Striker Lee Gregory has admitted he is disappointed Millwall are very unlikely to finish in the play-offs.
The chances of the Lions finishing in the top six are really slim due to Derby having to lose to Barnsley and Preston losing to Burton, while Millwall have to overturn a nine goal difference in the process of beating Aston Villa.
This season comes straight after promotion through the League One play-offs, which shows how far they have come in a short amount of time. They were expected to go straight back down or be fighting to avoid relegation at this stage based on the pre-season expectations.
A 17 match unbeaten run is what got them so close with Fulham and Middlesbrough putting an end to that in recent games.
Here’s what Gregory had to say about this season to the official site: “It’s a bit disappointing at the end of the day not to make the play-offs after how far we’ve come this season.”
“But it’s a big achievement for the club to be finishing in the table where we are now, so it’s all about us progressing now.”
“Everyone else was thinking we were going to be bottom four or five, so we’ve just showed with character and resilience what you can achieve.”
Millwall have done brilliantly this season, but their task doesn’t get any easier because of how they have overachieved this season. They will need to replicate this in part next season in order to help keep up with expectations. The strong understanding throughout the team will be key to this because it’s part of the reason why they have been so successful this season.
Gregory is the top goalscorer for the team along with George Saville, so he will have to continue this next year if the Lions want to have a similar season especially with the limited budget they have.