Lions’ fans turned up at The Den not sure quite what to expect after the shambolic performance Tuesday night; Where they were buried into the ground like a tent peg going down 5-1.
In the dressing room, Millwall boss, Neil Harris told the team exactly what was acceptable & what was not acceptable as Millwall players after such humiliation.
The question was what would be their response; they were facing the only club in Division 1 that could quite legitimately consider themselves as a big club. But Sheffield so far had only taken one point so they were clearly not firing on all cylinders but after the Lion’s dismal performance in the week they must have fancied their chances.
Millwall took the lead after 14 minutes, when Sean Williams from outside the box took a shot. In the 21st minute, The Blades drew level when Stefan Scougall scored.
Steve Morison in the 89th minute slotted home from the spot after Blades defender for some strange reason handle the ball as it was crossed despite the keeper clearly being in a good position to pull the cross out of the air.
The United striker, Billy Sharp, who is normally a danger; with defenders usually knowing they have been in a game when he has played, was well below par. This was a welcome bonus for the Millwall back four on Saturday.
In the second half, Millwall hot shot, Lee Gregory went very close on two occasions, before Morison converted the penalty his one gilt-edge chance.
In the first half Sheffield United had the lion’s share of possession but never really threatened. I cannot recall Archer in the Millwall goal ever being under serious pressure apart from when he conceded the goal.
But in the second half Millwall were the better side, they safely navigated their way past Sheffield United. Confidence was boosted by their victory. Now they wait for Forest in the 2nd round of the English Football League (EFL) Cup on Tuesday night at The Den.
Archer, Martin, Craig, Webster, Romeo, Worrall, Williams, Thompson, O’Brien, Gregory, Morison
O’Brien replaced by Ferguson, Gregory replaced Onyedinma
Sheffield Utd 4-4-2
Moore, Freeman, O’Connell, Hussey, Scougall, Coults, Bosham, Duffy, Sharp, Clarke,
Sharp replaced by Done, Scougall replaced by Chapman, Freeman replaced by McNulty