When Zian Flemming acrobatically secured all three points against Preston two weeks ago, it appeared Millwall had all but secured their spot in the Championship play-offs.

Two defeats later and the Lions are staring down the barrel of a heart-breaking end to the season.

Millwall have become embroiled in a fierce five-team battle for the play-offs with only two spots up for grabs.

Burnley were crowned champions last night, Sheffield United are one result away from securing automatic promotion, and Luton and Middlesbrough have guaranteed a place in the play-offs at the very least.

So what does the play-off picture look like and what do Millwall need from their remaining two games?

Well, Sunderland, Blackburn and Millwall sit on 65 points, with Coventry a point ahead on 66, while West Brom are on 63 but have a game in hand, which they will play tonight (April 26) when they travel to Sheffield United.


Interestingly Millwall’s game against Blackburn on the final day is the only time any of these five teams play each other in the run-in. It could well be a play-off for the play-offs.

Before then Millwall take on Blackpool, who languish in 23rd place, on Friday (April 28) night. It appears to be a winnable game for the Londoners, but they have faltered badly under the pressure in the last two games, and have no choice but to return to winning ways.

It may also be a handy chance to improve their goal difference, which is three less than Coventry and Sunderland and could prove to be important come the final day.

Millwall find themselves needing other teams around them to drop points, but there are several opportunities for this to happen. Blackburn face 3rd place Luton this weekend and Coventry still have to go to Middlesbrough on the final day of the season. No result is truly secure in the Championship this season.

Anything could happen between now and the May 8 and therein lies the beauty of one of the toughest leagues in the world. One thing is for sure Millwall cannot afford another slip-up between now and the end of the season.