Championship preview: Millwall vs. Nottm Forest

MILLWALL will hope it’s not unlucky 13 on Good Friday against Nottingham Forest.  

The Lions had little good fortune against these opponents at The City Ground back in August after having 23 attempts at goal but somehow losing 1-0. Neil Harris also feels they were “robbed” after Steve Morison’s goal was contentiously ruled out for a foul by Lee Gregory on goalkeeper Jordan Smith.

Millwall can make it a baker’s dozen of league games without defeat on Friday, before they go to Ipswich Town the following Monday in a crucial Easter period.

They know maximum points will keep them right in the play-off mix with six games to go after these two fixtures.

However, despite having little to play for, Aitor Karanka’s Forest could be a tough nut to crack. They won’t go down or reach the play-offs but they are on a seven-game unbeaten run and haven’t conceded a goal in three. They haven’t scored in those games either, but showed how dangerous they can be by putting five past QPR at Loftus Road last month.

“We felt we were robbed up at The City Ground back in August, we had some horrendous luck in front of goal,” Harris said.

“It’s a different set of players, they’ve a different manager. I don’t think we’re talking about revenge for that result – we were robbed by the referee on the day.

“We look at this Easter weekend as a pivotal one in the calendar, it’s the same for clubs up and down the country. We’ve got ourselves into a fantastic position and the international break gave us a chance for rest and recovery. We got some extra work into players.

“Some players had the chance to go away and represent their countries and they will come back rejuvenated and proud of their achievements.

“The Den will be rocking on Friday, it’ll be a great atmosphere. We’re in the home stretch with eight games to go and we’re in a wonderful position where we can dream about what’s ahead of us.

“Myself and the group intend to embrace the challenge and that starts with Forest. They’re a side that’s transformed and hold many threats going forward as well as having kept three clean sheets on the bounce.

“We know it’s going to be a tough encounter, as every game seems to be at this level, but it’s certainly a game where we will be looking to impose ourselves for the 90 minutes.”

Harris was hoping that the international players would return injury-free. Goalkeeper Jordan Archer was the last to arrive back after Scotland’s game in Hungary on Tuesday, and will have just one training session before the clash with Forest.

Aiden O’Brien could be involved over Easter for the first time since January.

Millwall record against Nottingham Forest  

Played 66

Won 24 Draw 20 Lost 22

Form guide

Millwall: WDWWW

Nottingham Forest: WWDDD

Probable Millwall team: 4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith; Wallace, Williams, Saville, Marshall; Gregory, Morison.

Match odds

Millwall 4/6 Draw 13/5 Forest 2/1

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly