Preview: Blackpool vs. Millwall

© Simon Davies
© Simon Davies

NEW loan signing Benik Afobe is set to make his Millwall debut against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

Arsenal striker Afobe has put pen-to-paper on a deal until the end of the season with the Lions and is expected to go straight into Kenny Jackett's starting line-up.

Adam Smith (England U21s), David Forde and Andy Keogh (Republic of Ireland) played in midweek friendlies for their countries and have returned unscathed.



Youngster Aiden O’Brien staked his claim for a place in the travelling squad with a brace for the Republic of Ireland U21s against the Netherlands.

Jackett may be tempted to ring the changes, both in personnel and tactically, following the home defeat to Hull City last Saturday – Millwall's third consecutive league defeat.

Rob Hulse and Andy Keogh could both be promoted to the starting XI to remedy the Lions' recent barren spell in front of goal, while Scott Malone will be pushing for a recall to the squad.



Attackers Chris Taylor (knee) and Nathan Tyson (ankle) both miss out but the duo could return to first-team affairs within three weeks, with the former expected to resume training on Monday.

Goalkeeper Mark Halstead will make his first league start of the season as Blackpool, still without a permanent manager, welcome Millwall to the north-west.

First-choice stopper Matt Gilks was sent off against Barnsley last weekend and serves a one-match ban, with Halstead  set to deputise in his absence.

Centre-half Ian Evatt (knee) and full-back Bob Harris (toe) are both ruled out, while loanee Matt Derbyshire will be pushing for a start after an impressive substitute appearance against the Tykes.

3 thoughts on “Preview: Blackpool vs. Millwall

  • February 8, 2013 at 15:49
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    Evatt injured that's good news always plays well against us and Gilks....lets attack em Millwall

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  • February 9, 2013 at 12:26
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    "Goalkeeper Mark Halstead will make his first league start for Blackpool as Matt Gilks is suspended".
    Hopefully he is not very good then!

    ATTACK, ATTACK!

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