Monday, 28 February 2011

Millwall defeat league leaders in historic promotion bid

MILLWALL coach Dave Roberts has laid down the gauntlet to his players that promotion is "in our own hands" after emerging 23-16 winners over league leaders East London.

Previously undefeated East London have now lost their "invincibles" tag after suffering their first loss of the season at Millwall's hands.

The triumph now puts the Isle of Dogs-based Essex Division 1 club in pole position for promotion to London Division 3 - never previously achieved in Millwall's history.

Millwall, who hosted the match at their under threat Millwall Park pitch, are now just one point off second place but have a game in hand.

Roberts said: "The win at the weekend was one of the great moments of the season.

"Millwall inflicted East London's only loss of the season. 

"Our defence and commitment to each other was at the highest standard I've seen from the guys.

"It had a grand final feel to it and the players delivered the energy and skills needed to beat a well-drilled and previously unbeaten opposition.

"As we have been the only team to gain points from a match against East London this season, we are now one point off second place  but we have an extra game to catch up, so our future is in our own hands.

"If we continue to win, we will reach second place and a play-off game to hopefully put Millwall in London Division 3, which as a club we have yet to accomplish in our brief history."

The win is a welcome distraction for the club which faces the threat of having to move away from its Millwall Park home under Tower Hamlets council plans.

Story: Marc Walker
Video: Andrew Hesselden

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