The Lions' Roar: West Ham defeat sickens Millwall

IanToal.jpgBy Ian Toal, Millwall Supporters' Club.

The defeat at Upton Park was an extremely disappointing result. To have West Ham down to 10 men after just nine minutes of the game after a crude challenge by Kevin Nolan on Jack Smith meant the West Ham captain would play no further part in the game.

After the sending off you would have thought we would have really taken the game to West Ham, stretched them by getting the ball out to the wings and as the 10 men eventually tired from chasing the ball we would have created enough opportunities to have taken the three points that were desperately needed.

That didn't happen as we were too pedestrian in our build up play and too many people had off games. It seems that when Liam Trotter does not have a good match himself we cannot win games. He seems to be the driving force behind the team.

With our first and second choice left wingers Bouazza and Henry out injured, Liam Feeney looking fatigued and seemingly down on confidence and Barron, Ward, Forde and Dunne performed below the level we expect at the moment and it is making it very difficult to win games.

We just cannot carry this amount of players not operating somewhere near their best. True, West Ham's winner should have been a foul on goalkeeper Forde but he opts to punch far too often and was made to pay for that decision on this occasion.

Manager Kenny Jackett is going to have to try something different possibly by giving a start to ball-playing centre-midfielder Josh Wright and giving a place on the bench to winger Chris Hackett so he can replace Feeney when he starts to fade in games. We need goals to stay up and are just not creating enough to win games, 28 league goals from 29 games is a poor return.

If we stay up this season it will be a decent achievement. We did so well last season with our momentum carrying us through to remaining in the hunt for the play-offs right up until the last couple of matches.

This season it has been a real struggle. If you look at the size of our crowds and finances available to Kenny Jackett we are one of the smallest teams in the division but that does not mean we expect to be relegated. We like to punch above our weight and to grow the club as best we can, the trouble is we need to grow it quicker than we are currently.

Last week Chairman John Berylson urged Lions fans to "bring a friend" along to The Den because "only bigger crowds will help keep the club in the Championship."

Berylson believes Millwall need to find another 2,000 supporters each game to sustain current spending. According to the press release his investment topped £20million after adding Shane Lowry and Andy Keogh before the transfer window closed last week.

He said these signings will not damage the club, but that "we are taking a calculated risk to make sure we stay up, but this level of investment cannot carry on if crowds at The Den do not rise.... Otherwise the club will become too much of a drain on the resources of the board and the existing fans to sustain us in the Championship. Only more supporters coming through the turnstiles can do that."

Trouble is our crowds have hardly been higher in the last 40 years. If you look at the stats this will be probably be our fourth best average attendance since 1971/72 and given how bad we have been playing lately it is going to be very hard to increase our crowds more in the short term.

15 Comments

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Carl said:

I truly, truly hope that MFC go out of business and that they are never heard of again .... why? only 1 reason the vast majority (it wasn't the minority) were all singing the Bobby Moore cancer song on saturday you truly are VERMIN .... lets see how funny it is when one of your legends dies of this sickening disease .... oh thats right you haven't got any legends especially ones that have liftef the World Cup for his (and your) country !!! f*ckwits

Anonymous said:

Shut up Carl. Poor west ham fans are so peaceful they never sing a bad song about anybody! If any clUb deserves to go out of business it's west ham! They have spent the last 20 years cheating with redknapp in charge then the tevez and mascherano saga and they think they are better than they are! Your scum and your supporters are scum and everything about you is scum!

Daniel Harrison said:

sorry carl didnt your lot stab one of our fans at the carling cup match, i think that chant is the least you deserve, he was a fireman too

on another note, think your articles are really good ian, definitley reckon we need to give josh wright a go over jimmy to make the midfield passing more fluent

Carl said:

Daniel ...... you are one sick man. Bobby Moore didn't stab anyone !!!! Wearing the Turkish national shirts for a game vs Leeds ..... nice. I know Leed are no angels but the two Leeds boys who were stabbed to death were parents to young kids ..... sorry I'm not aware of what they did for a living !!! D*ckhead

Sheiky Baby said:

Good balanced article Ian.
As a Hammer I wasn't too confident of a win, we always seem to struggle against the Wall and when Nolan went I feared the worst. I was quite shocked at the response from Millwall, not taking away from the solid performance from our 10 men.
Doesn't bode well for you but I think there are possibly still 3 worse teams below you.......

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andre said:

just think what the score would have been with 11 men on the field. i think millwall got off lightly, a full team would have punished them and made up for the bad show at the farm yard

ironworks said:

i thought Sam summed the game up, he said it was the best performance he had ever seen, for the sake of our fans he knew we would win even with 10 men. it looks like its lower league football for millwall, and back up to the prem for the hammers, there is a very wide cavern between the two clubs, and i dont mean in the lack of education or superior class and style in the east enders favour

Ironside said:

No heart, no passion, zero ability - pretty much standard Millwall. And to think that that was your Cup Final!!! Bwahhahahahahaha.
Enjoy Div 1...

Hammer1976 said:

I was a little worried before the game but the gulf between clubs on the day was incredible. We had you pinned in your own third with only 10 men. There is not an article in the world which can hide the shame of the cancer chant, nothing can be said to hide your shameful faces.

And as for who should be out of business, not sure the strong club going back to the Premiership with new owners who have slashed the debt will the ones in trouble but I am sure a tiny club like Millwall could ever understand how it feels to flock 34 thousand a week...

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happyhammer86 said:

just a Micky mouse club say hello to the orient and if u wanna c some football next year id advise u t go to the valley u pikey mugs.

THE WHEELS ON YOUR HOUSE GO ROUND AND ROUND ALL DAY LONG

Hammer666 said:

Stop whinging you slags

Clinton said:

First thing first, I'm a West Ham fan.

But show some respect to both clubs. There's no rivalry or fixture to enjoy without the other club!

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