Sordell Banner Overshadows Millwall Win

What a run it has been aye?

After Millwall’s 2-1 win over Derby at The Den, the Lions are now unbeaten in nine games and sit just four points off the play offs.

The Lions started brightly with Liam Trotter shooting from long range, but this was easily saved by Adam Legzdins. Then after 15 minutes the hosts should’ve had the lead when Andy Keogh’s low cross just managed to miss Chris Wood.

The goal finally came on 30 minutes however when a Shane Lowry cross was missed by Keogh and then tucked away by Liam Feeney. The goal was initially ruled out for offside on Keogh by the linesmen, but after consulting with the ref the goal was given.

Images after the game showed that Keogh was onside, so it was rightly that the goal stood.

Half time came and it was 1-0 l to ‘Wall.

Derby started the second half brighter and nearly got an equalizer just a few minutes in when Connor Sammon had time and space but put his shot over the bar when he should have done better.

The Rams were on top and the equalizer came on the 53rd minute as Will Hughes was given too much time and space and hit a great finish, the Rams first shot on target was in from the recently called up England Under-21 midfielder.

The Lions pushed on for a winner and found it with just over 15 minutes to go when good work in the area from sub Scott Malone found the feet of Andy Keogh, and he curled a shot into the far right corner.

And so it finished 2-1 to Millwall, a big win for Jackett and the team.

You’d think a win to keep ‘Wall unbeaten in nine would make the headlines, but no, it was all about six Millwall fans arrested for displaying a banner saying “Sordell your a C***”.

Yes this may have displayed abusive language but this was a major over-reaction to then arrest six people in my opinion.

The banner comes as backlash after a 13 year old boy was banned from The Den for using “verbal abuse” towards Marvin Sordell as he warmed up during the Lions 2-1 win over Bolton earlier this season, which was plastered all over the national press, but a few only got it right.

Describing it as racial abuse, when it was verbal, verbal abuse happens at every game in England on a Saturday, it is ridiculous.

Pete Garston, fan on the board came out with a statement on a Millwall messegeboard saying: “The boy in question denies racially abusing M Sordell, there is no evidence to support the racially abused M Sordell either’

So the boy has denied using any racist words, and there is no evidence to support Sordell’s claim, so basically Sordell has LIED.

And what about the claims that his other teammates were racially abused?

Oh wait, nothing came of these claims, he lied yet again. Even more staggering that after he made the claim about his teammates, NONE came out and said the same.

The media are quick to stick the knife in saying the 13 year old abused him, but why not report that Sordell gave back as good as he got when it came to a verbal exchange, and yet the boy had to write an apology? Staggering.

Reg Burr once said “Millwall are a convenient coat-peg for football to hang its social ills on”. A statement that fits perfectly at the moment….no mater what the club does, it will always be the club with the bad reputation.

Millwall FC, hated by many, loved by the chosen few.


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