Millwall’s great away form continued on Saturday (February 6) with an excellent 3-0 away win at second placed Walsall in atrocious conditions.
The Lions have been better away from home this season as we are strongest in the counter-attack. Too often at home the away team does a similar job on us. They put lots of men behind the ball, soak up pressure then break and score.
We need to work out how we can improve our home form but in the meantime we need to continue to get the results away from home to keep us in contention for the play-offs.
It was an excellent second half performance up at the Bescot Stadium after Walsall looked the much stronger team in the first half. A huge plus was 20-year-old right back Marlon Romeo on his debut.
He was very unlucky to get booked in the first half for a full-blooded tackle in which he won the ball, but he did not let that faze him. In the second half he played a glorious one-two with winger Jed Wallace and ran into the box before firing past the Walsall keeper Roberts to put us 2-0 up.
Romeo looks like a great prospect and worthy of keeping his place in the team for our trip to Rochdale on Saturday (February 13).
Striker Lee Gregory maintained his prolific recent form notching up two more to make it five successive matches with his name on the scoresheet. Since he put in a poor performance against Oxford in the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Area Final he has put himself about a lot more, bullying the opposition at times. He still can improve but now looks like a goalscorer at this level and worth his place in the team.
More than that, the partnership with Steve Morison is starting to come good. The pace on the wing offered by Jed Wallace is making us an even more dangerous counter-attacking side.
We need to follow up the win at Walsall with another at Rochdale as Southend are level on points and we have moved to within a point of Coventry City.
Things are getting interesting and we need to maintain the pressure. Saturday’s visit to Spotland will be our first since April 1965 so I expect a decent following up there as it will be a new ground for many Lions fans to tick off the list.