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Preview | Millwall v Doncaster Rovers

27 October 2015

All you need to know about tonight's game

Millwall host Doncaster Rovers looking to record a fourth successive win at The Den at the expense of a team desperate to claw their way out of the League One drop zone.

Rovers, with new manager Darren Ferguson taking charge of only his third game at the helm, have lost three of their last four games, although they did win Ferguson's first match in charge - 2-1 at Shrewsbury Town.

The Lions are in buoyant, but not over-confident, mood following Saturday's 2-1 success at Sheffield United - their fourth away win of the season. Having lost their first four League One games on home soil, Neil Harris' men have taken six points from their last two matches in SE16, seeing off Rochdale (3-1) and most recently Swindon Town (2-0).

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "It's a tough one for us after what has been a really good week. As far as I'm concerned this is one of our biggest games of the season because once you have been to a ground like Bramall Lane and won then you have to refocus on the next match, get yourself right physically and mentally, and then put in another big performance to back up that previous result."

Darren Ferguson: "Millwall got a good result on Saturday. They are a big team, a physical team and it is always a tough game at their place. We have got to make sure that we impose ourselves and as with any away game, try and quieten the home fans, particularly at The Den. It's got a certain aura about it, especially on a night game. The players will know what to expect and they have to battle better than we did on Saturday."

Team news

Millwall boss Neil Harris welcomes back Carlos Edwards from suspension after the defender sat out Saturday's win at Sheffield United serving a one-match ban following his red card at Blackpool in midweek.

Midfielder Shaun Williams, who suffered a back injury in the game at Bloomfield Road and subsequently missed the Bramall Lane clash last weekend, will be assessed prior to kick-off. Jimmy Abdou and Ed Upson remain sidelined.

Meanwhile Doncaster Rovers again look to be unable to call on the services of Gary MacKenzie (thigh), who is set to be ruled out of this evening's match. Striker Keshi Anderson, who has scored three goals in six games following his loan move from Crystal Palace, remains highly unlikely to feature with a foot injury. However, former Lions loanee Nathan Tyson could return after missing the weekend defeat at Peterborough United with a dead leg.

Head-to-head

Matches between Doncaster and Millwall are thinly spread, with only 27 past encounters on record.

Of those, The Lions just edge the wins ratio with 11 to Donny's eight, whilst eight matches have finished all-square.

Rovers have failed to score in four of the last five matches between the two sides, although both games in the 2013/14 campaign finished goal-less including a 0-0 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium when Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald were in temporary charge of The Lions following the dismissal of Steve Lomas as manager.

Last time we met

Millwall and Doncaster were both in relegation trouble when the the two sides locked horns on Bank Holiday Monday 21st April 2014 - and Donny looked deeper in the mire when Abdoulaye Meite was sent off after 43 minutes of a 0-0 draw at The Den.

Ivorian Meite was dismissed moments before half-time after diving into a high, mistimed tackle on Stefan Maierhofer, leaving referee Fred Graham no choice but to show a red card.

Millwall tried to make their numerical advantage count after the break and laid siege to the Doncaster box with Shaun Williams' long-range effort brilliantly saved by the keeper, who then tipped a thunderous Steve Morison volley over the bar before the striker headed a deep corner against the frame of the goal.

A last-ditch challenge from Rovers' impressive Paul Quinn prevented Lions sub Simeon Jackson tapping into an open net 10 minutes from time.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Beevers, Malone, Bailey, Woolford (Morison, 46mins), Martin, Williams, Edwards, McDonald (Jackson, 67mins), Maierhofer (Easter, 67mins). Subs not used: Bywater, Robinson, Fredericks, Abdou.

Doncaster Rovers: Johnstone, Quinn, Tamas, Meite (s/o), Stevens, Furman, Cotterill, Keegan, Coppinger, Brown, Robinson (McCombe, 89mins). Subs not used: Maxted, McCullough, Duffy, De Val Fernandez, Middleton, Sharp.

Tickets

Supporters can purchase tickets for tonight's game right up until kick-off from the ticket office.

Betting

Millwall are odds-on 4/5 favourites for the game, while Doncaster Rovers are priced at 100/30 to pick up an away victory. The draw is priced at 13/5.

For a comprehensive list of odds on the game, including first goalscorer markets, visit Sky Bet here.

Coverage

All of tonight's action will be covered with full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD.
 
Updates from The Den will also be available by following @MillwallFC - the club's official Twitter account.

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