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24 August 2012

Tough task for Kenny's boys


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Wednesday hope Anthony Gardner could be fit to return after recovering from a hamstring strain. 
Jimmy Abdou returned to the midfield alongside Liam Trotter and Josh Wright to good effect on Tuesday, while James Henry looked a real goal threat, hitting the woodwork twice, playing off the front two of Andy Keogh and Darius Henderson.
The Lions' boss is unlikely to make many changes to his starting line-up for this game, but has options both in terms of personnel and formation.
We passed the ball very well in midweek and created plenty of chances. There is belief amongst this group of players that we can make an impact in the Championship this season and we will look for another positive performance on Saturday."
This is the sort of match that makes the Championship such a good league. There will be a terrific atmosphere for the game and two sides committed to winning a competitive encounter.
Kenny Jackett observed: "We have been looking forward to this game since the final whistle at Peterborough on Tuesday night.
However, this is just the sort of challenge which The Lions traditionally relish.
Wednesday may just be the best equipped of the three sides promoted back in May to make a real impact at Champiohsip level this time round, having invested significantly in strengthening their squad and with a regular Hillsborough backing of 25,000 fans.
The Lions discovered that teams promoted from League One are more than capable of carrying that form through to the Championship, finishing ninth in their first season back at the higher level whilst Leeds also ended in the top ten and Norwich won back-to-back promotions. Last term Southampton emulated The Canaries' feat by attaining Premier League status just 12 months after leaving League One.
Owls boss Dave Jones described his side's first half display against Birmingham in midweek as 'the best since I came to the club', a warning for Millwall given the quality of the opposition.
Sheffield Wednesday are enjoying the 'bounce-effect' following their promotion to the Championship in May, extending their unbeaten run into the new season to 16 games. Don't forget that you cxan follow us on Twitter @Millwall__FC


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