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Preview | Oldham Athletic v Millwall

11 December 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall are back in Sky Bet League One action this Saturday when Neil Harris and the boys hit the road again with a trip to Oldham Athletic (3pm).

The Lions' last two matches have been in Cup competitions against Wycombe Wanderers (FA Cup) and most recently Tuesday night's JPT Southern Area Semi-Final at Southend United, a game that saw Harris' side record a first win in three away from SE16.

On paper Millwall may be favourites to secure maximum points in Lancashire as they face an Oldham team who have won just three matches this season. The Latics have also lost five of their last six League One encounters and currently sit 19th in the table, 12 points behind Millwall.

However boss Harris and his players know that they will have to be on top of their game if they are to improve on a recent run in which they have claimed four points from a possible 15 away from The Den.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "Even though results haven't quite gone in their favour in recent weeks Oldham are improving and getting better all the time, which we have seen from the games we've watched.

"We are going to have to put in the type of performance we have seen more often than not from the group in the last couple of months if we are to get a result.

"It is another good challenge for us and will be a tough game." Read more from Chopper here

David Dunn: "Results need to improve at home and I am responsible for that. That is something we are going to have to improve on and we have been trying to do that for the last few months. 

"The home form has been disappointing for around 12 months and we need to improve that. We keep saying that week in and week out and I know that talk is cheap, we just need to go over that white line and produce. If we do that, then we will be in a far better position.

"I went to watch them (Millwall) against Burton and they are doing really well under Neil Harris. He is a good manager, good guy and very competitive as a player and that seems to be what he's like as a manager.

"The Millwall side are competitive so it will be a tough game for us so we will have to stand up to the battling qualities that they show. That is going to be the main thing that we need to do early on. They have got some decent players so they will be dangerous." Read more from Dunn here.

Team news

Oldham boss David Dunn has virtually a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of Saturday's game. Last season's top scorer Jonathan Forte is not quite back to fitness following a knee operation in late September and remains sidelined. Dunn otherwise has no other players missing through injury or suspension.

For Millwall, winger Fred Onyedinma will be assessed ahead of the weekend's match. Fred was sidelined at Southend in midweek having been forced off during last Saturday's FA Cup tie against Wycombe.

Striker Steve Morison is being monitored after he too had to leave the field of play as a precautionary measure during the JPT victory at Roots Hall.

Elsewhere Tony Craig remains a long-term absentee.


Saturday's game at Boundary Park will be the 63rd meeting between Oldham Athletic and Millwall in all competitions.

The Lions have enjoyed a healthy 25 victories to Oldham's 17 in all competitions. Although 20 matches have finished all square, only one of those draws has come in the past 13 encounters with an outright winner in the other 12 games.

In recent seasons Millwall recorded a win double during the 2009/10 campaign (1-0 away and 2-0 at home) with Oldham securing a brace of victories against The Lions the previous year, edging a seven-goal thriller 4-3 on the opening day of the 2008/9 season and following up with a 3-2 success at The Den. Chris Taylor, who went on to play for Millwall, scored late winners in both of those matches.

Last time we met

A controversial penalty clinically dispatched by Neil Harris on 57 minutes was enough to earn Millwall a narrow victory over struggling Oldham.

The sides were locked level at 0-0 in the second-half when an eagle-eyed linesman spotted an off-the-ball incident that saw Steve Morison fouled with Oldham on the counter-attack. Referee Andy Haines pulled the game back 50 yards and Harris converted from the spot despite furious protests from the home side.

Such was Oldham's fury that they lost concentration and nearly went 2-0 down moments later when Morrison evaded his marker and hit the post, but Chopper's goal eventually settled the match and the win took The Lions to within two points of the Play-Offs.

Oldham Athletic: Brill, Jacobson, Hazell, Gregan, Furman, Taylor, Stephens, Goodwin, Smalley, Abbott (Brooke, 70mins), Parker (Eaves, 84mins). Subs not used: Ollerenshaw, Black, Whitaker, Lee, Marrow.

Millwall: Forde, Smith, Craig, Robinson, Ward, Schofield, Martin, Abdou, Trotter, Harris (Grabban 59mins, Price, 83mins)), Morison. Subs not used: Sullivan, Dunne, Barron, Fuseini, Laird.


Unable to make it to Boundary Park this Saturday? Fear not as you can still keep up-to-date with every kick, header and tackle thanks to full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD. Tune in here.

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


Sky Bet have placed Millwall at 6/5 favourites for Saturday's game, while Oldham are available at 9/4 to earn all three points at Boundary Park. The draw is 23/10.

Lions striker Lee Gregory is 5/1 to net the first or last goal and 15/8 to score at any time during the 90 minutes. Midfielder Shaun Williams, who was on target in Tuesday night's 2-0 success at Southend United, is priced at 9/1 to score first or last - and 200/1 to net his first hat-trick in a Millwall shirt.

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

Matchday entertainment

Saturday's match has been designated a 'Festival Fun Day' by Oldham, and to ensure that Millwall's fans are made to feel extra special welcome, our popular mascot Zampa the Lion will be making the trip to Boundary Park to join in the activities, including a brass band, carol singing and a special 'pass the parcel' at half-time.

It is also Christmas Jumper Day, and both sets of fans are being asked to wear their best festive knitwear (you can still get yours at the Lions Store!) to the game.

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