London Saints

Guly strike keeps Saints top



Scorer Guly

Saints 1, Millwall 0
No great surprise that Saints were unchanged for the visit of Millwall: not scoring as many goals as we deserved at Barnsley has been the only blemish in an exceptional (and untypical) season’s start. Millwall, though, meant business more than other opposition thus far, but after Lambert and Bouazza failed to get close range free kicks past the respective walls, a moment of real quality broke the deadlock: a first touch precision crossfield pass through the visiting defence from Cork was matched by Do Prado‘s similar finish. This set up a very different sort of game to the ones we are used to, as Saints had to weigh their attacking options against the primary requirement to keep the Lions at bay – chances were rare as both teams huffed and puffed their way through 90 minutes. The match stats are never a reliable reflection of a game, but they show Saints ahead on possession, shots and corners, so the points were deserved… however, it didn’t always feel that comfortable, and Davis excelled himself when rescuing Seaborne from an embarrassing moment. Schneiderlin replaced Hammond (presumably injured) at half time, which was a loss as the captain’s efforts this season have been superb, but a sign that Saints weren’t really firing on all cylinders in this one came when Lallana was withdrawn just after the hour (presumably tactical). Not quite a case of winning ugly, but the main thing is to win.

LSSC Man of the Match: Frazer Richardson, thus ignoring the many suggestions of Do Prado (but complying with the very definite instruction from one quarter of ‘anyone but Do Prado’). Here’s why: there was an element of frustration about Millwall’s efforts to break down a well organised home defence and Richardson was as key a player in that as anyone.

01 Davis
02 Richardson
03 Harding
06 Fonte
25 Seaborne
08 Cork
10 Guly
14 Hammond (Schneiderlin 46)
20 Lallana (Fox 62)
07 Lambert
22 Connolly (De Ridder 69)

Att: 23,333