So Millwall have been on the receiving end of their first defeat of the season.
To be honest I’m a little puzzled and maybe annoyed. Not at the defeat and not at the performance. It’s just the thing I don’t really understand so far this season is the major lack of recognition for Kenny Jackett and his Millwall side this season.
After the Lions lost their first game of the season against fellow promoted side Leeds United, it was all about Leeds getting their first league victory this campaign, and how Leeds battled back and how they scored all the goals, including Millwall’s.
Nothing about the fact that Millwall’s spirited 100 per cent start had ended or how they finally conceded a league goal this season in front of an anxious Elland Road crowd.
My point is that Millwall have come into this season with more hope then expectation, very little in terms of signings and just to possibly prove their worth.
Yet they’ve played some fantastic football and already taken two ‘scalps’ against Bristol City and Hull City respectively; two sides who can and have signed players from the Premier League as well as current top Championship players.
Whereas Millwall have dealt well with Championship fringe players on loan and decent lower league players. To cap this off too, Millwall battered both sides with two comprehensive victories.
Before Saturday, Millwall were up there with QPR who have a former Premier League manager and plenty of money, not to mention two wins against Barnsley and Sheffield United, two sides where one was lucky to stay up last term, and another who were ready to boot their manager, yet QPR got plenty of praise.
I remember listening to the radio the Sunday after the first set of fixtures. The stand out results, apparently, were QPR beating Barnsley, Ipswich beating promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough and Watford beating Norwich.
Fair play to Ipswich seeing as Gordon Strachan has signed very decent players and of course the awful start Roy Keane made last season, but the rest were surely not that big a results seeing as QPR have the resources and Norwich are another promoted side finding their feet.
Yet Millwall were left off the list. How so? They just beat a side where I really thought it was going to be difficult and then next beating Hull where the excuse was a relegation hangover. So the Lions win 4-0, a great and deserved score line but nothing said again.
Last night Millwall had another tough test at home versus Middlesbrough and, again, secured an impressive victory.
But I’m sure Kenny Jackett likes it exactly like this, just quietly moving along and just letting people know they’re here and deserve that respect, but I’m for one who likes to give credit where credits due.
*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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