It’s been a frustrating week for Millwall supporters. It’s been a week when plenty of results for teams around us in the promotion hunt have gone our way but we have failed to capitalise on those results with two successive draws.
That said Saturday’s 1-1 draw away to Doncaster Rovers was a fair result given the chances both sides had to win the match.
Steve Morison opened the scoring for us with a good half volley finish lobbing the keeper from outside the area but in the second half missed a chance that was much easier. But at the other end our goalkeeper Jordan Archer made a couple of decent stops.
Much more frustrating was the 0-0 draw at home to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night after The Latics were down to 10 men for more than half the match. We flew into the match and were on top before the sending-off, but our dominance was much more obvious in second half.
We battered the Lancashire side and the ball was flashing across from winger Jed Wallace but we failed to take the chances on offer. It was Wallace himself who missed the best chance blazing over when it looked like he just had to hit the target to score from inside 10 yards.
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Time after time supporters were left holding their heads in their hands in disbelief that another chance had been spurned. At least we have shown again that we can compete with any team in this division and must take that intensity into matches against lesser opposition starting with Saturday when Blackpool enter The Den. We also need to get back to converting a greater percentage of our chances.
Off the pitch there has been little progress over the future development plans for the land occupied by the club.
The club invited all of the Lewisham’s mayor’s cabinet to meet to discuss the club’s plans but a date has yet to be confirmed. In the meantime the Millwall Supporters Club and other supporters have contacted the members of the cabinet to urge them to consider the club’s plans for the better of the community.
Millwall Supporters and football supporters in general are also encouraged to continue to sign the Defend Our Den petition . If we can take more 45,000 to Wembley for recent play-off visits then we should get a lot more signatures than the 18,500 we currently have.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club