FAN'S VIEW by Alan Houghton: Safety first approach to navigating Millwall experience

Bolton v Millwall

Bolton v Millwall

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THE prospect of visiting the Lion’s Den for this relegation six-pointer was as enticing as a root canal filling.

The promised police escort failed to materialize and the coach drivers were left to go round in ever decreasing circles of Southwark in attempts to locate the well hidden visitor’s coach entrance.

Our driver had to precariously negotiate driving along the edge of a ditch, while the second driver arrived with only 15 minutes to spare, hardly giving those fans a chance to take advantage of the burger and metric-pint canned beer “offer” at £9 a throw.

The match was a poor quality dogfight between two struggling teams.

It was a strange affair in which the wrong team scored in each half.

The impressive Jutkiewicz scored with a great header from Eagles' equally good cross in a half dominated by Millwall, but the defence held firm with Wheater and Baptiste conjuring up marvellous off the line clearances.

In the second half, we should have increased our lead and won the match; Eagles hit the inside of the post from a free kick, Baptiste was unfortunate to be just offside and Jutkiewicz turned from hero to villain when he lamely missed the penalty.

The inevitable happened. Millwall equalised through Woolford, giving the ‘Freedman Out’ brigade more ammunition.

There was particular criticism of the decision to bring Knight on to shore up the defence.

Most fans find it difficult to understand why in-form players like Lee are dropped for the next match.

What is dictating the team selection?

At the end of the day, it was a valuable point earned against fellow relegation strugglers.

We’re just about keeping our heads above water but where the first win in 2014 is going to come from, I don’t know?

To complete the “Millwall experience”, our drivers had to remove the coach numbers and take down any Bolton flags to boost our chances of a safe escape.

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