The air of unnatural excitement around Millwall’s life in League Divison One evaporated on Saturday, August 15, when Coventry left the Den with three points and four goals after a fractious encounter.

Lions manager Neil Harris said he team were “a shambles” allowing Adam Armstrong, with two goals, and Ruben Lameiras and Jim O’Brien to score for the Sky Blues without a response.

The travelling fans sang “We’re top of the league” and the game was wrapped up early with three goals in the first 23 minutes. Millwall’s fortunes were predicted in the fourth minute when Lee Gregory failed to convert a penalty that he had secured after a trip from goalkeeper Lee Burge.

The Lions spent most of the afternoon kicking and snapping at James Maddison and Ruben Lameiras who were both taken off midway through the second half as a protective measure.

Harris said: “We were a shambles to be honest. We didn’t react to going behind and that is extremely disappointing. This hurts.

“It’s clear that some of the players struggle to play here at the moment. That will show in my selection for Tuesday.”

Millwall face Barnsley at the Den on August 18