Millwall vs. Forest preview..

The trip down to thugsville is never a pleasant one, and even more so now because we’re so desperately in need of three points. Forest are unbeaten in four, including two draws away to Champions-in-waiting Scunthorpe, and currently second placed Bristol City – with victories over Cheltenham and Gillingham at the City Ground. Millwall have sketchier form, but face Forest on the back of a victory over Swansea City.

In team news, Lewis McGugan is a doubt and is likely to join Sammy Clingan, Junior Agogo and (almost inevitably) Scott Dobie on the crocked list. This will give Prutts the opportunity to return to the first team, leaving Smoulderwood with the dilemma of what to do about Bennett (leave him on the bench!), Morgan and Tyson – who are all champing at the bit for a first team recall. It’s a tricky conundrum in some ways, but maybe not – for what it’s worth I’d be tempted by:

Smith

Curtis Chambers Breckin Wright

Perch Prutton Ga. Holt Commons

Tyson Lester

Or something like that, but who knows what Smoulds will come up with. One thing that is certain, Millwall manager Willie Don-key is almost certain to line Neil Harris up against us. Given the ignominy of his departure from the Reds, and the harsh treatment he endured at the hands of our fans, I imagine he won’t need any firing up to do us some damage – and whilst he certainly isn’t the player he once was, I have a nasty feeling he’ll return to bite us on the proverbial.

The key to this game, in my view, is keeping Harris quiet upfront, and somehow breaching the formidible Lenny Pidgeley in the Millwall goal. Then again, we put three past him at the City Ground in November, so he’s not quite impregnable, but back then we were deadlier in front of goal than we have been lately. It’s going to be a very very tough game and the Reds will need to give 100% commitment and hold their nerve. It’s twitching sphincter time again, I’m afraid, fellow fans!…

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  1. Yes you can sense it already………Harris is bound to have a stormer against us. Most players once they leave us invariably start scoring goals. Even “Goal Machine” Shipperley started notching a few once he rolled his ample ass out of our town!

    I think Jack is crutial in this match. All things good seem to stem from him presently so we need him to be on form.

    Although its not what we need, I think it will a draw. Lets hope I’m wrong….

  2. Why leave Grolt out? Our top scorer has done nothing to warrant being dropped and gives us a physical presence up front. I hope he keeps Jack Lester in the team, by far our most threatening, hard working and creative player in the last 2 months. Tyson is a great talent and goal threat but he should bide his time on the bench and think about the points he cost us by being sent off at Brighton!

    It’s a strange decision to announce now that Pedersen will leave at the end of the season. There was no need to make this decision or announce it now? My concern is that if Smith gets injured, Rune will be involved for the crucial games and possibly the play offs. It would be nice for him to want to do well and have the possibility of earning a new contract don’t you think?

  3. I opted to drop Grant for a couple of reasons – one, his incessant diving at Bristol which I think cost us the penalty he should’ve had at the end, and two – he seems to play better when dropped and reintroduced.

  4. Why isnt Harris unavailable to play? Given that Northampton whacked that clause on the sale of Chambers to us, did we forget to do the same to Millwall?

  5. I think we released Harris who then joined Millwall, rather transferring him… could be wrong, though.

  6. Apparently whilst Harris was at Forest there was a rumour going round he was wanted by Juventus.

    Turned out someone had misheard the conversation and it was actually Fray Bentos!

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