SIMON GRAYSON rung the changes – but the outcome was the same.
Given results on the road earlier in the season, the games at both Peterborough and Millwall seemed eminently winnable.
But after seeing off Sheffield Wednesday, Blackpool and Birmingham in successive away trips, Town have lost two in a row, and given away seven goals in the process.
In neither case could the team reproduce the high-tempo, harassing tactics which brought the victories at Hillsborough, Bloomfield Road and St Andrew’s.
And the threat from wide which has been a big part of Town’s success so far has failed to materialise of late, with neither Adam Hammill, who replaced Oliver Norwood, nor Danny Ward making much of an impact on Saturday.
It wasn’t as one-sided at the New Den as it was at London Road – perhaps a surprise, given the respective 3-1 and 4-0 scorelines – but the big difference in chilly South Bermondsey was that Millwall took their chances and kept a first clean sheet of the season despite Town having plenty of the ball.
Lee Novak, in for the injured James Vaughan, might have put Town in front while fans were still taking their seats.
And Keith Southern and Jermaine Beckford both had gilt-edged opportunities to get the visitors back into it after Kiwi striker Chris Wood scored the first of his double in the 28th minute.
The on-loan West Brom man’s second, lofted home after a 61st-minute counter-attack, was the killer blow, because Town then lost shape and allowed Millwall to take a firm grip.