The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

FOR Mill­wall, days don’t get much worse than this. A team who can’t win. A manager who can’t smile. Fans who couldn’t take de­feat.

Li­ons sup­port­ers get a raw deal th­ese days, a largely un­mer­ited le­gacy of their dark past as the ar­che­typal 80s thugs.

And, yet again, the vast ma­jor­ity at New York Sta­dium be­haved im­mac- ulately. But, just as at Wem­b­ley in the FA Cup semis of 2013, a brain­dead mi­nor­ity have spoiled it for ev­ery­one.

A late de­feat is hard to take, but no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for what fol­lowed. This was real vi­o­lence and when fe­male ste­wards - prob­a­bly paid min­i­mum wage - are leav­ing games blood-spat­tered and in an am­bu­lance, ac­tion should be taken.

Need­less to say, any­one iden­ti­fied should be banned for life. And if right-think­ing Mill­wall fans re­ally love their club, they should shop them.

As for their team, it’s hard to see a way back from here. For Rother­ham, this was by far their big­gest win of the sea­son.

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