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Preview: Millwall v Ipswich Town

16 January 2015

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's crunch clash

Millwall face Ipswich Town looking for a morale-boosting first win since in seven starts when former Lions boss Mick McCarthy brings his high-flying Tractor Boys to The Den on Saturday (3pm).

The Lions last victory came back at Brighton on Friday 12th December courtesy of Lee Gregory's first-half strike and boss Ollie is determined the team will put Wednesday night's FA Cup horror show at Bradford City firmly behind them.

What the managers say 

Ian Holloway: "I didn't like what I saw on Wednesday night at all. Quite often ten men can respond to adversity and put in a performance full of passion and pride. But that didn't happen and it was the worst I've ever seen I think from a team of mine.  

"So this is the time for action and I, along with the chairman and Andy Ambler, am going to make as many changes as possible to give our fans the type of team they want to see play." Read more from Ollie here

Mick McCarthy: "Somebody will be at the Den telling Ollie that these have lost two on the bounce, and if you can get off to a good start, we know what the Millwall fans will be like.

"If they can get in front against the team in third the place will be rocking. But I also know that if we can stop that and we get the first goal they can turn on their players very quickly."

Team news

Ollie is set to ring the changes following Wednesday night's humiliating 4-0 FA Cup Third Round replay defeat at Bradford City.

The Lions boss described his team's display as 'unacceptable' and he will be in a position to overhaul his starting XI with five players unavailable for the Bradford game eligible for selection to face the Tractor Boys.

Shaun Cummings and Diego Fabbrini are in line to make their Millwall debuts, whilst Dan Harding could play for the first time at The Den having made his first appearance in a Lions shirt at Blackpool six days ago.

Striker Stefan Maierhofer, who was ineligible to face Bradford, is also in line to make his second 'debut' in SE16, having enjoyed a successful loan spell with Millwall last season.

Andy Wilkinson is back in the squad and available again with the right-back's current loan from Stoke City running out after Saturday's game.

However, new signing Paris Cowan-Hall is still sidelined with a calf injury so will have to wait for his Lions debut following his move from Wycombe Wanderers.

Midfielder Shaun Williams completes his four-match suspension and will be available again for the home game with Reading on Tuesday 27th January. Mark Beevers is also suspended following his midweek red card.

The Ipswich squad has been hit by a bug and young prospect Teddy Bishop is the latest victim to be forced to drop out through illness.

Cole Skuse and Jay Tabb have both recovered having missed Wednesday night's FA Cup defeat by Southampton, but experienced goalkeeper Dean Gerken is ruled out having sustained a hip injury.

Striker Freddie Sears, previously with West Ham and Crystal Palace, joined Ipswich on Friday from Colchester United on a two and a half year deal and is likely to go straight into their starting line-up at The Den.

Head-to-head

Saturday's meeting will be the 52nd in all competitions between Millwall and Ipswich.

Millwall's last home outing against the Tractor Boys came virtually one year ago to the day - 18th January 2014 - when Ryan Fredericks' goal secured a 1-0 win for The Lions in Ollie's first game at The Den as manager.

In total, Ipswich have won 19 of the previous 51 encounters to Millwall's identical total of 19, with the remaining 13 fixtures finishing all square.

The Lions do, however, hold a slight 18-16 advantage over Ipswich in terms of wins in the League.

Coverage

Unable to make it to The Den? Tune in to full match commentary on Lions Player from 2.50pm.

We will also cover all the action over on @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account. Join the conversation by using #MFCvITFC in your tweets.

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