The Lions' Roar: Hoping for some Christmas cheer

By Simon Hayes on December 19, 2011 10:36 AM |

IanToal.jpgBy Ian Toal, Millwall Supporters Club.

Yet another away defeat for the Lions means things are looking pretty bad for us at the moment.

Fortunately there are still four teams below us in the table, but how long it will stay like that I'm not sure.

Our poor away form and lack of goals is causing us problems. In eleven away league games this season we have only recorded one victory, over Leicester, and have found the net just seven times.

We drew another blank at Hull and fell foul of a second half double. Before Hull took the lead we played fairly decently and again missed a few chances. We are really struggling to cover the loss of striker Steve Morison.

On the face of it, nine League goals already from Darius Henderson gives him a good chance of scoring more than Moro got last season, but goals are just one part of Morison's game.

Henderson is older and less mobile, meaning unless the ball to him is accurate he is often unable to put pressure on the defenders that Morison used to, when he often turned less than perfect balls into re-gaining possession high up the pitch.

We have make do with what we currently have at the club and what we can afford to bring in given our relatively small crowds.

The task at Hull was made much harder with our terrible injury problems. Centre midfield pairing Jimmy Abdou and Liam Trotter both got injured in training and could not play, while left back Nathan Baker had to go off early on and then substitute Jordan Stewart, himself just back from injury, also had to be withdrawn.

A plus point was the performance of Jack Smith, who was pushed forward into centre midfield from right-back. He gave an assured performance despite the own-goal he could do little about.

Our two home games over the holiday period now take on even greater importance. I love home games at this time of the year and in particular on Boxing Day. It's a real traditional day for football. Getting out of the house and roaring the team on with your family and friends is a great way to spend the day.

The crowds are much bigger than normal on Boxing Day as so many others feel the same way and partake in the traditional Boxing Day event of football. We'll need as many Millwall supporters behind the team as possible for the game against Portsmouth and then the following one on New Years Eve against Crystal Palace.

It's disappointing how this season has panned out so far but we have had a lot of good times in the last 14 years since we appeared at Wembley in the Auto Windscreens Final in 1998.

You have to take the rough times with the smooth and experiencing those bad times makes the good times all the sweeter.