Fan's Roar: Millwall 'grit' is the difference
By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club
It's amazing how a week in football can change the whole atmosphere around a club.
Seven days ago Millwall were really struggling without a league win and, having just lost 5-1 at home to Derby County, manager Steve Lomas was getting nearer to the chop.
Fast forward a week and after two important wins against top of the league Blackpool and local rivals Charlton Athletic, Lomas has bought himself some time and the team's confidence must be looking up now.
The difference between success and failure is often a fine line and as much as you can be delighted with an away derby win and a clean sheet, we almost let Charlton back into the game in the last 10 minutes when they had a couple of half chances and Forde had to make vital stops.
Charlton could easily have snatched a draw with those chances and our lack of putting the game to bed could have cost us.
Still when you have been on a bad run like we have you will take any win even if the winner came via a big deflection!
The upturn in our form has coincided with three long-serving Millwall characters coming back into the starting line-up.
Club skipper Paul Robinson has replaced stand-in skipper Danny Shittu, fellow defender Alan Dunne has come back after suspension and Jimmy Abdou has replaced Shaun Derry in the heart of midfield.
Despite all the great signings made by Lomas in the summer sometimes you need a bit of Millwall grit to get that little bit extra to take you over the line in games.
Another plus has been the return of Steve Morison who has made a couple of substitute appearances in the last two games.
He has looked sharp in those appearances, more like he used to be when he previously wore a Lions shirt in his first spell at the club.
Winger Martyn Woolford has also finally settled into the team keeping out probably the best player at our club, James Henry.
One player leaving the club albeit temporarily last week was 21 year old striker John Marquis who joined Portsmouth on a month's loan.
Supporters have been saying for a couple of seasons that Marquis needs to go out on loan to gain experience so hopefully this move will benefit him.
Next up for the Lions is a feisty match at home to Leeds United this Saturday.
With a couple of important wins lately there should be a better crowd than there might have been if we were still rooted to the bottom of the table!
We need to keep our recent good run going to move away from the bottom half of the table.