When turning up at the Den, Millwall fans would not be sure of what they would be seeing. They were hoping that it would not be a repeat of the mid-week game against Bolton.
The Lions before the match against Fleetwood Town FC had not managed a clean sheet in the league since the opening day of the season. They had leaked 25 goals in 13 League 1 fixtures far more than everyone else except Gillingham.
In my view, any team managed by Uwe Rossler will be well-organised and it has to be said Millwall have struggled so far against well-organised sides. From the kick off the way Fleetwood was set up. it was a case of them parking the bus?
The Lions were struggling for the first 15 minutes but to be fair they were trying their best to find ways of breaking them down. The Lions first real chance came in 29th minute when Gregory hit a right footed shot from outside the box but it went right down the throat of the keeper who dealt with it with the minimum of bother.
With Ben Thompson breaking up the Fleetwood attacks the Lions started to make headway! Then in the 31st minute, the Lions got a penalty after Onyedinma was brought down by Eastham. Lee Gregory took the penalty sending the keeper the wrong way making it 1-0 Millwall.
Fleetwood from the kick off stepped up the pace as they were now chasing the game and was making life uncomfortable for the Lions’ back four but they stayed strong.
In the second half, the Lions got a corner in the 47th minute as the cross come over Fleetwood central defender Nathan Pond flattened Lions’ central defender Webster and the ref pointed to the spot. Gregory stepped up to take the penalty and he sent the keeper the wrong way and the Lions were 2 up.
Now the Lions took control of the game! Turning defence into attack at every opportunity!
The crowd was hoping that we would get a 3rd! And also hoping to keep a clean sheet but then on the 65th minute, Hunter for Fleetwood took a shot from outside the box which Archer should have saved comfortably yet somehow he let the ball through his hands! Now it was 2-1.
Then Fleetwood started to look for a second but could not manage it & the Lions got a welcome 3 points.
Millwall Line-up: Archer, Romeo, Craig, Webster, Ferguson, Onyedinma, Williams, Thompson, O’Brien, Gregory, Morison
Millwall Subs: Abdou for O’Brien, Martin for Ferguson, Hutchinson for Gregory
Fleetwood Line-up: Neal, Bell, Eastham, Pond, Mclauglin, Grant, Dempsey, Ryan, Woolford, Ball, Long
Fleetwood Subs: Hunter for Woolford, Cole for Long, Bolger for Eastham