MILLWALL'S fate was out of Scott Malone's hands on the final day of last season – but this time around he will be able to "do something about it."
The Lions stayed in the Championship by the skin of their teeth 12 months ago when they were beaten 1-0 by Derby County but results elsewhere went their way.
Malone, however, was out-of-favour under former manager Kenny Jackett and was not even in the squad that travelled to face the Rams.
So the left back spent a nervy final day sweating about Millwall's fate at home on the sofa.
Fast forward a year and Malone is playing a key role in the Lions' fight for survival, and on Saturday scored what could prove to be a vital equaliser against QPR.
That result ensured Millwall will control their own destiny when Bournemouth travel to The Den this weekend.
Malone said: "It's deja-vu – it happened last year at Derby.
"I wasn't there – I was watching it on telly and I think I was more nervous than the people that were there. It was literally out of my hands and that was not nice.
"I was down in Bournemouth watching it on the telly along with James Henry and we sat there looking at each other sweating.
"It is going to be nice being able to something about it next Saturday."
Millwall claimed a point at Loftus Road when Malone's sliced half-volley crept under the bar – but the defender thought his shot had gone over.
"If I catch it right I think the goalkeeper saves it," Malone said.
"I think I have bamboozled him a little bit by what I have done with the shot. I think I have come underneath the ball but I didn't see it go in.
"I've put my head up in the air thinking 'I've done it again' and it has crept in – but they all count!"
Malone, who revealed he was a doubt for Saturday's London derby with a virus, feels he is improving under boss Ian Holloway's management.
He said: "Personally I think I've found an extra yard.
"I don't know where it has come from over the last couple of weeks but I think I really suit the way we are starting to play now as an outlet on the left.
"I just feel a little bit sharper. I was under the weather on Friday night and I didn't travel to the hotel. I was a bit ill.
"There was a bit of a bug going around but I think everyone has got over that now. To play like that and get a point and a goal was nice after that.
"I was always going to play but I didn't want to give it to some of the lads at the hotel so I just stayed at home and came in on Saturday morning."
Having gone behind to a contentious penalty, Millwall showed their fighting spirit to come back and Malone claimed they were unlucky not to take all three points.
He said: "All of the lads in the dressing room were looking at each other thinking we should have won that.
"We are making quite a habit of going behind and coming back. It shows a great attitude, and earlier on in the season we weren't doing that, which is why we are where we are.
"Thankfully we got a point against Watford after coming back from 2-1 and another valuable point here after going 1-0 down.
"That will really help in terms of staying up."