Night to remember at The Den
Over 200 Lions fans joined Chairman John Berylson, manager Kenny Jackett plus the players and directors at Millwall's 2012/13 Player of the Year Dinner Dance at The Den on Sunday night.
It was a night in which the Millwall family came together for one last time this season - and whilst not dwelling too much on what has at times been a difficult campaign - there was some straight talking from both the Chairman and Kenny.
"This has been an interesting year with a lot of ups and some downs," said Chairman John. "To reach the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup, for a club like Millwall, with all the FFP regulations, was a marvellous performance.
There's no doubt it was a nervy season. We started very strongly but then a lot of things began to go against us. Loan players came in but they all seemed to pick up injuries and that was difficult for Kenny. But overall there wasn't much difference between second and 22nd place. We were only a few wins from the Play-Offs.
Clearly, however, we would have liked to have done better than to get to the last day needing something. I've learnt something this year and look forward to next season. We will be looking to strengthen our squad and one thing we have to do is put the ball in the net."
Lions boss Kenny, who also received a rousing reception, pulled no punches as he stated: "Initially my first reaction after the Derby game was one of relief, but once I got onto the coach after the match I felt disappointment; disappointment with performances in the second half of the season. However I'm the manager and the buck stops with me. I felt that things off the pitch began to knock everyone around me but that's not an excuse.
I have a lot of time and admiration for some of the players. We had to scrap it out and get over the line.
This summer there are some big decisions to be made. The dynamics of the changing room and training ground have to change and improve. It is a key summer."