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Preview: Millwall v Blackpool

29 August 2014

All you need to know about Saturday's big game

Millwall host Blackpool at The Den on Saturday looking to sign off for the international break on a winning high against manager Ian Holloway's former club.

Ollie is held in high regard by the Tangerines, having guided the club to the Premier League in his first full season as boss at Bloomfield Road - only the second ever manager to do so for the club.

However the only thing The Lions manager will be focused on this weekend is getting the three points and a first win in four games.

Having enjoyed a 12-game unbeaten run, The Lions slipped to a 1-0 home defeat by Rotherham United last Saturday and then despite putting on an enterprising display, a youthful Lions bowed out of the Capital One Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Southampton midweek.

Blackpool, managed by former Charlton boss Jose Riga, have yet to turn some decent displays into points and currently sit joint bottom of the Championship with Fulham, having lost all four fixtures with a goal difference of -5. 

What the management says

Ian Holloway: hereListen more on Lions Player "Will it be special? Not at all. I think (Nathan) Delfouneso is the only player I had there now. It's water under the bridge. I did the best job I could there but I work for Millwall now. It's just a Championship game, I'm delighted to still be in it and I want to get up to the other end of it. We've got to stop this rot of losing at home. It's been three very difficult home games and hopefully our fans will see us improve."

Jose Riga:We were working hard to get what we could not get before, a good level of intensity. I "It has been useful having no game this week. t doesn't mean in two or three days we were able to bring it, but it's been the only time we've had many days without too much thinking towards a game. It was nice for us to be able to work as we did."

Team news

Ian Holloway looks set to make wholesale changes to the team that started against Southampton in midweek as he targets a home win after successive defeats by Rotherham and Saints.

New signing Mathias Ranegie, who joined The Lions on loan from Watford on Thursday, could be included in the squad and get his first taste of action in a blue shirt.

Blackpool have doubts about the fitness of four senior players with Andrea Orlandi, Joan Oriol, Steve Davies and Gary MacKenzie all struggling to be fit. Bobby Grant and Jacob Mellis remain sidelined.


Saturday's match will be the 45th meeting between the two clubs, and as it stands The Tangerines just edge the stats with 15 wins to Millwall's 13 in all competitions. The remaining 16 matches have finished all square.

The Tangerines edged to a 1-0 win the last time the two teams met in March when Ricardo Fuller - who now plays for The Lions - scored the only goal at Bloomfield Road. However in the corresponding fixture at The Den last September, Millwall recorded their first Championship victory of the season when goals from Liam Trotter (pen), Nicky Bailey and Steve Morison clinched a 3-1 success.


 from 2.55pm.Lions PlayerWe will have all the action covered with live match commentary on 

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