Millwall’s scaling of the Championship table is showing no signs of cessation after Wolves became the latest side to be mauled by the rampant Lions.
This great form has seen Kenny Jackett’s men shorten into 8/1 shots for promotion after beginning the campaign as possible relegation candidates in many punters’ eyes.
Demotion to League One couldn’t possibly be further from the thoughts of folk at the Den following the south Londoners’ fourth win on the bounce at Molineux, which left them fifth in England’s second tier.
Their price is not one that would be attributed to a team genuinely regarded as promotion contenders; the expectation is for them to burn out sooner rather than later.
However, four successive wins emphatically opposes this notion as Millwall seem to be growing stronger with every game that passes.
Their last three triumphs – over Wolves, Blackburn and Leeds – came without conceding a goal. The most recent was the fifth time they’ve kept the opposition at bay in their last seven outings. This earmarks the degree to which they’ve improved as they’d failed to keep a single clean sheet all season prior to the start of this sequence.
The Lions have now gone 12 games without tasting defeat and have added the aforementioned three teams to a growing list of beaten promotion wannabes containing the likes of Middlesbrough, Bolton and Nottingham Forest.
This proves that they have the qualities required to mix it in the division’s upper echelons, yet any long-term success they hope to achieve this season will be dependent on how well they cope once their unbeaten record comes to an end.
It’s impossible to conceive that they’ll keep this run going until the season’s climax but, when it does end, keeping composure will be key to proving they’re not the flash in the pan they’re currently regarded as.
The wheels can spectacularly come off after losing a lengthy undefeated streak (just ask Sheffield Wednesday) and with away dates in Brighton and Cardiff on the horizon their promotion credentials are set to face increasingly sterner tests.
Still, with the Championship’s frontrunners all nervously glancing over their shoulders at the encroaching Lions, a few quid on their 8/1 price could prove a shrewd move come May.
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