Well, September seemed to have been the wake-up call Kenny Jackett’s players needed to re-start their season after poor performances. So surely the players must have set out in October and thought ‘fresh month...fresh start.’
A goal shy month really for both Millwall and their opponents is possibly what they would of preferred because for me, I don’t think they ever recovered after the trouncing Watford gave them at The Den.
Considering they played four recent former Premier League sides, Millwall equipped themselves rather well and fought for results, which is what we like to see.
Okay, two of the teams were on the verge of extinction recently but you can only play what’s in front of you, and really, Palace is a local rival and it was at Selhurst Park, so anything could have happened there, however, the new star man to aid Morison up front bagged the only goal.
That man, Theo Robinson, has looked a live wire up front and has put in some really good performances, and he will certainly be key as the season progresses as Jackett has called upon his strikers to take some of the weight off of Steve Morison’s shoulders in the goal department.
On the other hand, the only defeat so far this month was at the hands of Pompey, with summer signing and Ireland international Liam Lawrence netting the only goal of the game from the penalty spot at The Den. Thankfully though, Portsmouth have been able to save themselves from liquidation for at least another week.
Before all of this though, Burnley came to town and left with a point which in some ways wasn’t deserved. Even though Clarke Carlisle was sent off in the early stages, Millwall should have capitalised and started the month as they were to go on, but with Scott Barron saving their blushes, the Lions unfortunately only grabbed the single point.
On the upside, Burnley are a quality Championship outfit who really should win with their class and top players, so Millwall still claimed what could be a precious point. And to more recent times, last Saturday’s tremendous home win over Derby makes you look at the table and think ‘were Millwall really in a minor slump?’
Pundits have said that they were third and flying, which they were at one stage, but ninth in the table and two points off the play offs makes you feel better and more reassured at the job the players and staff are doing.
With the major capture of Danny Shittu, who made his debut versus Derby, he is going to scare any striker in the league with his size and strength, which is appropriate for this weekend when they travel to Suffolk to face a very out of form Ipswich Town side who nearly became another scalp for Northampton Town this week in the League Cup.
With this still being an extremely difficult match for the Londoners, hopefully Shittu’s experience will overcome the wonderkid Connor Wickham and Championship star Jason Scotland.
The gaffer has called for consistency from his side for the foreseeable future, so I’m guessing a steady and disciplined performance is on the agenda this weekend to cap off a rather good month and hopefully no scary moments will arise, let’s just save those for Sunday.
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