Saturday’s 3-0 win at home to Blackpool was a comfortable afternoon for Millwall as we took two chances early on and were 2-0 up within 25 minutes.
That settled the team down, probably too much as Blackpool were poor and we stayed in first gear for the rest of the match. The performance was nowhere near as good as the one we put in against Wigan on the previous Tuesday when we drew 0-0, but by taking the chances early on Saturday it got us the better result.
More results went in our favour on Saturday and we are now starting to look a good bet for a play-off finish. Had we taken one of the numerous chances we created against Wigan, automatic promotion would have been a decent probability.
There is a lot of football left this season and we need to keep on getting the positive results to put a good gap between us and those just below the play-offs. We need a buffer should we hit a bad spell.
Saturday’s match was the fourth annual “Jimmy’s Day” at The Den. Since Millwall supporter Jimmy Mizen’s murder in May 2008 his parents Barry and Margaret Mizen have been determined they will not be beaten by Jimmy’s death and that something good will come from it.
This year we were remembering not just Jimmy, but other London youngsters that lost their lives to violence. Families related to Tommy Blackmore, Alan Cartwright, Sam Guidera, Rob Knox, Goodwin Lawson, Danny O’Shea and Connor Saunders were at the Blackpool match and were presented with signed shirts from their respective clubs, Millwall, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Chelsea.
I knew Tommy Blackmore well as he played for the Millwall Supporters Club football team I run since he was just a boy. This season Tommy has been very much on our minds every time we take to the pitch and we have a cup quarter final away to Preston due at Easter in a competition we desperately want to win for Tommy.
Saturday sees the first team travel to Swindon. The Robins were the worst team I have seen this season when we turned them over 2-0 back in October but since then they have turned things around and are now 12th in the table having won their last four matches. An altogether tougher proposition than they were back in October.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club