It’s been a great to start the season for Millwall with two comfortable wins, 3-0 over Oldham Athletic at The Den on Saturday followed by a 4-0 win at Barnet in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
To get off the mark in the first match really settles nerves. If we had failed to win that first game we could have been a little while down the line before getting that first points on the board with three away matches to come. We want to get off to a better start than last season and not have to play catch-up with the early pace-setters.
We breezed into a three-goal lead against The Latics thanks to a converted penalty from Lee Gregory and goals from Aiden O’Brien and Byron Webster, both from corners.
From there we took our foot of the gas in the heat which was more suited to playing cricket. Some of our supporters were questioning why we didn’t go for the jugular and knock five or six past a poor Oldham team and send out a message of intent to the rest of the division.
With games coming Saturday and Tuesday for the first fortnight of the season I’m not too disappointed that we throttled back as long as we do well in the next few matches.
Against Barnet the second goal was key and that killed the match off. Again we netted from two set-pieces and a penalty to continue the great strike rate from set plays. If we can continue to be solid in defence we could well have a productive season as we have goals in our team.
Neil Harris has improved the squad with two useful additions in wingers David Worrall and Greg Wylde signed from Southend and Plymouth respectively.
If they both have big impacts this season then we should be challenging at the right end of the table. We have lost centre-back Mark Beevers to Bolton, but captain Tony Craig looks determined to step up after an injury-ravaged season last time out.
To keep hold of strikers Lee Gregory, Steve Morison and goalkeeper Jordan Archer was very important. Indeed we turned down a £1.2million bid for Gregory from Rotherham United.
Saturday’s trip to relegated MK Dons will be a test for us at this point of the season and a trip to Peterborough quickly follows on Tuesday night.
Neil Harris says
The manager told the club's website :
"I was delighted with the group performance. There were some individual displays which were outstanding and a few players certainly took their opportunity to play and impress me, their team-mates and the fan base.
"I was delighted with the attitude and the desire, and the defensive responsibility was very good. You can talk about the flair but defensively we had to stand up strong because they had seven or eight players really attacking the set-pieces, whether they be long throws, corners of free-kicks.
"We have had to good games and two promising results, but we've achieved nothing yet and MK Dons at the weekend will be the toughest we've faced so far."
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