Millwall secured an important 1-2 away win on our first visit to Chesterfield’s ground, the Proact Stadium.
It was vital to back up the home win the previous Saturday against Port Vale, with another result if we want to make the play-offs this season. We need to string a few results together and have a good opportunity to do that now with bottom of the table Crewe Alexandra up next at The Den this Saturday (January 30). That said, we need to be somewhere near our best to win matches whoever the opposition is.
The game at Chesterfield was a decent one with plenty of action at both ends. It was a game that either side could have won but we prevailed thanks to a few smart stops from goalkeeper Jordan Archer. If he keeps on progressing he will be a Premier League goalkeeper within three or four years. That is how talented the 22-year-old is.
It was another match in which we were poor in the first half and thankful to go on level terms. Speaking to another supporter at half-time, we were both in agreement thinking we would come out after the break with more purpose.
Quite often this season we have managed to put in a decent second half after a poor opening and this was another such case.
Lee Gregory had an excellent match. Just a couple of matches ago I doubted Gregory could make it at our club and was questioning if he had improved in the 18 months he had been at the club. The display at Chesterfield – full of running, strength and clever touches – shows he can do it but we need to see more of this now we know he can perform in such manner.
The match against Crewe is followed by the trip to the Kassam Stadium (February 2) where we will attempt to overcome the two-goal deficit in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final. We have ability to score the three goals but we would still need to keep Oxford out at the other end.
Millwall supporters have not given up hope on the tie though as the tickets sold out more than a week before the fixture even though they went on sale until after the first leg defeat. The club are even putting on a big-screen beam-back at the club, hosted be former favourites Jimmy Carter and Stuart Nethercott with tickets costing £10 for adults.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club