It was always going to be an eventful game wasn’t it?
Not only was Millwall’s game against Bolton their first ever visit to the Reebok Stadium, it saw Marvin Sordell play his first game against the Lions since his claims of racism at the Den.
Since that game it was found that the claims were unjustified, it came out that a 13 year old was banned by calling Sordell a fish and saying he looked like the Disney character “Nemo”.
The club in my view did not stand up for the 13 year old, and express how ridiculous it was that he was being punished for what was described as “verbal abuse”, which happens on any given football ground in England. So this was a chance for the ‘Wall fans to support him in a way. This was done with inflatable Nemo’s and chants of “Marvin Sordell, you look like a fish” and “Nemo Nemo” but Bolton fans saying this was racist once again, the world has gone mad!
Back to matters on the pitch as the Lions picked up a valuable point with a 1-1 draw at the Reebok.
The game started with the hosts on the front foot but the first chance came after Zat Knight gave away a penalty, and this was calmly put away by Andy Keogh, chipping it into the middle of the goal, who needs Pirlo?
Bolton piled on the pressure after that and after going close through Kevin Davies and David N’Gog, they were handed a lifeline after Danny Shittu gave away a needless penalty which was put away by Keith Andrews, 1-1 at half time.
The 2nd half had few clear cut chances, as it seemed both teams were happy with a point. The closest Millwall came to a goal was through Dany N’Guessan, if he goes to head it, he gets a touch, but instead he slides in and misses it.
Bolton nearly stole the three points at the end as a Kevin Davies header looked to be nestling in the net, but this was somehow headed clear by “The Goose” N’Guessan. So the points were shared as the Lions stay 7th.
I’m happy with this result, if you would’ve said at the start of the season we would take four points off of Bolton I’d be over the moon; they were one of the pre-season favourites for the league of course.
But this game did highlight what we really need, a striker. N’Guessan tries his best but is most likely not Championship level, but Jackett must see something that many don’t. Even the bench showed what Millwall compete against in this division; we had Henderson and John Marquis on the bench. Compare this to the Bolton bench…
Bolton had Arsenal loanee Benik Afobe on the bench and the also a certain £3 million pound Marvin Sordell.
Yes you did read that right; Marvin Sordell cost £3million.
I fully trust KJ to get the players in needed to keep us up in the higher part of the table, but it does seem now that any striker that he signs was nowhere near his first or second choice….