So near...Tranmere 1 Millwall 2

By Mike Pendergast
Last updated : 17 March 2004
Pre match the talk was of a very strange team selection, with Jones the lone striker and Dadi on the bench. Gary Jones, that well known goal machine. This is a HOME tie in the FA Cup Quarter Finals. Anyway...

Millwall started as if they meant it, and by the 15 minute mark were 2 goals to the good. The aerial threat of Dichio was proving decisive, and he had a hand in both goals- the first and quick, neat finish, the second a superb right footed volley that Achterberg had no chance with.

By half time, however, Tranmere fans were dreaming of another Southampton comeback after Iain Hume twisted and turned his way around the Millwall defence before delivering a delightful right footed cross which was met by a bullet header from Gary Jones (that erm...well known goal machine...) 1-2 at the break, but Tranmere attacking the Kop in the 2nd half - the immense queue for Aldo's (one door open for a full house???) singing 'we're gonna win 3-2'.

The 2nd half produced some very exciting football - mainly from Hume who was head and shoulders above the rest of his team-mates and surely must be destined for better things - note that Graham Souness was in the crowd....who could he have been watching ?? Despite valiant efforts from Jones, Dadi and Hume (our man of the match) the goal never came, and the little cockerney pixie Mr Wise was left to jump up and down before hugging Ray Wilkins in a homo-erotic embrace that explained why their management team is so close...allegedly.

Hume-superb, Dadi-headless chicken, Beresford-the goal is the white sticky type thing (3 clear cut chances - repeat after me...I will learn how to shoot at goal), Goodison "I was gonna clear the ball, but then I got high"....exactly what did you learn in Jamaica, Mr Goodison..., Taylor - "oi used to be good at free kicks, me..." In the end, Millwall deserved their victory, and Tranmere must be content with a lovely relegation battle - Peterboro on Saturday lads - beat Wrexham 6-1 last week - Barry Fry rolling around on the bench - and there's me looking forward to a trip to Old Traffoird...ah well....

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