Another game, another defeat and more points thrown away,
I’m starting to find it difficult not to repeat myself in these previews but yet again Millwall have chucked points down the drain, this time to the delight of Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United, and it certainly is tough to figure out how Neil Harris resolves the issue of not being able to close a game off, could Nottingham Forest be the catalyst for the Lions season?
In contrast to some other games this season, when chances came there way at the beginning of the second-half against United, they were duly taken, a bullet header from Jake Cooper and a neat finish from Lee Gregory put the Lions in the driving seat, a dubious penalty decision led to a United equaliser courtesy of David McGoldrick and poor defending allowed McGoldrick to once again stab home from close-range on 88 minutes, meaning Millwall would once again slump to a defeat.
There were positives to take into the game against Forest, with two goals scored and a penalty save from Ben Amos and you certainly feel they are capable of grinding out a win.
Nottingham Forest have had a relatively good start to the season, only losing on one occasion but picking up six draws from their opening 10 games, Aitor Karanka is a manager that knows how to not lose, having been seen previously when gaining promotion to the Premier League with Middlesbrough, his compact efficient football can be frustrating to watch, but evidently will bring results, and I expect a tough game tomorrow evening, especially with Forest being the hosts.
There will be an added blow to this game for Neil Harris’ troops as Jed Wallace will miss the game through suspension, having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season, Jiri Skalak is expected to come in and replace him on the right-flank, Ben Amos should retain his spot in net after his penalty save at the weekend, Murray Wallace could come back into defence and Elliott or Bradshaw could replace Steve Morison up top.
Overall this will be a tight affair as it always is with Karanka sides, Wallace out is a huge blow, Forest have one of the most clinical Championship strikers in Lewis Grabban, but I think Millwall will surprise a few here, and I’m going with a 1-0 away win for the Lions.
Predicted Starting 11:
GK: Ben Amos
RB: Mahlon Romeo
CB: Adam Webster
CB: Jake Cooper
LB: James Meredith
RM: Jiri Skalak
CM: Shaun Williams
CM: Ryan Leonard
LM: Aiden O’Brien
ST: Lee Gregory
ST: Steve Morison
Picture Credit: Millwall FC