Millwall have found themselves flirting with the lower leagues for a long time. But are they on course to make a late charge for back to back promotions?
Millwall haven’t tasted defeat in 11 Championship games. An astounding run of form for a club working to such tight budgets. They have done so completely under the radar of many in the league.
Their last league defeat was a 2-1 away loss to Norwich, and their only loss since then was in the FA Cup to giant killers Rochdale. They have climbed Englands second division and now find themselves in 10th place, just 6 points of the play off positions.
The recent signing and return of club legend Tim Cahill seems to have galvanised everyone at the club. His experience both on and off the pitch are contributing to an upward turn in form for the London club.
Midfielder George Saville has hit great form this season, managing 9 goals in 37 games, whilst strikers Lee Gregory and Steve Morison are proving to be a handful for the defences of the Championship.
Having conceded only an average of 1 goal a game and failing to score in just 12 of their 37 league games is a testament to the grit and desire found in this Millwall team. These stats may not flatter at first sight, but in the highly competitive league that is the Championship, it bodes well for their promotion hopes.
This is a club that only got promoted from League One last season, having to defeat Bradford in the Play-Off Final of the 16/17 season, winning the tie 1-0.
Having already drawn with both Wolves and Cardiff this season, they have proved that they can battle with the big guns in the division. They have some favourable fixtures coming up, the next 3 being against Barnsley, Forest & Ipswich. All games that Millwall and their fans will feel they can take maximum points from.
With the season ending trio of fixtures being against high flyers Fulham, Middlesbrough & Aston Villa, Millwall will need to get as many points on the board as they can from their next few games to continute their charge towards the top 6.
Neil Harris will have to use all his expertise and cunning to negotiate a gruelling end of season fixture list for those at The Den. But with the prospect of back to back promotions on the horizon, and the potential for a derby against West Ham next season, the players and fans a like will be licking their lips.
Although, at this rate, Millwall may be taking the Hammers place in the top flight!