The Lions' Roar: Millwall strong away from home

By Giles Broadbent on March 7, 2012 10:37 AM |


By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club

We are certainly enjoying life away from home more than at The Den.

The 3-0 win at London Road, Peterborough, on Tuesday night was a much-needed result to extend the gap between us and the bottom three as well as provide the team and supporters with a boost in confidence.

The importance of that match cannot be underestimated after losing at home to promotion chasing Reading in the previous game.

With seven home league defeats this season our fortress reputation where opposition teams used to fear to come is long forgotten.

At least we played against Reading although we ultimately gained nothing. We all knew that facing them at home in their outstanding form would be a tough prospect. But come the end of the match our supporters went home feeling frustrated that we did not take at least a point.

The outfield players put in a good shift but a defensive mix-up cost us the game. This prompted our supporters to call for goalkeeper David Forde to be dropped.

Trouble is with back-up Steve Mildenhall out injured and the club unlikely to shell out on a loan keeper, Kenny Jackett has to keep faith with Forde.

The clean sheet at Peterborough proved it was a decent decision to stick with Forde.
Hopefully he can get through this difficult period and get back to his form of the last couple of seasons.

With the absence of top scorer Darius Henderson, two strikers in particular should be singled out for a special mention for their contributions to the team lately.

Recent signing Andy Keogh gave us the lead at Reading and when he scored our second against Posh he made it four goals in seven starts, with half of those on the wing. He is an intelligent player and a good finisher and looks like a great signing by Kenny Jackett.

Last week 19-year-old Harry Kane grew his reputation in the game by following up his first league goal with a goal for England U19 in their 2-1 home win over Czech Republic at Brisbane Road.

Kane set up our opening goal in the Reading match and scored the third goal at Peterborough. I would love to see him back at the club next season to continue his development.

We have a massive game away at fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest this Saturday. Another good performance and result there will go a long way to securing our Championship status for next season.