Chris Taylor had a second Millwall debut to remember after netting the winner in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday to complete the double over The Blades this season.
It took less than two minutes for Taylor to get on the scoresheet when he netted from a Steve Morison cross. That was a dream start after ex-player Taylor re-joined us last week on an emergency loan until the end of the season from Blackburn Rovers.
Taylor was good player when he was first with the club in the 2012-13 season in which he made 26 appearances. He was one who the majority of supporters were disappointed to see leave.
Supporters were pleased that the club moved very quickly to get in Taylor after losing loan winger Jed Wallace back to his parent club Wolves who recalled him early last week.
That was a real blow as Wallace has pace and skill and was a real danger on the break. Some supporters took to social media to complain about us improving other club’s players when we have them on loan – but that misses the point.
We benefited from taking these players, players we could not afford to sign permanently. Players like Wallace and before him, George Saville have added to the impressive youngsters we have developed ourselves.
Hopefully we can get to the stage where we have enough of our own home-grown players but with manager Neil Harris wanting a small squad to maintain competition that seems unlikely.
But what has improved is how sparingly Harris has used the loan signings compared to Ian Holloway’s wanton waste especially given that lots of his loans were players who were passed their best, looking for a last pay-day.
The recent form of our own players has started to see accolades of sorts bestowed upon them. Lee Gregory was named the PFA League One Player of the Month for February with teammate Steve Morison also being nominated for the award. Goalkeeper Jordan Archer was named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for the same month.
Off the pitch, the club recently announced that the Lewisham councillors will be coming to meet with the club in April to discuss the club’s plans for the redevelopment of the area around the ground.
It is vital for the future of the club that the Mayor of Lewisham’s cabinet do not proceed with the Compulsory Purchase Orders that they had planned previously.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club