Every match is a big one at this point in the season and Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Shrewsbury Town was just that.
After the Lions went in 1-0 down at half time – having not played very well in the first half – it was key to turn things round and get the three points.
Manager Neil Harris was bold to change things at half-time by taking off left-back Joe Martin and replacing him with forward Aiden O’Brien to put the Lions to take the game to Shrewsbury.
All three of our goals came from set-pieces to some extent and – evidence that we have been working hard at them at the training ground. Indeed, a fine save from the Shrews keeper Mark Halstead just before half-time prevented another set-piece goal.
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With two big centre halves in Mark Beevers and Byron Webster to add to striker Steve Morison we have plenty of aerial threat to attack decent balls.
The goal that brought us back level was a cracker by our pocket dynamo midfielder Ben Thompson. A corner was half cleared and he controlled the ball with his chest before smashing dipping volley past Halstead.
Thompson put in yet another man-of-the-match performance including two brilliant runs down the wing when he surged past the opposition players. The performances he has given in this last month have been excellent and bode well for his future in the game. He looks like a modern version of Alex Rae. If Thompson has half the career Rae did, then he will do us just fine.
Saturday’s match was the 10th annual Dockers Day at The Den when the clubs close history with Dockworkers is celebrated. Along with several dockers being entertained by the club for the day a memorable former team is invited back for the day and this season saw the Youth FA Cup winning team from 1990/91 return.
Reading social media after the match the team were so grateful to Millwall supporter Chris Bethell who organised the day to allow them to get together again. This annual event is another example of why we are a special club.
Saturday sees the current Millwall first team travel up to Coventry for another important match. We were well beaten, 4-0 by the Sky Blues back in August but we are a much better team now and hope to avenge that defeat.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club