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Preview | Barnsley v Millwall

31 December 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall will be looking to pick up where they left off when they travel to Barnsley on Saturday for the second of three successive games on the road in the space of 12 days. 

The Lions returned to winning ways to sign off 2015 in style with an emphatic 4-0 trouncing of Play-Off rivals Southend United on Monday, and manager Neil Harris will be looking for the same level of intensity in his team's performance at Oakwell. 

It was a morale-boosting win for Harris' men, who had gone through the month of December without picking up a league point from their three previous matches. 

But goals from Joe Martin, Shaun Cummings (or an own goal by United's keeper Dan Bentley if you so choose!), Fred Onyedinma and Aiden O'Brien saw off the sorry Shrimpers and netted Millwall's first maximum point haul since a 1-0 victory over Bury at the end of November. 

The Lions go into action this weekend nicely positioned in ninth place and three points off the top six with the season at the halfway stage. 

Barnsley are looking to remain upwardly mobile too, having moved out of the League One drop zone on Bank Holiday Monday with a timely home victory against Blackpool - their first success at Oakwell in four attempts. 

Lee Johnson's side have secured four League One wins on home soil this season, losing six and drawing the other two fixtures. The Tykes have scored 15 goals - four of those against Blackpool - and also conceded 15. 

They currently sit one place, and one point, outside the relegation zone with the bottom six clubs separated by just four points.

What the managerment say

Dave Livermore: "We have had a mixed month, but among that has been some good performances, and some not so good. We are looking forward now after an excellent performance at Southend, not looking back, and we are ready for a tough game up at Barnsley.

"The lads will prepare for this as they always do. We are learning as a group and as a team that sometimes if things are going well we can't take our foot off the pedal and become sloppy with our habits. Just on occasion possibly we have done that, and I'm talking about us as a group and management team also. We need to learn from that and make sure it doesn't happen moving forward.

"We're looking to have a strong second-half of the season and let's see where we end up."

Lee Johnson: "The match will be end to end. We look like we're going to have to go for it and score four in games.

"We've conceded too many goals, but to be fair on Saturday (a 2-0 defeat by Wigan), the first is a great strike and the second is hand ball so we can count ourselves a bit unfortunate there. There weren't many mistakes on Saturday which is good.

"I asked the lads to go out and enjoy themselves in the Blackpool game and they did, I think the fans enjoyed it as well. Millwall are a good strong side, experienced and organised. They've got a lot of Championship quality, I think they’ll have successful season."

Team news

Millwall manager Neil Harris could look to stick with the same starting XI after watching his side put four goals past Southend United at Roots Hall earlier in the week.

The Lions were showing four changes from the team that were beaten at home by Walsall on Boxing Day, with Shaun Cummings, George Saville, Byron Webster and Ed Upson all hoping to retain their place again.

Striker Lee Gregory, ruled out at Roots Hall with a hamstring strain, continues to have his progress assessed whilst the likes of Jimmy Abdou and Ben Thompson are pushing to be involved.

Barnsley are confident striker Sam Winnall will shake off a shin injury in time for Saturday's game.

Winnall, who bagged a brace and had a hand in another goal for Marley Watkins in the 4-2 Bank Holiday win against Blackpool, sustained a bruised shin and is rated 'doubtful'.

Tykes boss Lee Johnson has no further injury worries and is unlikely to make many, if any, changes to the side that started on Monday. Teenager Matthew Templeton will again be hoping to feature after stepping off the bench to score on his home debut.

There will be no reunion for former Lions frontman Conor Wilkinson, who this week had his loan spell at Oakwell cut short and has returned to parent club Bolton Wanderers.

Likewise fellow loanee Michael Smith is back at Swindon Town and another former Lion, Simeon Jackson, has left the club.

Head to head

Millwall and Barnsley have met on 53 previous occasions and to date there is little to separate the two sides with 20 wins to Millwall, 21 to Barnsley and the remaining 12 fixtures ending in draws.

The most recent meeting was back in August 2015 when Fred Onyedinma's first two goals for Millwall were not enough as Lewin Nyatanga scored a cruel late winner to secure a 3-2 victory for Barnsley at The Den.

Onyedinma netted either side of goals from Sam Winnall and Alfie Mawson, but Nyatanga headed home at the far post in the second minute of injury time to secure the narrowest of victories. 

The Lions last tasted success at Oakwell on 21st January 2012 when Darius Henderson's hat-trick set the team up for a 3-1 win. Jim McNulty was the Tykes marksman on that occasion with a late consolation.


Unable to make it to the game? As ever Lions PlayerHD will be bringing you full match commentary so you can keep up-to-date with all the action from Oakwell. To tune in click here.

You can also follow updates via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.


Sky Bet have priced Millwall 6/4 for the win, Barnsley at 7/4 and the draw priced at 12/5.

Find a comprehensive list of odds on the game by clicking here.

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