Formation Change The Key To Millwall Success
I have just seen Millwall come from behind at London Road to beat Peterbrough 2-1.
A performance that couldn’t be anymore different from the opening game of the season.
The Lions 2-1 defeat at the hands of Blackpool was what I was expecting, but not the performance. The first half saw the majority of the chances fall the hosts way, but yet again one chance one goal for Blackpool.
They were slow going forward, whereas Blackpool kept the ball for fun, the defence was solid and having one of the finest youngsters in the league with Thomas Ince obviously helped. Plus KJ’s tendency to play players out of position didn’t help with defenders Scott Malone and Shane Lowry playing in unnatural areas left the lions exposed down the left wing.
Whereas the game against the Posh couldn’t be more different. Yes the Lions did go one nil down thanks to a good goal from George Boyd. But that was the only time we were put under any pressure in the first half. With Millwall missing chance after chance it looked like it would the same as usual, but a volley from Scott Malone secured a deserved equaliser going into the break.
The second half was basically an attacking onslaught from the visitors. With good play from Keogh assisting a great finish from Darius Henderson earning the South London club three vital away points midway through the second half. Some Lions fans were saying we should get rid of Henderson, no chance. If he plays like he did last night, we’ll see another 20 goals, plus his partnership Keogh took a turn in the right direction at Peterborough.
One of the highlights of the night was the performance of new-boy Scott Malone. Due to Keogh pushing in to support Henderson, Malone was basically covering two positions for 90 mins, which he made look easy, plus what a finish for his goal, Kenny Jackett may have just found another gem of a player from the lower leagues.
The game at London Road also saw a change in formation. From a rigid 4-4-2 against Blackpool to a more expansive 4-3-3 which would move to a 4-5-1 when defending. This also saw a change in style and technical play. No long ball’s was used instead it was fast passing football, KJ footballing “revolution” in style of play may be working as it did for him at Swansea.
From the two games we got exactly what I was expecting. A defeat to Blackpool and coming away with three points at Peterborough. Plus the Lions record of only three away defeats in 2012 is still intact.
Next up is Sheffield Wednesday, a strong attacking team on a high after promotion and have carried on their form after last seasons success. I would happily take a draw from this game.
Two games in and Palace are bottom and the Lions are mid-table, I’m sure we would all take that at the end of the season !