Millwall will travel to the north again on Saturday evening to play Sheffield United with the knowledge a victory could put them firmly in the play off positions and a defeat for Sheffield United could see their own dreams of Premiership football disappear before their eyes in Yorkshire. Kick off is another Saturday early shift for the Lions from 1pm UK time (2pm CET and Malta time).
Every match is just like a cup final for the south London team at the moment. On Tuesday they dipped into the play off places for the first time this season as they overwhelmed a dreary Bolton by two goals to nil. As the express train that is Millwall roared north into Greater Manchester the Lion’s knew that a win would keep the pressure firmly on 6th placed Middlesbrough who are having an inconsistent spell at the current time.
Tom Elliott who hasn’t exactly been on goalscoring fire for the Lions chose an opportune time to score his first goal since January when opened the scoring for the visitors ten minutes before the end of the first half that had seen a cagey start at the Macron Stadium. Both both teams had too much to lose to give anything away. Elliott headed in after launching into a well directed Ben Marshall cross at the back post.
Millwall doubled their lead after Mahlon Romeo dribbled the ball from deep within his own half that saw him run 70 metres before squaring for Marshall, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
As per usual in 2018, Millwall allowed the opposition the better percentage of possession, soaking up wave after wave of Bolton attacks and then attacked on the counter. To be fair Bolton were lacking authority and looked toothless. The defeat leaves Bolton one point above the Championship relegation zone and a worrying few weeks ahead for the Trotter’s fans.
Millwall fans in comparison saw Neil Harris’ side climb into the top six for the first time this season, a remarkable rise for a team who were 15th when they were last beaten in December of last year. A remarkable turn around for the team who remember were only promoted last year from Division 1 from the play offs. Could it be two play off promotions on the bounce?
Saturday’s opponents are Sheffield United who are in 9th place only 3 points behind the Lion’s although with a poorer goal difference. The Yorkshire outfit still harbour thoughts of getting into the play offs themselves and did Millwall a huge favour with a 2-1 home win over play off rivals Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. A brace from Lee Evans in the first half enough to put the game beyond the north east team who had Grant Leadbitter sent off after only 25 minutes and although Daniel Ayala pulled one back it wasn’t enough and United held on. A defeat would have have seen United struggle to get anywhere near the play offs.
In the corresponding Millwall v Sheffield United game at the New Den in early December the Lion’s came out 3-1 victors with goals from Gregory, Romeo and Cooper while David Brooks notched for the visitors.
Sheffield United are on a rocky patch at the wrong time of the season with just one win in 5 while Millwall seem to have forgotten how to lose. United desperately need a win but then so do Millwall so we could be in for a treat come Saturday afternoon.
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