The Fans' Roar: Lions' disappointed with derby draw

By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club


The south London derby against Charlton on Saturday promised so much with so many of our supporters declaring how they hadn't looked forward to a game as much as this one for ages.

In the end we went home a bit disappointed not to have claimed all three points after totally dominating the game and in particular the second half when we pinned them back.

We clipped the woodwork twice and had other efforts either saved or just wide of the post, while I cannot remember a single save by our goalkeeper David Forde.

With a sell-out home end on the back of a 12-game unbeaten run some of us were a little bit more reserved as we had experienced numerous other big games where things have been built up so much prior to the match and have then gone horribly wrong.

Charlton were in decent form too, having won four of their previous five games.

With us being so dominant in the second half there was a nasty feeling whenever the Robins did break into our half that it would just be typical for us to dominate a match and yet concede from one mistake.

Thankfully that did not happen as Charlton failed to offer anything going forward and a nil-nil draw meant our unbeaten run now extends to 13 games.

We travel to Ipswich Town on Saturday, who are now managed by former Millwall boss Mick McCarthy.

The Tractor Boys have had an upturn in form lately after McCarthy got the job there, so there will be an added spice to the game.

Hopefully we can get either James Henry or Liam Trotter back for the match as, although others have filled in decently, the little bit extra these two players can give us will boost our chances of claiming maximum points.

It was great to see The Den full in the home stands and with a very decent turn-out in the away end.

The truth is if we didn't fill the home end against local rivals. off the back of the run we have had, it would have been a poor show.

With a couple more home games in the run-up to Christmas - Leicester at home on December 15 and Barnsley on December 22 - we desperately need as many as possible to come back for those matches and spur the team on to success.

Rumours were flying about last week that we have agreed a transfer fee with Sheffield Wednesday for loanee centre-back Mark Beevers.

From what people are saying, we just need to agree terms with the player before completing the deal when the transfer window opens in January.

Hopefully there is substance to these rumours as he has been immense since signing and would be a real bargain for the Lions at the rumoured £250,000 fee.