The Lions' Roar: Daggers draw no boost for Millwall
By Ian Toal, Millwall Supporters' Club.
So much for the FA cup providing a welcome distraction from our poor league form.
A 0-0 draw against League Two strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge didn't provide the team with the boost in confidence we were hoping a relatively easy tie would give.
We just can't buy a goal for love nor money at the moment. We started the game brightly and had plenty of possession especially in the first half, but by the end of the game Dagenham looked more likely winners.
What makes it an even worse result was Dagenham were missing eight first team players.
Another different front pairing was tried with loan signing Harry Kane partnering John Marquis up front but they got little joy out of the opposition. They weren't the only players to struggle as the three different Lions wingers used during the game hardly ever got the better of the opposition full-backs.
With not much supply to work with it is little wonder why we are struggling to find the back of the net.
At least we get to fight another day and now we replay at The Den on January 17. We will have more chance of getting through to a fourth round home tie against Southampton but we remember losing at home to Woking in a replay in the not too distant past so we definitely won't be counting our chickens just yet.
If I had to pick a positive out of the game it was definitely the cameo seven minute substitute appearance of injury-plagued striker Shaun Batt. He got injured in the pre-season match against AFC Wimbledon before the 2010/11 season and has had 18 months of injury hell since, picking up several injuries every time he resumed training.
Batt got a great ovation from the Millwall supporters on Saturday and that will give him a boost in his quest to gain match fitness and play some part on the crucial last four months of our season.
Southampton is a decent draw and will be a tough game, but we have to hope they will have their eye on promotion to the Premier League and might rest the odd player and not give it 100 per cent.
We play Birmingham City at home this Saturday. They gave us a bit of a pasting in September when a Chris Woods hat-trick saw us lose 3-0. Every game is important to us now and we must start to pick up some wins no matter how tough the game is.
One player who won't play a part for the remainder of the season is out-of-favour defender Darren Purse who joined Plymouth Argyle permanently last week. It was good to have Millwall supporter Purse at the club even just for the short time he was at The Den. We wish him well with The Pilgrims.