Millwall have been thrown a lifeline in their quest for Championship survival after news on Monday that Rotherham played an ineligible player, Farrend Rawson, in their recent 1-0 win over Brighton.
With Rawson playing the full 90 minutes, the Football League might take away those three points and put us within touching distance of Rotherham. The Football League has promised to announce a decision before the end of the season.
With this news coming out before our vital home match against Wigan it gave everyone connected with the club a boost. Suddenly even our most pessimistic supporters could see a way out of the mess. We knew a win would put us just four points behind Rotherham.
The Wigan match on Tuesday night was a feisty affair with three sendings off, two for Wigan. Ed Upson's departure and subsequent absence for Millwall will be a real blow.
It was an unlikely goal hero who opened our scoring as Jimmy Abdou netted a well-placed header to put us one up. Substitute Magaye Gueye ran half the length of the pitch before slotting home to raise the roof. That win along with Rotherham’s error could well save our season.
Before all this, in Saturday’s match against in-form Watford, the Lions fought every inch of the way and despite the 2-0 defeat there was not much between the two teams. The difference was just quality in the final third.
In particular, Watford’s Matej Vydra was the difference. He put Watford one-up on 26 minutes and then displayed some nice quick passing for the second goal on 56 minutes, both of which could easily be claimed to be against the run of play. It was not a 2-0 match, but too often this season we could say we were unlucky to lose.
The appointment of Neil Harris has seen an improvement in the performances. The real change is how hard he has the team working when we don’t have possession. We close down the opposition better and try to force them into mistakes.
Millwall supporters demand full effort and respond with vociferous support when they see the results. If Harris keeps us up even with the assistance of some points deductions, his legendary status at Millwall will be confirmed.
Cardiff v Millwall, Saturday, 3pm