Before the weekend fixtures took place, Kenny Jackett issued a battle cry stating that the next two games are ‘massive’ for the Lions.
Besides stating the obvious, the point was very true in that the new boys from the capital had easily the toughest tests a Championship club would endure this week.
It started on Saturday with a very difficult trip to the Welsh capital to face Dave Jones’ Cardiff City in the mid-day kick off, and with ten minutes on the clock the welcome return of Scott Barron was even more welcomed by his first goal of the season.
Unfortunately for Millwall, the performances of Barron and the in form David Forde were the only positives that Jackett could take back to the Den.
A quarter of an hour later, Jay Bothroyd added to his impressive early season tally with a fine effort to bring Cardiff back on level terms.
Then with Liam Trotter seeing red just before the break, the Millwall gaffer certainly had a tough task in resurrecting victory from this, and I’m sure that - if any Millwall fan would have grabbed a point with two hands before kick off - they would of definitely snapped your hand off at half time.
But things looked as if they were going to go from bad to worse when Darren Ward brought down Peter Whittingham in the box, but Forde relived his early season form with a marvellous save to keep the Lions on level terms.
As time was ticking, Dave Jones was ready to throw on Jason Koumas in the hope of getting the victory, and with seconds remaining in normal time, the sucker punch finally came for the tiring Millwall when on loan striker Andy Keogh headed home in the 89th minute to seal the three points, and deflate all the travelling fans.
What is really good for me here though is that every Millwall player could leave the pitch with their heads held high. The effort didn’t gain the rewards possibly deserved for Jackett’s men and the hope for what’s to come was shown yet again after the magnificent start to the season.
But next up are QPR who just look unstoppable right now, which could be even better for Millwall to upset the applecart this coming weekend.
For me, this is easily the fixture of the weekend, with it being a London derby and that judging by this month, Millwall will definitely be unfancied, plus they’ll want to lay to rest the ghost of the Watford game and to hopefully leave September and to start October with a major bang. A trip to Loftus Road could just be the ticket.
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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