It’s been a pretty good week for the Lions and it was so nearly an excellent week. We finally won a home league match at the fifth time of asking on Saturday.
Things were getting desperate but a 3-1 win against fifth-placed Rochdale was well deserved. Rochdale looked a poor outfit but their supporters told me it was the worst they had played this season.
For once the Lions were clinical in the final third. Both starting strikers had good matches. Steve Morison netted a goal with a calm, experienced striker’s finish and his partner Aiden O’Brien set up all three goals.
We even had the rare sight of a Jimmy Abdou goal. We still had 15 minutes in the second half where we sat back and invited pressure but thankfully the third goal settled the match at the right time.
It was hugely important to relieve the pressure that was building at home. Millwall teams of the past, more often than not, had a proud home record. Teams used to fear coming to The Den.
Although our current ground will never have the same fear factor of the Old Den, we still should not be surrendering so many points.
We followed Saturday’s win up with a 2-2 draw at Wigan on Tuesday night (September 29) – they spoilt the party by equalising in the 92nd minute.
The Latics are undefeated at home this season so we should be happy with the point despite coming so close to beating them. We are not the finished article just yet, but our young team seem to be learning and improving with the experience of the matches.
With a short trip to Peterborough on Saturday followed by a Johnstones Paint Trophy 2nd round match at home to Northampton on Tuesday night we have the opportunity to confirm that we have turned our season round and start to encourage our supporters to get down
The Den to back the team in bigger numbers than we saw against Rochdale.