Millwall Boss, Neil Harris, stated very clearly, last week, that Coventry City was in a false position! And he warned the Lions’ fans that it was not going to be a case of turning up and rolling them over.
Harris took the view with some justification any side that Tony Mowbray is in charge of are always well-disciplined and regardless of the position are tough to beat. Last season they done the double over us and did so without too much trouble. Up to Saturday afternoon Coventry had played six games won none, lost three, drew three.
From the Kick off, Millwall, out of the two sides, were more enterprising especially in attack. With Thompson and Williams in the centre of midfield; Coventry were pedestrian.
Then on the 23rd minute, the Sky Blues’ forward Sordell, of all players, put Coventry ahead from about 25 yards. As hated as Sordell is at The Den, a number of Lions’ fans accepted it was a good goal.
Morison was leading the Lions’ line well and at times was getting frustrated with his own team who at times were not tuned into him.
Millwall are a 4-4-2 team and they were up against a team that were playing with five across the back then four in midfield with one up front. So they were clearly set up to not lose the game rather than win it. To get through teams set up like that, great movement with fast crisp passing to move the players around is the key.
In the 71st minute, great play from Morison went down the line easily beating Jordan Turnball and crossing. O’Brien made the run across the defender and his timing was perfect that the defender did not see him until he went by him and put the ball past the keeper who had no chance.
In the 76th minute, Lions new signing Callum Butcher make his first appearance at home and he showed some nice touches.
Millwall Line-up |4-4-2| Archer, Martin, Craig, Romeo, Webster, Williams, Worrall, Thompson, Onyedinma, Morison, O’Brien
Millwall Subs | Ferguson for Onyedinma 60 mins, Butcher for Thompson 76 mins, Philpott on for O’Brien 88 mins
Coventry Line-up |1-4-5| Charles, Sterry, Page, Willis, Turnball, Ricketts, Gadzhev, Bigirimana, Reid, Lameiras, Sordell
Coventry Subs | Kelly-Evans for Page 64 mins, Jones for Lameiras 75 mins, Agyei for Reid 79 mins