Last night, just over 2,000 people were at The Den. A crowd much bigger than I thought would attend in the Checkatrade trophy which used to be JPT. This competition is not a simple knockout contest but starts off with a group stage. The game was the Lions first in group stage and it proved to be an entertaining game; it must be said.
Millwall Boss, Neil Harris made a number of changes from Saturday. There were more under-23 players in and they did not look out of the depth. The West Brom coach did not play any over age player’s , they played well in my opinion they competed tried to be enterprising in attack but never really threatened until late in the second half but by then Millwall were two up and were never in my view going to let that lead slip. Millwall Keeper Tom King had a much easier time in this cup tie than he had last time out against Forest.
For me the two outstanding Lions on the night were; Noah Chesmain who was at left back & Kris Twardek who played wide midfield.
Chesmain was making his full home league debut. I had seen him before last season when he came on in the last 15 minutes. Even then he stood out! Everything he did was simple. Nothing complicated and he looked confident.
He has clearly improved and Joe Martin should be looking over his shoulder. Chesmain in the early stages of the 1st half put in a couple of good challenges & won the ball and the crowd instantly warmed to him.
Jimi Abdou scored at about the 60th minute after being played in by Philpott. From where I was sitting Jimi was surprised, to say the least, that he had the goal gaping in front of him. The expression on his face was a picture. It is true to say Jimi is not a prolific scorer for the Lions and when he does find the back of the net they tend to be goals that you don’t forget.
Steve Morison who came on as a sub converted a penalty that was given because Ben Thompson had been brought down in the area. That the referee did not originally give but it was linesman who flagged the penalty. And all credit to the referee for changing his mind after accepting that the linesman had a better view of the incident than him.
Millwall: King, Romeo, Nelson, Craig, Chesmain, Twardek, Abdou, Williams, Wylde, O’Brien, Philpott ,
Millwall subs used: Worrell for Twardek, Thompson for Williams, Morison for O’Brien
West Bromwich Albion: Rose, Wilson, Fitzwater, O’Shea, McCourt, Sweeney, Donnellan, Nabi, Smith, Wright, Harper
West Bromwich Albion subs used: Elbouzedi for Donnellan, Pritchard for O’Shea, Piggott for Fitzwater