Preview: Millwall vs. Chesterfield

© Jon Hobley
© Jon Hobley

CHESTERFIELD have made a solid start in Sky Bet League One after their play-off semi-final defeat to Preston last season.

They sit ninth in the table, but Millwall could pull level with Dean Saunders’ side should they win their first game at The Den this season.

Like the Lions, Chesterfield have also played Barnsley and Shrewsbury this season. They, too, won 2-1 at Greenhous Meadow but beat Barnsley 3-1 at home.

And like Millwall they were indebted to their goalkeeper in the 0-0 stalemate at home to Rochdale last weekend. Tommy Lee produced a number of important saves to earn his side a draw and Saunders reckons he is worth 15-17 points to the Spireites.

Saunders believes Harris could have done with a good start to buy some time to perfect his approach, but knows what to expect from a side managed by Millwall’s record goal-scorer.

“What he needed really was three wins and that would have given him six weeks (breathing space) to get them all organised,” Saunders said. “He’ll feel under a bit of pressure now to get the team like he wants it but it takes time.

“Sometimes it can take two or three years.”

“He worked his socks off (as a player) and he’ll have his team doing that, so that’s what we can expect and that’s the bare minimum from us. There’s no reason why any team should out-work us.

“We’re fit, as fit as any team in the league. The lads can match anyone work-wise and then hopefully the skill will shine through.

Harris, meanwhile, is unlikely to recall Joe Martin despite the full-back returning to training this week as he is short of match practice, while Carlos Edwards won't be included until next week after he rejoined the Lions on Monday.

Shane Ferguson is also out with a hamstring injury, but Sid Nelson should be okay after he picked up a dead leg at Glanford Park.

If he recovers then Harris is likely to stick with the same back four that kept a clean sheet last week.

Jordan Archer will continue in goal and Nelson was glad that the former Tottenham keeper was the last line of defence against the Iron.

“Jordan played really, really well at Scunthorpe but Fordey’s been helping him a lot,” Nelson said. “You can see in training how good Jordan is.”

Harris told the club’s official website he is pleased with the progress of teenagers Nelson, Ben Thompson and Fred Onyedinma and welcomed the longer preparation time he had with his squad before Saturday’s showdown.

“The young lads have done extremely well,” he said. “We all want to see a young and vibrant side with a good mix of senior players also, so it's getting that blend right.

“It’s been nice to have a free week to work on a few things to get the boys into some sort of routine and rhythm.

“We’re refreshed and ready to go.”

Sky Bet match odds:

Millwall  6/4  Draw  23/10  Chesterfield  9/5

Probably Milwall team:

4-3-3: Archer; Cummings, Nelson, Beevers, Craig; Abdou, Williams, Thompson; Onyedinma, Gregory, Morison.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

28 thoughts on “Preview: Millwall vs. Chesterfield

  • August 28, 2015 at 11:10
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    Good to see David Forde on the Bench!!!

    Better have Jordan Archer at the starting line up against Chesterfield.

    would like to see Feature Thompson - Powell and Marquis

    NEVER GIVE UP

    COYL

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      • August 28, 2015 at 13:17
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        @benzo: you said it better than me,stili would like to see Powell given a run of games know you can't play everyone just my opinion

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  • August 28, 2015 at 12:37
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    Hi fellow wall fans trying to cheer myself up so I was thinking who are the ugliest footballers you can think of to start of I will say just 2 . Ian Dowie and luke Chsdwick come on guys start the weekend smiling COYL

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      • August 28, 2015 at 15:58
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        @vonhardshaft: and how can we forget Eric Gates & Peter Beardsley, Ivan Campo, Gareth Southgate, David Hopkin & Steve Lomas (Double ugly trump card because they are ginger mingers!)

