Millwall lose ground on top six after home defeat

Liam Trotter, Millwall midfielder

Right, time for a little moan…

Anyone who was at Saturdays game against Burnley will know why, yes we lost 2-0, but the team were terrible, void of desire and effort.

Kenny Jackett and skipper Danny Shittu’s comments showed this too. Shittu said: “The gaffer had a go at us after the game, which we deserved, when you’re playing for a manger like Kenny Jackett, he wants everyone to work.”

Comments like this I like to see after a defeat as we may have lost but at-least the players know they were not good enough. However, Liam Trotter came out after the game and said that that the players did give 100%. I disagree.

Saturdays result was not bad just by result and performance, but the team itself, especially upfront. With Darius Henderson “injured” (or leaving if you believe what you read) it left us with Andy Keogh and Dany N’Guessan upfront, two grafters.

Now Keogh I don’t mind, he’s a good player, but N’Guessan? I was one of the people who said ‘give him a chance’ but that chance has come and gone! He tries but unfortunately he is just not good enough.

Then I thought it can’t get any worse, but first John Marquis came on; yes he is a young player but needs a loan first; and then Nathan Tyson came on! He was described as “Tampax Tyson” at Forest, one week in three weeks out and I can now see why, he’s out for a month!

At the moment replacing Chris Wood seems like an impossible task, it seems now that any player available will have superior wages for the club; look at Frazier Campbell now a Cardiff City player on 30K a week, Nikola Zigic of Birmingham on 60K a week. Our highest paid amount is around 10K. Wow, does really show how well we done to be in the top ten.

It seems now that if a striker comes in it will either be a young Premier League loan, or we take a punt on a lower league rough diamond, like Tom Pope for example. The thing is with a new striker, there is no realistic targets that can be named, how hard can it be to find a 20+ goal a season striker on relatively low wages?… Oh wait, we had one, before moneybags Leicester came in.

Now we move on to Friday and a chance to keep the cup run going as we welcome Aston Villa to the Den. A Premier League team who we can cause a upset against. With it looking like a sell-out at the Den surely we can get a real ‘Wall atmosphere going, it doesn’t happen as often as it should but surely we can do it against Villa’s young team?

I can see us winning this 1-0, a real proper cup tie.



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