The Lions win against Bolton not only saw a vital three points for ‘Wall and the end of Owen Coyle’s management career at Bolton, but this also saw a great performance in the revival of the man-mountain that is Danny Shittu.
Shittu was first bought in 2010 on a short term deal, he added great experience to the team, he went from not having a club, to being a starter in a top half Championship side.
When his contract expired January 2011 he was expected to sign a new deal, but apparently went back on his word, and signed for QPR.
Shittu came back with QPR to play the Lions later on in the year, and let’s be fair he didn’t have the best game, as he was turned inside out by Steve Morison and then gave away a penalty and was eventually sent off which was followed by abuse from all corners of Lions fans.
That would usually be it, and he would become the boo boy every time he played the Lions. But in summer 2012 and with no club, Shittu was offered a lifeline by Kenny Jackett, letting him train with the squad. The Nigerian defender clearly impressed Jackett as he then went on to sign a one-year deal.
He wasn’t the most popular of signings however. His weight and fitness came into question, and why should we sign him again after the way he left? He wasn’t even a part of the starting XI and wouldn’t push pass Paul Robinson and Shane Lowry.
But fast forward to October time and it’s all changed, with Robinson injured Shittu is captain, and rightly so, his performance have been exceptional, especially against Bolton. Don’t get me wrong, Robinson is a great captain but Shittu has qualities that Robinson sometimes doesn’t show, he’s vocal, argues every decision, even just his size will scare some strikers plus going to the Bolton game was worth it alone for his celebrations at the end of the game.
So while Robbo is out, in Shittu we trust.
Next up it’s a visit to Selhurst and the ultras to play Crystal Palace. Yes they may be in form, with a manager and player of the month in their side, but all that goes out the window when these two teams play, usually the games are tight and scrappy.
Palace are somehow in the top half of the table thanks to great form in the last month. But the Lions are somewhat of a bogey team for Palace at home, with the Eagles not having won at home to the Millwall since 2002. So I’m sure the ultras will be in fine voice letting the players know how important it is (Do me a favour).
It’ll be a harder game than it has been in the past at Selhurst but keep Zaha quiet and I think we’ll win, easier said than done though. David Forde described this game as “revenge” for the defeat in January, let’s hope so.
I’m going with 3-2 to the Lions.