Millwall 3, Oldham 0
Millwall were tipped as one of the favourites to escape League One after their resilient late run last time around. Although it counts for little, it still counts for something that they sit atop the table after a single game.
Three goals and three points on the opening day against Oldham with Lee Gregory, Aiden O’Brien and Bryon Webster getting a first day boost.
Fitness is inevitably still an issue, especially under a blistering sun, but Millwall can shift up the gears as they’re back in action on Tuesday at Barnet – in the EFL Cup although injured Gregory is a doubt.
Manager Neil Harris told the club’s website : “I’m delighted with the three points and with the performance for the first 50 minutes. After that I thought, perhaps not surprisingly, given it was the first game of the season on a sticky pitch in that heat, we took our foot off the pedal.
“I’m hopeful that we’ll be adding Harry Smith to the group in the near future. He has done really well for us on trial and we have agreed a fee with Folkestone for his services. It’s just a question of tying up a few loose ends.”
Bury 2, Charlton 0
With the boost provided by the appointment of Russell Slade, Charlton are also hotly tipped to bounce straight back to the Championship. However, they disguised their talent with a disappointing 2-0 defeat in the north.
Perhaps match fitness was lacking as the goals came late – a 71st minute penalty and a Kevin Etuhu strike on 87 – and Charlton had shown promise in the first half.
Slade told the club’s webiste : “You don’t want to get off to a disappointing start and that’s what has happened. We will struggle if we don’t value the basics.
“We conceded from a corner and from the penalty spot – that’s about doing he basics right. It’s a focus thing, a concentration thing and that’s an area that we have to get better at.
“It wasn’t a classic performance by any means but, in the second period, I thought we were the better side. We were starting to get on top, we were moving the ball much better.
Slade will be hoping the string of new signings come sooner rather than later as fan sentiment is still fragile.
They play Cheltenham Tower on Tuesday in the EFL Cup