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Preview: Millwall v Blackburn Rovers

4 November 2014

All you need to know about tonight's game

Millwall host Blackburn Rovers at The Den tonight looking to record back-to-back home wins in the Championship for the first time this season.

Danny Shittu scored the match-winner against Cardiff City in The Lions' last game at The Den, but you have to go back to September 2013 to find the last time Millwall won two League matches on the bounce at home against Blackpool (3-1) and Leeds United (2-0). 

Lions manager Ian Holloway will be looking for a positive response from his side following the frustration of Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Watford - the first loss in five games - as his side take on a Blackburn outfit that moved to within one point of the Play-Off places with a 3-1 victory against Reading at the weekend.

Blackburn, managed by Gary Bowyer, have hit a spell of good form with just one defeat in an eight-game run that has reaped four wins and three draws.  

Having enjoyed a five-game unbeaten run themselves, and despite putting on an enterprising display, The Lions slipped to a 3-1 loss at Vicarage Road three days ago in controversial circumstances.

What the management says

Ian Holloway: "Saturday's result was hard to take after the way we played because we really didn't get the rub of the green in terms of the big decisions which, in my view, turned the game in Watford's favour. Blackburn come here just outside the automatic promotion places as a result of the tremendous job Gary Bowyer has done there to stabilise the club and start moving in the right direction. But we have proved in recent weeks that we are a match for sides in this division who have resources greater than ours, and I firmly believe we are not far away from where we want to be ourselves." Read more in tonight's edition of The Lion.

Gary Bowyer: "Ian Holloway did a fantastic job keeping them up last year. You talk about managers of the year, what Ian did with so many games to go and keep them up was phenomenal, and I'm delighted that he did because it's great for our players to go and play in that environment. It's a great place to go, the supporters are fanatical, it's a wonderful place to go and try and play football. With the new stadiums that are in place now sometimes I think you lose that (atmosphere), but you don't at Millwall, that's for sure. They give you good banter as well, I don’t mind that." Read more here

Team news

Ian Holloway looks set to reshuffle his playing pack against Blackburn for the second of three games in seven days, with a home match against Brentford this Saturday looming large on the horizon.

Striker Lee Gregory faces a late fitness test after missing Saturday's game at Watford, whilst defenders Danny Shittu and Mark Beevers are both champing at the bit having featured against Cardiff last time out at The Den, but sat out the Vicarage Road defeat. Scott Malone is also in contention to start at left-back having replaced Matthew Briggs during the second-half at Watford.

Blackburn have doubts about the fitness of midfielder Lee Williamson, who sustained a groin injury in the first-half of Rovers' victory against Reading last weekend. However Jason Lowe, Tommy Spurr, Chris Brown and Josh King are all set to remain sidelined.

Head-to-head

Tonight's match will be the 39th meeting between the two clubs, and as it stands Rovers edge the stats with 19 wins to Millwall's 10 in all competitions. The remaining nine matches have finished all square.

Rovers sneaked a 2-2 draw the last time the two teams met in March. A brace of penalties from Shaun Williams (57mins) and Simeon Jackson (88mins) looked to have secured three priceless points for The Lions, but Rovers twice battled back following the 56th-minute dismissal of Grant Hanley to level firstly through Michael Keane (65mins) and then a last-gasp equaliser from Josh King with virtually the last kick of the game.

Millwall's last league home win against Rovers came way back at the old Den on 11th May 1991 when a Teddy Sheringham penalty and second-half effort from Alex Rae clinched a 2-1 success.

Coverage

We will have all the action covered with live match commentary on Lions Player from 7.40pm. As well, you can follow live updates on the club's official Twitter account and join the conversation by using #MFCvBRFC in your tweets.

Highlights of when we last met:


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