RAMBLE | Wednesday 2-1 Millwall

RAMBLE | Wednesday 2-1 Millwall

Normally prior to games I have a gut instinct as to how we may fare.

However, after the disappointing second half display against an average Barnsley side I was clueless as to what to expect from the visit of Millwall.

Carvalhal wielded the axe on Saturday’s under-achievers and four unforced changes were made.

The seemingly undroppable Keiran Lee was replaced by Butterfield in central midfield, Palmer came in for Hunt, Loovens (understandably) for Van Aken, Fox for the injured Pudil and, possibly most surprisingly of all, Fletcher made way for Rhodes.

The changes paid off very quickly with Wallace finding Fox in space down our left and the full back cut the ball back to Reach who scored his second goal in as many games.

It was a beautiful flowing move and exemplified what this group of players is capable of when we have the ball.

Bannan nearly scored what would have been a deserved second shortly afterwards when his piledriver from 30 yards was tipped around the corner of bar and post by the Lions’ ‘keeper.

Then, with an increasing feeling of inevitability, Millwall broke quickly from our corner. We missed a chance to take their winger out (at the expense of a possible yellow card) and they scored with their first shot in anger.

FMD I thought, it’s going to be another one of those games.

Thankfully, and possibly due to the number of anti-Carlos absentees, the crowd remained behind the team and we continued to play some decent football.

They were duly rewarded just before half-time when a quality inswinging corner from Butterfield found Rhodes at the near post who headed home adroitly.

Rhodes and Reach celebrate Wednesday’s second

His confidence seemingly restored another chance came and went before the ref blew for the break.

The second half was a more cagey affair and we soaked up some pressure as the visitors pushed for an equaliser.

Defensively we looked all at sea at times and Jed Wallace (I think) had no-one within two yards of him INSIDE the penalty area.

Fortunately for us he chose to turn onto his right foot which allowed Loovens to make a tackle.

Rhodes hit the foot of the post with about 20 minutes to go. Had that gone in we may well have gone on to score more. However, that triggered a series of conservative substitutions by Carvalhal as we shored things up.

In fairness the last ten was comfortable as the players ran the clock down.

Is this the turning point for our season?

To be truthful, I am as clueless about that as I was going into this game.

One thing is for sure, though, we will have to play better against Villa if we are to come away with a positive result.

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