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Preview | Millwall v Southend United

18 September 2015

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Millwall will be looking to record their first home League win of the season when they face Southend United at The Den on Saturday (3pm).

The Lions go into the game on the back of three straight victories, the first of which came against Peterborough United in the JPT before consecutive away successes at Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale inside the last seven days.

Southend, managed by Phil Brown, have been victorious just once out of their eight matches in all competitions so far but are unbeaten away from home after draws at Fleetwood Town, Doncaster Rovers and Coventry City.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "Last time out at The Den we beat Peterborough in a really good game and we played well. (Since then) we've had two terrific away performances so we are certainly looking to build on that.

"At the moment the dressing room is vibrant and really strong. The more results you get the more it backs it up."

Read more from Harris, including his thoughts on potential tactical and personnel changes for the game, by clicking here.

Phil Brown: "The attitude and mentality will be much different for the game.

"We're going into the Lions' Den, quite literally - and we'll have to go in there with the right mentality.

"It's about being stubborn and you have to understand what it's like to play for and to play against Millwall."

Further quotes from Brown can be read on Southend's official website.

Team news

Sid Nelson missed Tuesday night's win over Port Vale with a rib injury picked up during the second-half of the game against Crewe and will once again have his fitness assessed leading in Saturday's match.

Should the defender fail to make it, however, Byron Webster could continue at centre-half having impressed alongside Mark Beevers at Vale Park earlier this week.

Shaun Cummings (hamstring) remains sidelined so Carlos Edwards could be in line for his third start within a week as part of a defence which has kept two clean sheets out of the last three matches. Goalkeeper Jordan Archer has contributed to that and is set to continue between the sticks for The Lions.

Aiden O'Brien netted a hat-trick at Gresty Road last Saturday and will be looking to build on that in front of the club's home fans. Steve Morison, John Marquis and Lee Gregory, who came off the bench to score a penalty against Port Vale, will also be competing for a starting berth in the forward line.

Southend boss Brown is sweating on the fitness of a number of key players with Noel Hunt, David Mooney and Stephen McLaughlin all suffering with injury or illness.

Ben Coker has had a scan on a hamstring injury while Kevan Hurst and Paul Smith are "major doubts" according to Brown

Head-to-head

Saturday's game will be the 81st meeting between Millwall and Southend.

To date it is The Lions who have enjoyed the better success in the fixture with 33 wins to 25 for the Essex club.

In the most recent meeting, however, which was an FA Cup Third Round tie in January 2014, Southend won 4-1 at Roots Hall.

Millwall are unbeaten in their last six games against The Shrimpers at The Den, a record dating back to the 1994/95 season, winning four of those matches.

Coverage

Unable to make it to the game? You can still follow the action as it happens by tuning in to full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD.

Live updates will also be available via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.

Pre-match

Millwall will be wearing black armbands and there will also be a minute's applause before kick-off in memory of former Lions full-back George Fisher, who sadly passed away recently at the age of 90.

On Saturday the club will also be celebrating the life of local First World War Hero Albert McKenzie VC. Find out why in our video below.



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