Without a win in SIX league games, the pressure is slowly but definitely growing on Millwall to win a game and score some goals. But for two fortuitous goals away to Sunderland thanks to some helpless goalkeeping, The Lions would be without a goal for four games.
With strikers struggling to make an impact and earn valuable points; currently the club top goalscorer is the impressive midfielder George Saville. Steve Morison next to a zero on the goal tally chart, with Lee Gregory and Tom Elliott with only two each themselves. Not something you’d have hoped for at this stage back in August.
With our style of play chances come at a premium at this level when compared to League One, especially away from home. Fail to take your chances when put forward and ultimately you lose games at this level. The level of quality between the two divisions is ever growing.
With Sheffield United, Aston Villa, Derby, Wolves, QPR and Norwich to come as we see in the new year, based on the tale of the season so far we’d do well to register three more wins before January.
Fortunately as a club, expectations this season are solely to survive and try to build within our means. You can’t doubt we are competitive in every game we play, with our biggest deficit in a match against Barnsley at home following Shaun Williams and Byron Webster’s injuries.
Defensively we are averaging a goal against a game, which compared to the rest of the division is top half form. Statistically teams which go down tend to average a lot more against. Rotherham and Wigan went down last season scoring only 40 goals. Whilst defensively conceded 57 and 98 goals.
So the problem lies at the top of the pitch with the lack of goals from our forwards. Whilst Morison and Gregory were extremely effective when up against League One opposition, aside from Norwich at home we haven’t had the attacking display we so often relied on whilst in the league below.
Sooner rather than later, along with Jed Wallace returning we should also receive a massive boost with the return of Shaun Williams. Back in full training, though I imagine this weekend may come too soon for the midfielder.
We shouldn’t be panicking just yet, whilst far from ideal in the last six games, we find ourselves in a position in the coming games we thrive on, being the underdog. Majority of up coming games are why we missed The Championship so much. Larger home crowds, better atmosphere and excitement to cause an upset and win.
This all starts with tomorrow at home to Sheffield United, who themselves have been struggling drawing last week at home and losing the game previous. A game we’re expected to let them dominate the ball, however expect pace and aggression in the forward areas with the returning Wallace a key influence.
Questions do need to be answered by players at the top of the park. Can Lee Gregory score goals in The Championship? Much like his first season at the club, the striker struggled to make an immediate impact but quickly put those fears away with two strong seasons in the div below. Now back in The Championsip are we seeing the same story again?
Questions will inevitably get answered, and as positive as I can be lets hope Gregory and Morison fill their boots leading to Christmas.