Millwall assistant Gibbs expects tight Wednesday encounter

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NIGEL Gibbs believes Sheffield Wednesday will be "very hard to break down" at The Den tonight – but is confident Millwall are capable of claiming three much-needed points.

The Owls have conceded less than a goal-per-game this season and their defensive record is only bettered by Middlesbrough in the Championship.

But their miserly tally of 25 goals scored is the lowest in the division.

Gibbs, who recently became Ian Holloway's assistant following Marc Bircham's resignation, said: "It will be a tight game

"Sheffield Wednesday changed their shape against Derby on Saturday – normally they play 4-4-2 but they changed it at the weekend.

"Whether or not that was just because it was Derby, I don't know.

"Either way they are very hard to break down and maybe because they are so solid they don't quite score as many goals.

"But any Championship team is a dangerous side on their day and we have to make sure that our preparation is right."

Millwall head into the match on the back of a goalless home draw with Fulham.

Gibbs added: "The fans were terrific on Saturday, they gave the boys a lot of support and we're going to need them in every game from now on in. We're giving it our best for them.

"If we do get the win tonight, and I believe we can, then that would make our point on Saturday a really good point.

"But we need to back that up with another good performance and hopefully the right result."

This could be a make-or-break week in the Lions' season, with a crunch clash at Rotherham looming at the weekend.

"We're playing five games in 14 days so there are a lot of points to play for," Gibbs said. "It's a really important period and we're going to need everyone in the squad.

"It's unlikely that we'll finish with the same team a week on Saturday because of the amount of games we have coming up.

"We've got everyone on board and everyone is pulling together. That's the only way to get results.

"I think we deserve a bit of luck as well to be honest – we haven't quite had that – but our work rate has to be the basis for getting results."

Michael Tonge came off against Fulham with a touch of cramp but is available for selection tonight.

"It was just a bit of tiredness and we didn't want to take a chance with him," Gibbs explained.

"Michael put so much into the game and I think everyone saw the qualities that he has.

"He hasn't played as many games as some of the other lads but, watching the game back, he was terrific with Shaun Williams in midfield.

"Injury-wise we're OK and everyone is ready for the game."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

21 thoughts on “Millwall assistant Gibbs expects tight Wednesday encounter

  • February 24, 2015 at 11:17
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    3 points please Mr Gibbs COYL

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  • February 24, 2015 at 11:22
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    Sadly can only see 0-0 at best tonight, more enthusiastic about Rotherham though.

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