League One preview: Millwall vs. Bury

NEIL Harris rates Jordan Archer 50/50 for Saturday’s League One meeting with Bury at The Den.

Goalkeeper Archer missed out on facing former club Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup last weekend, and could remain sidelined as Millwall try to put that 6-0 defeat behind them.

Centre-forward Steve Morison went off with a tight calf at White Hart Lane, and Millwall were checking later in the week whether their top scorer this season sustained any lasting damage.

Millwall came from two goals down to beat Bury 3-2 in November with Aiden O’Brien’s injury-time goal (above), the tenth defeat in an eventual twelve-game losing league streak for the Shakers.

Bury are on their third manager this season, Lee Clark having taken over from David Flitcroft’s replacement Chris Day last month. Clark has won two and drawn one of his four games in charge, but Bury are just three points above the relegation zone.

Harris, meanwhile, is keen for his side to quickly move on from the Spurs defeat.

“We got beaten by the better team and are looking forward to Bury,” he said. “We need to refocus on the league and get a reaction against Bury to show everybody we’re back to business straight away.

“We face a Bury side that are rejuvenated under Lee Clark, they’re organised and physical. They have very good individual players like James Vaughan. It’s going to be a testing game for us.

“They’ve gone to a five-man defence. Every opposition at The Den now seems to play five against us to give us respect. They have a defensive mindset to be harder to beat than they were before.

“He’s just given them a little bit of impetus with his experience as a manager and former player.”

The fixture will be former Southend defender Adam Barrett’s first in the league since he joined Millwall’s coaching staff.

“First and foremost his experience, his mentality and his attitude will be great for everybody from U18s up,” Harris said. “He’s hugely respected by my dressing room for his performances in recent years and his physical attributes to still be playing until 37.

“He’s a huge addition for us. His leadership will be key to us now, he knows what it takes to get over the line for promotion and I’m really pleased to have him on board.”

Millwall record against Bury:

Played 39

Won 14 Drawn 11 Lost 14

Form guide:

Millwall: DDWWL


Possible Millwall team:

4-4-2: King; Cummings, Webster, Cooper, Craig; Wallace, Butcher, Williams, O’Brien; Gregory, Morison.

Match odds:

Millwall 4/6  Draw 14/5 Bury 4/1

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly


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