Millwall entered the international break with two wins and two defeats, to be honest it was what I was expecting.
The break now gives the chance to evaluate the team, especially the new arrivals, plus, could this team do Kenny Jackett wonders and hit the play off target?
The Blackpool game was full of optimism, plus new arrivals meant Lions fans thought this could be three points, oh no, Thomas Ince had different ideas. The game swung on the chance of Andy Keogh, who missed a close ranger, Blackpool took over, the Lions needed too improve for Peterborough away and fast.
And improve is exactly what they did, despite going 1-0 down to a George Boyd goal the Lions controlled the game. It didn’t just show Jackett’s attacking passing style succeed it also saw great performances from new signings Scott Malone and Karleigh Osborne, especially Malone, who’s great finish was the equaliser for the Lions.
The Sheffield Wednesday late defeat hurt, but again was sort of expected when it was made 2-2 by Miguel Llera, the pessimistic side of the football fan shone through, and the winning goal came again by Llera in injury time.
It went from sublime to ridiculous for Osborne, from his decent Peterborough efforts to a poor performance at Wednesday, especially when he backed off then fell over to allow Jemal Johnson to hit a thunderbolt in the top corner.
The performance against Middlesborough was one that the Lions fans have seen consistently through this season, strong attacking passing football, but this brought success with the Lions running out 3-1 winners.
This also saw Andy Keogh kick off his goal campaign with a brace, plus another fine Scott Malone performance, this time at his more natural position of left back, a problem area for the Lions in previous years.
The one low point of the new season is the inclusion, well non-inclusion of Chris Taylor. He was brought in to fill the problem of left midfield, but to Jackett’s change of formation means a left midfielder does not start, thus meaning Taylor has not played any league minutes despite his good pre-season form.
But one of the highlights of the season could be Scott Malone, good performances in defence plus good attacking play, KJ could have found a gem from League One once again.
The start of the season shows how small the margins are in the Championship, four games played and the Lions could have won every single one, I don’t believe we could get Play-Offs but top half is a serious possibility.
Main reason for this is strikers, yes Henderson and Keogh scored 25+ league goals between them last season, but beyond them we don’t have a lot. Just a 19 year old and a striker who is still recovered from a serious injury.