Forest draw proves Lions are making steady progress

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When Millwall entered the Championship this season, who would have thought they’d feel unlucky to come away with a point from the City Ground?

Even though Nottingham Forest dominated proceedings, it was Millwall who took the early lead through yet another Steve Morison goal. Five minutes gone and the perfect start for Kenny Jackett’s men.

However, after that it was mainly one way traffic for the majority of the first period. Also in the first half, Nathan Tyson broke into the box to be fouled by Alan Dunne, but Millwall’s luck continued after Dexter Blackstock blazed his spot kick well over the bar.

Into the second half, Forest pressed and pressed and probably felt their luck would still be out. David Forde was in inspired form and that stubbornness Jackett has instilled in the side continued to frustrate the home side.

On this occasion however, the huffing and puffing Billy Davies’ side had finally blown the house down when a deep cross from Chris Cohen was converted by a huge leap from Blackstock and nodded home past unfortunate Forde.

Even though Forest were mostly on top, a draw may seem fair enough due to the shift the Lions put in.

Afterwards though, it was the diminutive Scotsman who came out maybe the happier, stating how proud he was of his side, and that’s understandable with that never-say-die spirit, but it also shows how far Millwall have come already this season.

Along with the good news is the loaning of Theo Robinson who had impressed at his parent club Huddersfield,.

The step up won’t feel too much either, with his eye for goal, raw pace and skill which gives Jackett that extra dimension, which is also helpful with tiring defenders up against Robinson.

After possible first option of Charlie Austin not joining on deadline day, Theo Robinson is still an exceptional alternative to the Swindon man.

Next up is the midweek visit of Reading to the Den. The formidable home form is so impressive so far and personally, I can’t see past another home win for the south Londoners, even though Reading managed a very good victory over Palace last Saturday at the Madejski.

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