This weekend The Lions got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over struggling Sheffield United. Having lost 5-1 last time out away to Peterborough, the most important outcome from Saturday was the result.
It might not have been the game to catch everyone’s attention, however it was probably the most pleasing win as we managed to dig deep and win ugly. As I had mentioned in my last post, it was going to be that sort of occasion with passion overtaking the importance of the performance.
Having got ahead early in the first half through a superb Williams goal, the team sat back and invited the visitors onto us. United got their equaliser minutes after our opener with miscommunication between Craig and Archer, and the keeper allowing the ball through his legs into the net.
After nursing our way to a 1-1 game at half time, the side came out much the better side with Gregory earning two chances immediately after the restart. Unfortunately having failed to convert on both occasions, it felt like we had blown our chances of taking all three points away from the game.
Thankfully, after building up the pressure on the visitors, defender O’Connell offered a lifeline to Millwall, having handled the ball and denying Morison a free header on goal. With Gregory off the pitch due to injury, Morison stepped up himself and done the business, sending Moore in goal for Sheffield United the wrong way and winning us the three points right at the death.
As I already mentioned above, what was most pleasing leaving The Den on Saturday was the manner of the victory. After last Tuesday pressure was on Harris and his players, and with only two changes to the XI from that defeat to Peterborough, Harris put a lot of faith in clearly what he sees as his best side. Below, as always you can find my player ratings…
Jordan Archer – 6 – Collectively at fault for the goal conceded with Craig, the spotlight was very much on Archer with news in the build up emerging he is yet to decide on the clubs contract offer. I felt Archer had a solid game barring his mistake, and hopefully the contract situation is sorted ASAP.
Mahlon Romeo – 6 – Solid once again from Romeo, who I felt was kept a tad quiet on the overlap, but was able to deal with any threat defensively. It’s easy to forget this is Romeo’s first full season as a first team player, but so far so good from the young full back.
Byron Webster – 8 – My man of the match, I felt Webster was the presence we needed in defence in a game where pressure was certainly high on the team. Comparable to a Paul Robinson display for me, was reliable against a tricky forward such as Billy Sharp, and didn’t take any risks in mopping up at the back.
Tony Craig – 6 – With Harris keeping his captain in the team, the spotlight was very much on Craig after the last match. I didn’t think Craig would play, and has to take a share of the blame for the goal we conceded, however but for that mistake it was a job done performance from the testimonial man.
Joe Martin – 6 – Likewise to Craig, I felt at times Martin struggled with the Sheffield United attack, however seemed to grow into the match in the second half. Probably still not 100% having missed much of pre-season, I felt Martin did what was required in helping us win on Saturday.
David Worrall – 6 – Sat out of the last game due to a niggling injury, Worrall’s return to the side was much welcomed by everyone. Perhaps not his best game since signing for the club, the threat he brings alone from set plays was a welcome return.
Shaun Williams – 7 – The missed man at Peterborough, Williams couldn’t have hoped for a better return to the side on the weekend. Taking his goal superbly with a low drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the box, hopefully we can see a few more of those over the course of the season.
Ben Thompson – 7 – In my preview I felt Thompson might’ve benefited from a game or two out of the starting XI, however next to Williams the pair continued the growing partnership in midfield. With no Abdou in the side, Thompson showed his ability to breakup play and set us on the attack, keeping tabs of the United midfield throughout the second half.
Aiden O’Brien – 6 – Continuing on the left hand side, the game seemed to pass by O’Brien with not much of an impact throughout his 70 minute spell on the pitch.
Lee Gregory – 6 – On another day perhaps could’ve left the ground with the match ball. Unlucky not to get on the scoresheet and proved a threat as always on the last line of defence. Going down again with a knock and leaving the game early, hopefully only a precaution for Gregory.
Steve Morison – 7 – The match winner, Morison seems to have a knack of coming up trumps when we are in real need of a result. Having missed a few penalties in the past I weren’t quite too sure what to expect, but the confidence in his finish was typical Morison.
Shane Ferguson – 6 – Not on the pitch for long, however I felt highlighted his contribution on the left side of midfield when his cross brought the handball offence for the penalty.
Fred Onyedinma – N/A –