This week the Lions followed a similar pattern to the week before, a home win followed by a frustrating away defeat.
To respond to the defeat and poor performance up at Fleetwood Town last week with a 1-0 victory at home to Bury was a great effort. Bury have enjoyed a good start to the season and the win saw us leapfrog the Lancashire side in the table.
We even had to deal with our senior striker Steve Morison suffering illness overnight. He was named on the bench and, despite being under the weather, put in a solid 30 minutes to demonstrate how much fight this team has.
Stand-in skipper Shaun Williams netted the winner from 20 yards but it was goalkeeper Jordan Archer who stole the plaudits with a Gordon Banks like save from a bullet header after which he managed to get up to make the second part of a double-save. Save of the season.
Tuesday night’s trip to Burton Albion was always going to be tough with the Brewers sitting in third place in the table. However, Millwall made sure they didn’t look a good side until they went 2-0 up against the run of play. From there the visitors who gave in too easily and resorted to the long ball too often.
We did get a goal back as Joe Martin netted from a corner and we could easily have got the equaliser we deserved but it was not to be as Burton went top.
Neil Harris has managed to get a couple of players out on loan to give them first-team football. Winger Paris Cowan-Hall joined Bristol Rovers while Jack Powell joined National League Braintree.
Both players have plenty of skill and ability but both need to apply that better if they are to have a successful career. It always disappoints me when I see players that have a lot of promise but fail to translate that into a solid career at our club.
Next up are a couple of cup matches to give us a break from the hectic league action. We entertain Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday in the FA Cup 2nd round at The Den. Young winger Fred Onyedinma will probably be looking forward to that match after a successful loan spell there last season.
Then on Tuesday night we make the short trip to Roots Hall to play Southend United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final. A visit to Wembley is getting much closer in that competition but we will need to improve on our away form to get past the Shrimpers.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club