No Pain, No Gain for Millwall

No Pain, No Gain for Millwall

The optimism with which the season began didn’t take long to evaporate. Perhaps they were just another dispiriting example of modern football’s culture of instant gratification, but the boos that greeted the half-time whistle in our opening match at home to Blackpool were loud and clear.

In what some might refer to as a quirk of the fixture list, this opening match was a repeat of that which ended …

Six reasons why this Championship season has been worse than last year

The overall impression from many seasoned Championship watchers is that this has not been a vintage year for the second tier. Reading are worthy champions and their extraordinary run has been something to behold, but the remarkable has been few and far between this term in comparison with the 2010/11 campaign. Here are six reasons why.

Fewer goals

The headline reason is the average number of goals scored per game …

How many points are needed to reach the Championship play-offs?

It offers you hope. It plunges you into despair. The strength of its grip increases the longer the sun stays in the sky each evening. Until the dreaded mathematical impossibility comes into play. Then it’s all over. It’s PO the PO and it’s an obsession throughout the Football League at this time of year. If your team are currently between seventh and twelfth in their division, you probably know exactly

Cardiff City v Crystal Palace: A view from both camps

It may be a great thing that the Championship will be represented in the League Cup final this year, but that’s a quirk of fate rather than the main focus as Crystal Palace travel to Cardiff City this evening. This is all about victory (there’s certainly a bit of spice to it) – and then winning at Wembley as well.

The Seventy Two asked regular contributor and Cardiff fan …

Crystal Palace 1 Cardiff City 0: Six Points of Interest

It was interesting to see on Twitter various references to Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over Cardiff City in the League Cup semi-final first leg at Selhurst Park last night as being a poor game. Despite the lack of a fairytale ending, I found it a far more entertaining game than the previous night’s FA Cup clash between Thierry Henry and Leeds United (also featuring some other Arsenal players). Here are