Millwall rue missed chances at Bolton

By Rob Virtue on January 14, 2013 11:55 AM |

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By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club

A point up at the Reebok on Saturday against Bolton was a decent return. Indeed if you had told us back in August that we would take four points off them given they were in the Premier League last season, we would have been very happy indeed with that.

That said, with play-off rivals Watford winning at the weekend, we are starting to lose ground on them and we need nothing less than maximum points from our home games if we are to mount a serious challenge for a play-off spot.

The problem in the Bolton match, as in pretty much all the games since Chris Wood left the club, is taking the chances we are creating. Dany N'Guessan was the main culprit on Saturday.

Whether it's a new signing or the current players at the club stepping up to the plate, we need to increase the amount of chances we convert otherwise the play-offs will get further and further away.

Kenny Jackett made a positive move in the chase for a play-off spot last week when he strengthened the left wing position after signing Martyn Woolford from Bristol City.

Woolford scored the winner against us in the 2009/10 Play-off Final for Scunthorpe and has always looked like a skilful player when we've seen him in action.

He made a steady, if unspectacular debut up at Bolton but pleasingly he got stuck into a few challenges and almost scored a screamer which would have been a great way to win over the Lions' supporters.

Given that he has mainly been on the bench at Bristol City you would think he will improve with each game he plays for Millwall.

Rumours are about that we are trying to secure another couple of Bristol City players, strikers Steven Davies and Ryan Taylor. With the Bristol City manager Derek McInnes getting the bullet on Saturday it will be interesting to see how those potential deals progress.

The FA Cup fourth round match with Aston Villa has been confirmed that it will be played on Friday, January 25 at 7.45pm.

Tickets are now on general sale for what should be a cracking game, although defender Shane Lowry will miss out against his former team as he will be serving a suspension for picking up his tenth booking of the season at Bolton.

Before that we will be concentrating on our home league match against Burnley this Saturday in which we will be attempting to keep in touch with the other play-off chasers.

Away from the first team, two lifelong Millwall supporters Jase Pickering and Geoff Williamson recently presented Demelza House Hospice, Eltham with a cheque for £3,000 from the Finlay Cooper Fund, the charity set-up by former Millwall, Middlesbrough and England player Colin Cooper after his son Finlay was tragically killed in a choking accident before his second birthday.

Colin, who played for Millwall between 1991 and 1993, said: "This is the second time we have helped the Demelza Hospice in recognition of both my very happy years spent in the area when I was with Millwall and in recognition of the fabulous fundraising undertaken by Jason and other Millwall fans for our fund."