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2019/20 Season Review Part Three: Lockdown halts Lions charge


3 August 2020

The year of 2020 began in perfect fashion for Millwall - but they had to come from behind to defeat struggling Luton Town 3-1 at The Den on New Year's Day.

Tom Bradshaw, Connor Mahoney and Matt Smith were on target in a 12-minute blitz as Gary Rowett's side downed The Hatters to gain three points.

Attentions turned to the Emirates FA Cup just three days after that, with Sky Bet League Two side Newport County comfortably dispatched 3-0, before a hard-fought afternoon in The Potteries saw The Lions and Stoke City draw a blank.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson found the net against his former club the following week in a 2-0 Den victory over Reading, however, FA Cup dreams were to end at the hands of Premier League outfit Sheffield United on 25th January as The Blades won 2-0 in SE16.

It seemed as though The Lions were not to be deterred by their exit three nights later at Elland Road, though, as goals from Shaun Hutchinson and a Jed Wallace penalty put Millwall two to the good against Leeds United, but a second-half comeback from the champions elect saw The Whites take all three points.

February began with a missed opportunity in a goalless draw at Hillsborough, with one point from six at The Den against fellow promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion (0-2) - amongst Storm Ciara - and Fulham (1-1) halting the charge.

However, Hutchinson's header in a monsoon at Deepdale won three points against Preston North End - but after a loss at Wigan Athletic seven days later, hopes of a place in The Championship's top six began to look slim.

A goalless evening in South Bermondsey against Birmingham City followed, as did a 1-1 draw against Bristol City, but little did everyone know at that point that the next home match would be played as late as June.

Shortly after an outstanding display saw The Lions cruise to a 3-0 first-half lead and win at Nottingham Forest, with Smith bagging his first treble for the club, the suspension of English football was announced due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which was beginning to sweep across the world.

Millwall were looking a safe bet for a late charge into the Play-Offs after that night at the City Ground - could they carry that on when football resumed? Would the season resume at all?

Take a look at all the goals from Part Three of our Season Review below...

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