This was the game that the Lions needed to win which would cement their position in the play-offs and if results went our way, it could put us into an automatic spot. There was no doubt that Lions fans expected to pick up 3 points and to be fair and recent record at home would leave you in no other frame of mind.
But before the kick off the Annual Player of the Year presentations took place these are organised by the Millwall Supporters Club. Ben Thompson the young Midfielder voted into 3rd place has he picked up his trophy you hear the song “He’s one of our own” in 2nd place was leading scorer Lee Gregory & finally Jordan Archer Millwall Keeper was voted Millwall Player of the Year in his first full season at the den .
On the day before the game Millwall Boss, Neil Harris had said in his press conference that the Oldham Team that would be playing under new boss John Sheridan would be a lot more organised. Than the Oldham team we played back on the 9th Jan where we run out easy 2-1 winners.
The Lions formation was 422 and Oldham was 442 anyway this organised team were a goal down after 4 mins right from the off Millwall set about their task. The Lions were kicking into the away end when they were awarded a corner Shane Ferguson who had been a doubt before the game took the corner and the ball was met by Lions’ central defender Bryon Webster who scored an easy header. During the rest of the first half the Lions’ defence was never really tested, in fact I cannot recall once Archer ever being called into serious action. If there was ever the beginning of a threat then it was normally snuffed out by Webster & Beevers, the Lions’ central defenders. They must be one of the best pairing’s in Div. 1 and at the moment unless one of them suffer a serious injury it is hard to see Lions’ Skipper Tony Craig getting back into the side. Both Joe Martin & Mahlon Romeo was doing their work as full backs with great effect.
Millwall could have added another two before the eventual second was scored 5 mins before half time, Steve Morison in a break after about 20 mins noticed the Oldham keeper way off his line and from about 5 yards inside the Oldham half. Took an audacious shot which went about 5 inches over the bar. Then about 10 mins later Millwall had a direct free kick outside the Oldham box, Joe Martin took the free kick curled the ball which beat the keeper only to see it hit the bar and go off for a goal kick. For all their endeavours Oldham, in the first half, never really got out of 1st gear whether this was just down to the way Millwall played or a combination of things who knows.
It was never a case that Millwall might get a second goal but when, as in the 40th minute, Romeo moved forward down the right hand side, gave Steve Morison a lovely forward pass who took the ball down to the by line. And when a Oldham defender moved near to him he crossed to Aidan O’Brian, his other strike partner who back heeled and it went to Shane Ferguson who coolly slid it pass the keeper for 2-0.
After half time Oldham came out with a bit more purpose and actually peppered the goal with shots from their forwards Croft & Main. In fact Oldham, before the 3rd goal, went in and nearly got back into the game. They got a corner and their midfield play Forte got his head on it and headed straight at Archer who dealt with it.
In the 54th minute, Millwall struck again from a free kick on the right hand side Ferguson took a free kick which was met by Morison who headed back across the goal and Webster managed to get his head on it for 3-0 effectively then the game was over provided Millwall did nothing stupid the 3 points were in the bag and now they move on to play Gillingham away on Saturday the final league match of the season and 3 points would nice.
Webster 5 & 54 minutes, Ferguson 40
Millwall’s Line Up: Archer, Romeo, Webster, Beevers, Martin, Taylor, Abdou, Thompson, Ferguson, Morison, O’Brien,
Subs for Millwall: Onyedinma for Ferguson 67 mins, Philpott for Taylor 89 mins
Oldham’s Line Up: Coleman, Holmes, Wilson, Gerrard, Wilson, Forte, Dieng, Kelly, Dummingan, Croft, Main
Subs for Oldham: Winchester for Dieng 55mins, Polean for Main 66mins, M.Jones for Croft 67 mins