The View From The Opposition: Peterborough

MILLWALL stretched their unbeaten run to 15 games with a 0-0 draw at Oldham on Saturday, but it was a case of two points dropped as Connor Ripley saved two late Lee Gregory penalties.

It was Millwall's eighth consecutive clean sheet, a run which has seen Tom King make his first two league appearances in goal without conceding.

Peterborough are coming off the back of a 3-1 win over fellow play-off chasers Rochdale, and are only two points behind Millwall in the table.

After a 5-1 win over the Lions in August, Grant McCann will be hoping to lead his side to another win over Tuesday night’s opponents.

Lucas Ball spoke to Peterborough fan Chris Foster ahead of Tuesday night's clash at The Den

Twitter: @fozzy_chris

Why do you support Peterborough?: I was taken to watch Posh quite a few times when I was aged six-11 by my Dad just so I’d get to watch some live games of football. I became a full convert circa November 2001 largely through a simple desire to watch live football every week.

In 14 full seasons I’ve seen three promotions, three relegations, a play-off semi-final defeat, avoidance of relegation and mid-table finishes across three leagues!

After the 3-1 win over Rochdale, do you expect to make the play-offs?: To be honest, I wrote our play-off chances off after we lost to Southend last week, largely because of our upcoming games and the fact that most around us have at least one game in hand.

More pressingly, we are literally the worst side in the football league when it comes to performing and getting results against struggling sides and now seem incapable of getting to half-time without conceding.

All of the above and failure to score past nine-man Rochdale while down to 10 ourselves (work that one out!) has done nothing to convince me otherwise. Defeat at The Den would be the final nail in the coffin.

The last two home games for Peterborough against Millwall have seen the Posh score 10 goals, do you expect that to boost your confidence?: Earlier in the season it may well have done but playing at The Den is usually a different kettle of fish, as we found out last season (a 3-0 defeat).

Moreover, our poor form since Christmas coupled with some atrocious performances at both ends of the pitch would lead me to simply say that you aren’t going to see the same side that (to my great surprise) tore Millwall apart back in August.

Who do Millwall have to look out for from the Peterborough side?: The main threat comes from the assist king of the Football League: Marcus Maddison. The quality of his delivery is second to none at this level and he has a forceful shot and a good turn of pace when he wants to use it.

Some of his ‘antics’ are unlikely to impress the home crowd and have led to him being called out on Twitter by what I often cite as the more out-of-touch sections of our fanbase. The lack of a clinical striker means his threat is somewhat mitigated.

Paul Taylor is explosive on his day and Martin Samuelsen…well, YouTube search his goal from our game at Sheffield United last season. The latter two have fallen short of my expectations this season though, and it is possible that neither will play.

Likewise, who will Peterborough have to look out for?: I’ve always seen Millwall as one of the biggest threats to anyone in this division, not least because the strike force of Steve Morison and Lee Gregory has quality in abundance. They will be a threat from crosses as our apparent persistence with the diamond formation leaves us vulnerable out wide so the contributions of Aiden O’Brien and David Worrall will be key for the home side.

Jimmy Abdou always seems to perform well against us as well.

Finally, a score prediction?: I have bad memories of our trip to The Den last season and with the Lions out for revenge from the smashing we have them in August I fear a repeat.

In fact it could be even worse. Our tame strike force and lack of proficiency in scoring recently leads me to believe we will have little response when we inevitably fall behind before half-time.

It’s a game we have to win and that is the only thing that makes me think we might surprise everybody. However, my head says same again: Millwall 3-0 Posh, Gregory to get at least one of those.

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