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Preview: Millwall v Huddersfield Town

6 February 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall face Huddersfield Town at The Den on Saturday looking to build on two solid displays against Reading and Nottingham Forest that have been rewarded in the shape of four points and keep two clean sheets for The Lions.

Last Saturday's morale-boosting 1-0 win at Forest came hot on the heels of a goal-less draw with Reading, a game in which Ian Holloway's side played over half the match with 10 men following the first-half dismissal of Sid Nelson.

Millwall's results in SE16 have been something of a frustration this season, and the last victory on home soil came eight games ago, when Danny Shittu's goal secured a 1-0 success against Cardiff City on 25th October.

What the managers say 

Ian Holloway: "We've got 18 games to do better than we have done so far this season, I think anything is possible if you believe it is.

"For a brand new team to go down to 10 men the way we did against Reading, to keep going and easily earn a point and then to go away after training for only two or three days and take on Nottingham Forest after they've just beat Derby and win, was really important.

"I think the spirit was really important and now we've got a different feel about the place. We will get setbacks but we'll keep going, and its that spirit that matters."

Chris Powell: "I watched them against Reading ahead of a big morale-boosting win at Nottingham Forest last week. 
We have to go there, keep calm and get on with what we're there to do. I'm sure my players can handle that.

"These three game weeks are always important in terms of your league standing, so it's a big week for every team. We have to come out of the other side with a good points return, starting on Saturday."

Team news

Millwall could hand a debut to new signing Michael Tonge, who joined The Lions on loan from Leeds United until the end of the season on transfer deadline day.

However, boss Ollie will wait until the 11th hour before deciding if Lee Martin can be included after the flying winger hobbled off injured after 15 minutes of last weekend's win at the City Ground. Although making steady progress, Martin has heavy bruising on his ribs and remains doubtful.

Left-back Dan Harding, on loan from Nottingham Forest, returns to Millwall's squad having sat out last week's match as he was unable to play against his parent club.
 
Defender Sid Nelson serves the second of a three-game ban following his red card against Reading whilst midfielder Ben Thompson, sent off in midweek for the U21s against Crystal Palace, need only serve his three-match suspension at non-first team level and as such, is eligible for selection.

Paris Cowan-Hall (knee), Nicky Bailey (calf) and the long-term injured Carlos Edwards (knee) are all sidelined.

Huddersfield welcome back striker Nahki Wells and goalkeeper Alex Smithies from the team pipped 2-1 in last weekend's derby at home to Leeds United.

Wells, who scored both goals in Town's 2-1 victory against Millwall back in September, went off early in the Leeds game with a foot injury but is expected to be in the squad this weekend.

New signing Ishmael Miller, who joined from Blackpool on transfer deadline day this week, could be in line for his debut in a new-look attack.

Keeper Smithies is back after missing the Leeds game through illness and looks set to replace Joe Murphy, who deputised in the derby defeat.

However whilst welcoming three players into his squad, boss Powell could be missing a trio of key defensive men.

Protocal dictates that Tommy Smith is unavailable for selection after suffering concussion in the Leeds match, whilst Joel Lynch (groin) and Jonathan Hogg (thigh) are both set to miss out.

Their absence could hand an opportunity to the likes of Murray Wallace, Oscar Gobern or Radoslaw Majewski, with Birmingham City loanee David Edgar almost certain to drop back to fill one of the vacant defensive gaps.

Head-to-head

Saturday's game will be the 45th meeting between Huddersfield and Millwall - and it is The Terriers who hold the slight advantage with 20 wins to The Lions' 18 in all competitions. The remaining six matches have ended in draws.

The Yorkshire side have won the last four meetings conceding just one goal - a spectacular volley from Ed Upson in Millwall's 2-1 defeat earlier this season at the John Smith Stadium. The Lions' last victory against Saturday's opponents was a 4-0 win in October 2012 courtesy of goals from Chris Wood (2), James Henry and Liam Trotter.

Coverage

As ever we will have ever kick covered with full match commentary on Lions Player from 2.50pm.

You can also follow live updates on the club's official Twitter account @MillwallFC and join the conversation by tagging your tweets with #MFCvHTAFC.

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