Preview: Crewe vs. Millwall

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CARLOS Edwards should make his first league appearance in almost a year after a hamstring tear ruled Shaun Cummings out of this weekend’s clash with bottom side Crewe.

The 36-year-old came through the JPT win over Peterborough without a problem after 11 months out.

Manager Neil Harris will probably keep changes to a minimum after two clean sheets in the last three games, but Shane Ferguson could come into contention at left-back after making his comeback from a hamstring injury in Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifiers last week.

Joe Martin may not be ready for Saturday but might be available for the meeting with Port Vale four days later.

Harris also has a difficult decision to make in midfield after Shaun Williams and Ed Upson, who were both dropped for the 2-0 defeat to Chesterfield, impressed in the victory over Posh.

Williams could take over from Jack Powell, while Upson might push Ben Thompson for a place in the starting line-up.

Aiden O’Brien's good recent form means he is a candidate to start up front, possibly on the left which could see Steve Morison start as the central striker.

Crewe, meanwhile, have yet to win in any competition this season in seven games making it their worst start since 1990-91.

But they were unlucky to lose to Swindon last Saturday having taken the lead in the 61st minute. They dominated possession and should have earned a better return for their 15 attempts on goal.

Instead, Swindon hit back to win 3-1 and leave the hosts rooted to the bottom of the table.

And their chances of turning around their form will be hit this weekend by the absence of midfielder James Jones, named Crewe’s breakthrough player of the year last season.

Billy Bingham is also out through injury, but Crewe welcome back striker Marcus Haber after his involvement in Canada’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Wales U21 international Harry Wilson also boosts manager Steve Davis’ attacking options.

Sky Bet match odds:

Crewe 5/2  Draw 23/10  Millwall 11/10

Probable Millwall team:

4-3-3: Archer; Edwards, Nelson, Beevers, Craig; Abdou, Williams, Thompson; Onyedinma, Morison, O’Brien.

Staff

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16 thoughts on “Preview: Crewe vs. Millwall

  • September 11, 2015 at 11:15
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    This game will go a long way to telling us where we are this season, the last few years we have been easy pickings for teams who have been struggling and are on losing streaks, lose tomorrow and even a optimist like me will have to start asking questions.

    No mention of Paris in the article, I'd like to see him start cos he's looked lively whenever I've seen him come on, not sure why Harris hasn't given him a bit more of a chance yet?

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  • September 11, 2015 at 11:24
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    Well, as Bomber is on record as saying, the team playing tomorrow is his strongest. That said, Millwall should always win at Crewe ffs.

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    • September 11, 2015 at 16:38
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      @NICKOLA:
      This is half the problem. Showing a lack of respect to teams like crewe is why so many people are moaning and panicking after 5 games. You need to get real, This is the 21st century and football has evolved. We've only won 3 away games at crewe in our whole history. Why should we have a right to turn up and beat anyone?

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  • September 11, 2015 at 11:52
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    We need to win this convincingly, I'm sure NH knows most of his starting 11 now let's hope we get some results away and at home, if not then the board need to step up and be accountable for what they have done to us, there's questions to be answered like is Jb still interested in our club? What's in this for AA if we end up sharing a ground with the likes of Bromley fc or Welling.

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    • September 11, 2015 at 17:04
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      @mewall62: goes without saying that jb is still interested in our club..if you put that kind of money in your not gonna walk away..being a yank he aint got a clue about soccer but then again there are only a handful that do..

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  • September 11, 2015 at 11:54
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    Minimum of 6 points from the next 3 games needed! there is not reason why we can't go and get 9 points as these are teams we should be able to beat if we are realistically looking to challenge for the play-offs! Keep Sid and beevers CB with craig LB and edwards RB, only bring Ferguson through if the back 4 are struggling but we seem a little bit more solid at the back currently. 1 Goal in the last 3 games, which came in the last minute, is a slight worry! Moro to grab a brace tomorrow, marquis to grab 1 from the bench in a 3-1 win, COYL!

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    • September 11, 2015 at 11:58
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      @whiteliont: Marquis is going to do well to score one from the bench. Must be 50yds at least !!

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  • September 11, 2015 at 12:04
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    I say this due to lack of ambition no investments, ok he's written of debts but it's his own fault if he had any football sense he would have employed the right people for the job things would be different the den could of been filled to capacity every week, the culture of the club needs to change board and staff need to change it hasn't worked for years let someone else have a go

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  • September 11, 2015 at 12:39
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    Got to be honest guys ,I'm worried about this result, we don't do well against struggling sides now pressures on away form as our home form is dire,Crewe gonna pull out the stops ,need at least win and draw in our next two games, queue the dislikes but I think Crewe will win 2-1 and more pressure on the board.

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    • September 11, 2015 at 12:52
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      @The Roar: I really can't see a Millwall team with Archer in goal and Morison up front and Bomber shouting from the wings losing at Crewe. What I can see is old JB cashing in his chips and going back to the good old USA. Then what? Anyone know someone with 20 million to invest? Cos that's what's going to happen very soon.

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    • September 11, 2015 at 13:02
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      @The Roar: If the Board refuse to get a real knowledgeable and experienced football person in at the top to help give this club some sort of progressive direction for the short and medium (yes we got long term covered with bringing more young players through our Academy) then Fans will simply stay away because nobody really knows whats going on now. Not a peep out of JB, Ambler just speaks about the long term goal but what of the situation now and this season? JB seems to be keeping the club on a financial drip feed until something more develops from the New Bermondsey Regen Project... There is no long term vision without first achieving those small milestones that make up the immediate and interim.

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  • September 11, 2015 at 12:52
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    Morro playing his old role & carlos back is good news..100% win..seeing we are unbeaten away this season..coyl

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  • September 11, 2015 at 18:15
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    I am looking at the list of people who are rushing to take over if jb jumps ship , as some on here seem to want ,got my binoculars on nope can't see anyone !

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    • September 11, 2015 at 21:31
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      @cashman1: mate jb turned prospective buyers away I say buyers because that was his words last season, without his plans for for the regeneration the land in its self will be worth 10 times more than he has invested and more so if he holds them up from developing that land.

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