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Millwall v Brighton: The preview

1 March 2014

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's match at The Den

The Lions will look to move four points clear of the drop zone with a win over Play-Off hopefuls Brighton at The Den on Saturday (3pm).

Tickets and travel

Tickets for the game will be on sale right up until kick-off, but there's still time to buy in advance in one of the usual three ways. Click here for more information.

The club have been advised that the Silwood Path, which links Surrey Quays train station to The Den, will be open for supporters to use.

Team news

Owen Garvan looks set to go into the matchday squad after signing on loan from Crystal Palace on Friday.

David Forde, who has spoken to Lions Player ahead of the game, is hoping to be fit after dislocating his finger late on in last Saturday's 1-0 loss at Oakwell.

Nicky Bailey and Richard Chaplow will once again miss out with back and achilles injuries respectively.

Seagulls boss Oscar Garcia looks set to include new loan signing Jesse Lingard in his squad for the first time. The forward, on loan from Manchester United, agreed a 93-day long deal earlier this week, and has already scored against The Lions this season whilst on a similar spell with Birmingham City.

Midfielder Rohan Ince and striker Will Buckley have been carrying knocks of late, but the pair should be fit to travel, whilst Tomasz Kuszczak, Bruno, Gordon Greer and Andrea Orlandi are all set to be recalled after being left out of last Monday's FA Cup defeat to Hull City.


Millwall head into the game on the back of a six-match winless run in the Championship stretching back to the 1-0 victory over Ipswich on 18th January. Three of those six games have ended in defeat, most recently up at Barnsley last time out, with the other three culminating in draws.

Brighton sit four points outside the Play-Offs in eighth but lost their last game, a 2-1 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic. Before that they picked up back-to-back 1-0 wins over Doncaster and Leeds, which were their only two victories in their last six Championship matches.


Saturday's meeting is the 98th between the two clubs, and just one victory separates The Lions (36) and The Seagulls (37) out of the previous 97 fixtures, 24 of which have ended all-square.

Millwall's last victory against Brighton came in January 2010 when Steve Morison's goal was enough to earn all three points at the Withdean Stadium, Albion's former home.

The most recent meeting, though, came back in August 2013, when striker Leonardo Ulloa struck an 89th-minute equaliser to cancel out Martyn Woolford's second-half opener at the Amex Stadium.

What the managers say

Ian Holloway: "I know we have it within ourselves to start picking up the results we need, and who says that can't start against Brighton? Looking at the positives, we haven't been shipping goals apart from at Burnley where many sides have suffered a similar fate. The scoreline against Reading was my fault for making those radical changes trying to get back into the game, but otherwise we've just been conceding the odd one in games. What we haven't been doing, clearly, is scoring enough ourselves, and that's what we've been working on all this week."

Oscar Garcia: "To play at Millwall is always tough but we are looking forward to the challenge. The players have a high level of confidence and what we want is to win every game. Sometimes that is not possible but we go there looking to pick up the three points."

Matchday programme

This Saturday's edition of The Lion contains an in-depth interview with January signing Shaun Williams. The midfielder discusses his first month at the club and emphasises how determined the squad are to turn their fortunes around and pull away from the relegation zone.

Issue 18 of The Lion can be downloaded from 9am on Saturday as well as being available to purchase around the ground at the usual price of just £3.

The digital version can be downloaded onto Apple iPad and iPhone, on the Android market and via the Pocketmags app on Kindle Fire, Blackberry Playbook and Windows 8.

Millwall supporters can subscribe for the rest of the season for just £59.99, a price which includes backdated issues since August. Alternatively, you can buy on a game-by-game basis with League programmes available to download for just £2.99.

If you're on iOS or Android, search 'Millwall The Lion' in your respective App Store to download, or if you are downloading onto Kindle Fire, Blackberry Playbook or Windows 8, visit the Pocketmags app, search for Millwall FC and go from there.

Live coverage

Full match commentary will be available on Lions Player live from 2.50pm.

You can also keep up to date with the action as it happens on The Wall and on the club's official Twitter account @MillwallFC


For a comprehensive list of odds on the game, visit Sky Bet

Bring a tin!

Millwall continue to work closely with the Peckham Foodbank, and they will once again be collecting your donations at the Blue Bus in the car park ahead of kick-off.

Over the past year hundreds of tins of non-perishable food have kindly been donated to the Foodbank from the club's supporters, playing staff and management, so if you have a spare tin or two at home that could go to helping a family in need, please bring them with you!

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