Preview: Millwall vs. Southend

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NEIL Harris could stick with the same side that started in the victory over Port Vale on Tuesday night.

Byron Webster replaced Sid Nelson at Vale Park and was outstanding alongside Mark Beevers in the centre of Millwall’s defence.

The pair should continue their partnership if Nelson doesn't recover from a rib injury.

Left-back Joe Martin was on the bench for the first time this season this week but will find it difficult to break into a defence that has kept three clean sheets in the last five games.

Harris has brought on Shane Ferguson for Fred Onyedinma in each of the last two games and the Northern Ireland international could be pushing for a starting spot on Saturday.

Southend dropped into the relegation places after losing 1-0 at home to Shrewsbury last weekend, but they haven’t lost away in the league since a 3-1 defeat at Morecambe in League Two in May, drawing all four games since then.

That record will be tested this weekend as there are doubts surrounding four of their players.

Phil Brown doesn’t expect winger Stephen McLaughlin to be fit, while strikers Noel Hunt and David Mooney are rated 50/50.

Former Hull boss Brown will also make a late decision in relation to left-back Ben Coker.

Meanwhile midfielder Michael Timlin, who grew up near The Den and played with Neil Harris at Southend, will be forgetting about any attachment to the Lions when he aims to help his side climb out of the bottom four.

He told the Essex Echo: “We need to go back to basics, we need to work hard, cut out sloppy mistakes and be on top of our game.

“It’s also going to be a special afternoon for me but any sentiment I have towards Millwall will be going out the window on Saturday.”

“I’ll also have loads of mates who are there just watching Millwall anyway but it’s not about that for me.

“I was delighted for Neil when he got the job but they’re going through a transition and it could take a season to get things right there.

“Neil’s a Millwall man and he’s doing all the right things. He’s brought in former Millwall players David Livermore and Andy Frampton to his coaching staff and they will all be doing everything they can for the club.”

Sky Bet match odds:

Millwall 6/5  Draw 23/10  Southend 23/10

Probable Millwall team:

4-4-2: Archer; Edwards, Webster, Beevers, Craig; Onyedinma, Abdou, Williams, Upson; Morison, O’Brien.

Staff

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24 thoughts on “Preview: Millwall vs. Southend

  • September 18, 2015 at 07:38
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    Don't change a winning formula neil same defence that finished the game Tuesday please

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  • September 18, 2015 at 07:41
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    WELL IF THESE PLAYERS KEEP 'DOING THE BUSINESS' NOT ONLY WILL THEY WIN MATCHES AND MOVE UPWARDS IN THE TABLE BUT THE REAL LIONS FANS WILL LOVE WATCHING THEM! SO KEEP IT UP LADS. STORMIN' NORMAN IS ENJOYING THE WINS, SO FAR.

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    • September 18, 2015 at 09:17
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      @bermlion: Hello Norman and Sue,how do you get all those like's,you must have bushwacker's special like button that you are pressing,for me if a team finishes a game well they should start the next game,e.g sid got injured and missed out on the last game Webster come's in and by all account's played well,now if NH drop's Webster then you are telling him,no matter how well you play you are second choice,this must knock the man's confidence [COCO did this when he put a makeshift CB [Dunne] in front of Webster.It will also tell sid he has to make sure his game is on song to claw back his place [one thing about sid his attitude is never in doubt top class].
      So for me unless a player is injured or is badly off form,he should keep his place and that will keep every one on their toe's.
      PS i wll try and get down the blue to see you and the other retrobates,jim block and foxy,cant do the southend game will try for rochdale,love to Sue and be lucky.

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  • September 18, 2015 at 07:47
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    Keep the same team but Sid should make the bench with Powell please NH

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  • September 18, 2015 at 08:16
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    Same team. Easiest decision Bomber will ever make. No brainer.

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  • September 18, 2015 at 08:55
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    Sid or Webster tomorrow?? what do people think? its a tough one

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    • September 18, 2015 at 09:38
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      @leel331987: lee i have just read on the millwall website that NH could make a change of tactic's and player's,so when i said earlier Webster should keep his place NH seem's to be getting thing's going the right way and we have to go along with him 100%.As you say a tough one.

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      • September 18, 2015 at 09:58
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        @jim1222: I just read that article too. Hopefully he don't mess around with the tactics too much. Thinking about it logically I would keep Webster in the side. Its only going to make Sid even hungrier to play which is a good thing. Our bench looks strong aswell with the return of Joe Martin. 3 points Saturday. COYL.Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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    • September 18, 2015 at 13:29
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      @leel331987:

      Tough one to change a winning team which you'd rather not do, that said didn't Harris say early season he'd go big at the back away from home so depends if Sarfend have any big men to trouble us if Sid was playing. Personally I say stick to the winning team now we've got the winning habit and momentum. God knows we've waited long enough for it.

