PROMOTED Millwall have proved one of the surprise packets of this season’s Championship campaign.
Had the Lions, who led until midway through the second half, held on to beat high-flying Norwich for the first time in 43 years at Carrrow Road in midweek, the London side would have climbed to seventh, just one point off the play-offs.
As it was they came away empty-handed as a result of the Canaries snatching a stoppage-time winner. Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly, for one, wasn’t surprised that they run Paul Lambert’s men so close after catching them in action in their previous home game.
“I went to watch them play Barnsley last Friday, three days after we played them, at the New Den,” said O’Kelly.
“They dominated the first half and they could have been four up at half-time. It was as good a first half performance as I’ve seen this season.
“Steve Morison looked unplayable. His work rate and his attitude was fantastic.
“But they are by no means a one-man team. They’ve got James Henry, who they signed from Reading, on the right, and he is very direct and likes to get at people and is a constant threat.
“They are very solid in the middle of the park.
“They’ve taken Craig Eastmand from Arsenal, and he’s a nice tidy passer of the ball, so they are a decent side.
“It was to Barnsley’s credit that they came out in the second half and gave it a right go, but on the night the best team won.”
The victory over the Reds stretched Millwall’s winning sequence at home, since losing to Sheffield United in mid-November, to five games.
Only leaders QPR and Swansea have won more games at home in the Championship.
“It’s a tough place to go but I think that we can go anywhere in the league and get a result,” said O’Kelly. “Burnley are a top side - they were playing in the Premiership last season - and we beat them on Tuesday night.”
Rovers’ prospects of recording back-to-back league wins for only the second time this season, could receive a boost if top scorer Morison, who limped off after just 16 minutes on Tuesday, is ruled out.