Blackburn Graft Out Second Chance As Millwall Dream Of Wembley
Rob Hulse… if you could finish we would be at Wembley right now.
The Lions F.A. Cup quarter-final with Blackburn Rovers ended goalless after a match devoid of much quality, but we deserved the win.
After absolutely diabolical performances against Wolves and Peterborough in the last two home games, a response was demanded, and we certainly got it. All we wanted is a typical ‘Wall performance, a game with passion, heart and commitment.
The Lions controlled the game without making it pay, a typical factor since Wood and Henderson left, we just can’t score when controlling the game.
We had chances, Keogh hit the post from a tight angle, and Hulse missed that sitter from inside the box.
Then there was Danny Shittu’s shot…
A shot from all 0f 50 yards was a thunderbolt, his shot was met with cries of “Don’t Shoot!” it was brilliant saved by the goalie.
We played well but I was so surprised with how poor Blackburn were with a strikeforce that cost over £11million you’d expect a lot more quality then shown. If my club spent that amount of money while playing like that, I’d be asking questions.
Yes we are disappointed about not winning the game, but there’s now a second chance to get to Wembley, with the replay at Ewood Park tonight.
Both teams are in very poor form but I believe we could get a result up there, it’s the cup, anything can happen!
It will be hard but a win up at Ewood is not impossible, espically with the injuries Blackburn have, with three more players joining the already lengthy injury list after Sunday’s game.
One thing that annoyed me after the game was Rovers manager Michael Appleton’s comments. He claimed that ‘Wall took “cheap shots” during the game and he applauded his players for “Putting up with it” – quite ironic, that was a cheap shot within itself Michael.
This is what I find now with some Championship teams. They have great squads, like Sunday, and on paper Blackburn should beat us easily. But they don’t have enough fight or desire within the team; look at David Bentley for example, he was rattled once and went missing for the rest of the game.
He also said “As long as we get a strong referee on Wednesday I don’t see there being any problem,” – surely a ref giving out seven yellows is a strong ref? Basically you want a ref who will give you decisions no questions asked, doesn’t work that way.
Also the winner of this does have a realistic chance of getting to the final as they will be playing Wigan, and the winner of that will be playing in Europe next season.
Millwall have already played in Europe once in their history, another European tour on the cards?