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Millwall v Bolton: The preview

14 February 2014

All the need-to-know info ahead of Saturday's Championship game

Millwall entertain Bolton Wanderers on Saturday knowing a win would see them leapfrog The Trotters in the Championship table.


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South Bermondsey station is unfortunately closed on Saturday, as is the Silwood Path which links Surrey Quays station to The Den. The other nearest available stations are New Cross and New Cross Gate.

Millwall and Bolton supporters should visit for public transport alternatives.

Team news

Richard Chaplow picked up an achilles injury in Tuesday's draw with Yeovil and looks set to miss out, whilst Nicky Bailey (back) and Mark Beevers (calf) are doubtful. Shane Lowry serves the final game of a four-match suspension.

Liam Trotter, on loan at the Reebok Stadium from Millwall, is ineligible, whilst Jermaine Beckford is likely to miss out with a hamstring injury. Stuart Holden, Joe Riley and Marc Tierney are all sidelined with long-term problems.


Millwall have picked up one win in their last 11 Championship matches, but have lost just once in their last three home games.

Dougie Freedman's Bolton side are winless in eight, and arrive at The Den on the back of a home defeat to Burnley on Tuesday night. They have lost their last four away games.


The Lions have won once in their last five League games against Bolton, but Saturday's visitors have only one victory away at Millwall in their League history, losing 13 and drawing one of 15 games.

The two sides have met on 38 previous occasions, with Millwall enjoying 16 wins to Bolton's 15 in all competitions.

The Trotters were victorious in the last meeting between the two clubs, running out 3-1 winners at the Reebok Stadium in November.


What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "Previously we have looked mentally tired when we have gone a goal down but at Yeovil we showed good character to come back and get our equaliser. We are still very much a work in progress. We are working on a long-term pattern and strategy where everyone knows what they are doing and sticks to the game plan throughout the 90 minutes. What really encourages me is the appetite the players are showing to learn and get better."

Dougie Freedman: "It's a very important game, there's no doubt about it. Millwall are around about us at the wrong end of the table so these matches are very important for the football club and for the players to stand up and be counted. We need to keep games as close as we can and eventually one thing will break for us; we'll get that goal or keep a clean sheet. I've got the right players in, I just need to keep on building."


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