      COYL - wall three points for me

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      • September 18, 2015 at 13:34
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        @Millwallsteve1972:
        With you on that one mate. Same side. I'm sure with the exception of forde, everyone on our bench will be eager to come on and impress too which is brilliant. 3 POINTS IN THE BAG BY 5PM SATURDAY. miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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  • September 18, 2015 at 09:01
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    The staff must really get up early to put threads on here at 0730 do they work half day?
    The inclusion of Dan Archer and Amigo Carlos have gone a significant way in revitalising Wall TWO REALLY GOOD NEW SIGNINGS IN EFFECT.
    This with Bungy Williams putting in a full shift and linking up with UPPY UPSON has also helped.
    The legend Abdooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo continues to give 110% every game and
    Webby Webster must be given encouragement when playing at home. TC needs to be more AUTHORIVE when wearing the Captain's armband and MORRO needs a couple of goals to boost MOORALE even more. Right said Fred, BT and HORATIO are learning the ropes and with getting the lines of communication clear and precise should make good pros. Yep it looks like AOB has come back stronger and with Billy Beevers knawing away the ship steams to have steadied. The subs bench looks relatively strong is it IKEA? The rest for Gregs might well be a good thing. We need Doc Martin to step up a gear and It goes without saying that stability, confidence and defence lock down are key words here and the law of averages says Wall will not lose tomorrow. If Wall could get 6 points next two home games beat the Cobblers in the JPT then WEMBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE beckons twice no lets not get carried away but DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS..................WALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.

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  • September 18, 2015 at 09:38
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    It's nice to be really looking forward to our next game now, makes a change from the last few years. Keep on doing what we're doing and we will easily be play-off contenders come the end of the season. Up the Lions!

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  • September 18, 2015 at 10:06
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    Don't change a winning team, especially Webster. Playing well,l he needs to build his confidence up playing in front of the fans at the Home games. Webster and Beevers as a CB pairing will be colossal. The likes of Joe Martin at LB and Shane Ferguson at LW gives decent attack minded left side options. We got good options now all over the pitch if needed. C'Mon Wall first Home Win please! every team in this league is there for the taking!

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  • September 18, 2015 at 10:09
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    4-4-2: Archer; Edwards, Webster, Beevers, Craig; Onyedinma, Abdou, Williams, Upson; Morison, O’Brien.

    he best formula is to keep same players from Tuesdays game and stick to same formation.

    Subs:Forde,Nelson,Thompson,Powell,Gregory and Marquis strong bench line up too would say

    COYL ANOTHER 3 POINTS AND ANOTHER HATRICK FOR FELLOW COUNTRY MAN AOB!!

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  • September 18, 2015 at 10:28
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    Neil top six please I like all others on here won't the same team as Tuesday. No brainer (Don't change a winning team) Also I believe more than ever the crowd must play its part If only to show the team we are fully behind them and appreciate there turn of fortune. Plus intimidate the away team. And hopefully we get rid of this curse of home form. And announce to the rest of league one ::::: the lions are f****** back

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  • September 18, 2015 at 11:00
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    This team are still getting to know each other in a football sense, they are suited by the attacking style of play Neil has adopted. It would be wrong to make any changes now they are starting to win games. Keep the same side and I can see another win tomorrow as long as they don't get the jitters and the crowd gets a 100% behind them.

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  • September 18, 2015 at 11:20
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    if he is changing formation / tactics he will still play 4 at the back so hopefully the back line will stay the same.
    He may change to a proper 4-3-3 with the same players as Tuesday as with Upson playing LM it allows to change to 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 seamless.
    AOB Morro Fred front 3, may change the 3 man midfield about to keep fresh and competitive, with thompson or powell coming in for williams or jimmy

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  • September 18, 2015 at 11:58
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    The only change I'd make would be to start Ferguson in place of Fred. Fred coming off the bench in the second half would frighten any defence plus I think the boy needs a rest. 4.0 to the lions put my bet on already coyl

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  • September 18, 2015 at 14:53
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    First half 4-4-2 then second half should secure with 4-3-3 Defence adding Marquis,Powell and Joe Martin into the game.

    full crowd full expectations

    cant wait for tommorow

    come on millwall let em all come to the den

    COYL

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  • September 18, 2015 at 17:16
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    I'm no master tactician or strategist in fact until very recently I thought 4 4 2 was a night bus to Cairo. Now the general consensus is for Neil to stick with the sames team that finished on Tuesday and that may well be the right thing to do but come Saturday it's a different team we will be up against and if the gaffer thinks a bit of a tweak is needed I'm not going to challenge his judgement.
    I.B.W.T.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 04:18
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    Id like to see Fred Oyedinma and Shane Ferguson feature but stick with simple start formation to 4-4-2 then add 4-3-3 second half option for attacking and defending options. Joe Martin or Mark Beevers might score another goal after Tuesday performance into the game.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 09:08
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    Wouldn't it be nice to have a 'plus' goal difference (and keep it there!)

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  • September 19, 2015 at 15:26
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    4-4-2: Archer; Edwards, Webster, Beevers, Craig; Onyedinma, Abdou, Williams, Upson; Morison, O’Brien.

    Would like to see formation change in second half 4-3-3 as Joe Martin Replaces Bryon Webster, Shane Ferguson Replace either Williams, Marquis replaces Upson

    COYL

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