If a change is as good as a rest, then maybe a rest will make up for the lack of much opportunity to change our line-up? Hmm, maybe not – but after a two week break there’s a welcome return to on-the-pitch things to focus on after a fortnight of discontent from some quarters. I’m looking forward to getting back to my seat to take in some football!
Millwall visit us having made a great start to their Championship campaign having won promotion last season. They’ve already overcome Coventry and Hull at the New Den, as well as dumping Middlesbrough out of the Carling Cup. Away they’ve only faced Leeds so far and lost, and Wycombe in the Carling Cup where they triumphed 2-1, after extra time.
So certainly whilst making a cracking start to the campaign there’s a real home/away divide in their form (which is perhaps a little too early to read into given how soon we are into the season). They’re only missing Shaun Batt who’s been on the long term injury list – Tony Craig is thought to be fit to return to their squad. They should face the Reds with a strong line-up, potentially including the always-potent former-striker-who-had-a-bad-time-with-us Neil Harris.
As for us, Gunter serves the last game of his suspension so Chambers is likely to deputise at rightback, aside from that McGoldrick is of course still unavailable (although seems to be recovering more quickly than forecast), much of the team starts to pick itself – the only areas for contention are probably around the midfield area, so it will be interesting to see if Billy tinkers.
Obviously we’ve already failed to win against the other two newly-promoted sides at the City Ground this season, and Millwall will take heart from this as well as their own decent start. Kenny Jackett is likely to have his team well drilled so certainly we will require a decent performance – and a consistently decent one – to get the result we crave.
A first win of the season for the Reds would be a blessed relief from the undercurrent of discontent doing the rounds, and hopefully lift the mood and inject a little more positivity (or even just some realism) to the place – but certainly if we are to achieve it we’re going to have to work for it, teams coming to the City Ground don’t generally come to lie down and let us play.
Hopefully the home crowd can perhaps shake itself from its’ recent malaise and give the boys some good vocal backing; whatever people’s feelings are about the boardroom shenanigans I’m sure everyone in the ground should be able to find some common ground in spurring the team on, although past experience suggests that’s easier said than done.
The attempts to predict from me are becoming woefully repetitive, I realise – we should be looking to pick up a win, but shouldn’t be counting any chickens. The break should have given the lads a chance to work on fitness and training, and might have put a spanner in Millwall’s momentum – but it isn’t going to be easy. I’m going to go for a win, because the wave of grumpiness will be unbearable if we don’t…
… as for hopeful rumours of loan signings, not looking good so far, is it?
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