Fan's Roar: Some daylight at last for Millwall

By Rob Virtue on December 9, 2013 10:08 AM |

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By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club

The Championship table looks a lot healthier for us after our vital 2-1 win against Wigan Athletic at The Den on Saturday.

We made it hard for ourselves as per normal though.

Rejuvenated striker Steve Morison put us ahead after just 92 seconds and when substitute Jermaine Easter latched onto an exquisite through ball by Liam Trotter and fired home past ex-England keeper Scott Carson to put us two up you thought we would coast home.

But Wigan got a goal back within a minute of Easter netting through James McArthur and it needed a smart stop by David Forde to guarantee the three points.

Forde had another superb match in front of the watching Eire manager Martin O'Neill.

One of the first half stops when the ball was seemingly past Forde and he somehow managed to palm it over was simply breath-taking. It almost reminded you of Gordon Banks it was that good!

It was a hard working performance for the Lions.

With Uwe Rosler watching on from the stands after being named as the new Wigan manager earlier in the day and with the decent quality of players in their team, we knew we would be in for a tough match.

At the moment the main priority is points rather than performances and with us now up to 17th in the table things are looking a little bit better for us.

Not in terms of points above relegation, as we are still only five points away from third from bottom, but in terms of dragging other teams into the scrap at the bottom.

We now have Middlesbrough, Birmingham and Doncaster below us and Wigan, Bolton and Bournemouth just a point ahead. The more teams you can keep between yourselves and the relegation places the better.

We are now seven games unbeaten at home. Nothing much of an achievement just yet to be honest, but at least it gives us something to build on.

We now need to perform better away from home, definitely in terms of defending. We need to start picking up points on the road and need to keep clean sheets to do that.

Our trip to Ewood Park this Saturday won't be easy but it's a good place to start to show better form on our travels.

On Sunday we were drawn away to Southend in the FA Cup 3rd round.

That's an interesting draw for several players who have connections with both clubs.

Coach Neil Harris finished his playing days at his local club Southend after becoming our leading goalscorer before joining them.

Former Lions Mark Phillips and Marc Laird now ply their trade at the Essex club as well with Phillips in particular being a fans favourite at Roots Hall and a scorer of several set-piece goals.

Although cup games are often levellers it gives us a good opportunity to progress in the competition and emulate our run last season to the semi-final.

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