PREVIEW: Brentford vs. Millwall

MILLWALL will be without midfielder Ryan Leonard as they aim to build on their haul of five points from their last three games when they face west London rivals Brentford at Griffin Park this Saturday.

The Lions secured two points at Huddersfield and Luton, before Neil Harris’ shock resignation was followed by a 2-1 win against Leeds United at The Den under caretaker boss Adam Barrett.

Leonard went off in the 28th minute of that game with Shaun Williams coming on. Leonard has a knee injury and could miss the next month.

With Jiri Skalak back in full training, the only other injury absentee is Frank Fielding who is continuing his recovery from a tear to his quad.

Barrett could retain the same formation as against Leeds, with Ben Thompson playing in an advanced position off striker Tom Bradshaw, who has scored two goals in his last two games and has four goals this season. It was against Brentford last November that Bradshaw suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Thompson started the season in bright form before losing his place in the side, but he was recalled against Leeds.

He agreed with his ex-boss Harris’ decision to take him out of the side.

“The manager spoke to me and said I needed to come out of the team for a game or two to see where we were at,” Thompson said. “I felt I wasn’t on my best form. At the start of the season I was firing on all cylinders and then the last few games dipped a bit.

“I felt he made the right decision. Now I’m raring to go and feeling great again.

“The Leeds games are always the ones you look for when the fixtures are released. They’re great occasions to play in and the atmosphere was unbelievable.

“I relished every moment of it and really enjoyed it.”

Barrett, along with under-23 manager Kevin Nugent and his assistant Paul Robinson, are primed for a second game in charge.

Thompson said: “Ads is a top, top bloke. He’s been with me for a few years now and I’ve always enjoyed playing and training under him. Paul Robinson was at Portsmouth with me and I hope they stay at the football club.

“They’re brilliant coaches and brilliant people as well.”

Barrett has enjoyed working with the squad during the international break.

He said: “I’m very keen to push them, I want that intensity and fight in our play. I want the work-rate and for everyone to fight for each other.

“Our sole aim is to go to Brentford and make sure we can go and get a result. It’s been well-documented how much of a whirlwind it’s been for myself and around the club, of course, but I’m really enjoying it. It’s been excellent so far, and hopefully that can carry on.

“We’re now moving straight onto Brentford, that’s the main focus.”

Possible Millwall starting XI: 4-4-1-1: Bialkowski; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, M Wallace; J Wallace, Williams, Molumby, Ferguson; Thompson; Bradshaw.

Match odds: Brentford 4/6 Draw 11/4 Millwall 7/2

Last season’s meeting: Brentford 2-0 Millwall (Sergi Canos 48, Ollie Watkins 85)

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John Kelly