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Preview: Millwall v Nottingham Forest

19 September 2014

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall host Championship leaders Nottingham Forest at The Den on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways after successive defeats to Ipswich (0-2) and Reading (2-3).

A tough week for The Lions has seen Ian Holloway's men slip from fifth to 12th in the table, but victory against Stuart Pearce's high-flying side could propel Ollie's men back into sixth spot.

However, despite losing back-to-back league matches, Lions boss Ollie could take great encouragement from the courage, spirit and attacking performance at Reading on Tuesday night when his side fought back from a 2-0 deficit, only to be pipped right at the death in a five-goal thriller at the Madejski Stadium.

Forest, managed by former England international Pearce, have produced some exhilarating performances this campaign. In free-scoring forward Britt Assombalonga, they possess a striker who has hit eight goals in seven games following his £5.5m move from Peterborough United in the summer, including a midweek hat-trick against Fulham.

What the management says

Ian Holloway: "I said after Ipswich that if you are going to lose, there is a right way to lose, and gutted though I was by the result (against Reading) I was delighted by some of the things we did that night. I am convinced that if we continue to play like that we will win far more than we lose. Since last March we haven't been used to losing two games in a row and it hurts that we've done so this week. We will be going out onto that pitch on Saturday determined to put things right."hereListen more on Lions Player  

"Stuart Pearce: I went down to watch Millwall at Reading on Tuesday night and they were unlucky to lose the game. Ollie likes his teams to play on the front foot and that's what we're expecting from Millwall tomorrow. They're the home team and they'll want to put pressure on us. Millwall have had a good start to the season, I know they've lost their last couple of games, but overall they've done very well. hereRead more  They're a real threat from set-plays, particularly with Ricardo Fuller up front, and they'll want to play attacking football in the style of their manager."

Team news

Ian Holloway will again be without the services of winger Lee Martin, who is sidelined with a knee ligament injury. Lee Gregory (hip) may also miss out, but Nicky Bailey could feature having returned to training at the end of last week following a calf problem. Shaun Williams (leg) faces a late fitness test whilst Angel Martinez is pushing for a place in the squad too for the first time.

Forest boss Pearce looks set to be without injured quartet Chris Cohen, Andy Reid, Jack Hobbs and Matty Fryatt for tomorrow's game. David Vaughan and Kelvin Wilson are again likely be part of the matchday squad, the latter having featured for over half an hour in Forest's dramatic 5-3 win over Fulham on Wednesday night.

Head-to-head

Saturday's match will be the 62nd meeting between the two clubs, and as it stands The Lions just edge the stats with 23 wins to Forest's 20 in all competitions. The remaining 19 matches have finished all square.



Parking

Millwall edged to a 2-1 win the last time the two teams met in April when Scott Malone and Lee Martin turned the form book upside down to score in an excellent victory at the City Ground. However in the corresponding fixture at The Den last December, Forest twice battled back from a goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw; Steve Morison (8mins) and Martyn Woolford (55mins) were on target for The Lions, with Andy Reid (36mins) and Nathaniel Chalobah (65mins) replying for the visitors. 
Specifically the areas in question are:
 have been informed that some of the clients there have instructed private parking officers to patrol their land as the parking for these blocks is privately owned. Signs have now been erected but the management company want to make Millwall fans aware that parking in this area could result in parking fines. Millwall Supporters Club have been contacted by Amber Management, who are a managing agent for some of the residential blocks in the area by Mercury Way and Surrey Canal Road. They
46-69 Bridge Meadows
1-24 Sunbury Court
 
Surrounding blocks may follow suit and also install restrictions as well, so we advise all Millwall supporters to seek alternative parking arrangements when attending home matches.

Save Lewisham Hospital campaign

There will be a table adjacent to the Blue Bus in the car park tomorrow from around 12.30pm until kick-off selling tickets for the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign fund-raiser at the Rivoli Ballroom, opp. Crofton Park station, on Friday 24th October.Full details here

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

As well, you can follow live updates on the club's official Twitter account and join the conversation by using #MFCvNFFC in your tweets.

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