Rotherham’s 2-1 win over Reading on Tuesday night finally confirmed Millwall’s relegation.
Our return to League One is not really a surprise as it has been on the cards since we lost 2-1 away to Rotherham back on the February.
I am less disappointed this time round because at least we went down fighting with Neil Harris as temporary manager. Since his appointment I cannot fault the efforts of the team. They have put everything into their performances and have given us a little bit of hope for next season.
Losing home and away to Rotherham were the disastrous results that really highlighted our shortcomings in too many areas this season.
We are going to have to rebuild for next season but I hope Neil Harris gets the job permanently as he knows what we need to do. He has promised that our home performances will be more in the face of the opposition, something that was lacking under Ian Holloway.
Saturday’s match against Derby County was a real sickener. To be leading 2-0 and then 3-1 but only come out with a point in a game we simply had to win was hugely disappointing.
But the same could not be said of the team. They flew into the challenges and gave Derby, a team chasing promotion, a difficult afternoon. Lee Gregory up front was excellent producing the best performance since he joined the club in the summer. Gregory bagged a hat-trick including two penalties and showed a lot of bottle to stepping up to the spot after missing one recently.
With form like that it gives our supporters some confidence that, come next season, Gregory has the ability to make a significant contribution to the goal tally.
Harris took a season to adjust to professional football and then became our leading all-time goalscorer and Gregory can only benefit from Harris’s experiences if he is appointed manager.
Away from The Den our former captain Paul Robinson was award the Portsmouth Player of the Season. Robbo lost a yard of pace from the injuries he has sustained over the past few years, but I wonder whether we should have kept him at the club this season to assist a team that was shipping in goals on a regular basis.