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Unbeaten runs and cup shocks: February and March

2016/17 season review part four...

16 June 2017

After the high of dumping Watford out of the Emirates FA Cup in late January, The Lions were brought back down to earth on 1st February as they failed to find a way past a resolute Walsall at The Den.

However, a comfortable 2-0 victory at basement side Coventry City set Millwall on the winning trail once more. A 1-0 success in a tightly and keenly contested match with Southend United took the club into the top six at the expensive of their Essex rivals, with a Valentine's Night stroll against Port Vale adding three more points to the League total.

The Cup took centre-stage once more on the 18th, however, as Shaun Cummings' 90th-minute winning goal incredibly put 10-man Millwall into the Quarter-Finals courtesy of a 1-0 victory over reigning Premier League champions Leicester City.

Goalless draws against Chesterfield and Oldham Athletic followed, but, after missing two late penalties at Bounday Park, Lee Gregory earned redemption as February came to a close at home to Peterborough United, winning and scoring the only goal of the game from the spot.

The striker was on target twice more - with a last-minute penalty included - in a 2-1 win over MK Dons on 4th March, but the unbeaten run was to come to an end at White Hart Lane a week later.

The BBC cameras were on hand to show The Lions give a spirited performance in the last ever Cup tie at The Lane, but ultimately fall foul of Tottenham Hotspur's class in a 6-0 defeat.

A frustrating 0-0 draw against Bury followed, with a ding-dong affair at Rochdale, including Jed Wallace's first goal since returning from Wolverhamption Wanderers, ending 3-3.

Consecutive defeats on the road to Swindon Town and Sheffield United ended the month, but Millwall were still in touch with the top six with just one full month of the campaign to go.

Check millwallfc.co.uk on Monday for the final part of our season review.


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