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Preview | Millwall v Northampton Town

6 October 2015

All you need to know about tonight's game

Millwall have a twin target as they host League Two Northampton Town at The Den on Tuesday night - record back-to-back home victories for the first time since August 2014 and in doing so book a place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Quarter-Final.

The Lions know that they will have their work cut out against a hard-working Cobblers side that have already beaten higher league opposition with a 3-2 First Round win over Colchester United.

But Millwall manager Neil Harris, who played at the old Wembley stadium in the 1999 AWS Final, is determined to get his players pumped up and ready for action as they aim to build on a 3-1 home success against Rochdale last time out at The Den at the expense of Chris Wilder's side.

Chopper's side go into action having tasted defeat on the road for the first time this season, a 5-3 loss at Peterborough United, whilst Northampton recorded a second away win in three on Saturday with an excellent 3-2 success at Wycombe Wanderers.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "This is a good test for us against a Northampton side who have been doing well in League Two so far this season. They are coming into the game off the back of a good result at the weekend and will be keen to try and continue their own momentum.

"Tonight will be an opportunity for some players who have maybe not been in the side of late, but are itching to do so, to get some vital minutes under their belts."

Chris Wilder: "It's another good opportunity for us to go and play what I believe is a Championship side that is in League One.

"We were deserved winners against Blackpool and Colchester and this is a game we can win if we are right and we play well. It is another tough test for us but it's a game that we will go and enjoy."

Team news

Millwall will have to make a number of changes to the team with injuries, suspension and international call-ups denying manager Neil Harris a sextet of players.

Jimmy Abdou (shoulder) and Ed Upson (knee) are both sidelined having sustained injuries in Saturday's match at Peterborough United, whilst Shaun Williams completes a hat-trick of midfielders ruled out of Tuesday night's clash having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season at London Road.

Winger Paris Cowan-Hall remains out with a groin injury picked up playing for the U21s against Coventry City in September.

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland) and David Forde (Republic of Ireland) are both unavailable due to international call-ups, although right-back Shaun Cummings is eligible to play for The Lions before he flies out to join up with the Jamaican national squad for their friendly against South Korea on 13th October.

Boss Harris welcomes back Sid Nelson from a rib injury that has seen the defender miss Millwall's last five games, whilst Joe Martin offers another option at the back.

With 75 per cent of Millwall's first choice midfield ruled out, the likes of Ben Thompson, Lee Martin, Jack Powell will all be hoping to be involved at some stage.

Northampton manager Chris Wilder is able to call on the services of midfielder Jason Taylor, who is eligible again after serving a four-match ban.

Wilder is also optimistic that a couple of other players may be back in contention after injury. Winger Alfie Potter could be in the squad having missed two matches with a dead leg, whilst defenders Brendan Moloney and Evan Horwood are now in full training.

However, Rod McDonald, Ricky Holmes and Paul Corry are still injured and will sit out the Second Round tie.

Head to head

Tuesday's game will be the 87th encounter between The Lions and Cobblers - and it is six-and-half years since the two sides last faced each other.

In the previous 86 matches, Millwall have won 43 with 17 games drawn and Northampton victorious in the other 26 fixtures. 

The last time the two sides met was back in March 2009 when, in a season that was to end with The Lions reaching the League One Play-Off Final, a first-half goal from Gary Alexander secured a 1-0 home win for Kenny Jackett's side.


Lions fans can purchase their ticket right up to kick-off at The Den (7.45pm). Tickets are priced at £10 adults, £5 over 60s, £1 U16s and £1 U12s, when purchased with an adult or senior ticket.


Unable to make it to the game? As ever Lions PlayerHD will be bringing you full match commentary so you can keep up-to-date with all the action from The Den. To tune in click here.

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


Sky Bet have priced Millwall 10/11 for the win, Northampton at 14/5 and the draw priced at 13/5.

Find a comprehensive list of odds on the game by clicking here.

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