The Lions booked their place in the League One Play-off Final at Wembley in front of a passionate crowd at The Den last Friday night (May 20).
Nothing quite matches a full house at The Den. Supporters knew they had to provide vocal backing to the team to get them over the line by making the ground an intimidating place for the opposition.
Although Bradford had plenty of possession, especially in the second half, we limited them to a few chances and over the two legs thoroughly deserved to progress to Sunday’s final (May 29).
When Lee Gregory opened the scoring after half an hour most people thought the tie was over as the home team had brought home a 3-1 scoreline from Valley Parade.
But credit to the Bradford, they hit back quickly. By scoring before half time they gave themselves a foohold. Full credit to the Millwall team for the fight and spirit as they defended resolutely.
Supporters would have liked to have seen more possession in the Bradford half and less clearing the ball upfield, but sometimes you have to win ugly.
We now face Barnsley at Wembley with the prize a place in the Championship. Barnsley have been in good form in the last couple of months and looked impressive in a comfortable 6-1 over Walsall over their two-leg play-offs.
They also completed the double over us too so will provide stern opposition. That said we still have more than enough about us to overturn those league results. Hopefully it will be third time lucky.
Our strike duo of Lee Gregory and Steve Morison complement each other’s game nicely and provide a potent threat.
At the other end, centre-half Byron Webster had to be substituted against Bradford with an injury so we will be hoping he recovers to play against Barnsley. His height helps us defensively and offensively. We don’t want to be changing your defence too much for such a big game.
Whatever the result is on Sunday we have had a great season in comparison to the last few and have shown real progression.
The emergence of the young players has been a boost for the future of the club. Ben Thompson in particular has really been taken to by the supporters. He is a passionate player that supporters can get behind. That passion will be needed in bucket-loads on Sunday.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club