The Fans' Roar: We beat Middlesbrough with luck
By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club
Saturday's win away at Middlesbrough was a hugely important victory for the Lions.
With five successive league defeats we had been slipping alarmingly towards a relegation dogfight for some time and desperately needed a result to arrest that decline.
We now have 44 points on the board and just three more wins will probably do the trick.
The return of Danny Shittu was a very important factor in getting the win.
Without him leading the team from the heart of defence, we probably would not have come away with the same result.
When the chips are down you need characters to lead the others and Shittu is the player to do that.
After the previous Tuesday's 5-1 stuffing at home to Peterborough, manager Kenny Jackett rung the changes dropping quite a few players including Adam Smith, Andy Keogh and Liam Trotter.
On paper that meant the team starting up at The Riverside was certainly not his strongest but it was full of character, real Millwall men like John Marquis and Alan Dunne who might lack the ability of the players they replace but make up for it with heart and fight.
We definitely rode our luck in the game with possession dominated by the home side and our first goal could have been disallowed either for offside or for a foul by Osborne.
We also had the linesman to thank for correctly ruling out an offside 'Boro 95th minute equaliser. But after our bad run we needed some luck.
We now need to build on this result with another tricky away game at Elland Road this Saturday.
Sadly we won't have much support there thanks to the actions of the West Yorkshire Police.
The game was moved to be a 12.30pm kick off some time ago, but we're used to that by now.
What is the more frustrating is the police are again forcing Millwall supporters to exchange vouchers for match-tickets at Wooley Edge Service Station within an hour window in advance of the game, thus making it impossible for our supporters to travel by train.
This is against the wishes of both Leeds United and Millwall and just presents an obstacle to loyal supporters who want to attend the match.
We hope the team put in another good away performance to reward those who make the effort to get to the match.