Millwall turned up at The Den on the day expecting a hard, tough game against Southend and hoping to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games. By the time the game was over the Southend manager Phil Brown was raging about the Premiership Referee, Andre Mariner for showing a red card to Will Atkinson for a tackle on Lions Captain Tony Craig in the 34th minute.
If that was not bad enough Brown was going spare when he claimed Southend should have had a penalty when Craig tackled McGlashan when the ref gave nothing.
Millwall Boss Neil Harris made four changes from the previous game. Williams was out because his wife had gone into labour. Cummings was recalled to take the place of Romeo. Gregory must have been rested as he was not involved at all. Fred was upfront with Morison. While Jed Wallace and Jimi Abdou were included in the starting line-up. And Thompson was out injured.
Southend was always going to be a tough nut to crack after all before the kick off they were sitting 6th and in a playoff position. But all sides that Phil Brown have managed always has a player who puts his foot in.
Millwall had the better of the 1st half with Morison and Fred supported by O’Brien, giving the Southend back four a hard time.
After Southend went down to 10 men they had a couple of good moments to score the best chance was when Tomlin sliced wide of the far post.
But in the end, the Lions took a deserved lead when in the 62nd minute Cummings put a cross in which Fred met and he headed the ball past the keeper into the corner. After that Millwall never looked like conceding and run out winners. Now on to Port Vale on Tuesday night.
Final score: Millwall 1-0 Southend Utd
Millwall Lineup: Archer, Cooper, Craig, Cummings, Webster, Abdou, Butcher, Onyedinma, Wallace, Morison, O’Brien
Subs for Millwall: Ferguson for Wallace, Worrall for O’Brien
Southend Lineup: Smith, Coker, Wordsworth, Thompson, Timlin, Cox, Atkinson, Fortune, Leonard, Demetriou, Ferdinand
Subs for Southend: McGlashan for Timlin, Nouble for Cox, Brolinson for Fortune