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Away form is encouragement for winless Millwall

Liam Trotter, Millwall midfielder

It’s slowly but surely starting to all come together at Millwall…

Last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Brighton saw the Lions second game in a week, where they drew when they deserved the win. But three draws in a week is slow and steady progress for Steve Lomas’ side.

Yes the side may not have won yet, but the team is starting to come together, thus performances are improving. Saturday’s game at Brighton was pretty even until the red card, then it was just wave after wave of attack from Albion, it as always going to be a tall order to keep them out.

I felt sorry for Alan Dunne getting a red card. Yes, the foul he committed was worthy of a yellow, but he got a yellow card just before the hour mark for time-wasting! I don’t think it’s time wasting when you have to go and get the ball from the other-side of the stand because there were no ball-boys.

Saturday’s game also saw the continuing rise in form and performance of two players, Scott McDonald and Martyn Woolford. You can now see the class that McDonald holds that has seen him play in the Champions League.

Despite being a short player, he has the ability to chest it down, get it on the floor and bring others into play. He looks good at the moment, but could be even better with a taller, more powerful strike-partner, rather then being the loan front man.

Whereas Woolford seemed to not have been a part of Lomas’ plans for the season, but his attitude and performance in his limited chances has impressed to new boss and he made the most of it by scoring the opening goal Saturday.

One moan about Saturday though, is when down to 10 men, fighting for our lives, you bring on Liam Trotter? Trotter is an attacking midfielder, he was not needed, it seemed a substitution just for the sake of it.

At least Lions fans got to see the return of David Forde earlier then expected, and it couldn’t have come any sooner! Forde is one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship, and we got to see the reasons for this while he was injured. He commands his area well, decisive when coming from crosses/corners, and is a great shot-stopper.

Going to Brighton showed how tough it is to make a foothold in this division. Brighton are now one of the biggest clubs in the division thanks to their new stadium, a Premier League set-up in the Championship. But it does bring problems….

Brighton had a crowd of over 28,000 on Saturday, and it was honestly like a library until they scored so I was wondering why, until I got outside. Fleets of buses and coaches outside the stadium at the ready. It reminded me of Charlton, bus them in from the surrounding areas to make the attendance look good, but have “supporters” who don’t really care about the game.

We may not have won yet, but it’s slowly all going in the right direction…


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