Things are definitely starting to look up for the Lions at the moment. With two wins in the last week and another home match on Saturday we are now up to eighth in the table, level on points with fifth place.
Saturday’s 2-1 win at Bramall Lane was a massive result for the team. Sheffield United are a big club in League One pulling in around 20,000 supporters for matches. Although we have been in good form of late, to go up there and win has given everyone at the club a lot of belief.
Indeed if we can go on and finish above the Blades in the table come the end of the season we will have a great chance of promotion.
Striker Aiden O’Brien scored a brace to make it seven goals already this season even though he has now moved onto the wing. This looks to be the season when the 22 year old striker comes of age. He can prove to be a real asset for us.
To follow that good result up with a home win against lesser opposition in Doncaster Rovers courtesy of a Steve Morison brace was very important as too often in recent seasons we have slipped up against team near the bottom of the table when our supporters were expecting a comfortable win prior to the match.
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That said we weren’t at our best in the Rovers match. We went 2-0 up after just eight minutes then promptly missed numerous chances before taking our foot off the gas and letting the Yorkshire side back into the match.
The deficiencies shown in that match indicate that despite our recent good form we will probably go onto lose several matches this season. We have a young team who are still learning but at least we are now looking at the right end of the table and more hopeful of how things could pan out.
In the FA Cup draw on Monday night we were drawn at home to AFC Fylde of the Vanarama National League North.
The Coasters are managed by ex-Tranmere Rovers player Dave Challinor and are top of the league so will be no pushovers. In some respects it is a shame we weren’t drawn away to get the opportunity to get in a new ground for our supporters.
This Saturday we entertain Bradford City . We owe the Yorkshire side having lost to them in last season’s FA Cup. A home win would help to continue the good feeling around the club.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club