Preview: Millwall v Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 16/08/2013
Huddersfield Town make a trip to the capital this Saturday to face Millwall at the New Den (3pm kick-off).Preview: Millwall v Huddersfield Town

Millwall haven't got off to a great start under new manager Steve Lomas losing both the opening two fixtures losing to newcomers Yeovil Town 1-0 at the New Den and suffering a heavy 3-0 defeat away at Ipswich Town.
Lomas has got his work cut out and will have to start winning games to win over the Millwall faithful due to his West Ham United connections but if it's any consolation to the former Northern Ireland international is the New Den is not a happy hunting ground for Huddersfield Town.

Town registered their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers at the John Smith's Stadium last weekend after losing the opening match 1-0 to Nottingham Forest.

Team news:


Calum Woods is back in training after recovering from a collarbone injury but is unlikely to be included in the squad against Millwall. Keith Southern is still out with a calf injury sustained in pre-season.

Jonathan Hogg was out for the QPR match through illness but is contention to be included in the match day squad.


Goalkeeper David Forde is out with a knee operation meaning veteran Andy Marshall may start in goal against Town. Liam Trotter is back following an operation on his knee but is unlikely to be back for a couple of weeks yet.

Shaun Derry, on loan from QPR, could make his home debut against Town.


Steve Lomas took over Millwall in June following Kenny Jackett's resignation after 6 years at the club. Lomas was a Northern Ireland international who started his career with Manchester City in 1991 making his name as a combative midfielder before joining West Ham United for a £2.5million fee in 1997. Lomas spent 8 years with The Hammers before leaving for Queens Park Rangers on a free in 2005. Two years later he left for Gillingham on a free but the midfielder's time at Priestfield only lasted 6 months as he was released from his contract in January 2008.

Lomas took up a coaching role at Norwich City before managing St Neots Town for a year leading the club to their most successful season for 40 years but he left in July 2010 to pursue managing a league club. Lomas then took the position of reserve manager at West Ham before taking over St Johnstone in November 2011 where he finished in the top six for the Scottish Premier League twice in two seasons qualifying the club for the Europa League.

Lomas has been busy in the transfer market for Millwall bringing in 10 players all on free transfers or on loan. Stephen Bywater (free), Tom Bender (free), Jermaine Easter (free), Lee Martin (free), Richard Chaplow (free), Nicky Bailey (free), Scott McDonald (free), Andy Marshall (free), Shaun Derry (loan), Steve Morison (loan).

One to watch – Steve Morison
Been a thorn in Town's side in recent years when playing against us for Millwall. Strong, decent in the air and can hold up the ball well. Lethal in the 18 yard box.


Venturing to Millwall has not been a happy hunting ground both at the The Den (former home of Millwall) and the New Den with Town only winning 3 times out of 20 games away at Millwall.

The last Town victory at Millwall was on 1st September 2007 when The Terriers managed by Andy Ritchie came away with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Andy Booth and Malvin Kamara.

The last game between these two sides at the New Den finished 4-0 to Millwall on 27th October 2012 thanks to two goals from Chris Wood, James Henry and Liam Trotter. Jack Hunt was also sent off late in the game due to foul and abusive language towards the referee.

Town have not come away with a single point in their last four meetings at the New Den.

The officials tomorrow are as follows:
Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistant: Stuart Butler and Ian Cooper
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson.


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