Skalak’s struggles, Murray Wallace & away sickness – Millwall talking points

Skalak’s struggles, Murray Wallace & away sickness – Millwall talking points

Away sickness

As every game passes, Millwall’s form on the road is becoming more and more of a concern.

Yesterday was no different. It was another lacklustre away performance and one that leaves Neil Harris’ side with just two points from their eight away matches.

That means they have the joint – with Rotherham United – worst away record in the whole of the Championship and are one of just four sides yet to taste victory this season.

An even more concerning statistic is that the Lions have conceded the first goal in seven of those eight games. The other was a goalless draw at Blackburn Rovers in August.

Millwall were winless in their 13 games of last season before winning six on the bounce and Harris admitted he isn’t worried about the away form.




He said: “It won’t affect the group. We went a long-time last year and then we won seven in a row. We don’t overthink it, that’s for sure. What I have to do is find a way for a performance.

“We have to hope for that little bit of luck at some stage and the dressing room have to find that mentality of getting back to winning ways on the road.”

That allusive away victory will have to wait until at least Carrow Road next weekend and a visit to table toppers Norwich City, a ground they haven’t won at for 50-years (D6 L14).

Murray Wallace

Eyebrows were raised when the former Scunthorpe United defender was asked to play in an unfamiliar role of left-back against Ipswich Town last weekend. But after two impressive showings, the 25-year-old has repaid the faith Neil Harris has shown in him and was by far Millwall’s best player at Griffin Park.

Wallace has played there before during his time at Glanford Park and that is really starting to show with every performance.

The Lions were targeted down the flanks by Brentford and whilst Mahlon Romeo was given a torrid afternoon by Said Benrahma, but Wallace held up his end extremely well.

And at the other end, he proved to be a useful outlet for Millwall. There was one first-half moment in particular where Wallace produced an inch-perfect delivery for Jake Cooper, although the defender was unable to convert from close-range.

With Cooper and Shaun Hutchinson looking like Harris’ first choice centre-backs, – as they were for the majority of last season – Wallace’s best chance of getting minutes look to be at left-back and if he continues in this kind of form, James Meredith has got job on his hands.

Jiri Skalak

It’s been a tough start to life at Millwall for the summer signing from Brighton & Hove Albion.

After spending the majority of his first two months at The Den on the bench, Skalak has now been given plenty of opportunities to make a case for a more regular spot in the starting XI.

His start in West London was his four in the Championship this season. But, after a lively first 15 minutes, it proved to be a familiar story for the Czech Republic midfielder.

Skalak’s involvement was incredibly limited. A second-half cross that Ryan Leonard glanced wide was the only time he crossed the ball during the 64 minutes he was on the pitch.



Jiri Skalak talks to the media after a training session.

And when things aren’t going for you in an attacking sense, you must keep up your defence duties, but Skalak failed to keep up that end of the bargain.

It became obvious from very early in the game that Benrahma was going to be Brentford’s main outlet. His pace, tricky and movement proved too much to handle for Romeo and the right-back was crying out for some help from Skalak. He didn’t get that help and it was only once Jed Wallace was introduced that Millwall finally got some breathing space down their right.

Even more concerning, Skalak looked uninterested and showed a lack of fight at times. He was inevitably sacrificed midway through the second period as the Lions searched for an equaliser.

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