With a crowd of 2,104, Millwall had the 4th highest attendance in the competition on the night. Personally, I was surprised to hear that, because on Monday at about 11 o’clock they had only sold 700 tickets.
Although this competition is not attracting big attendances, if I am honest after Saturday, I did not think we would sell more than the 500 which was the case on the Thursday before the weekend.
Neil Harris in his programme notes last night said, “we are needing to build some momentum again after a very disappointing run of form. The 570 fans who came to watch us at Walsall on Saturday and applauded the players off at the end saw what a really good performance for the majority of the game. They would’ve left, like us feeling extremely frustrated and probably a bit baffled as to how we lost the match.”
Millwall played six players who were 21 or under but how many players Gillingham played who were given starts from their U23 side I can’t say. Bradley Dack was not on the bench apparently injured.
Lions’ fans had hoped to see Jamie O’Hara play. He had been on loan at the Den a few years earlier and had a successful loan spell. But he had left the Gills yesterday after his contract was mutually cancelled.
Former Lions’ player, Josh Wright was directing operations for the Gills in a five-man midfield sitting in front of a back four. He was tidy and efficient distribution was effective.
The Gills were the most creative in front of goal than the Lions in the first half. Josh Wright had put the Gills in front with a well-worked moved.
The only real clear-cut chance Millwall created was when Williams helped on a free kick from Tony Craig into Gregory’s path but the Gills keeper just beat him to the ball.
Then Fred Onyedinma put the Lions Level right on half-time.
In the second half, Morison was brought on and from a Millwall point of view, he was “the big difference”. The Lions’ attack looked more likely to penetrate.
Within about 6 minutes, Morison shot the Lions into a 2-1 lead after he played the ball over the head of a Gills’ defender before hitting a low volley past the keeper.
The Lions are now in the last 32 of the cup competition and they still have one more fixture in their group.
Millwall Line up: King, Brown, Nelson, Craig, Chesmain, Wylde, Williams, Butcher, Thompson, Gregory, Onyedinma
Millwall subs: Martin for Chesmain, Morison for Wylde, Abdou for Brown
Gillingham Line up: Nelson, Pask, Ehmer, Oshilaja, Jackson, Hessenthaler, Wright, Herd, Osaoabe, Donnelly, List
Gillingham Subs: Dickenson for Pask, Bryne for Herd, Knott for Jackson