The Lions' Roar: Henderson Millwall's hat-trick hero
By Ian Toal, Millwall Supporters Club.
Things have taken a dramatic change for the better for The Lions after beating League Two strugglers Dagenham and Redbridge 5-0 in the FA Cup third round replay and then getting a vital 3-1 win at Barnsley in the League last Saturday.
These convincing wins were thanks to the return to the starting line-up of Darius Henderson, who netted a hat-trick in both games to bring his seasons tally up to 15.
He might not be as mobile as Steve Morison was for us but he still brings so much to our team. We really struggle to score goals when Henderson is not playing, so we need to keep him fit for as many of the 19 league matches we have left this season.
If he can play something like 15 of them it should be enough to keep us up.
Harry Kane, who has joined on loan from Spurs, is starting to show some good form and is beginning to strike up a good partnership with Henderson.
Initially I thought putting our faith in an 18-year-old to get us the goals to keep us up was a bit optimistic, but the past couple of games have shown that if Kane is partnered with the experienced Henderson he is much more effective and is an improvement on what we currently have at the club.
The striking options at Kenny Jackett's disposal saw more changes at the end of last week. Young striker Josh McQuoid who has struggled to make the matchday squads this season has been shipped out on a three month loan to Burnley, reuniting him with his former manager Eddie Howe.
McQuoid was only going to be allowed out on loan if we could bring someone else in, and that looks like being Craig Beattie who has just been released from the remainder of his contract with Swansea City.
We have a busy week coming up despite a break from League action. This Saturday we entertain Championship high-flyers Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round. Hopefully they will be concentrating more on securing promotion than a cup run.
We then host Watford in a crucial league game on Tuesday before a little matter of a trip to Upton Park to take on our old foes the following Saturday. Pleasingly we can now approach these games with more confidence than we would have done after securing two vital wins.