AFTER two consecutive cup games, Millwall return to league action this Saturday as they welcome Bristol Rovers to The Den.
NewsAtDen spoke to Gas fan Nathan Bees for the lowdown.
Name: Nathan Bees
What made you become a Bristol Rovers fan?: I was born into a Rovers family, so I had no choice, really. I was taken to every match as soon as I was old enough to go (my parents decided that was when I was a few months old) and that was that. Funnily enough, when I was really young, I can remember not particularly enjoying going to the football every Saturday, but then when I was six or seven, I finally 'got it'.
I fell in love with it, became a die-hard Gashead and that was that. I wouldn't have had it any other way, even though it hasn't been easy to support us over the years.
After a dramatic promotion from League Two last year, life in the third tier has started well for the Gas, as they sit in fifth position. Can you maintain that?: Absolutely. I don't see any reason why not. We have played every team in the top half of the table (except AFC Wimbledon) and we have more than matched everyone we have come up against. I haven't come away from any game thinking "they were much better than us." If anything, we have probably been worthy of a few more points than we've actually got so far.
Still, it has been a fantastic start to the season and we are really well placed. Everyone is delighted with how it has gone so far and our growing attendances reflect that. If we can cut out the really silly goals we've been conceding so far, I think we are in with a really good chance, but I'm not getting carried away just yet.
Millwall, meanwhile, have five wins in their last six after a sticky September. How do you see the Lions getting on this season?: Millwall are one of the sides I was fully expecting to see at the top end of the division, so the tricky September you experienced came as a bit of a surprise. That has obviously been followed up with a much better October and I don't think it will be long before you are in amongst it in the top ten.
You have proven goalscorers in the team and that will always give you a chance – even if you aren't playing particularly well.
Which Bristol Rovers players shall we look out for on Saturday as the danger men? And what Millwall players will you be most wary of?: The EFL's top goalscorer last season (Matty Taylor) is the obvious danger man. He is an excellent striker and has handled the step up from League Two with ease. Give him half a yard in and around the penalty area and there is every chance the ball will end up in the back of your net.
We have some very gifted players in the squad and any one of three or four can be a game-changer on their day. Chris Lines is a boyhood Gashead and the playmaker of the team, while young Charlie Colkett is an exciting attacking midfielder with a good eye for goal — either one of them could easily be our standout player on Saturday.
In terms of Millwall, I guess most people say Lee Gregory, don't they? I haven't seen any of your games this season, so I don't know who's playing well and who's not, if I'm being honest, but based on his obvious exploits in front of goal, I have to go with Gregory. We have a pretty young defensive unit and they will have to be at their best to keep him and Steve Morison quiet.
Finally, a score prediction?: It's a tough one. I am an optimistic supporter (you have to be to pay huge amounts of money to follow your team around the country!) and always fancy us to win our next game, but a trip to Millwall is as tough as they come away from home in League One.
Backed by what should be a good following of Gasheads, I'd like to think we can get all three points, but realistically, we can't keep a clean sheet to save our lives at the moment, so I'll be conservative and go for a draw. That wouldn't be a bad return for us with two home games to follow afterwards. Millwall 1-1 Bristol Rovers.