Lions are kings of the New Den jungle

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So we’re into the second week of the Championship season and Millwall are sitting pretty on top of the table, and with two emphatic results at that. 

There were so many positives to list in this game against Hull for Kenny Jackett that if he puts them into practice next week versus Leeds at Elland Road, it could well be an enjoyable and upbeat afternoon. 

Millwall took the lead after 14 minutes when the highly confident Steve Morison broke his Championship duck.  

James Henry stroked a corner to the far post where Morison put a bullet header beyond Matt Duke in the Hull goal. 

The second came 15 minutes later where a ball from the right flank from Henry found Kevin Lisbie, who battled his way past Kamil Zayatte, to stoop his header home from the front post and to open his Millwall account on his home debut. 

Jackett’s men raced out of the traps in the second half and Morison doubled his tally for the season with another far post header from yet another Henry corner. This time however, it looped over a motionless Duke and into the opposite corner of the net. 

Then finally to cap off a great display, on the hour mark, Liam Trotter finished off a slick attacking move by getting in front of Zayatte yet again to tap in from three yards. And once again the cross for the goal was supplied by the outstanding Henry. 

I doubt Nigel Pearson underestimated the Lions, but the Tigers boss possibly never expected such a great display from Millwall, especially with Hull putting out a starting XI which featured seven regulars from their days in the Premier League. 

Hull City did, however, match Millwall in the possession stakes - which is just mere consolation - and gave a run-out out to new signing Robert Koren. 

It just goes to show though that even if you do have the ball; goals win matches and not possession. 

With this fantastic start to the season, Jackett could take the view that he doesn’t need to strengthen his squad before August 31. 

The only reasons he may consider new signings are for the busy Christmas period and, of course, the unfortunate case of injuries throughout the season. 

So far he has had the luxury of resting Darren Carter and bringing back Jimmy Abdou to first team action, but the odd one or two signings could just settle the squad down and push the Lion’s through the season, or until January if a final push is needed. 

*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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