MILLWALL made it 11 home league games unbeaten last Saturday, as Joe Martin's thunderbolt ensured a 1-1 draw with Bradford.
This weekend, Coventry City visit The Den. NewsAtDen spoke to Anthony Hornsby from citiblogmk.co.uk to get The View From The Opposition.
Name: Anthony Hornsby
What made you become a Coventry fan?: I was born in Coventry and was taken to Highfield Road as a youngster. It didn't take long to fall in love with the game – and the club – at a venue so impressive. It's been a life sentence ever since…
It hasn't been the greatest of starts for the Sky Blues – they sit second from bottom, without a league win. What has gone wrong?: Recruitment. Our team last year included a substantial amount of loan players (as it does this season, too) and in the close season we lost quality players, such as John Fleck, to expired contracts.
We haven't replaced the players we've lost with similar quality. In some areas, such as defence, we don't seem to have addressed the loss of good players as well as we should have. Because of this, our team feels somewhat thrown together, with second-choice strikers and Tony Mowbray admitting he's missed out on something like six defensive targets.
On the flip side, Millwall have started the season well, claiming their place in the top six as the season gets into its full swing. How do you think the Lions will do this season?: It's been a good start to the season from the Lions. I think the success comes through being able to find the back of the net, along with excellent home form. At least two goals scored in six of their nine games this season makes them a hard team to beat.
Along with this is their blistering home form, spanning from the back end of last season, losing only once since February 2016, and only a narrow defeat in the final few minutes of the League Cup clash to Championship side Nottingham Forest. I think if they continue these trends they have to be considered contenders for automatic promotion.
Which Coventry players should Millwall by wary of on Saturday? Likewise, what Lions stars will you have to watch closely: If winger Jodi Jones is fit, he is the danger for Millwall, along with on-loan Burnley striker Daniel Agyei. Jones possesses scintillating flair, whilst Agyei is a wise head on young shoulders, with good technical ability.
As far as the Millwall team are concerned, luckily (for what might be the first time this season), you don’t have any ex-Coventry players that can score past us. I'd have liked to have seen my old MK Wanderers strike partner Paris Cowan-Hall play, but he's out on loan. I think the Millwall threat will come from Steve Morison. He's got four goals to his name already and, bar Sam Ricketts, our defensive line is a very young and naïve one. Morison's experience might just get the better of them.
Finally, a score prediction?: Millwall 2-0 Coventry City. We can't find the net and you guys score more than one for fun, so it (worryingly) makes sense…