Millwall FC continued their impressive league form as the South London side kept their promotion push going with home wins over close rival Southend United and struggling Port Vale.
After overturning play-off rivals Southend United in a fiery encounter at The Den last weekend, the lions moved into the play-off positions and strengthened their promotion assault with a victory over twentieth-placed Port Vale.
The Lions added to their unbeaten run of 12 games in all competitions with an impressive performance over visitors Port Vale, with goals either side of half time from Aiden O’Brien and Jake Cooper sealing a 2-0 win. Alongside Millwall’s impressive unbeaten run of 12 games in all competitions (ten in the league), the win on Tuesday night marked the club’s seventh clean sheet from the past eight fixtures, with the Lions not tasting defeat since coming against second placed Scunthorpe on December 17.
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O’brien broke the deadlock on the 26th minute, as he capitalised on some calamitous defending slotting the ball past the helpless Port Vale keeper Fasan. Jake Cooper found some space in the box and put the game to bed not long after half time with a powerful header in the 52nd minute in what rounded off a dominant display.
Millwall head coach Neil Harris was particularly happy with the performance, and praised his team’s mental concentration:
“I thought we were dominant, a really good win, I’m really impressed with the mentality of the boys, would’ve been easy to lose focus with the game coming up against Leicester in the FA Cup. The front two set the tempo and we were dominant at the back.”
“Some of the football we played was up there with the best of our season,” Neil Harris says.#Millwall 🦁
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With Millwall’s purple patch is gathering momentum, and with only 15 games left in the League, eight of which at home, odds on the Lions being promoted to the Championship have dropped dramatically. Bookmakers Betfair are offering 7/2 on the Lewisham side to return to the second division in their second promotion attempt following last year’s disappointing play-off final defeat to Barnsley.