Well that was a damp squib in every sense of the term. The corner count suggests that Millwall had the better of the game but the real chances fell to West Ham. Lansbury had two chances in the first half. Bentley missed a great opportunity to score, putting wide from six yards and had a good shot from outside the box, Faubert had a goal struck off for offside, Nolan headed tamely at Forde and Cole had a header saved. But the best chance came from the kickoff when the referee blew for the start whilst Forde was still checking his net with his back to the play! If that had gone in and we had claimed the goal, it would have kicked off big time!
The worrying thing was the lack of quality. This is a workmanlike Millwall team and we should have beaten them comfortably. The standard of crossing today was awful, from both sides, with Faubert and McCartney, in particular, showing all the direction and accuracy of a blind sniper after ten pints of the amber liquid. Piss poor.
Once again, Nolan was close to anonymous. He isn't firing and isn't linking the play as he should. Baldock came on and played in Faubert for the disallowed goal, which is promising, but the former Newcastle man is a big worry. Bentley's confidence won't have been helped by his miss either.
Was Taylor injured? He lacked his usual spark and was withdrawn early, allowing Bentley to join the fray. Lansbury was also disappointing but the decision to repeatedly go long may explain that. There's not much point in having a quality midfield if you lump the ball over their heads.
The injury to Tomkins is a big worry. Faye and Reid coped defensively against a distinctly mediocre Millwall team but they lack the quality on the ball to initiate attacks from the back. Fingers crossed that Tomkins has a minor groin strain and not something more debilitating.
All in all, a disappointing day on the pitch. Let's hope it remains all quiet on the streets after the game.