Friday saw transfer deadline day come and go with many signings made in the Championship. With Millwall not getting involved this meant the Lions were the only club in the Championship not to sign a frontman in the summer, a horrifying statistic.
This saw many fans start to panic and criticise the management techniques of the summer moves and wonder where the goals would come from. So what happens next? Millwall beat Middlesborough 3-1 with striker Andy Keogh bagging a brace.
The game started out evenly with ‘Boro having the main chance with Ishmael Miller forcing a save from Maik Taylor in the veterans 500th career game. The Lions broke the deadlock after 25 minutes courtesy of Liam Trotter who struck a bouncing ball sweetly into the top corner from outside the box. He celebrated with his trademark celebration, thinking he’s dancing like Usher, looked more like Carlton Banks to me. The deserved second came just ten minutes later. Henry saw his shot cannon off the post into the path of Keogh who was on hand to slot the ball home for his first of the season.
The first half performance was soured somewhat with Jimmy Abdou bringing down George Friend In the area with Marvin Emnes slotting away the penalty but 2-1 to the Lions at half time, fully deserved.
Millwall were in the same position a week before at Sheffield Wednesday, on that occasion they backed off in the game which led to an attacking onslaught and defeat. This game saw a different Lions outfit, instead of sitting back, they seeked to kill off the match.
The best chances in the second half mainly fell Millwall’s way with a goal-mouth scramble leading to Keogh, Trotter and Osborne all managing to miss with Boro bodies being thrown on the line. Tony Mowbray’s men were restricted to long range efforts, but one nearly found its way in with Grant Leadbitter putting firing just wide.
Boro also had a penalty appeal turned down when Chelsea loanee Josh McEachran was “tackled” in the area. I’m not saying it was a dive but it would have looked a lot better down the road on the high board in the Olympic Park. It became obvious that McEachran would become the selected boo-boy for the afternoon.
The Lions eventually killed of the game in the final minutes with Scott Malone laying one off for Andy Keogh to score a second and secure a vital three points for the hosts.
Now comes the international break, when your in form it’s the last thing you want, but it is needed for Millwall, it is time to get players to full fitness such as Paul Robinson. Plus the loan market will open, another player such as Harry Kane standard would be perfect.
A great performance by Kenny Jacketts’ men and the win was fully deserved. This saw the Lions move into the top half and over South London rivals Charlton, I’m sure Lions fans wouldn’t mind the table staying like that.