-3 defeat at Peterborough we have been decent on the road and after the 1-1 draw  at Blackpool where we were yet again up north, another northern away this time to Yorkshire has produced a result in our favour. I have been waiting for this team and Neil Harris to burst into life and I think they have but not just today, it's been gradual, kinda sneaky, the pundits haven't noticed. I say that because the South London Press headlines after this game " Millwall beat Sheffield United with surprise win" It didn't surprise me and I am sure it didn't surprise a good few others.

Aiden O'Brien two goals 30' and 80th minute

*What a goal scorer* He is also a very good team player and even more so the players he is playing with have the same attitude of good team spirit and don't mind passing the ball or setting somebody else up. A team that is developing with every training session and every game and I think like others have said "we have got our Millwall  back"

S24SU
The website S24SU.com has a Sheffield United supporter summary of the game and although I don't agree with everything that the Author 'Deadbeat said about the Lions (why would I?) overall a fair summary and he took the defeat on the chin.

This is how Deadbeat described our travelling support:



They were the noisiest bunch down here for some time and completely out sung the United fans all game who were very quiet and only got excited when the goal went in.

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Back to the game
We were up for this game and had a determined edge to a play through out and it was this that contributed to our 4th away win of the season. I was thinking that we might be a bit "leggy" considering we had a usual away trip to the far north Tuesday night where we drew 1-1 with Blackpool.  Neil Harris made three changes for this game because of Shaun Williams injury, Carlos Edwards suspension after his red card and Fred Onyedinma starting ahead of Shane Ferguson and the changes didn't appear to disrupt our play as Fred after just three minutes powered in a shot that went wide of the upright. A couple of minutes later Mark Beevers was still getting himself into goal scoring positions and one of his "legendary" headers whistled just wide of the upright.

Sheffield United hit the post after seven minutes but did not have a shot on target till the 70th minute and that was when they scored their game. Sheffield were trying to rough us up with dangerous tactics as they catching Steve Morison and Lee Gregory with elbow/arms off the ball. In-between our early play and Sheffield United's goal we grew in confidence and it was within this period we scored our first when Aiden O'Brien got on the end of cross from Cummings and somehow scored when his looping header beat their keeper Mark Howard.

We dominated the shots off and shots on target stats and that was proven when after Sheffield scored in the 70th minute to equalise we still had it within us to score again and Aiden O'Brien made it 2-1 in the 80th minute when he picked up a ball from sub Shane Ferguson and with the help of their keeper sent the travelling 900 into orbit and a happy journey home.

Millwall: Archer, Cunnings, J.Martin, Craig, Beevers, Saville, Thompson, O'Brien(L.Martin 86), Onyedinma(Webster 90+1),Morison, Gregory (Ferguson 72),
subs not used, Forde, Powell, Romeo, Pavey

Goals: O'Brien 30, 80 mins

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Sheffield United: Howard, Freeman (Flynn 85), Basham, Sharp, Done(Baxter 46), Collins, Campbell-Ryce(Sammon 66), Adams, Wallace, McGahey, Hammond
subs not used, Coutts, Woolford, Long, Kennedy

Goal: Baxter 70mins

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Blackpool 1 Millwall 1, League One, Game 13, 20/10/15, Tuesday Night, att: 6,225

TUESDAY NIGHT NORTHERN TRIP

Yet another northern trip on a Tuesday night and there is another one to follow Saturday when we take on Sheffield United at their place.

We could have won this game and I thought that's what we were going to do being 1-0 up with just ten minutes left on the clock. Carlos Edwards that has done fantastic being back in the side since his year long absence due to injury and It pains me to say that he ended up on the wrong side of the attacking player in our box and his messy lunge resulted in a penalty and a red card. They scored and we went home with a point. would I have took a point before the game? I don't think so. I would have done earlier on in the season but I think we are now better than that and considering where Blackpool sit in the league a win was possible and a three point haul to take back to London was within our grasp, but saying that, Blackpool have improved lately so a point may have more value than I seem to think.

We seemed to have had this game wrapped up with just just 8 minutes to go but we succumb to Carlos Edwards "tackle' and the Blackpool player Redshaw puts the resulting penalty away.

From the whistle
Millwall's starting eleven was the same that lined up against Swindon and we started where we left off pressing the opposition and it nearly paid off as Steve Morison came close as he headed over the bar after picking out a cross by Shane Ferguson. We were enjoying possession and creating chances and in the 35th minute Mark Beevers scored his 4th of the season after Steve Morison hit the bar.

Shaun Williams ended up going off in the 50th minute after he is clumped in the back and young Ben Thompson takes his place and from the off he has a shot blocked inside the area.

Blackpool made a double change in the 70th minute as they tried to improve their play and hopefully produce a goal but we were still pressing them and creating chances around the Blackpool goal..
From one of these Millwall attacks Blackpool countered and Carlos Edwards who was found on the wrong side of he Blackpool attacker gave away the penalty and picked up his red car. Jordan Archer had no luck saving the penalty and the game ended 1-1.
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Millwall:  Archer, Edwards, Craig, Beevers, J.Martin, O'Brien, Saville, Williams (Thompson 50), Ferguson(Cummings 83), Gregory(Onyedinma 63), Morison

subs not used, Forde, Webster, L.Martin, Pavey

Goal: Beevers 35 min
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Blackpool: Doyle, White, Aldred, Robertson, Ferguson, Cameron(Osayi-Samuel 46), Norris, Potts, McAlister(Rivers 68), Redshaw, Cullen(Thomas 68),
subs not used, Letheren, Dunne, Cubero, Herron

Goal: Redshaw 82(pen)

footnote: We get given 5 yellow cards and 1 red and Blackpool get none