Over 3,000 Millwall Fans turned up at The Valley Saturday confident that either we would take 3 points at best or at worst 1 point we were always confident that we would not lose.
Charlton are totally desperate to beat us before the action started on their electronic scoreboard/screen they had a trip down memory lane when they showed the goals from our last defeat by them at The Valley in March 1996 when we lost 2-0. Then they show a clip of the manager’s press conference where he was asked about the fact they have not beaten Millwall in 20 years. He was waxing lyrical that a record like was not acceptable.
The Millwall record before Saturday is as follows Played 71, Lost 11, Drew 25, Won 35
This was the 6th successive game that the Lions played with an unchanged side when the game kicked off. Clearly, Charlton were well up for it, and the last time we played them was in December when we beat them 3-1 at The Den.
The game was being played at 100mph; there was no real quality for about the first 20 mins.
The Lion’s first real chance came about in the 6th minute when Gregory was played in by Tony Craig, but Gregory could not get his lob on target with it going just wide of the far post.
The game was about 10 mins old when Charlton were required to make their first change when their striker Magennis was stretchered off and again in the 30th minute Charlton was required to make their second change when Page was taken off injured.
The Lions had the better chances in first half but Gregory and O’Brien were unable to convert
Charlton will complain for a long time when according to them they had 2 good goals disallowed the first occurred in the 50th minute, as Aribo’s free-kick was bundled home by Bauer but was disallowed for a foul in the build-up.
Then again in the 58th, Bauer fired home again, but it was ruled out because the lino thought the ball had been knocked out of Archer’s hands. Gregory could have scored on 86 minutes when he met Williams’s corner but his attempt went wide.
By this time Charlton’s players were out on their feet they had run themselves into the ground but never really threatened. Right at the end, Teixeira was given a second yellow card for throwing the ball at Morison.
It was a poor match in terms of football not a game of quality!
Just look at some of the stats:
– Shots on target – Charlton (3) Millwall (2)
– Shots off target – Charlton (1) Millwall (10)
– Corners – Charlton (2) Millwall (4)
At the end of the game, Millwall fans were in voice “You never beat Millwall”, so Charlton now have to wait for next season possibly before they try and beat us.
Charlton Lineup: Rudd, Solly, Bauer, Teixeira, Page, Konsa, Crofts, Aribo, Chicksen, Magennis, Byrne.
Subs for Charlton: Watt for Magennis, Dasilva for Page,
Millwall Lineup: Archer, Craig, Hutchinson, Webster, Cummings, O’Brien, Thompson, Williams, Onyedinma, Gregory, Morison,
Subs for Millwall: Worrall for O’Brien, Ferguson for Onyedinma