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Lions or Pussycats? Millwall Preview

The games are coming thick and fast now and Saturday sees Blues’ third game in seven days as they travel to South London to face Kenny Jackett’s Millwall. Blues are on a bit of a roll having won their last two league games at home and they’ll be hoping to take that form with them to The Den.

Millwall

If ever there was a good time to go to Millwall, this is probably it. Twenty-first in the table, one goal in their last seven games and only one win in their last six league games point to a Millwall side that is struggling – so much so they drew a blank when travelling to near neighbours Dagenham and Redbridge in the FA Cup last weekend. Top scorer Darius Henderson looks like he’ll miss out again after suffering a small tear in his hip, so Millwall may have to look to on-loan Spurs teenager Harry Kane to get them a much-needed goal.

The reverse fixture saw Millwall crash to a 3-0 defeat at St Andrews courtesy of a Chris Wood hat-trick whilst the last time these two teams met at The Den saw Blues run out 4-1 winners in the FA Cup, Derbyshire scoring twice, Murphy smashing home a free kick and Jerome popping up on the scoresheet from the subs bench.

Blues

Boaz Myhill is still suffering the sickness which prevented him from taking the field for the second half against Ipswich so Doyle may continue between the sticks. Stephen Carr is still sidelined with a knee injury, whilst doubts remain over Pablo Ibanez.

Blues are in a good run of form, having won two league games on the spin at home and losing just one game in their last six. However, they’ve not won away in seven league games since the 2-0 win at Bristol City and they must improve this record if they are to take anything from the game.

Like the Ipswich game, this is one that I think Blues really have to take three points from. Millwall are in disarray, they can’t score and a section of fans want the manager out. An early Blues goal will surely start the jeers and maybe unsettle the Millwall side further – Zigic has found he can score goals and maybe with the new tactic of utilising his strength at throws and near post flicks at corners (copyright Andy @ smallheathalliance.com) we will see more from the big Serb.

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8 Responses to “Lions or Pussycats? Millwall Preview”

  • Andy @ smallheathalliance.com says:

    Cheeky Git

  • Masaccio says:

    Should be an interesting afternoon with Leeds playing at Palace

  • AR says:

    What do you think of Wood going to Bristol City, almajir? Are you disappointed ,or do you think we will be able to get a replacement? I must admit I was not a fan of his (or for that matter of Rooney), but we are certainly short of numbers upfront and an injury to either King or Zigic (or his possible sale) would be a massive blow. We have had difficulty scoring goals for the last 2 months with 4 strikers, so I hope we can get someone in, even with our financial troubles. Do you think wages even came into his decision to go to Bristol?

    • almajir says:

      Slightly disappointed, but as Tatts said Wood only got 1 in his last sixteen appearances. He looked like he was off the boil, and off the boil he offered us nothing at all. I don’t think Wood has made the right decision – he’s got to fit into a new team and a new tactical set-up, and I’m not convinced the goals will definitely come.

      We certainly need a new striker in, question is who we can get. I doubt it’s going to be anyone that good – more than likely someone from the bottom of the Prem on loan at best.

  • noobloo says:

    Your statement that a section of the Millwall fans want the manager out, is not only misguided but untrue. Kenny Jacket has the support of the fans at Millwall despite their lowly position. The match will probably end 0-0 because Millwall are finding it difficult to establish their best side because when they play well they lose and pick up poins when they play badly. This is why it is difficult for them to know which side to play. If they play Abdou in midfield they will be looking for a point but CH knows Millwall player well so he will be capaple of scraping a 0-1 win down there

    • almajir says:

      I suggest you read their messageboards – there is most definitely a section of fans who want him out.

  • bluenoseneil says:

    What a walloping!!!

    I can’t remember a scoreline this handsome since we beat Stoke in the old Division 1 about 10-12 years ago…..my memory is shonky so sorry if it isn’t accurate or true.

    2 sendings off no doubt helped but it’s good to see our front 3 have 7 goals between them this week. It’s gotta breed confidence.

    Hope all the travelling supporters get out of the New Den and South East London OK, as there will be a few peeved Lions/Pussycats tonight… ;0)


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