Li­ons have guar­an­teed them­selves play-offs

The Wharf - - Sport - By Ian Toal

Satur­day’s vi­tal win at Bury has pretty much guar­an­teed us a spot in the play-offs with Mill­wall six points ahead of sev­enth place Gilling­ham and just two games left – in­clud­ing an away match at our ri­vals’ ground.

We face Old­ham Ath­letic at The Den on Satur­day, April 30. They have noth­ing to play for so it would take an almighty col­lapse for us not to get across the line.

The 3-1 win at Gigg Lane was im­por­tant in se­cur­ing that play-off place and spe­cial thanks must go to Shrews­bury Town for their great 3-2 win at Pri­est­field.

Chris Tay­lor scored a brace for us and Steve Mori­son got an­other, his 18th of the sea­son; it was im­por­tant that Morro stepped up with top-scorer Lee Gre­gory out in­jured.

Mori­son was strug­gling to be fit for the match him­self af­ter get­ting a knock in the Fleet­wood game.

Maybe now we should leave Gre­gory out of the Old­ham match and get him fit for the play-offs rather than risk him against the Lat­ics.

The same could ap­ply to Mori­son as well.

If we can get through to the sum­mer with­out any more knocks and ab­sences we can be thank­ful for a rel­a­tively dam­age-free sea­son, con­trib­uted to us us­ing just 29 play­ers this term com­pared to the 42 last sea­son.

Neil Har­ris wanted a smaller squad to give our own young­sters an op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in the first team.

This has been the out­stand­ing plus point – see­ing young­sters like Ben Thomp­son and Mahlon Romeo come through and es­tab­lish them­selves as first choice play­ers.

Ian Toal is a com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Mill­wall Sup­port­ers Club

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