MARK Beevers may have left Millwall almost a year ago, but he hasn’t been forgotten by his ex-team-mates.
And it’s unlikely he will be if he keeps popping up with the crucial goals for Bolton that are also helping the Lions’ promotion bid.
Southend were heading for a scoreless draw with Bolton on Tuesday night that would have kept them a point ahead of a Millwall side winning 2-1 at Shrewsbury.
But Bolton got one final corner in injury-time and Beevers pounced to fire his side 10 points clear of third-placed Fleetwood Town, putting them on the verge of securing automatic promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt.
Beevers also scored against Millwall’s promotion rivals Fleetwood and Oxford in recent weeks and, remarkably, he has grabbed a goal in each of Bolton’s last five away games.
Byron Webster scored his first goal since the opening day of the season to put Millwall in front at Greenhous Meadow (above) before Shaun Hutchinson added to the lead to ensure Shaun Whalley’s late strike was only a consolation
And after Millwall’s second successive win, Webster looked ahead to the remaining fixtures and wondered how big an affect the late blow Southend suffered might have on their confidence.
He also revealed he contacted Beevers immediately after the Lions’ victory.
“Adam Barrett was looking at his phone and said Beevs had scored, so I texted him straight away,” Webster said.
“My text was, ‘Even though you’ve left you’re still proper ‘Wall!’ He’s still helping us out now.
“Southend, last minute, will it affect them in a good or a bad way? It’s a kick in the teeth for anyone conceding last minute and losing the game.
“Hopefully it has a negative effect on them and they don’t win their next game.”
Meanwhile, Beevers could do Millwall another favour this weekend, with Bolton away at Scunthorpe, who are a point ahead of Neil Harris’ side.
Millwall face Gillingham at Priestfield at the same time and Webster is confident ahead of the final five games of the season.
“We were in this position last season,” he said. “We have our target and know what we need to do.
“We have our little mini-season now. We’re two games unbeaten and if we keep it up we should be there or thereabouts.”
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