The View From The Opposition: Scunthorpe

DESPITE the bombardment of the Shrewsbury Town goal, Millwall slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to League One's bottom club last Saturday.

This weekend, the Lions travel all the way up the table, as they visit first-placed Scunthorpe United. Aidan McCartney – writer for the Birmingham Mail and Iron fan – gives NewsAtDen The View From The Opposition.

Name: Aidan McCartney

Twitter: @aidanmccartney

What made you support Scunthorpe?: I was fortunate to be introduced to watching Scunthorpe as a six-year-old by my dad. I was brought up in North Yorkshire and Leeds United were the big club in the area at the time, but my dad was a long-term fan of the Iron and he put me on the right path – away from Elland Road!

Despite defeat last weekend, The Iron are flying at the top of League One with Christmas approaching – where has it all gone so right this season?: As the league table suggests, it's been a fantastic season so far for the Iron. From March (under Graham Alexander), they finished last term very strongly and were unfortunate to miss out on the play-offs to Barnsley.

Keeping the spine of the team together and bringing some quality in the attacking areas – the likes of Josh Morris and Duane Holmes – has seen Scunny kicking on this season. Promotion seems possible, but a difficult period over the new few weeks needs to be overcome, starting against Millwall.

Millwall are within touching distance of the top six – how do you see them faring in the second half of the season?: After last season's near-miss at Wembley, I expected Millwall to be at least challenging for a play-off spot again. But your form does appear rather inconsistent and there's clearly work to be done by Neil Harris. I still think the Lions are well equipped to be part of the top six, especially if they bring in some quality players in January.

It's a marathon, not a sprint, as Wigan and Barnsley demonstrated last season.

One would assume that with your team top of the table, every player in a danger, but which Scunthorpe players should we be looking out for this weekend? Likewise, which Lions should the Iron be most worried about?: Josh Morris is the man to watch for Scunthorpe. It seems obvious to say, due to a brilliant 15-goal haul already, but in recent weeks, Morris has also turned provider. The classy midfielder has eight assists for the campaign and put two on a plate during our recent 3-2 loss at Rochdale.

Man-mountain defender Murray Wallace is a hugely important figure at the back, especially with usual partner David Mirfin out injured. The former Huddersfield man is sure to have a good battle with Lee Gregory. Gregory is always a player you know can score goals and Scunny have will to keep him quiet on Saturday.

Aiden O'Brien is another player who I rate highly and could cause us problems at Glanford Park.

Finally, a score prediction?: Following recent results, it's turned into a significant game for Scunny ahead of a tricky Christmas period. I'm hoping for a morale-boosting victory. Scunthorpe United 3-1 Millwall.

Mark Litchfield