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So far, so very good for the Lions

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It would be understandable if I was writing about a tough start, maybe minimal points on the board and faces as blue as the shirts.

I wrote that I felt that Millwall started with maybe the trickiest of tricky starts by going to Bristol City. New manager, new former international ‘keeper and a trip to Ashton Gate, yet a 3-0 victory before the hour mark and playing thirty minutes with ten men.

That stubbornness on the first day, along with the awesome possession play and set pieces, showed what Millwall will bring to this league, and personally I thought the fact that Steve Morison wasn’t on the score sheet made the display more impressive.

Then surely the game where the Lions crash down to earth after a great summer and opener, Hull City rolled up to The Den after a good first day victory and another new manager looking for a fresh start.

Along with a good young talent in John Bostock, it was mostly the Premier League squad. But a magnificent 4-0 win in front of a superb crowd showed that the Bristol City triumph wasn’t a fluke and the great thing is that the style of play was the same.

Working on the key things that wins you matches or nicks you goals are not only basic, but obvious and that’s what instilled these three points. Personally, I’d put this on a par with the opening day win because it was at home. But still majorly impressive and should send a message that Millwall are here, and here to stay!

With the season off to a flyer and cup progression accomplished, Kenny Jackett’s magic was working really well but, with Leeds up next at Elland Road, this away trip was as difficult as first seen. There were many factors for why this result wouldn’t be positive.

A big expecting crowd, their first point at Nottingham Forest and that was a battle. Leeds came from behind to gain that and also Davide Somma coming back from injury which proved costly for Millwall. With a good start through a fortunate own goal, Millwall just didn’t seem to get going and the reality check hit them with a 3-1 defeat.

Instead of coming away with that looking at the negatives, the spirit this club has gathered is great and Coventry City experienced that first hand with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Lions at The Den.

For me this was the first time I’ve been quietly confident of a certain three points, mainly down to further progression in the Carling Cup via a 2-1 win over another top team in the shape of Middlesbrough.

What made this another fine victory was the fact Millwall reacted to an equaliser which they haven’t experienced or reacted to in previous matches.

Another plus is how Steve Morison has adapted so well to second flight football. He has four goals so far this campaign and it’s only August, and capped off a great start so far with a call up to the Welsh national squad.

Along with Morison stepping up is Liam Trotter who shone in the middle for Millwall and has been fantastic in supporting the strikers, as well as disciplined as a central midfielder. To cap off the squad's efforts, the defensive unit has been solid too, with skipper Paul Robinson being the linchpin and holding some decent strikers at bay for most games this season.

Possibly Kenny Jackett will look to reassess the line up and strategy when they go to the City Ground after the international break, with Billy Davies being his immediate opponent, but with maybe Millwall earning their first draw this season, anything could happen in this fixture, however I can’t see the Lions coming away empty handed.

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