Millwall are joint-top of the embryonic Championship table, after taking seven points from their first three games. Gabriel Sutton (@_FootbalLab) looks into the factors behind their bright start.
After Millwall concluded their 2018-19 campaign with a 2-1 home defeat to Bristol City, things looked bleak.
The long-serving strike partnership of Lee Gregory and Steve Morison was coming to an end; negative post-match vibes emanated from the Den and many even questioned manager Neil Harris who, no longer needing to keep his powder dry with the team safe from relegation, was scathing of the mentality of the group.
What was most concerning was that Millwall had not necessarily stayed up on their own merit; there were no ‘big’ performances at the end of the season that did the job.
Rather, the Londoners limped over the line: they failed to win each of their final seven games and survived only due to Rotherham’s lack of quality, Bolton’s cash-flow problems and Ipswich’s errors.
Suffice to say, changes were required in the summer: and the early signs are that Harris has made the right ones.