The View From The Opposition: Oxford

TWO penalties from Lee Gregory made it three wins from four last weekend, as Millwall defeated Fleetwood Town 2-1 at The Den.

This Saturday, the Lions hit the road, as they travel to newly promoted Oxford United. U's fan Kevin Spackman takes on The View From The Opposition.

Name: Kevin Spackman

Twitter: @kevinspackman

What made you support Oxford?: I was born in Oxford and my old man gave me and my brother no choice but to support them – which, of course, we have forced onto our children!

Billed as dark horses by some following promotion last season, Oxford sit in mid-table, four points away from the play-offs and the relegation zone. What are the expectations for this season?: I think many Oxford fans will take a season of consolidation. We've been quite inconsistent so far – if we can get a decent run together then maybe the play-offs could be a shout, but given where we were a few years back, I will happily take a couple of seasons at this level. It's been much better playing Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United compared to the likes of Eastbourne and Lewes!

Millwall dug their way out of trouble last weekend, defeating Fleetwood Town 2-1. Having had a taste of the Lions last season in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, what are you expecting from Neil Harris' side this campaign?: With Neil Harris in charge, you know the passion is going to be there, but it seems maybe heart rules head, leading to poor results for Millwall.

We also have a young manager in Michael Appleton, but his assistant is Derek Fazakerley, who has worked at some huge clubs. Maybe Neil Harris needs a bit of experience to help him learn going forward.

It seems the defence needs a bit of work, too, as the goals are there with Lee Gregory, but conceding poor goals seems to be happening a lot.

Which Oxford players will cause the Lions the most trouble on Saturday afternoon? Likewise, which Millwall men will you need to watch out for?: Chris Maguire has been our standout player. He loves the big games and also winding up opposition fans. John Lundstrum was superb last season but has struggled to find form so far this year. But, when he is on his game, there are not many better midfielders at this level.

For Millwall, Lee Gregory has carried on his form from last season – I thought the club did well to keep him in the summer. Also, Steve Morison always puts in a shift. I am looking forward to seeing him up against Chey Dunkley.

I think all Oxford fans are gutted David Forde is not playing to gift us an early lead again!

Finally, a score prediction?: I am going to go Oxford United 2-1 Millwall, with a late winner from Chris Maguire.

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Mark Litchfield