The Fans' Roar: Burnley humble toothless Millwall

By Rob Virtue on January 21, 2013 11:12 AM |


By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club

It was our first defeat of 2013 and probably our worst performance of the season in the inept 2-0 home defeat to Burnley last Saturday. We were truly awful.

Before the game all of us congregating around the ground were saying how glad we were that the game had beaten the snow, after the referee had passed the pitch fit to play at an 8.30am inspection.

By 5pm most of us wished the game had been called off instead. Nothing like a convincing home defeat on a freezing cold day to make it a depressing weekend.

As a supporter you can accept the odd defeat even at home, as long as the players have put in full effort and competed as best they could with the opposition.

Adam Smith and Jimmy Abdou apart, I don't think any of the players could truthfully say that about themselves after this match.

Former Lions player and Burnley manager, Sean Dyche managed to turn us over yet again - he really does seem to have the sign over us.

We gave them too much room especially near to our goal where too often they were unmarked and we were lucky to escape with just a 2-0 defeat when it could easily have been double that.

But it wasn't just at the back we had problems. Our midfield, despite the best effort of Abdou was overrun and up front the ball just didn't stick to allow us to create anything meaningful.

Ever since Chris Wood left the club we have struggled to score goals. Dany N'Guessan has been given plenty of chances and I'm afraid he shouldn't be given any more now especially in a partnership with Andy Keogh.

We need one of our two strikers to be a big lump so we can occupy the opposition
defenders and build our attacking play in that manner.

Keogh also had a stinker against Burnley constantly giving away the ball, but we know he is a class act and just needs matches to regain his form.

Manager Kenny Jackett has wanted to show some loyalty to N'Guessan and given him the opportunity to perform, but he is just not physical enough and, importantly, his touch is not good enough at this level.

He needs to be used only as an impact sub and not as the target man starting up front.

The short time that young striker John Marquis spent on the pitch showed how much we need a target striker.

Marquis is not the answer at the moment as he preferably needs to get first team experience out on loan at a League One or Two side.

Ideally we would have Darius Henderson to partner Keogh, but with Henderson injured yet again we might need to see who we can get in on loan.

With the wages we are paying Henderson supporters would like to see him injured less often and playing more.

Jackett did secure the services of 30 year old striker Nathan Tyson on loan from Derby for the rest of the season, but his second half substitute appearance on the left wing hardly set the world alight.

And worse still he picked up an ankle ligament injury that will probably keep him out for a month.

At least the Aston Villa FA Cup fourth round match at The Den on Friday night will give us a distraction from the league.