MIDFIELDER Ben Thompson felt Millwall played some of their best football of the season in their 1-0 defeat at Fleetwood Town on Monday.
The Lions tore into their opponents from the first moments and should have been comfortably ahead, but Thompson and Lee Gregory saw shots hit the post and Gregory was also denied by goalkeeper Alex Cairns when he should have scored.
Millwall fell behind to Ben Davies’ first-half injury-time header and despite laying siege to the Fleetwood goal after the break they couldn’t find a breakthrough.
Thompson was left frustrated after his side missed the chance of move four points clear of seventh-placed Southend with two league games left.
“The ball just wouldn’t go in the net, it was like a wall on their goal-line,” he said. “The keeper made some great saves, we hit the woodwork and it’s just frustrating really. The performance in the first half an hour was the best we’ve played in a very long time.
“It was just one of those days.
“We were confident, every time we got the ball I thought we could score. It died down then a little bit and they got on top but I thought throughout the game we were the better side.
“All the boys played very well. We’re on top form but we just need to get the final ball, that last touch of the ball into the net.
“They got their bit of luck and the ball went in the back of our net. It just wasn’t going to happen for us and we’ve got to go into the next game, play like we did in the first half an hour [Monday] but this time put the ball into the back of the net.”
Millwall stayed in sixth place after MK Dons defeated Southend 2-1 on Monday. They know if they beat Oxford on Saturday they will go into the final day a win away from the play-offs.
Thompson said: “We got into the changing room and found out Southend had lost so it’s not the end of the world. Of course we wanted to get the three points that would have put us into a better position.
“We’re in the same position we started [before Monday] so if we can go and get three points on Saturday then all will be good.”
If current league positions are the same after 46 games, then Millwall will face the Cod Army again in a play-off semi-final in May.
Millwall beat Fleetwood more comfortably than the 2-1 scoreline suggested in October, and should have been out of sight on Monday before Uwe Rosler’s side went in front.
Thompson believes Millwall would get the better of Fleetwood if they met again this season.
He said: “There’s no reason why we can’t beat them over two legs. We’ve come [to Highbury Stadium] and battered them but it just didn’t happen on the day.
“We’d be confident with anyone we got in the play-offs over two legs. We’d do a good job and are looking forward to seeing what happens.”
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