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The View From The Opposition: Scunthorpe United

SCUNTHORPE will have been the happier of the two sides after Thursday night's first leg at The Den.

Millwall were dominant but couldn't find the breakthrough and beat Iron goalkeeper Joe Anyon as the game finished scoreless.

Millwall should travel to Glanford Park in good spirits, however, after winning 4-3 at Bristol Rovers in their last game of the regular league season.

The Lions are aiming to book their spot in their fourth play-off final in their last four seasons of League One football.

Lucas Ball spoke to Scunthorpe fan Owen Slipp ahead of Sunday's all-or-nothing second-leg tie.

Twitter: @owen_sufc

Why do you support Scunthorpe?

My dad, along with also being a Scunthorpe fan, is actually a Crystal Palace fan as that was his local club when growing up.

It would've been easy for me to follow his lead and support them as well. But, after being born and raised in Scunthorpe, I attended my first match when I was five years old – a boring 0-0 draw against local non-league side Brigg Town in a pre-season friendly.

Something just clicked that day for me and ever since I've supported the club.

Were you happy with the result on Thursday night?

I think the majority of Scunthorpe fans would have taken a draw before the game, so to not only get that draw but to also keep a clean sheet at such a tough place to visit (as we found out only last month) is a result which I think will please us lot up north far more than our southeast London counterparts.

We were never expecting to come to The Den on a Thursday night in front of a large crowd and at times hostile atmosphere and play our free-flowing attacking football. So to sit back and absorb everything you chucked at us and still come away with a clean sheet shows that it was a really professional performance from the team and one that slightly favours us ahead of Sunday's huge encounter at Glanford Park.

What did you think of Millwall's performance?

I think Millwall's performance was one that we all expected, we expected that you would be the dominant team.

However, I was surprised that there was only one notable chance (Lee Gregory's effort easily saved by Joe Anyon) which I think is more down to our defensive efforts rather than a lack of creativity from you.

In terms of your style of play, I think the murmurs and grumbles around The Den in the second half showed that your supporters weren't happy with the possession brand of football which we felt quite comfortable with, though when you started going long and sending balls up to Steve Morison, I thought you looked far more dangerous at times.

Who will be Scunthorpe's danger men at Glanford Park?

After an incredible season, netting 20 goals and grabbing 18 assists in all competitions from left midfield, Josh Morris will no doubt be noted as our most dangerous player. Despite his run of form slowing down a bit in the past few months, he can deliver the spectacular out of nowhere – whether that be one of his trademark free-kicks, a long-range strike or another assist to add to his collection.

Ivan Toney could also have a say in proceedings – a tall, pacey, skilful striker who's bagged six goals since his arrival on loan from Newcastle United in January.

Dutch striker Kevin Van Veen is a bit like Morris, he doesn't score normal goals and has a number of fantastic goals this season (most notably his equaliser at Fleetwood which has won the club's goal of the season award).

Pacey American winger Duane Holmes could also cause problems for your defence on his day, especially if up against Tony Craig who, from what I've seen, doesn't appear to be the quickest of players.

And finally, despite not having his most prolific of seasons, Paddy Madden is known as a goal-scorer and works tirelessly up front, constantly pressing. Plus, he's got to end this goal drought sometime, hasn't he?

Who will Scunthorpe be looking out for from the Millwall side?

From what I've seen of Millwall this season, I would say that, despite limiting their chances on Thursday night, we'll have to be wary of your strike partnership in the form of Steve Morison and Lee Gregory who can create chances out of nothing (especially the former).

I also like the look of Shane Ferguson on the wing, who appears to have a fantastic delivery in him.

What formation and full line up do you expect The Iron to play?

I expect boss Graham Alexander to use the 4-4-2 formation which he has used for the majority of the season bar a short period of time, with the team being: Anyon; Clarke, Mirfin, Wallace, Townsend; Dawson* Ness, Bishop, Morris; Toney, Madden.

I've put an asterisk next to captain Stephen Dawson as we still do not know whether he we will be fit to play following his nasty looking hand injury he picked up on Thursday night.

If he can't play, I would imagine Duane Holmes or Sam Mantom would fill in for him in what would probably be the only change to the team from Thursday.

What is your score prediction?

I'm predicting it will be another tough game for both teams, although I can see goals this time around as at home we're a completely different attacking threat and have picked up a number of big wins. From what I hear you're also quite big scorers away from home.

I'm going to predict that Scunthorpe will go to Wembley, after beating Millwall 2-1, with Toney and Bishop on the score sheet for us, and Morison for you.

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