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    • August 29, 2015 at 13:11
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      @bobthelion: Anton Ferdinand, Steve Lomas, Carlton Cole, Steven Bywater, Ben Watson, Marc Fish, Clinton Morrison, Leon Knight, Jermaine Beckford, Sterne John and who can forget Tony Adams all ugly looking sods

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  • August 28, 2015 at 14:00
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    Everyone keeps saying play Powell and as much as I would like to see 4-5 youngsters starting each week were not comfortable enough or strong enough to do that yet. So we have to keep bleeding 1-3 each week surrounded And supported by more experienced players. So if we were to start playing Powell it would be at the expense of Thompson or Fred. Also we do not see what goes on in training maybe Thompson has now surpassed Powell and this is why he's benched all the time. Finally I would rather win with 3 youngsters playing than draw or lose with 5+ youngsters playing.

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  • August 28, 2015 at 14:22
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    Right off topic. Can every one sign the petition by the blue bus or on line for young Harvey Brown, truly one of our own. I have no connection with the family other than supporting the Lions.
    http://www.millwallfc.co.uk/news/article/video-exclusive-harvey-brown-millwall-fred-onyedinma-2653084.aspx

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    • August 28, 2015 at 14:35
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      @lennie the lion: lennie i tried to sign via the carlos article on the millwall website,but could not for some reason,the problem might be my end ,normally is,so i will sign on the blue bus .
      be lucky.

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  • August 28, 2015 at 14:28
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    Saunders will have his work cut out, we all know that the den is a "tough place to go "

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  • August 28, 2015 at 14:35
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    Any danger of a Wall HOME victory. Our crowd should lift the team not scare them as has been suggested on a recent post.

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  • August 28, 2015 at 15:10
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    I would personally put Upson in place of Williams. Williams isn't convincing me that he wants to play for us, especially after his ridiculous attempt at a shot against Scunthorpe with the back of the net waiting to be ripped.

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  • August 28, 2015 at 16:48
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    The 'Socceroos' are coming to Perth, Australia next week - some are at Rebel Sport in the city on Tuesday.... notably Tim Cahill - thinking of trying to speak to him, tell him Bomber said he's needed at home in SE16

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    • August 29, 2015 at 10:04
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      @chrissyboy: Swing that one for us and i will buy you the biggest ice cream in Aussie.still it would be great if you could meet him,go onto youtube and watch tim's interview on Australia 60 minute's,it show's that he is not just a fantastic footballer but he is a great fella as well,that's if you have not seen it already.

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  • August 28, 2015 at 19:28
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    Did I miss the 2 new signings we were rumoured to be making ?

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  • August 28, 2015 at 22:25
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    The next few weeks will be crucial in shaping the rest of the season perhaps even defining the coming future. We really need to start performing at home!
    Put recent disappointments behind us, develop a better match strategy, defend dead ball situations and start by scoring some goals.

    Step up lads!

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    • August 29, 2015 at 09:54
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      @lefonque: Sound's like a championship winning side to,all we need is the player's to do it .LOL.
      Let's hope we can turn it around today.

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  • August 29, 2015 at 09:28
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    How anybody can judge Thompson over Powell is beyond me when Powell hasn't even featured at al this season. I would play him instead of Jimmy just to see what he's got.
    I know Neil rates the team better with Jimmy in but I just don't see enough anymore so would be good to see what Powell brings to the table.

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  • August 29, 2015 at 10:20
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    4-0 win and the start of an unbeaten home record for the rest of the season.

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    • August 29, 2015 at 11:57
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      @Micky Lions: Micky ,i have never smoked any waccy baccy,what's it like,what i mean is after the effect's wear off do you come back down to earth.
      We live in hope.LOL

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  • August 29, 2015 at 11:40
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    Its going to end up 2-0 / 3-0 to MIGHTY MILLWALL

    JORDAN ARCHER MAN OF THE MATCH

    HATRICK GOAL SCORER STEVE MORISON!!!

    NOLU WDC

    MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLL

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  • August 29, 2015 at 13:19
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    Today work hard give the opposition no time on the ball get tight on them play the ball on the floor and don't be scared to make a mistake 2 -1 Wall

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