Millwall fan hit me, says Gerrard after pitch invasion
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