Charlton turn focus to Millwall
Charlton turn focus to Millwall

It’s the big one on Saturday, the trip to Millwall. Every season has its ups and downs, but victory at the Den would rate right at the top of the list of highs for many fans.

You have to backtrack nearly 24 years – to a snowy night in early December 1995 – for Charlton’s last win at the Den.

That game had everything. Played with the snow falling, a very young Lee Bowyer fell for the wind-up antics of wily old fox, Alex Rae, and got sent off.‎ But two Kim Grant goals ensured the points went back to SE7.

The Lions were top of the table at the time, but the defeat signalled the start of a slide. Despite a creditable draw at Ipswich on the last day of the season, Millwall were relegated.

Ironically, the point they took from Portman Road denied the Tractor Boys a play-off place. ‎The Addicks were held to a draw at The Valley by Wolves, but with Ipswich also dropping points, Alan Curbishley’s team made the play-off.

Unfortunately, that is where neighbourly help ended – Charlton lost both legs to Crystal Palace.

Following Sunday’s loss to Preston, Bowyer is expecting a reaction at the Den:

“You have to have a reaction going there! Again, we’ll be ready, and we’ll put this one behind us. We haven’t had many bad games, especially here. We’ll put that behind us and move on.”

Jason Euell’s Under-23 side – sprinkled with first team fringe players – travelled to Croyland Road on Monday to face their Millwall counterparts in a warm up for the main event.

Chu‎ks Aneke and Abraham Odoh gave the Addicks a two goal advantage, but the Lion’s salvaged the game with two late strikes.

It is a pity that the squad is decimated with injuries at the moment, but Bowyer will remember that snowy night 24 years ago as well as anyone.

 The gaffer will do everything in his power to add a win at the Den as a manager to his CV