The Lions finished off the regular league season with a battling 2-1 win at Priestfield over local rivals Gillingham on Sunday (May 8) to send us into the play-offs in good form.
With a couple of ex-Gillingham players now playing for Millwall and Gillingham needing a win for any hope of a play-off spot, their supporters were up for the match creating plenty of noise.
The Priestfield has not been a happy hunting ground in recent times with the Lions only recording one win in the last 11 visits.
We turned that run on its head with a 98th minute Lee Gregory penalty to secure the win that we just about deserved in a match of numerous chances for both sides.
Aidan O’Brien had opened the scoring and John Egan equalised in injury time to ensure a thrilling finale.
The one downside was young right-back Mahlon Romeo being sent-off for a two-footed challenge on Brennan Dickenson that missed the Gillingham player. Pending any successful appeal, that straight red card will see Romeo miss the play-offs.
That’s a real shame for the team and the young player who has been a revelation since he broke into the team in February. Veteran right-back Carlos “The Fossil” Edwards will probably come back into the team now for the huge matches we will be playing.
Bradford City will be our play-off opponents and the Yorkshire side will provide stiff opposition but we were a touch unlucky to go down 1-0 at Valley Parade at Easter. We will look to avenge that result in the first leg away this Sunday (May 15) with a 12.15pm kick-off.
Despite introducing some younger players into the team this season we do have some players with play-off experience. Indeed four players – Tony Craig, Nadjim Abdou, Steven Morison and David Forde – and our current manager Neil Harris all started in our last Play-off Final win in 2010 when we beat Swindon Town to gain promotion to the Championship.
We will be hoping that history can repeat itself in 2016 but first we need to get past Bradford City. The key is to still be in the tie after the first leg as The Den will be an intimidating place for the return match like when Huddersfield came to visit for the second leg in 2010. The home advantage in the second leg could be key again.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club