Friday, 28 November 2014

Why has Millwall's form faded?

Millwall had a terrific start to the season, but have faded of late and now occupy 18th position in the league having been on a run of one win in the last 10 games. The club has faced some pretty tough competition in that run though including Derby, Watford, Wolves and Brentford and earned creditable draws against Derby and Watford.
Draws are starting to hurt Millwall.
So what has slowed the Lions' progress? Averaging just over one goal a game has not helped their cause and more worrying Ian Holloway said he had 11 players on the pitch against Huddersfield who could not pass to each other. It was the Huddersfield defeat that really hurt Millwall's confidence, because it was a game where they really thought they would get back to winning ways. They seem to be fairly consistent though at getting about a point a game at present. Before the Huddersfield match in late September they had achieved eight points from their previous right games and since then they have earned eight points from nine games, which is close to relegation form.

Defensively the goals have been going in against them of late, although they did get a clean sheet in the goalless draw against Charlton in their last match. Before that though they were conceding two or more goals a game in the previous three matches. Free kicks have also been a sucker punch for them against Birmingham, Watford and Wolves as well as long balls that they have been conceding from and if you analyse their results it's the draws that are costing Millwall a higher position in the league.

Lee Gregory is the player that I think could cause a surprise but AFCB have to look to put Millwall away early. But if Millwall can go to Derby and get a point and be three down against Wolves and come back to get a draw, they are well capable of getting the blocks in the keep the Cherries out.

The news from AFCB's camp is more positive on Tokelo Rantie than I had been expecting and I hope he is back fit before the African Cup of Nations. As for Callum Wilson, I have a sneaky feeling that he'll be available to play on Saturday and indications from what Eddie Howe said on Cherries player is that Ryan Fraser would play up front with Yann Kermorgant if Callum was not fit enough to play.

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