Preview: Millwall vs. Barnsley

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JIMMY Abdou and Aiden O’Brien have returned to full training but may not be ready to start against Barnsley tonight.

Joe Martin is still out with an ankle injury but Neil Harris reported no new concerns ahead of the clash at The Den.

The squad were brought in for training on Sunday after the 4-0 defeat to Coventry the previous day and, while Harris admitted there was some dejection, he was happy with the response he saw.

The Millwall boss also stressed he had no problem with the work-rate of his players against Tony Mowbray’s side.

“The boys were a bit despondent on Sunday,” he said. “But I look back on the match and there was no lack of effort from the group.

“The attitude was right but the performance individually and tactically wasn’t. We got things wrong, but we’ve got a group that wants to learn.

“They will learn, but they’ve got to do it fast or they don’t play. That’s the harsh reality of it.

“We came in Sunday with the idea that it gives us the best opportunity to prepare for Tuesday’s game. I think that was the right thing to do.

“We’ve worked on our gameplan for Tuesday and the team shape for Barnsley.

“I think sometimes it’s refreshing to have the honesty of players when they make mistakes.

“It’s great to have players who will put their hands up and say, ‘I made a mistake there, wrong decision.’

“But then you have to learn, that’s the key thing. It’s how they respond, and they want to learn.

“We’ve looked at it and we’ll address a number of areas in preparation for Tuesday evening.”

Harris has some crucial decisions to make regarding his line-up for tonight. Ben Thompson was impressive when he came on in central midfield and could start in place of Lee Martin with Ed Upson shifting to the left.

Shane Ferguson replaced Mark Beevers at half-time on Saturday and Harris may feel he offers the side a better attacking outlet on the left.

Barnsley, meanwhile, arrive in south London after a 1-0 win over Burton Albion last weekend and manager Lee Johnson is looking forward to the atmosphere at The Den.

He said: “I’ve played there before. It takes a certain type of character to be able to produce on a stage like that when you’re getting pelters (sic) from all angles.

“I’ll get a few. We’ve had our history. In fact last time I was there the whole east stand started singing, ‘Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off the work we go!’

“So we have our bit of friendly banter, they’ll be up for it and I’d expect nothing less.

“It’ll be a tough game for them and a tough game for us. I’ve got a young group but I’m going to tell them to go there and express themselves.”

Match odds:

Millwall 11/10 Draw 23/10 Barnsley 5/2

Probable Millwall team:

Forde; Cummings, Webster, Craig, Ferguson; Onyedinma, Thompson, Williams, Upson; Gregory, Morison.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

39 thoughts on “Preview: Millwall vs. Barnsley

  • August 18, 2015 at 10:13
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    Obrien back early be good to see them both back in the team

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  • August 18, 2015 at 10:13
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    Another manager telling his players to get up for this game because "The Den is a tough place to play".... it is if your Millwall. On another note, if Forde, Webster or Williams are lucky enought to be in the starting line up tonight then I expect spectacular performances from them, anything less is a disgrace after Saturday.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 10:24
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    3 games in forget the coventry game play a real back 4 not CB in roles they are not good enough to play in cummings craig webster ferguson get some consistancy firm believer the more they play together they will become more solid you cant change a back four week in week out and you cant play beevers LB hes to tall not fast enough cant attack just no come on harris! should not be playing there we should be beating these tonight when obrien comes back morrison and obrien upfront will be pretty deadly. COYL 3 points get some confidence start winning at home we might actually turn the den back into a tough place to come!

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  • August 18, 2015 at 10:24
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    Don't play upson on the wing he a CM and a another thing let play football not play rugby all these high balls is s*** didnt work out on Saturday I want 2 see better more aggression everyone look scared 2 put a challenge in except lee Martin and ben Thompson COYL let go out there and show them we mean business let move on NOLU, WDC

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  • August 18, 2015 at 10:27
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    Don't play forde archer is so much better he won't get lob twice or get beaten at he near post COYL and come on bomber put your foot down f*** fordy

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  • August 18, 2015 at 10:28
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    Don't think Williams even deserves a place on the bench given his past performances would prefer to see upson and Powell in the middle with paris and Fred on the wings to many changes and we will be going down the Holloway route and not finding our best team all season

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  • August 18, 2015 at 10:31
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    Want to see players closing down QUICK!! Can't let teams settle on the ball, don't let them play, give them fuckall, and start to bully players it's not all about football, we have to start bossing the game. Drop the long ball out as well Rant over.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 10:36
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    Archer
    Cummings
    Nelson
    Craig
    Ferguson
    Fred
    Thompson
    Powell
    PCH
    Gregory
    Morison

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    • August 18, 2015 at 10:46
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      @JordieLion:

      That teams looks good to me. Webster cannot play. Far too slow. No point in playing Upson at LM, although he did a bit better there than at CM. But why not use one of our actual wingers??

