It’s amazing what a week can do in turning around the morale at a club. A week ago we were sitting 22nd in the table and facing two away matches.
Plenty of our supporters were questioning the players, manager Neil Harris and the board.
A week later after securing away wins at both Crewe and Port Vale we are up to 12th. Things now look a whole lot rosier than they did before those two wins which maintained our unbeaten away record this season. We just now need to secure our first home league win this season for us to truly believe we have turned the corner.
Aiden O’Brien was the toast of Millwall supporters after his hat-trick up at Gresty Road on Saturday netting all three goals in a 3-1 victory. Crewe were bottom of the table and without a league win all season and were there for the taking, but given our patchy form this season a win was not totally expected.
Hat-tricks for Millwall players have not been that common in recent years. Lee Gregory netted one against Derby County last season but that was the first hat-trick for The Lions since January 2012 when Darius Henderson netted all three against Barnsley.
Millwall supporters now hope that O’Brien can now kick on following that hat-trick and find the net regularly which Gregory himself has not been able to do often enough following his own hat-trick.
O’Brien had only scored twice in 37 Millwall appearances before Saturday. He has shown plenty of promise in his fledging Millwall career, but there had been some doubts about his ability to finish chances. Hopefully this can be a watershed moment for the young Irish striker.
Without a striker netting regularly we will struggle to make a real impression on the league, but with those goals there is less pressure on the defence and we can convert those tight matches into wins and could well have a decent season ahead of us.
To follow that win up with another away win against a better team in the shape of Port Vale was an impressive result on Tuesday night.
I enjoyed the fact we took our game to Port Vale and blitzed them at the start of the match getting numerous efforts on target before Mark Beevers broke the deadlock. A clean sheet is always welcome given how leaky our defence has been in recent seasons.