Fan's Roar: Could Millwall upset QPR?
By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club
After the couple of heavy defeats for the Lions, the International break came at a good time. At least our Under 21 team, helped with a few permitted over-age players, showed the first team what they should be doing with a 3-0 home win over their Ipswich counterparts.
Now the first team need to follow that up with just about the toughest match they could face, when we entertain top-of-the-table QPR at The Den this Saturday.
After nine goals conceded in the last two matches you wouldn't be sticking your neck out if you predict us to get turned over by a significant amount against QPR.
However, after many years watching the Lions I have learnt we are most dangerous when we are facing a strong team near the top of the table, in a match that we are not expected to get much joy out of.
It must be a psychological thing in that the players all know they need to perform as near as dammit 100 per cent and work so hard in closing the opposition down and putting in some big tackles early on to set the tone and ultimately get a positive result.
This is what the team need to do on Saturday and then the crowd will respond and provide such a backing that it will almost certainly intimidate the opposition.
However, on the flipside, if we fall behind and lose the game from more sloppy defending, it won't be a pleasant afternoon for our under pressure manager Steve Lomas.
Some of our players have had the welcome distraction of International football this week.
Goalkeeper David Forde had another outstanding man-of-the-match display for Ireland despite conceding four in the defeat in Cologne versus Germany last Friday night. At least he followed that up with a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in Dublin on Tuesday night.
Jermaine Easter had a better experience result wise when he made a 90th appearance for Wales in their 1-0 victory other Macedonia on the same night but didn't make it onto the pitch in their credible 1-1 draw in Brussels against a strong looking Belgium outfit.
One of the biggest stories this week was ex-loannee Andros Townsend making a great scoring debut for England against Montenegro last Friday and then following it up with a good contribution in the vital win over Poland.
When he was at Millwall you could see he had class and always willing to back himself. Hopefully he will carry this form on to the World Cup next year.
As pleasing as it is for England to make it to Brazil and for our Lions on International duty for other countries, we are back to the serious stuff this Saturday with vital league points at stake.
We must turn this bad form round quickly before it's too late.