Millwall’s woeful home form struck again this week as we registered just one point from the six available in back-to-back matches.
We only managed a 0-0 draw against Fulham last Saturday followed by a terrible 3-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.
We are now at the stage where, if we don’t beat Rotherham away this Saturday, we will be left needing a repeat of the amazing run we enjoyed last season just to stay up.
The chances of that happening, given our current form and lack of anyone able to hit the back of the net regularly, are very slim indeed.
Tuesday night’s defeat was so frustrating. We went very close to scoring, with Aiden O’Brien’s effort blocked by a defender before Wednesday swiftly moved the ball up field and did what we should have and found the net. What was really worrying was how we collapsed from that point. We resorted to knocking everything aimlessly long.
The problem is our strikers. We need to think of another game plan. If we are going to knock the ball long from the back then Maierhofer has to play but with another player up alongside him.
That should probably be either Gary Taylor-Fletcher or Diego Fabbrini. In fact they could both start and switch between striker and left-wing positions during the match when it suits.
Lee Gregory has had enough chances this season. It is a big step up from playing non-league and, sadly, the gap is obvious.
Playing Aiden O’Brien in the last couple of matches following a hat-trick in the under 21s was worth a try but he is best used as a substitute along with Ricardo Fuller who tends to do better from the bench.
We have about 2,000 supporters travelling up to Yorkshire for our crunch match against Rotherham.
This is a time for the team to put right the numerous inept performances and results this season. But we then need to follow that up with results in the following tough matches against Middlesbrough and Norwich. A win against the Millers is key.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club