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Preview: Millwall v Norwich City

6 March 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall host high-flying Norwich City not only looking to avenge their Boxing Day battering at Carrow Road, but also keeping hopes of their Championship survival alive.

It was at Carrow Road that The Lions slumped to their heaviest defeat of the season, a 6-1 thrashing inspired by Bradley Johnson and Gary Hooper, who both bagged a brace.

The Canaries are currently sitting third in the Championship table, but slipped to a surprise 1-0 midweek home defeat by struggling Wigan. The Latics win saw Malky Mackay's team overtake Millwall, who are now second from bottom and taking into consideration goal difference, effectively seven points from safety with 11 games to go.

Ian Holloway's side have lost four out of their last five games and have not tasted success at The Den since 25th October 2014, a run that has taken in 11 games in total. 

Despite creating plenty of chances, The Lions have scored just twice in the last five games.

What the managers say

Alex Neil: "It's really tight at the top end of the table. We would have liked to have won on Wednesday obviously, but there's still plenty of time. Millwall be a really difficult test. No game is easy - if you underestimate anyone, then you'll come up short. The best players and best teams respond when there's been a negative."

"I don't think the intensity levels were there against Wigan. We need to refresh and make sure we can bounce back. Once we get this game out of the way tomorrow, we've got a week's space to another match."

Ian Holloway: "What we need to do now is show the same type of togetherness, spirit and commitment to the cause as we all managed to do this time last season. The energy around the place then was absolutely immense and that helped the lads to perform at their absolute best.

"We need that again and, so long as the players continue to show the enormous amount of effort and passion that they have been doing, then I'm sure the fans will help to create a positive atmosphere which both helps us and makes it hard for teams to come to The Den and play how they want to." Read more from Holloway here

Team news

Millwall have no fresh injury doubts following the midweek defeat at Middlesbrough, but Saturday's game against Norwich City could be a tad too early for midfielder Nicky Bailey, who continued to work his way back to match fitness with another hour under his belt for the U21s on Tuesday.

The Lions will still be without Shaun Cummings (thigh), Stefan Maierhofer (quad) and Lee Martin (foot) and Paris Cowan-Hall (knee), whilst Carlos Edwards (cruciate) and Paris Cowan-Hall (leg) remain long-term absentees.

For Norwich City, former Millwall striker Lewis Grabban has undergone ankle surgery and misses out on a return to The Den for the second successive season.

Last year, as a Bournemouth player, Grabban was ruled out on the final Championship survival-defining day of the campaign for Millwall and he faces a spell on the sidelines once more.

The Canaries will also be unable to call on the services of midfielder Alex Tettey, who like Grabban, missed the surprise midweek defeat by struggling Wigan. Tettey serves the second game of a two-match ban having picked up his 10th booking of the season in the derby win over Ipswich last Sunday. Elliott Bennett (hamstring) and Ryan Bennett (illness) also miss out again.

Midfielder Wes Hoolahan will be looking for a return to the starting line-up while Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, who has not featured for the first team since October, could be in the squad.

Head-to-head

Millwall and Norwich City have met on 78 previous occasions - and the Canaries hold the advantage stats-wise with 32 wins to Millwall's 25 in all competitions. The remaining 21 fixtures have finished all-square.

The Lions are unbeaten against Norwich in the last four meetings at The Den, winning two and drawing the other two matches. The teams last met in SE16 back on 9th November 2010 when a last-minute equaliser from John Marquis secured a share of the spoils for Millwall in a 1-1 draw.

Millwall's last win against Norwich in any competition came in February 2010 at The Den courtesy of goals from Tony Craig and Neil Harris in a 2-1 success. Chris Martin was the Norwich marksman on that occasion.

Betting

Find a comprehensive list of odds on the game with Sky Bet.

Coverage

Unable to make it to The Den? The Lions Player team will be bringing you full match commentary from 2.50pm. 

We will also have all of the usual updates on @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account. Get involved with the discussion before, during and after the game by tagging your tweets with #MFCvNCFC

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