      Would love to see Powell and Thompson in CM. They have both impressed every time I've seen them. I thought they were particularly good in the League Cup last season vs Southampton. Powell bossed the game on the ball, Thompson off the ball. A bit like Jimmy but with much more ability on the ball.

      Has to be Morison/Gregory up front, and please don't stick Beevers at LB again. He is a good CB, but a woeful LB.

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      • August 18, 2015 at 12:09
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        @JBMMFC: the idea is to switch to a 4-3-3 in which case you will need 3 CM on the pitch with Fred pushing up to be the 3rd front man, KJ used to play this and NH did last season in his games, horses for courses, i dont believe we can play the same shape and same formation for every game, we only need a settled back 4 and a confident keeper.

        I believe Forde was spoken to and given the "Last chance" speech, he has been poor recently but he deserves the chance to put it right.
        "go out tonight have a blinder son, keep a clean sheet, any mistakes that cost the game caused by you and Archer is in, go and prove them all wrong and you deserve your spot"

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        • August 18, 2015 at 12:57
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          @brooker: Dead right about a settled back four and goalkeeper,mid-field and forward's can be tinkered with when needed,but back four and goalie must have a good understanding,many people have excused Forde's bad form over the past few year's ,saying he aint had a settled back four in front of him,IMO it is his job to boss them,but he seem's to lack that firmness and authority that is most definatly his responsability.
          We should give Archer his chance.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 10:57
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    this would be my personal choice, need to f****** drop forde and webster at least!
    archer
    ferguson, craig, sid, cummings
    fred, thompson, upson, pch
    gregs, morison.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 11:18
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    All we ever seem to hear from opposing managers is how they have informed their players to up their game and play with no fear etc because the Den such a tough place to come... Rubbish! They all full well know we are easy pickings at home and will be until we start to impose ourselves on teams, press them and most importantly play some football on the ground. Build momentum to our attacks... Thompson and Powell in the central midfield would certainly give us the creative spark to go forward

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  • August 18, 2015 at 11:21
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    Probable Mfc team with Forde in goal, surely his time is up and Archer has too be given a chance?

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  • August 18, 2015 at 11:35
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    Archer- Need to give the boy a try, can't be no worse than Forde
    Romeo- Cummings takes to long to get in the game and is always drawn in to the ball
    Craig- Definatly not Webster, to slow and is too scared of his own fans
    Nelson- has to give sid a go tonight, he is hungry and a good team player at the back
    Ferguson- looked good on Saturday, he looked energetic and eager to help Millwall get three points
    Fred- A great grafter and such a skill full player. Coventry stuck two men on him and he still did well
    Thompson- He came on a showed what Millwall was about, he never gave up
    Upson- although he had a mare on Saturday, we all know he is capable of being a outstanding midfielder
    PCH- Paris is a good play and can Definatly score a goal, bomber needs to give him more chances
    Morison- A definite player who should start tonight, looked dangerous on Saturday. I feel like he will score tonight
    Gregory- Start Greg as he holds the ball up fantastically, but should give marquis a go in the second half

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    • August 18, 2015 at 13:55
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      @billywall:

      not a bad shout - if romeo cant make this team he cant be worth having

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  • August 18, 2015 at 11:38
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    Got to play like we did at Shrewsbury closed people down moved the ball about well mixed with long ball. Even when we went one nil down u felt we had the minerals to get back into the game. Fergie in for beevers or switch beevers & graig. Coyl

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    • August 18, 2015 at 12:03
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      @block 28:

      the difference is we were away at Shrewsbury and could sit back

      fans at the Den don't allow us to play defensively at home - so we get exposed by overcommitting and we don't have pace or organisation defensively - our master plan was to have a highline to squeeze the space in midfield so we didn't get outnumbered but all that does is leave you vulnerable to the quick ball through a slow back 4 - tactically and skill wise we are poor (what's new)

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  • August 18, 2015 at 11:58
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    long ball to whom Neil

    we don't have a hold up player - Gregory and Morison try but that is not their game so why do it - a long ball to feet or chest maybe that gives them a chance but our defenders cant make those passes and the midfielders don't find space as they are outnumbered

    if we are going to set up like we do it has to go to the wingers every time and play off them on the ground - they takes organisation and skill (oh!)

    - Mawson at the back for Barnsley

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  • August 18, 2015 at 12:10
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    I won't be going tonight enough hurt over the last few years and a downright waste of money.
    It especially hurts when these managers and players are on wages I could only dream about.
    Wages to do a few mornings training, have jollies in Portugal and have to play a game of football for one and half hours sometimes twice a week which in case they don't know adds up to 3hours work!!!
    In the old days the players on small wages gave it their all blood sweat and tears it used to be.
    Now players going for 40 odd million and agents making a packet with their over the top demands.
    They say a footballer has a short playing career well if so show us what you can do when you get the opportunity. One exception Jimmi Abdoooooooo with his own personal problems still manages to give it his all come wind rain and shine. A perfect example to all. Pity the rest of the overrated primos cannot follow in the same rein. We can't even score a penalty - crikey as Billy Bunter used to say and I will say double crickey crikey. Win against Barnsley no chance - put the Lionesses in against Barnsley with Dan Archer in goal. at least they try. Our players don't even get their shorts or socks dirty scandalous. Oh yes Fisher out of the FA Cup but still a we have the JPT to look forward to and the first round of the FA cup yep bring it on.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 12:14
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    Don't understand why Harris doesn't play Fred and Paris in the same side, ups on isn't good enough,Williams and Martin the same, young talented PCh and Fred will give any side a fright ,sorry but we're a soft touch at home,Harris show inevitable.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 13:51
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    if abdou comes into the team tonight it tells you all you need to know - desperation !!!

