The Fan's Roar: Blackpool woe for luckless Millwall
By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club
Four successive league defeats is a pretty dismal run. At least there were signs at Blackpool on Saturday that the bad run will end. We hit the woodwork three times in the match and only lost to an injury time goal by Blackpool substitute Nathan Delfouneso.
At least we finally found the net in this game, the first time since the Aston Villa FA Cup victory, with winger James Henry netting direct from a corner.
Recent signing Rob Hulse was unlucky not to open his Millwall account as he hit the woodwork twice.
Even after Delfouneso netted we so nearly got the equaliser when defender Shane Lowry hit the bar with virtually the last kick of the match.
We fielded yet another different strikeforce up at Bloomfield Road as youth loan signing Benik Afobe, signed last week from Arsenal for the rest of the season, partnered Rob Hulse from the start.
Afobe is an England Under-21 international having played in last week's 4-0 win over Sweden that fellow loanee Adam Smith also played in. Lions supporters hope that Afobe can be another loan success like Harry Kane was last season.
We had another Lion who had a successful international match last week.
Goalkeeper David Forde kept a cleansheet in Ireland's 2-0 home victory over Poland. The number one slot for Ireland must be up for grabs with current first choice Westwood not getting a look in at Sunderland.
As nice as it is to have your players representing their country, for us our real concern is our club and we need those few wins to allow us to relax a bit more and stop looking over our shoulder.
Hopefully the FA cup fifth round match at Luton this Saturday will provide a well-timed break from the league.
We need to beat Luton not just to get us into the quarter finals, but to give us some confidence for when we return to league action. The home game against Peterborough on Tuesday 19th is starting to look increasingly important.
Despite our bad form, the 1,500 tickets for the Luton cup match went in little over an hour after they went on sale.
At Millwall we haven't got in place any loyalty scheme or away season tickets meaning there was a free-for-all for the 6,200 season ticket holders at 9am last Monday to see who could get the tickets.
This produced an overloaded website that fell over as there was not enough bandwidth to cope, meaning many of our supporters who wanted to attend have missed out.
I know there are not many times during a season where our allocation cannot meet at least the demand of our season ticket holders, but the club really should have something in place to allocate tickets more fairly the odd time it is required.