Saturday’s point away at Cardiff was enough to keep our slim hopes of survival alive. Yes a victory would have been even better but a point may be, just may be, enough.
At least, with two or three matches to go, we have clarity about what is required, providing extra firepower to motivate the players.
Unless Rotherham have points deducted for fielding an ineligible player we need to aim to win all three of our remaining matches including Tuesday night’s match at Blackburn.
In the 0-0 draw at Cardiff both sides could have won it with both sides hitting the woodwork. Centre-back Mark Beevers was the unlucky Lions player following Bluebird’s Joe Ralls.
Near the end Gary Taylor-Fletcher had a great chance to seal the win from nine yards but he failed to connect properly and didn’t trouble the Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall.
After losing away to Rotherham I never thought we would still be in the hunt with three matches to go. So whatever happens, the interim management team of Neil Harris and Dave Livermore have to take a lot of credit in how they have addressed the problems and put a more competitive team on the pitch.
Lots of our supporters have been questioning why the club didn’t dispense with Ian Holloway sooner as with the form showed by the team since Harris and Livermore were appointed would have seen us stay up had the club made the changes sometime during January.
Trouble is there were other things at work with the compensation that Holloway was demanding created a stand-off. Indeed he was only removed when it was clear the situation could not possibly continue any longer.
In football sometimes it is also important to be a little more even balanced. Just because there has been a run of results following the appointment of a new manager there is nothing to guarantee that those results would have come if the appointment was made earlier in the season, or even the form would continue for a longer period after the initial upturn in form.
Sometimes you just need to enjoy it when you are getting better results than question why this or that wasn’t done. Life is rarely perfect when you support Millwall.