McDonald hoping to strike up fruitful Keogh partnership

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

SCOTT McDonald is hoping to be given the opportunity to continue his strike partnership with Andy Keogh when Millwall face Nottingham Forest tonight.

McDonald, who made his first start of the season against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, is eyeing another 90 minutes for the Lions in their Capital One Cup tie at the City Ground.

And with Steve Morison (hernia), Jermaine Easter (hamstring) and Dany N'Guessan (knee) out, McDonald and Keogh are set to play alongside each other for the second game running.

McDonald said: "Andy led the line really well on Saturday, with me dropping off and trying to get involved in the play. He's an experienced pro and has played at the highest level. All of the strikers are good to play with, but it would be nice to build a partnership with Andy.

"I am happy to drop deep – I think Andy prefers to do that job as well, but you can't have two people doing that so we've got to be tactically aware. The manager feels it is a strength of mine to get on the ball and run at people, so I'll try and do that as best as I can."

Both managers are expected to give some of their fringe players a run out, but McDonald is still expecting a tough test from Forest, who drew 1-1 with Watford on Sunday.

He said: "I am sure there will be changes to both sides, but if we can win it will give us a bit of momentum.

"You knew as soon as Billy Davies took over at the end of last season that they were going to be promotion contenders. Billy always builds his teams from the back.

"It is always good to have lots of games early in the season because it gives people the opportunity to impress. Hopefully a few of the lads will get the chance to stake their claim."

Staff

(@NewsAtDen)

11 thoughts on “McDonald hoping to strike up fruitful Keogh partnership

  • August 28, 2013 at 12:44
    Permalink

    Lets hope it gels as there isn't anyone else available to partner him.
    What happens on the training pitch to make the rest of our strikers pick up knocks so frequently ?

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
    • August 28, 2013 at 12:45
      Permalink

      @NICKOLA: Mick Harford kicks the sh1t outta them!!

      Like (0)
      Dislike (0)
      Reply
      • August 28, 2013 at 13:04
        Permalink

        @TheBermondseyBomber: It cant be that... Hendo was always injured and that was before Mick joined. BTW.. What are the odds on Hendo scoring tonight?

        Like (0)
        Dislike (0)
        Reply
        • August 28, 2013 at 13:15
          Permalink

          @SE12Lion: Look at what the physio is upto with all the players ?

          Like (0)
          Dislike (0)
          Reply
  • August 28, 2013 at 13:12
    Permalink

    I dont understand why he is not starting on a regular basis, if what he is supposed to be earning with us, because with the supposed wages being paid to him he must be a really top player at this standard, If he and Keogh are the last two attacking oppositions left tonight then he has a chance to stake his claim for that spot.

    But to put a damper on it SL has some strange formation ideas so he may opt for Chaplow as a loan man up front rather than play him in centre midfield ? but lets hope who ever plays tonight puts in a good preformance as we really deserve on from them.

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
    • August 28, 2013 at 13:15
      Permalink

      What scares me is the likliehood of giving some of our fringe players a game. Why ?
      Surely we should be playing our strongest side. Stop fiddling around. Pick the best eleven and play them again on Saturday.

      @Barnlion:

      Like (0)
      Dislike (0)
      Reply
      • August 28, 2013 at 13:24
        Permalink

        @NICKOLA: Yeah I understand that point but honestly I think we need to sort our league form out... forget the crapital one cup let the kids have a game!

        Like (0)
        Dislike (0)
        Reply
        • August 28, 2013 at 14:01
          Permalink

          I'll be just as p***** off tonight if we go out as I would be if it were a league game.
          We have the Academy for the kids, and the route to the first team is sending them out on loan. Play the best eleven in a formation, and stick with it. They haven't gelled yet so this is another game to try and get it right rather than change it all again on Saturday.

          @TheBermondseyBomber:

          Like (0)
          Dislike (0)
          Reply
  • August 28, 2013 at 13:49
    Permalink

    im sick of keogh never seems to do anything. i would rather see mcdonald and easter forming a partnership

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply
  • August 28, 2013 at 15:59
    Permalink

    Wouldn't it be nice to just see the team play a settled game, with all the players in their favoured positions, playing fluid football and winning 2-0?

    Make it so, SL!

    Like (0)
    Dislike (0)
    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *