League One preview: Millwall vs. Fleetwood Town

MILLWALL could have defenders Shaun Hutchinson and Shaun Cummings available to face Fleetwood on Saturday, though Neil Harris has said he won’t rush either player back into first-team action.

The Lions could have a clean bill of health as they aim for a first win at home in the league since August 20.

Aiden O’Brien came through 30 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Bolton on Tuesday and will compete for a place in the starting XI.

After six games without a win in all competitions, Fleetwood have won their last two and kept two clean sheets.

Uwe Rosler’s side are in 11th place in the table, four points above Millwall, but Cod Army captain Nathan Pond was cautious ahead of the fixture.

The centre-back (above, left) told the club’s official website: “I quite enjoy going there – even though you get a lot of abuse.

“We’ve come off a bit of a bad run but we got a draw at home to Sheffield United and back-to-back victories which we needed and got us up the table.

“It’s intimidating, but it’s you to up against them and that’s the way I like it.”

“Millwall are below us in the table but they got to the play-off final last year and they’ve got some good players and a lot of goals in them.

“Hopefully we can keep them quiet and quieten the crowd down.

“You can see with the back-to-back wins how you can go up the table. If we can go to Millwall and come back with at least a point we’ll see where that leaves us.”

Manager Rosler managed Tony Craig at Brentford and knows the threat the Lions possess despite their recent poor form.

He told The Gazette: “I think that makes it more difficult because we have watched a lot of dvds and I think there is truly quality in their team. I don’t know why they are where they are.

“Bolton’s first goal came in the first minutes and was a wonder strike into the top corner. Sometimes when you have a bad run of results, lady luck is not on your side.

“They now have another home game and I think they will fancy themselves very much against us.

“They will try to get down our throats, intimidate us and have a go at us, but we know all about that and we will be prepared, like we were at Chesterfield.

“They have some quality players who have been in the Championship over many years, my former captain Tony Craig, Steve Morison… there is a lot of quality there.

“It is always a difficult place to go, with a hostile atmosphere. We know what we can expect and it is again up to us to adapt to the situation and counter their game plan. Hopefully our game plan will succeed.”

Millwall record against Fleetwood:

Played 2

Won 1 Drawn 0 Lost 1

Form guide:

Millwall: LLWWL

Fleetwood: LDLWW

Probable Millwall team:

Millwall: 4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Webster, Craig, Martin; Onyedinma, Thompson, Williams, O’Brien; Gregory, Morison.

Match odds:

Millwall 8/11 Draw 11/4 Fleetwood 16/5

Image source: ©Millwall FC

John Kelly

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