The Fans' Roar: We need to keep sheets clean

By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club

IanToal.jpgMillwall have stopped the rot with two battling points from successive away matches at Burnley and Bristol City.

That's a lot of travelling for both the team and our supporters and, following three successive defeats, it was important we stopped losing and got a few points in the bag.

It looks like being another long struggling season again for the Lions and those couple of points might prove important come the end of the season.

But these latest results should give the team's confidence a much needed lift.

Jackett has mixed his team up with Josh Wright dropping to the bench, Karleigh Osborne out injured and big Danny Shittu starting along with loan signing Chris Wood.

Experienced striker Darius Henderson was also dropped for the Burnley match and responded by scoring an injury time equaliser up at Turf Moor after coming off the bench and then getting another equaliser when he was back in the starting line-up against Bristol City.

By signing Chris Wood, Jackett is now able to juggle his three main strikers Henderson, Keogh and Wood.

This can only help as the pressure is on these forwards to score the goals we need and having a good option on the bench helps when you need to change the pattern of a game.

Competition for places also tends to bring that little bit extra out of players.

These two draws are decent results on their own but they will only really be deemed positive by backing them up with a win at home to Bolton this Saturday.

We played Bolton at home in the FA Cup last season and their class showed then but they seem to be lacking a bit of confidence this season.

There looks to be an interesting match-up between Lions defender Shittu and ex-Millwall loanee Kevin Davies.

You just know that this will be an old fashioned blood and thunder tussle.

We'll need to keep close tabs on Davies as we need to start to keep clean sheets to enable us to pick up the points we need to move away from the bottom of the table.

In our 10 League and Cup games so far this season we have not managed a single one.

This needs to be rectified sooner rather than later as we have conceded too many sloppy goals this season.

Our defensive record has been one of our strong points over the past few seasons and we will struggle to keep our heads above water if we don't get that quality back.

At least the team have showed good battling qualities in the last two away games making ourselves tough to beat again.

But with bottom of the table Peterborough winning at Barnsley on Tuesday night we need victories soon.