With Millwall’s scheduled away match against Port Vale on Saturday postponed due to international call-ups to for David Forde, Jimmy Abdou, Marlon Romeo, Shane Ferguson and Kyron Farrell it meant the Lions had a free weekend.
Plenty of training time then for the players to work on areas of their game that needed attention before they travel to Crewe on Saturday. It also has given us time to get some of our players fit.
It was great for the team finally to get a home win against Peterborough in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last week and we have got another home tie in the next round in the shape of Northampton. The match is awaiting date confirmation but is scheduled to be played during week beginning October 5.
We now need to transfer that winning feeling to our league form. As I have often noted, we can’t rely on points from the Den and so Saturday’s trip to Crewe will be a good opportunity given that the Railwaymen are currently bottom of the table without a win.
There are plenty of question marks over manager Neil Harris’s team. Shaun Williams put in a man-of-the-match display against Peterborough after he was dropped from the previous match against Chesterfield. Will he regain his league starting position?
Will either Joe Martin or Shane Ferguson be back to fitness? Will Tony Craig then revert back to centre-back? Will Carlos Edwards make his first league start after his comeback in the cup match? Will Steve Morison be leading the line?
With our poor start to the season Lions boss Harris is still finding out his best arrangement and we have to start looking like a cohesive team, not a bunch of individuals chucked together, which has been much of the problem this season.
Away from football, Millwall supporters took advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend to take part in the sixth Annual Charity 45K six-a-side tournament which was this year played on the Millwall Park to celebrate 130 years since Millwall Football Club was founded on the Isle of Dogs.
SE Lions beat four time winners, Nolu 1-0 in the final played at the park, site of our third ground before our move south of the river in 1910.
Presentations and a raffle were held afterwards in nearby Lord Nelson Pub, which doubled as our old changing rooms. Former Millwall striker Trevor Lee did the honours. Proceeds on the day went to the Foundation for Jimmy Mizen, with a contribution to the Tommy Blackmore Fund as we remembered two young Lion fans who lost their lives.