The Fans' Roar: No curse as Millwall back in form
By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club
Rather than let the recent defeat at Ipswich see the start of a bad run, the Lions instead got an important win against promotion chasing Leicester at The Den this Saturday and nearly followed it with a win against Brighton at the Amex on Tuesday night.
Kenny Jackett made a couple of changes for the match against the Foxes, pitching in Dany N'Guessan for his first start of the season in place of striker Andy Keogh and bringing Scott Malone in at left-wing for Chris Taylor.
With Keogh struggling with a broken toe and Leicester being a former team of N'Guessan you could see why Jackett made that switch.
Dropping Taylor was more of a surprise but you never know whether it was because he was carrying a knock or laid low by illness or just that Jackett was sending a message to him that he wanted to see more from him.
In the end it was the substitutes that had a big part in the goal that separated the sides as Keogh exchanged passes with Trotter before cutting back to an unmarked Taylor who netted from six yards out.
But we had to weather a storm from a good Leicester team who will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
In the first half both teams had chances but we were lucky to go in at half-time level. After we scored we had to defend plenty of balls played into the box. It was a hard earned win.
It at least put pay to one supposed curse as Jackett was named ad manager of the month for November after securing 16 points out of the 18 available. We just need to keep this form going.
Off the pitch we had some sad news as a legend amongst Millwall supporters, Ian Garwood, or Tiny as he more commonly known as, sadly passed away following a battle with cancer.
He always greeted fellow Lions supporters with a great big smile and the tributes paid to him this week showed just how fondly he was thought of by many supporters and indeed respected countrywide.
Against Brighton we would have taken a point before the match but after being 2-0 up from a double by Chris Wood - including a wonder strike for the second - it felt like a defeat when they equalised from the spot with just a minute of normal playing time left.
Unfortunately, Brighton had resorted to throwing themselves on the floor and the referee was buying it every time so you could see a penalty for the home side coming. We'll take the point though as our attention turns to Barnsley at home this Saturday.