Millwall’s terrible home form has already secured an unwanted record. This season is the first time in the club’s history that the Lions have lost our first four home league matches.
While we currently have the best away record in the Football League, at the same time we have the worst home record. We have not won at home on a Saturday since October 2014 and not won at 3pm on a Saturday since August 2014.
The manager and players have been talking about making the Den a fortress again for a long while now but they cannot seem to put that into practice.
Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Southend United was disappointing in that the Essex side scored with both of their only efforts on target. Had we taken the lead while we were on top in the match maybe it would have been a different story, but ultimately we failed to score at home yet again.
Following on from two away wins we expected that the Southend match would be the one where we finally started to turn our home form around. Instead now we need to spend another week training hard and trying to work out what can be done to get that home win by the time we entertain Rochdale on Saturday.
There are fine margins between success and failure. Even when we play better we are still coming up short at home.
To pinpoint exactly where the problems lies is not straightforward. To pick a few things out where we are not at our best, one is a common problem of a lack of quality in the final third to be able to turn half chances into clear-cut chances.
Another is set pieces which are important both defending and attacking. We have conceded a few goals from set pieces this season but again failed to convert any of the 12 corners we had ourselves against The Shrimpers.
In terms of personnel, maybe resting Fred Onyedinma and bringing Paris Cowan-Hall in to start might be the right move.
Another possible change is to bring in either Shane Ferguson or Joe Martin into left-back to give us a bit more going forward.
One thing for certain is that we cannot keep up our excellent away form for the rest of the season and unless we start to win at home soon we will always be struggling in the table.