Fan's Roar: Millwall's Great Escape

By Rob Virtue on May 6, 2014 10:15 AM |



by Ian Toal

The Lions have done it! Millwall managed their own Great Escape.

The majority of our supporters, myself included had written us off just over a month ago after falling to the bottom of the table with eight matches left and with the team seemingly having forgotten how to win even a single match.

But we then went on an amazing run winning five of the eight matches and drawing three to finish the eight matches undefeated and vitally secure our Championship status for another season.

Going into Saturday's last match of the season we had to beat Bournemouth to be sure of survival.

My Bournemouth supporting friends were confident that despite them having nothing much to play for other than their highest placement in their history, they would turn us over.

I disagreed with their assessment as the match meant so much more not just to our team but especially to our supporters.

Our fans snapped up all the available tickets prior to the match and created and intimidating atmosphere for Bournemouth. Deep down they really didn't want the match as much as us.

That's not to say the Cherries did not create problems for us and needed Millwall's player of the season, David Forde to make some smart stops. But we had more than enough chances to put the game to bed.

Simeon Jackson was guilty of missing a couple of them, yet again. It's got to the stage when you start wishing someone else was on the end of the chances rather than him. On paper he looked like a good signing but it hasn't worked out so I doubt we will be seeing him at our club come next season.

Thankfully Martyn Woolford took one of his chances with a glancing header from a Garvan cross on 29 minutes which ultimately proved to be the winning goal. That was Woolford's ninth of the season and with an underscoring front line, those nine goals fully justify Woolford's third spot in the player of the season poll.

As it was, Doncaster lost and Birmingham could only secure a late draw which sent Donny down in their place meaning both teams finished below the Lions. But we didn't want to rely on other results and had to do the job ourselves which the team has done, not just on Saturday, but throughout the last eight matches of the season.

There were jubilant scenes at the end of the match and we hope to take this forward into the summer and eagerly look forward to see what plans Ian Holloway will put in place to allow us to have a more comfortable campaign next time out.

For now we will enjoy our success as there hasn't been a lot of that this season until recently.

Ian Toal is on the board of Millwall Supporters' Club