"So be it. You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring."
A brave fellowship once banded together to ensure that their most prized possession did not fall into the hands of those less deserving. On a cool Saturday afternoon in August, it was another brave fellowship in South London who had the prized three points in their hands and they would stop at nothing to ensure it remained at Zampa Road.
The opening ten minutes of the game indicated that this had the potential to be a cagey affair and the only real chance in this period was when Aiden O'Brien flicked on a long ball to Matt Smith, but the Millwall number ten was judged to have been just offside in the 9th minute and play was halted.
The first half had few chances and there were a number of instances of backward and forward and pinball football, but it was Sheffield Wednesday who had the first real chance of the game when a shot from distance was smashed at Bialkowski's near post in the 20th minute, however the Polish international refused to let the ball pass and pushed the effort wide for a Wednesday corner.
It was only seven minutes later in the 27th minute when our Bilbo Baggins in the Millwall goal nearly got caught off-guard. A long range half volley from Adam Reach saw a dipped effort sail over the Millwall 'keeper's head, but luckily for the on-loan shot stopper, the ball nestled on the roof of the Lions' net and the journey through Mordor continued.
It was in the 35th minute when the slowly building pressure from Millwall finally paid off. An in-swinging corner from Mahoney was lofted into the Wednesday penalty box and it was Matt Smith who rose highest to guide his header into the back of the net. 1-0 to Millwall and our king had returned to the starting line up to lead the way to victory.
The fellowship and our line-up took a huge hit in the 42nd minute when Jed Wallace could no longer resist temptation and placed the one ring on his finger. Being taken over by the evil inside of it, the midfielder lashed out after losing the ball in front of the Dockers Stand and was shown a red card after a late, late tackle.
The second half had barely begun when Wednesday came close to equalising. A good chance from Wednesday in the 47th minute saw Bialkowski tested down low when a goal looked certain, but our Bilbo kept the ball out superbly and the score at 1-0.
Although managing to resist waves of attacks from their visitors, it was Aiden O'Brien who had the chance to double the lead in the 57th minute with a gorgeous half volley from outside the penalty area, but his thunderbolt was kept out excellently by Westwood in front of the Cold Blow Lane stand and pushed out for a corner.
Wednesday thought they had finally equalised in the 69th minute when some lovely build-up play and slick passing saw an effort from the edge of the box was drilled low and hard towards Bialkowski, but the prized ring of three points was in his hands and the fellowship were proving they were more than a match for Sauron's men in green.
The game continued to be nothing more than Sheffield Wednesday throwing everything they could at the Lions, but in the fifth minute of added on time, we had reached Mount Doom and defeated the seemingly undefeatable. The final whistle sounded and the roar from players, staff and fans indicated just how important this win was to Millwall Football Club.
"You shall not pass!!" screamed the Millwall defence and Neil Harris on the side lines and if the South London side play like this for the majority of the season, the Shire will be a place that no away team will want to visit...
Millwall: Bialkowski, M. Wallace, Cooper, Williams, J. Wallace, Thompson, Smith (Bradshaw 52'), Romeo, Pearce, Mahoney (Leonard 74'), O'Brien (Ferguson 83').
Subs not used: Steele, Shaun Hutchinson, Bodvarsson, Skalak.
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer (Luongo 59'), Lee (Rhodes 65'), Harris, Fletcher, Borner, Murphy, Lees, Reach, Sam Hutchinson, Iorfa.
Subs not used: Dawson, Fox, Bannan, Nuhiu, Odubajo.