The win at Oldham Athletic on Saturday (January 9) was a great response to the defeat in the previous away match at Barnsley and saw Millwall move up to seventh in the table.
We made it hard work though against a side that had not won at home in 11 matches this season. A late goal from stand-in skipper Steve Morison made the difference in a 2-1 win.
Manager Neil Harris brought in midfielder Jed Wallace on loan for a month from Wolves before the game and Wallace had a hand in the first goal with a powerful run down the right.
Wallace, who can play on either wing and as an attacking midfielder, was top scorer for two seasons for Portsmouth before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer on a three-year deal. We needed an outright winger at the club with Lee Martin out of favour and likely to leave the club soon. Aiden O’Brien, Shane Ferguson and Fred Onyedinma have done their best but we have missed a specialist.
There have been a few other moves at The Den with young midfielder George Saville returning to Wolves despite Harris wanting to keep him longer. Saville put in some good performances for us, but Jimmy Abdou was a decent replacement at Oldham and we still have Ben Thompson waiting on the bench.
Young striker Alfie Pavey went out on a 28-day youth loan to Aldershot and promptly scored on debut in their 3-1 win at home to Chester. With Pavey moving out, John Marquis had his loan at Leyton Orient cut short and returned to take a place on the bench at Oldham.
A few supporters questioned this move but I think it’s a good one as Pavey needs as much first team football as possible and will get more at the Shots than with us.
With the youngster moving out we do need that extra striker to be ready to come on from the bench is required. Marquis is very unlikely to have a future at the club beyond the summer but will have a point to prove in whatever chance he gets to play this season.
The Lions have put in a bid for Shane Ferguson and await a reply from his parent club Newcastle United. Hopefully they will let him move to The Den permanently as he has been a welcome addition. He is calm on the ball and set up our winner at Oldham.
Thursday night (January 14) sees our massive cup game, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final against Oxford United. This is looking like a tough match given how well Oxford have played this season and their great 3-2 FA Cup win over Swansea on Sunday. We need to be on top of our game to take a lead into the second leg.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club