Mill­wall fan hit me, says Ger­rard af­ter pitch in­va­sion

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ju­lian Ben­netts

The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is set to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims by the Old­ham Ath­letic de­fender An­thony Ger­rard that he was hit by a sup­porter dur­ing a pitch in­va­sion af­ter Mill­wall’s 3-0 vic­tory at the Den on Satur­day.

Mill­wall fans flooded on to the pitch af­ter a win that sealed their play-off place, and Ger­rard – cousin of for­mer Eng­land cap­tain Steven – says he was hit by one as he made his way off. Mean­while, sev­eral hun­dred fans gath­ered in front of the away sup­port­ers’ end and it ap­peared bot­tles were thrown.

“Poor per­for­mance from the boys to­day, sorry to all the trav­el­ling fans,” Ger­rard later tweeted. “And to the Mill­wall fan who give [sic] me a dig, if your goin’ to sly some­one make sure it puts me a sleep! 5 year old hits me harder.”

He later added: “These Mill­wall fans are com­edy gold! They’re very brave in the stands and on here [ Twit­ter]. Be­have your­selves.”

It is un­der­stood the FA will in­ves­ti­gate and will ask both clubs for their views be­fore de­cid­ing on whether to take fur­ther ac­tion.

At the top of the ta­ble, Bur­ton Al­bion will be pro­moted to­day if Wal­sall fail to beat strug­gling Fleet­wood. Bur­ton beat Gilling­ham 2-1 on Satur­day thanks to Tom Nay­lor’s in­jury-time win­ner and know that a point against Don­caster next week­end would se­cure pro­mo­tion along­side Wi­gan, if Wal­sall do win.

“The play­ers and fans will be hop­ing Fleet­wood can re­ally dig a re­sult out for us at Wal­sall on Mon­day. If not, we will make sure we fin­ish the job on Sun­day at Don­caster,” said Bur­ton cap­tain John Mous­inho.

Wi­gan have al­ready started their pro­mo­tion party af­ter their 4-0 win at Black­pool – whose rel­e­ga­tion will be con­firmed if Fleet­wood win to­day – se­cured an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship.

“These are the mo­ments you play foot­ball for; it is all about the prizes and this is a mas­sive one,” said Wi­gan’s Yanic Wildschut. “Ev­ery­body wants to play at the high­est level pos­si­ble and with the team we have, we want to go again, and do the same things in the Cham­pi­onship.”

Swin­don man­ager Luke Wil­liams heaped praise on 17-year-old keeper Will Henry af­ter he saved a penalty just 15 min­utes into his se­nior de­but – a 2-2 draw with Rochdale.

“What a fan­tas­tic start, it’s just in­cred­i­ble re­ally,” said Wil­liams.

“It wasn’t like he just made a fan­tas­tic save from a penalty but he made save af­ter save. It was what you’d ex­pect from an ex­pe­ri­enced goal­keeper.”

Flash­point: Mill­wall fans pour onto the pitch at the end of Satur­day’s match

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