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

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  • February 24, 2015 at 11:26
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    DOES THIS SOUND LIKE 'OLLIE'S A BIT EMBARRASSED TO COME ON WITH THIS USUAL STATEMENTS, THAT MR BEE GEE HAS SAID ABOVE.BUT, WHO KNOWS MAYBE WE CAN WIN 1 - 0 LATER ON. SEE SOME OF YOU AT THE BLUE.A BEFORE THE MATCH.PS.WRAP UP WELL, ITS GONNA BE CHILLY AGAIN!

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    • February 24, 2015 at 11:57
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      @bermlion: like looking forward to a tuesday night game always a unique atmosphere.. ..handball

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  • February 24, 2015 at 11:28
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    Gibbs is the football man talking sense...Ollie needs to take some direction off of him...

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    • February 24, 2015 at 11:50
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      @SE17 Lion: Whats the good is talking that's all IH does, we want results not talk.Same old rabbit.

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  • February 24, 2015 at 11:30
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    Tight for me is a draw at most! Come on Mr. Gibbs tell us that Wednesday are in for a really good hiding!!

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  • February 24, 2015 at 11:59
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    I have news for you Mr Gibbs, we find every team very hard to break down, thats why we are in the s***.

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    • February 24, 2015 at 14:42
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      @Sealion: My thoughts exactly. I'd like to know who's easy for us to break down and maybe I could just turn up for those games. We need to attack with more pace. Admittedly in recent games we've played some pretty football, but it's all in front of teams and so slow that they can get everyone behind the ball. Having said that, the movement of our forward line and the lack of people breaking from midfield to get beyond them is pitiful. I don't think playing Gregory helps the team as they now know he's not going to hold it up or draw a foul to move us up the pitch.

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  • February 24, 2015 at 12:09
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    I imagine that tonight will be the turning point of our season. With several changes from Saturday, one up front again, probably Fuller and Hoyte back in team, I think HHolloway will have to walk. Then maybe we can climb out of this mess. Shef Wednesday on a bad run of form? That'll change tonight no doubt. We cannot score with one up front.

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      • February 24, 2015 at 13:50
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        @lowdown: at the moment we could loan a pigeon. It couldn't do any worse. I hate seeing my Millwall dragged down by that egotistical maniac. Cannot believe people still think he's the one to take us forward.

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      • February 24, 2015 at 14:05
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        @lowdown: That made me laugh! This useless moron we have as a manager really is a disaster. I bet he's sitting there wondering how many changes he can make for tonight's game?

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      • February 24, 2015 at 14:39
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        @lowdown: Ollie will probably get the message completely wrong and loan some Windows off of Anglian or Everest

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  • February 24, 2015 at 12:27
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    it look like they are make excuses before the game why we won't win

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  • February 24, 2015 at 14:13
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    we need at the very least 4 points from the next 2 games, win tonight,, and a draw at Rotherham will be good, lose or draw tonight then a win at Rotherham is a MUST,

    2 WINS would be lovely jubley 2 LOSES would be good night Vienna "not good",

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  • February 24, 2015 at 14:31
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    Looks nailed on for another 0-0 thriller.
    After saying that will probably finish 4-4 !

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    • February 24, 2015 at 15:35
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      @Longfield Lion: Which was the score in a fabulous match against Wednesday back in 1991. Somehow doubt it will be that tonight.

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      • February 24, 2015 at 16:04
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        @waterloolion:

        I remember that! A cup game (lost the replay though).
        We did beat them 4-2 at home a few weeks earlier in the league.
        Things must be getting grim, I am drooling and dribbling over
        games and goals from 25 years ago.

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      • February 24, 2015 at 16:42
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        @waterloolion: Yes remember that game (who would forget) a proper Cup tie which ended 4-4.
        As you say tonight will be a million miles off that entertainment.

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  • February 24, 2015 at 17:25
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    So a team that doesn't concede a lot vs a team that can't score hmmmmm not a good omen

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