Fan's Roar: Millwall face a fight with Charlton

By Rob Virtue on February 11, 2014 11:47 PM |



by Ian Toal

Millwall are in a precarious position at the foot of the table.

The boost from having a new manager has worn off and although the end of the season is nearly three months away we are seemingly in a scrap with south-east London neighbours Charlton for the last relegation spot.

When you are so far out of form and as low on confidence as we currently are it is a very worrying position to be in.

The other teams just above us are starting to inch away and if we don't get a win or two soon, things will only get more anxious with every passing match.

We didn't expect to get much from the tough trip to Turf Moor last Saturday.

Even though we took the lead through Martyn Woolford, we were well beaten by promotion chasing Burnley come the final whistle.

That led us into a three match spell against teams around us in the division.

Manager Ian Holloway talked about it being a fantastic opportunity to get on a winning run.

But we didn't take advantage of the first of those three matches at Huish Park on Tuesday night when we could only muster a 1-1 draw against Yeovil after falling behind in the second half.

A point is better than the disaster a defeat would have been though and we had a couple of decent opportunities to get the winner in injury time but, despite starting the match with four strikers on the pitch in a very attacking line-up, a return of one goal against a struggling Yeovil team is not enough.

We need to put that right against Bolton at The Den this Saturday. It is vital in that game not to fall behind given that we are struggling for goals.

The longer we go without a win the harder it is going to be for us to get on a run of positive results.

There are enough leaders in our dressing room, enough players that are vocal and now is the time for these players to step up and lift those around them.

With all these worries on the pitch the last thing the club needed was to learn last week that Lewisham Council had entered into an agreement to sell the land which the club currently lease.

The car park and the Millwall Community Scheme Leisure Centre are going to Renewal. The redevelopment company are looking to build around The Den and not agreeing to sell it to Millwall FC.

Things are very sketchy at the moment with the council and Millwall blaming each other for the sale.

A lack of a clear plan by the football club was cited by the council while the club couldn't believe the council had not spoken to them about their move to sell to Renewal.

The overriding problem for Millwall is with this sale of land you can't see how the club can financially benefit from the development of the surrounding area despite having already sunk a rumoured £3 million into the project.

Very worrying times indeed both on and off the pitch.

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