The Fans' Roar: Below par but winning well

By Jon Massey on November 12, 2012 10:30 AM |

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By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club

Our unbeaten run now extends to an impressive 9 games thanks to a close 2-1 home victory over Derby County at The Den last Saturday. We had to cope with a few key players missing, including top scorer Darius Henderson and in-form winger James Henry, who both picked up hamstring injuries in the previous match at Watford.

We also lost our other winger Chris Taylor during the second half of the Derby match.

With those absences, we were understandably a bit below par but, it is a sign of a good team when you win despite not playing your best.

For once we even benefitted from some good fortune from the officials.

A ball was crossed low into the box by left-back Shane Lowry and the flag went up after Andy Keogh made an attempt to go for the ball, but the ball flew past the striker well in front of him and made it to Feeney coming in on the far side who smacked it home.

A lot of the home supporters had not seen the flag go up and were celebrating the goal.

Derby had thought they had got away with it though as the assistant's flag was still raised and you rarely see an official change his mind.

But the referee Darren Drysdale went over to discuss with his assistant and after some deliberation he gave the goal to our delight.

Derby equalised in the second half with a cracker from 25 yards after the Millwall midfield parted to give Will Hughes far too much room and an opportunity to try his luck.

We thought it was going to be one of those days when we would not be able to cope with the loss of the players and would drop two points at home.

But Andy Keogh, only back in the team due to Henderson's injury, netted with a curling effort on 74 minutes.

He might have missed a couple of half chances earlier but he is a great striker at this level.

We're lucky to have the class of someone like Keogh to come into the side to ease the problem of missing players.

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At the other end stand-in skipper Danny Shittu, pictured, only really in the team due to injury of regular skipper Paul Robinson, has been immense.

He is rapidly becoming a real crowd favourite with his big challenges and booming headered clearances.

Such has been his recent form he was voted Lions Live Radio Show's October Player of the Month Award by Millwall fans and was presented with the award before Saturday's game.

We might not have a full-strength team at the moment, but we have a great match up next as we entertain Neil Warnock's Leeds United this Sunday with a 1.15pm kick off.

We expect a lively match at The Den in front of the TV cameras.

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