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Preview | Coventry City v Millwall

15 April 2016

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall will look to record a first away win in five - and gain a little revenge too - when The Lions face Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena this Saturday (3pm).

The Lions have strung together a fine run of results on home soil with four wins on the spin - but have not tasted victory away from SE16 since 13th February when Lee Gregory's second-half goal secured a 1-0 success at Rochdale. At the time, it was Millwall's fifth consecutive away victory, but they have since managed draws at Doncaster Rovers (1-1), Swindon (2-2) and Colchester United (0-0) and suffered a 1-0 reverse at Play-Off rivals Bradford City.

Coventry, who thumped The Lions 4-0 on the opening home game of the season, have found goals hard to come by recently and drawn a blank in four of their last five games. During this spell Tony Mowbray's men have recorded two 0-0 draws (Swindon and Gillingham) and lost the remaining three fixtures at Peterborough (1-3), Colchester United (0-1), and most recently, table-topping Wigan Athletic (0-1).

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "That defeat hurt at the time and it was probably the biggest learning curve of the season.

"They were much better than us on the day, we performed really poorly and mentally we were really weak. It has been a long time coming for us, and is an opportunity to try and put it right. It's a chance to judge ourselves against a very good Coventry side that outclassed us on the day and will show us far we have come as a group.

"I am looking forward to seeing the challenge my players face, how we deal with it and what we have learned over the course of the last eight months. I want to see the mentality of the group – they have got a point to prove."

Tony Mowbray: "We have talked long and hard about where our team is. I watched the Millwall game back and it's a changed team now for us.
They are on a really good run of form so it is a test for us, but any game is a test for us right now.

"We want to give a good account of ourselves. We should all have personal pride to win football matches. It's a pretty young side but we have got some experience in there as well and it's trying to explain to them that they have to keep digging in deeper than they think they can go. So we’re looking at one of those performances against a Millwall team on the front foot.

"Hopefully we will give them a game and they'll know they've been in a game."

Team news

Millwall boss Harris could add fit-again defender Tony Craig to his squad for this weekend's game at the Ricoh Arena.

Craig has been out of the first team since 31st October when he sustained a knee injury making a trademark block to deny Bradford City a near-certain goal.

He has upped his rehab whilst gaining useful match minutes playing for the U21s during the last three weeks  and is now in contention for a place in Harris' travelling squad.

The Lions boss otherwise has a near fully fit squad with right-back Shaun Cummings (knee) the only long-term absentee.

Sky Blues manager Mowbray could welcome former Millwall striker Darius Henderson back after the experienced campaigner was forced to sit out the last three games with a calf injury.

An ankle injury looks set to keep defender Chris Stokes out of contention, and although Jordan Willis and Conor Thomas are back in training, they are unlikely to feature.

Norwich City's James Maddison could return after being left out of last week's defeat to Wigan because Coventry could only have five loanees in their squad.

Goalkeeper Lee Burge (shoulder) and skipper Reda Johnson (hamstring) are both out until next season..

Head-to-head 

The Sky Blues and Lions have met on 57 previous occasions, and there is very little to separate the two teams when it comes down to results. 

Millwall sit just one victory ahead, having won 24 games to Coventry's 23, with the remaining 10 matches finishing all-square. The Lions enjoyed a win double the last time the sides were in the same division, during the 2011/12 campaign, when Darius Henderson (2) and Liam Feeney scored in a 3-0 home success and Shane Lowry bagged the winner in the return fixture at the Ricoh Arena.

However it will be the Sky Blues looking to turn the tables this season, having handed out a 4-0 defeat to The Lions when the teams last locked horns earlier this campaign at The Den.

When we last met

Two goals from loanee Adam Armstrong did the damage as Coventry City ended a hoodoo stretching back nearly 60 years to record their first win at The Den when they locked horns with The Lions on 15th August 2015.

Millwall had a great chance to open their account on three minutes, only for Lee Gregory's penalty - awarded after a foul on the striker - was palmed away to safety by keeper Lee Burge.

It was one-way traffic for the remainder of the first-half as Coventry rattled in three goals without reply from Armstrong (6 and 24mins) and Ruben Lameiras (19mins).

Jim O'Brien added a fourth in the second-half to put the seal on a comfortable 4-0 victory for the visitors and crown a miserable afternoon for The Lions.

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Beevers (Ferguson, 46mins), Craig, Webster, Martin (Thompson, 46mins), Upson (Cowan-Hall, 77mins), Williams, Gregory, Morison, Onyedinma. Subs not used: Archer, Nelson, Powell, Marquis.  

Coventry City: Burge, Willis, Stokes, Vincelot, Johnson, Fleck, Lameiras (Tudgay, 72mins), Armstrong (Thomas, 83mins), Maddison (Murphy, 63mins), O'Brien, Ricketts. Subs not used: Morris, Phillips, Martin, Charles-Cook. 
Scorers: Armstrong (6, 24mins), Lameiras (19mins), O'Brien (80mins) 

Betting

Millwall are narrow 7/5 favourites for Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 clash with Coventry City, who can be backed at 19/10 with the draw also at 12/5.   

The Lions have kept an impressive 19 clean sheets this season, but have failed to score in their last two away games. You can get 100/30 for Millwall to win to nil against the Sky Blues with Sky Bet or 7/1 for a 1-0 away success.

Visit Sky Bet for all the latest match specials.  

Coverage

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

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