This weekend brought upon our 7th league game of the season, with winless Coventry City the opposition at The Den. As you’d expect in the case of our visitors, a side short of confidence the early proceedings of the game were in our favour.
Unable to create a clear opportunity going forward, it took fan favourite Marvin Sordell, or Nemo to break the deadlock for the visitors with a great finish from 20 yards having been offered the time and space from the Millwall defence.
From then on it felt like only one team was in control, and it wasn’t us. Having got to half time one down the second half was a dull affair, however fortunately for us in one moment of class O’Brien was on hand to convert a Morison cross and earn a welcomed point for Neil Harris and Millwall.
Three wins, three draws and a single defeat leaves us in fifth place in the league standings, a position I feel we warrant so far this season. Having struggled at the start of the last season at this point, improvement is all we are after as fans, with everyone wanting the same end result of promotion this season.
I’ll have an additonal post out tomorrow on my thoughts of the game, however as always below are my player ratings from the game:
Jordan Archer – 6 – Despite Sordell getting the plaudits for his strike, I feel Archer will be dissapointed he wasn’t behind the strike from the forward. Perhaps I’m being harsh myself, however aside from the goal I felt Archer was the solid keeper we need every week, making a couple of neat saves from set plays inparticular.
Mahlon Romeo – 6 – As always with Romeo I felt he went about his business as expected from the young full back. Perhaps due to the team as a whole struggling to create in attack, I felt we missed Romeo’s presence on the overlap, however I don’t think Romeo is to blame for our lack of creativeness.
Byron Webster – 7 – Am I being generous with a 7 for Webster? Probably so but I feel to get a point across Webster is head and shoulders above the rest of the central defenders at our club. Able to deal with tall and quick strikers, without Webster in the side I’d hate to think how many more goals we’d have conceded this season.
Tony Craig – 6 – Done what was asked of him and solid throughout from Craig. I feel the only aspect I’m judging Craig on is his abillity to captain the side, and from my point of view it’s odd to see Craig hardly communicate to his team mates on the field. Especially in a side with younger players, you’d think Craig would be the player to fire up his team mates and help get us over the line, I didn’t see that on Saturday.
Joe Martin – 6 – Yellow card machine now has his fourth yellow of the season. Solid as you’d expect from Martin in the match, I suppose the only positive from Martin constantly receiving bookings is that Chesmain will be offered the chance to impress when Martin is suspended.
David Worrall – 5 – Quiet throughout, perhaps due to the style of play requested from Harris I felt all of our creative players were missing throughout the match on Saturday. I couldn’t tell you one moment where Worrall was able to get down the flank and put a delivery we know and expect from the winger.
Shaun Williams – 5 – Another who couldn’t make a telling impact due to not having the chance to get on the ball and play his game. If we’re looking to play on the counter and not looking to keep posession I struggle to see what Williams offers in games like this. When the opposition out number our midfield both Williams and Thompson struggle to get on the ball and create chances, something needs addressing from Harris.
Ben Thompson – 6 – A higher rating from Thompson compared to Williams, largely because of his abillity to hound the opposition midfield. Whilst we were chasing shadows after Coventry’s early goal we didn’t see much created from the visitors, with Thompson as you expect winning his fair shares of 50 50 challenges.
Fred Onyedinma – 4 – Fred Onyedinma, the player I was calling for in my last post to get a chance in the side to show us what he can do. Having come on as a substitute last time out against Bradford to play up front, I expected the same with the team on Saturday when the teams were announced. Unfortunately, despite having Wylde and Ferguson on the bench Harris wanted Onyedinma on the left hand side of a four man midfield. First to get subbed off, I struggle to understand what Harris was hoping to see from the pacy attacker on the left side.
Aiden O’Brien – 6 – A lower rating was destined for O’Brien but for his superb finish in the box late in the second half. Another like Onyedinma struggling to suggest where he should be playing on the pitch, with Harris moving O’Brien around throughout the match. We desperately miss Gregory’s involvement in the side, but equally I shouldn’t take anything away from O’Brien’s finish to earn us a point.
Steve Morison – 6 – Not the vintage Morison performance we’d expect however a noteworthy contribution from Morison to drag us over the line and earn a point on Saturday. Having just bollocked his team mates in a break of play due to an injury, Morison was set free down the right hand side and laid on a perfect delivery for O’Brien to guide the ball into the back of the net. As I stated above with Craig, why does it take Morison to have a go instead of our captain?
Shane Ferguson – 5
Calum Butcher – N/A
Jamie Philpot – N/A