Last night saw Millwall continue their superb start to the season, winning 4-0 in the first round of the EFL Cup away to League Two side Barnet. Having lost to Barnet at the same stage last season, it was certainly a case of avenging that defeat.
An own goal, O’Brien, Morison and Onyedinma provided the decisive moments in a clinical display from the Millwall attack, despite the absence of key forward Gregory. It means after two games The Lions have struck seven goals, with no reply from our opposition with Archer claiming a clean sheet in each.
In total there were five changes from Harris for last nights game, with Martin, Nelson, Abdou, Wylde and Onyedinma earning their first starts of the season. Below are my player ratings from last night:
Jordan Archer – 7 – More action his way despite the 4-0 win, Archer had to be alert at times to a few long range efforts and was behind each attempt. Claiming each and every corner as is the norm, two clean sheets will be a huge boost to Archer so early in the campaign.
Sid Nelson – 7 – Played at right back in place of Romeo, I felt Nelson had a very solid game playing in a position not so natural to the defender. Your typical crunching tackles, but also a couple of occasions where Nelson got forward on the overlap. Nothing on Romeo of course, but a good performance in our win.
Byron Webster – 7 – Having been the culprit in our defeat to Barnet last season, all eyes were on Webster once again facing up to Akinde up front. Showing how far the defender has come in a year, Akinde rarely got a sniff with Webster being the enforcer and dictating where play went to the Barnet forward throughout.
Tony Craig – 6 – Another good performance for Craig, much like Webster being first to the ball ahead of the Barnet attackers. With Joe Martin also returning to the side and stepping up his progress, Craig looks set to stay in the central areas of defence.
Joe Martin – 6 – Another step up in Martin’s return to first team action with 75 minutes on the field. Your typical Martin performance bringing stability defensively and picking up his typical yellow card to go with it, also earning an assist for the own goal from a set play.
Aiden O’Brien – 7 – Played out wide but almost a third striker in attack, O’Brien impressed with a second goal in two games. Looking knackered once again when coming off the field, no one can doubt his effort, and he seems to be contributing more than ever in defensive areas when tracking back.
Jimmy Abdou – 6 – Think a 6/10 already tells you what performance it was from Abdou. Non-stop energy and interception after interception, Abdou along with Thompson didn’t allow the Barnet players a sniff of the ball in the midfield area.
Ben Thompson – 7 – Kept in the midfield for two games running shows how important Thompson is to our team. High work rate as we expect and willingness to throw himself into a tackle, but also have the ability to pick a pass. Standout point of the match was when Ferguson was fouled, Thompson quick to get in the face of the offender, one of our own…
Greg Wylde – 6 – High energy again from Wylde, however despite playing the entire 90 minutes struggled to make an impact on the match. Showed glimpses again of what he is all about, but would still like to see more from the new signing.
Steve Morison – 8 – Seeing the game through with the youngsters up top, Morison continue to demonstrate his huge importance to the squad. Also notching his first goal of the season with a smart header, it was your typical experienced performance from the forward.
Fred Onyedinma – 7 – Probably could’ve scored a few more on the night, however a lively performance from Onyedinma. Playing up front alongside Morison, we saw exactly what Onyedinma brings when played further forward. Skill on the ball, the idea of Onyedinma up front is certainly a possibility which could work if we continue to work on it.
David Worrall – 6 – Despite only being a sub, Worrall still managed to add another assist to his already growing tally, important to the side already and continuing to impress with high work rate throughout the second half.
Jamie Philpot – N/A
Shane Ferguson – N/A