Andy Munro has a possible change of heart regarding Lee Clark and Blues.
Things can change quickly in the fickle world of football and whilst Lee Clark has hardly gone from zero to hero, the lion taming act may have kept his circus on the road for the foreseeable future.
Whatever your opinion of Clark, it was the win and three points that mattered. Mind you, perhaps it was fortunate that we were playing at one of our favourite places, where they still seem to be suffering from Stern John shellshock.
Interestingly their manager, Ian Holloway, had been previously touted as the fans’ favourite to take over from Clark last season but he’s turning out to have the same credibility as our beloved Barry Fry – vastly entertaining but tactically suspect.
Blues’ current manager sent out a fairly conservative side with just one winger and one out and out forward. Demarai Gray (depressingly rumoured to be another target for a typical Scouse steal) was missing but the rejuvenated young Koby Arthur was destined for a similar role ‘in the hole’ for this away fixture.
Initially, it was tin hat time as Millwall came out fast but Blues held firm and came more and more into the game. David Cotterill maintained his superb run of form by laying on a simple tap in for Donaldson which will have done the latter’s confidence no harm. Cotterill then got on the score sheet himself with a well taken free kick, a phrase that had seemed to have gone out of fashion with the demise of Murphy and Burke.
Predictably Clark’s halftime team talk had the usual effect as we were pegged back and Millwall reduced the arrears. They then threw the proverbial kitchen sink at us with long balls, centre halves and everyone else pouring into the box. In retaliation, we introduced the height of Will Packwood which definitely helped shore up the defence. Perhaps surprisingly we held firm to record a vital win and secure three points. We even managed a third through Wes Thomas and no doubt his powerful frame and turn of pace was the last thing the tiring Millwall defence wanted to see close up.
The old saying is that one swallow doesn’t make a summer and this certainly holds true for the Blues but it does give us some breathing space…