Another clean sheet, yes ‘shit the bed’ and without the services of Hutchinson, who after departing the pitch on Tuesday as a precautionary measure, did not even feature on the bench today.
4-0 and you would think I would be happy as larry. Millwall now having won 7 from the last 8 in all competitions, 1 point from the play offs with a game in hand, after a few weeks feeling like a salmon swimming against the tide of ever increasing ‘Harris bashers’ of recent times. I am however thinking the scoreline today somewhat flattered us, and I am hoping our support is not getting too carried away, with our long trip to the only side to have beaten us in the last 8 games on the horizon.
Smug I am however, smug that a man who bleeds blue blood as much as anyone in the stands has turned it around, as I had faith he would. He has a lot to learn, and I have been as vocal as the rest in that respect. However here we have a man, in his first job as a manager, not only bringing the best out of our own nurtured talent, but signing what looks like a gem of a signing in Harry Smith on minimal budget, from a non league team much the same as he was picked up from, as well as Morison and more recently Gregory. The panic button wasn’t pressed thankfully, as much as some called for it, and lets hope the good run continues. Back to the game…
Harris dances the ‘eio eio’ to all his haters
What a pace the game opened at. Millwall having an early chance, Thomps then clearing off the line acrobatically after a spell of opposition pressure. The AOB breaks from a ball over the top, his heels clipped seemingly in the box (or pretty close to). The ref refrains from handing us a penalty, but does hand the right back a very early bath. With the change in rules this season over the last man, this seemed harsh, but I will take a bent ref in our favour all day long.
Once AOB poked home a rebound for the first goal you felt the game was there for the taking. Still the Rovers side gave it their all and pressed us. no surprise they are up there. We scored the second at the perfect time and we could relax a bit, and after that point it became how many. The third goal came via a lovely lay off from Smith, who more than put himself about over the afternoon, and a turn and shot by Gregory that was like watching the goal from the Valley Parade play off semi all over again. Finally, after 2 lumps for centre halves bouncing off him all day, the Bristol defence handed Smith a goal on his debut, well deserved, if a tad fortunate to be handed such a gift over a month before Christmas. What a week he has had. Its early days for him, and Morison has plenty of legs left I am sure, but I can guarantee this kid will be breathing down his neck all the way to retirement, and long may it continue.
Rovers, despite falling apart late on look a decent outfit, it would have been interesting to see how that panned out 11 v 11, and maybe I would feel more confident if I felt the sending off was justified, although I will take it all day long. If however this time next week we have returned from the ‘macron’ with 3 points, I feel we can all start believing our season is back on track.
Defensively, we looked shaky in places, but we rode the storm. Still hoping for a quick return from Hutchinson while still praying this is just unlucky, and he is not the latest entry to the Paris Cohan-Hall of shame, but some real fight shown out there. I would like to mention Fred here, because with Mahlon covering 2 players on a break, Fred went on a lung busting run to cover the other man, eventually winning the interception. I didn’t even think he was a footballer a month ago let alone would I envisage him covering defensively like this. Confidence player if ever I saw one.
Some ‘full kit wanker’ from Folkestone
MOTM Smith, who else. Solid team performance, and would be unfair not to mention Thompson, who came off blowing out his arse having run himself into the ground, as he so frequently does. As home debuts go Smith’s is up there. His performance summed up by a 50/50 with a centre half, the centre half ends up on the deck in agony, Smith walks off casually, very Wall indeed and won a lot of peoples approval with this alone.
Random observation: The last post
The shirt the players wore sporting the poppy. Ironically the poppy will now probably last more washes than the club badge
Nice touch from the club, the last post being played out before the game, followed by a min silence. Another year, another great effort for remembrance day from both club, players and fans.
I have given up trying to defend our club with things like this, and the work the club does for good causes. It always falls on deaf ears when we have an inevitable punch up somewhere that is blown out of all proportion. One thing I don’t think I will ever get over is how proud I am to support us on days like this, and seriously who cares if people outside the club don’t see this. No one likes us, and we don’t care who doesn’t, but we do care about causes that are worth caring about, and that should make us all proud.
Shirt auction for Mind
Finally, I have a signed shirt auction running for mind, the funds will all go to mind via my 2 marathon challenge next spring. The link is below, happy bidding!