I honestly cannot remember the last time I wrote about a 0-0 involving Norwich City and neither can I recall a match in which we had 27 shots without scoring, which must be some kind of record I suppose.
But I’m quite prepared to be pragmatic following the events at the Carra on Tuesday evening and a point is a point is a point. And a point that elevates us a place in the table to third [as I write with Watford and Stoke yet to play].
Sure we carved out chances, mainly long-range efforts from Lukas Rupp and PP – people are starting to call him that so I thought I’d join them. Emi Buendia probably had the best opportunity from closer range but hit the chance at Bartosz Bialkowski. He of 1p5wich Town infamy of course.
Teemu Pukki spurned another 10-yard opening and the Stieperdude scuffed a shot straight at the giant Polish stopper when a clean hit would have tested him much more, and Ben Gibson hit the side netting in stoppage time but we have to give the Gary Rowett-inspired Millwall a bit of credit here.
Back with his assistants after a positive test for covid, he set them up in a boring, blanketing 5-3-2 [or was it 3-5-2?] and they achieved their aims of clinging on to a point and boring half of the iFollow audience to distraction. I wouldn’t want to watch it week in, week out but it was very effective and despite the stats I’d venture they were worth their point.
It could have been worse. Virtually the last kick of the game saw Shaun Williams graze the angle of Tim Krul’s bar and post and on another night it might have gone in. No keeper saves those.
As some wise guy – me actually – said on MFW the other day, opposition managers are going to start targeting Jacob Lungi Sorensen in that left-back position.
When Millwall got forward that’s exactly what they did. Not to much effect but any thrust they had came from their right, often courtesy of Mahlon Romeo who looked pretty useful to me.
Swansea’s Steve Cooper will be equally well aware of the possibilities on Saturday unless Xavi Quintilla has recovered by then, of course.
But all in all, I’m not too down after that although it would have been the cliche of all cliches had Williams’ last-ditch effort been six inches lower: we wuz robbed.
This will have to remain apocryphal but I’m reliably informed that a few Bermondsey boys booked pitchside rooms at that lovely hotel, opened the windows and treated players, staff and officials to a thin but enthusiastic chorus of “no-one likes us and we don’t care”.
Shows how much a point at Carrow Road can mean to some folks I guess.
MFW regular Alex Bain informs me that in our last seven games the opposition clubs have either lost or drawn their previous match with no wins to be seen anywhere.
Bristol City lost to Bournemouth away 1-0; Brentford lost away to Stoke 3-2; Wycombe lost away to Reading 1-0; Birmingham lost at home to Sheff Wed 1-0; Rotherham drew at home to Huddersfield 1-1; Millwall lost 0-3 at home to Huddersfield; Swansea drew 1-1 at Brentford.
Will this phenomenon continue and because of it extend our unbeaten run even further?
Thanks to Alex for that. I’d never have realised in a million years myself!