League One preview: Scunthorpe vs. Millwall

MILLWALL have injury problems in defence ahead of the trip to top-of-the-table Scunthorpe on Saturday.

Byron Webster is out with a hamstring injury and Shaun Hutchinson is unlikely to be risked after playing just 45 minutes of competitive action since November 9.

Neil Harris has the option of continuing with the partnership of Sid Nelson and Tony Craig in the centre of his defence, or he could drop Shaun Williams back from midfield.

If he decides on the latter option then Jimmy Abdou and Calum Butcher will compete for a place alongside Ben Thompson in midfield.

Steve Morison is back in training, but Harris may not take a chance on him ahead of the south London derby with Charlton next week.

Iron boss Graham Alexander has yet to suffer a league defeat at home since taking charge last March. Scunthorpe are unbeaten in League One at Glanford Park in almost a year, a run of 22 games since Billy Sharp scored in a 1-0 win for Sheffield United on December 19, 2015.

Scunthorpe lost 3-2 at Rochdale last weekend after being 3-0 behind with 10 minutes left before almost snatching a result.

It was just their third loss of the season and Alexander wants his side to bounce back in the same way they did after their two previous defeats.

"We just have to go and win a game," Alexander told Scunthorpe Telegraph. "We have been here before a couple of times after Port Vale and Oldham.

"Port Vale was a different game because I didn't think we played that badly but things just conspired against us.

"But the Rochdale game I can put on a pile with the Oldham display because we didn't perform or compete with what was expected on that night and we didn't on Saturday.

"Any team in any league is not going to win every week. It is about those who are consistently trying to do the right things and put on the performances.

"We didn't do the things we have done this season and it was a performance that never really got going until the fire was lit in their bellies.

"When that happened we showed what a good team we are so we have make sure we do that from minute one.

"We need to make sure as a group we put things right because on Saturday it wasn't good enough so we need to make sure next time it is."

Millwall record against Scunthorpe:

Played 21

Won 6 Drawn 5 Lost 10

Form guide:

Scunthorpe: WWDDL

Millwall: DWWLL

Probable Millwall team:

4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Williams, Craig, Martin; Onyedinma, Abdou, Thompson, O'Brien; Gregory, Smith.

Match odds:

Scunthorpe 11/8 Draw 12/5 Millwall 19/10

Image source: ©Millwall FC

John Kelly