Forgetting the fact we went from two strikers to none, with Pablo Hernandez as the most advanced player for a minute, the tactical switch at half-time had us looking better than we have for months. Kemar Roofe and Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored three between them playing together and we looking brilliant, so is it a case of starting that way from now on?
At the break yesterday there wasn’t much hope but almost straight from kick-off it was game on. Roofe got hold of the ball on the left and cut it back for Lasogga who thumped home and it was game-on. It quickly became apparent that Thomas Christiansen had changed the tactics and formation and it was a breath of fresh air. He went with three at the back, Berardi and Pennington either side of Jansson. De Bock and Alioksi were wing backs in a midfield four, Phillips and Hernandez in the middle of the pitch. Kemar Roofe and Lasogga played as a two for the first time of the season. Now if you add in another central player, Forshaw for example, you can push Pablo Hernandez further up, imagine what we could have done if we had started like that? Surely that is now what Thomas Christiansen has to be looking at doing, because if he doesn’t see the benefits of his own changes, and what happened when we changed it again then we are in for a very tough February.
The resurgence of Lasogga in the second half shows how good the German striker can be. He dominated the Millwall back line the entire second half before he went off injured and looked like the player who scored a brace on his debut. More of that and we have a much better chance of goals. Kemar Roofe ran the channels for him and dropped into the holes, it worked, it has to be a front two with them against Hull next Tuesday. That doesn’t mean we don’t need another striker. When Lasogga came off we had no striker to come on. That’s no excuse to bring on a centre-back but it would have made Christiansen think less if we had another option on the bench, I just hope the goals of Lasogga and return of Ekuban doesn’t mean the club think they can get away without spending any more money.
Thomas Christiansen is under pressure because we have gained one point in twelve against some of the worst teams in the division. On top of that we were knocked out of the cup against Newport County and we have been playing very poor for some time. Coming up next month are trips to Sheffield United, Derby, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and home games against Wolves, Cardiff and Bristol City. That couldn’t get any harder and we need to be less predictable. Whatever way you look at it Millwall, a team who have scored six away goals all season scored four in 90 minutes at Elland Road. A team that haven’t won an away game all season came and won at Elland Road, and a team who are full of average players won at Elland Road. Teams like Wolves and Cardiff will be buzzing to come here.
Two up top, two up top….