The Lions recovered from the frustration of the 1-0 defeat in the big match at Bradford on Easter Saturday to record a convincing 2-0 home win over top-of-the-table Burton Albion on Easter Monday in front of the Sky cameras. With results going against us earlier in the day we needed that win.
The defeat to Bradford moved the Yorkshire side into the play-off positions, just a point behind the Lions after edging a pretty dour encounter between two poor looking sides.
Conditions were tough but we failed to take the two clear chances we fashioned for Aiden O’Brien and Shaun Williams and that made the difference in the result. But both of those players made amends on Monday with O’Brien netting the first goal and Williams playing an excellent ball through to striker Lee Gregory for the second.
Some supporters were asking why we did not postpone the Bradford match given we had three players on international duty. Only two of them would have started at Bradford – winger Shane Ferguson and midfielder Jimmy Abdou.
I can understand supporters’ frustrations but we have been on a good run lately and their presence still couldn’t guarantee a win. At least by beating Burton it proved not to be a disastrous decision.
Manager Neil Harris in conjunction with the club decided not to postpone the match as he did not want a fixture pile-up towards the end of the season.
His team was further weakened at Bradford with Lee Gregory and Chris Taylor substituted under precautionary circumstances after getting knocks against Sheffield United in Gregory’s case and a lack of football lately for Taylor.
We had great news last week when right-back Marlon Romeo signed a new contract up to the summer of 2019 and Millwall under 15 defender, Rob Strachan was called up to the England under 16s squad for the Montaigu tournament in France.
Romeo has been a revelation since breaking into the side in February and looks to have a great future in the game.
On Saturday we make the short journey to Colchester to take on the Essex side who have showed some better form lately. We need to keep the pressure on the sides around us though by picking up a win there and will do so in front of a sold out away support.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club