    how can someone who has not played a match for the reserves get in the team - why bother with pre-season then

    the biggest issue is that Harris has not addressed any of our weaknesses - we can all see the problems - he has brought in players who are no better than what we have had and let us down

    so tonight who will save us - Thompson Fred Powell Archer - all the kids - shambolic at 3 games into the season - Harris doesn't know his best team , nor does he have a sustainable style/tactics

    Harris should be treated like every other manager as he would want - no sentimentality

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  • August 18, 2015 at 14:19
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    Went on Saturday and was completely shocked by the worst first home performance I can remember. Bit different from leeds last year. . . Forde and webster should never wear a Millwall shirt again . Its embarrassing for me , my family and my heritage. Tonight I would have to go with
    Archer
    Cummings beevers craig ferguson
    Fred upson thompson paris
    Gregory morison

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    • August 18, 2015 at 14:27
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      @sadlier89: Cummings is left exposed by fred at rb. Also at the Coventry game cummings had to cover the long balls over webster because of his lack of pace. Tonight ild keep fred and cummings on the right but ask thompson to do a job loosely marking the oppo left winger when we dont have the ball

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  • August 18, 2015 at 14:41
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    The defense so far this season is is as bad as it was last season, can't see it making much difference whatever position you play them in, I think every which way has been tried and failed 90% of the time. Need to change the players not the system cos moving them about has been tried but hasn't worked. Hope I'm proved wrong tonight and on wards.
    I.K.I.A.I.S.I.A. I'm Millwall til I die.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 14:56
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    “It’s great to have players who will put their hands up and say, ‘I made a mistake there, wrong decision.’
    I don't think its great at all, it would be great if they did not make so many mistakes, they are being paid not to make mistakes.

    “But then you have to learn, that’s the key thing. It’s how they respond, and they want to learn."

    All I can say then is that they are slow learners, are they still novices? If so why they already in the first team? These excuses will not do. I think Neil has a lot to learn too, tactically and best formations. It is becoming obvious that the side is not strong enough, a couple of experienced players are needed. I hope there is a turn around tonight but if not we are in for serious trouble.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 14:58
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    The Defence will change hopefully tonight!!!

    Once AOB and Jimmy are fully Fitness is done we have a boost to the team with variety of options til now pray and hope results turn round and hope there is no third defeat at the den

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  • August 18, 2015 at 15:14
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    Dont care wot the team is tonite.as long as we fight for every ball and stay calm at the back..we should win..won 1 lost 1 not the end of our season issit...miillllllllll

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  • August 18, 2015 at 15:14
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    I'm dead against putting players down and the defense is as personal as I will get, but the mistakes come when your not good enough, all players make mistakes but the better the player the fewer the mistakes and more of the right footballing decisions made on the pitch whilst under pressure.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 15:17
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    NOLU WDC MILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!

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  • August 18, 2015 at 15:22
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    I was talking talking collectively in my previous posts on the defense but it only takes one bad defender or one bad performance to render the whole defense poor which can reflect unfairly on other players, I guess each of has an opinion on who is culpable and who is worthy of credit.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 15:43
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    The den has to be the easiest place to play in the football league. Ask any of those p*** taking Coventry supporters.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 15:58
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    How the f*** is Webster likely to be probably picked tonight?
    How many f****** times?
    We learning nothing?
    Probably not.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 16:01
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    i cannot believe that Forde will play another game in a Millwall shirt - he was one of the reasons we went down last season - and was at fault for 3, maybe all 4 goals on Saturday - get rid of him and give Archer a go - Forde is a liability - remember a couple of seasons ago when we had to get Maik Taylor in to show him how to do it - that should have been warning enough - Forde Out!

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  • August 18, 2015 at 16:05
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    Play the f****** kids ffs including Archer!!

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  • August 18, 2015 at 16:49
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    Totally Agree I preffer Archer over Forde Despite experience and Determination which was ebarrising on Saturday 4 goals passing through. Powell earns Millwall shirt for tonight deffinately

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  • August 18, 2015 at 22:42
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    really dissapointed tonight, thought i would be coming home with three points. Fred was absoloutley quality and definatly deserved his two goals. gregory was not good enough tonight, likewise cummings. who was diabolical!

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