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Preview | Millwall v Burton Albion

28 March 2016

Everything you need to know about Monday night's game

Millwall host table-topping Burton Albion for the first-ever time in front of the Sky TV cameras determined to bounce back to winning ways (7.45pm).

Neil Harris' charges slipped to a first away defeat in eight games with a 1-0 loss at Bradford City on Saturday - a result which moved The Bantams up into the Play-Off spots just one point behind the fifth-placed Lions.

With just eight games remaining every single point is precious, and Millwall are desperate to keep a chasing pack of clubs snapping at their heels at bay as the season reaches its climax.

Burton, too, have designs of their own and the Brewers edged a point closer to the title when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Oldham Athletic in Saturday's televised game.

Millwall beat Sheffield United 1-0 at The Den in their last League game on home soil and The Lions have not conceded a goal in their previous four matches in SE16, from which Harris' men have taken 10 points out of a possible 12.

Burton go into Monday night's fixture with two wins, two defeats and one draw from their last five matches on the road, the most recent fixture away from the Pirelli Stadium resulting in a thumping 4-0 success at Port Vale.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "Team spirit, work ethic is key for them and Burton are really organised. We have to try and match that, which won't be a problem for us.

"I guarantee that there will be better quality on Monday night. It's not often that we've fallen, but we lacked that little bit of quality on the pitch at times against Bradford and we have to find that ruthlessness defensivly to keep a clean sheet.

"We're looking forward to it and as much as I am frustrated and angry about Saturday's result, we move on - and quickly - with our focus on Monday night and my team selection for that."

Nigel Clough: "They've had a long trip down from Bradford and we've got a long trip down too, but I think we will have a bit more energy than we did against Oldham - I was very disappointed with our performance and energy levels. They were nowhere near what they normally are so it was a good clean sheet for us in the circumstances. 

"That lack of energy happens at this stage in the season sometimes. The lads have been at their maximum for 38 games now to be in the position they are in. Seven points out of nine is not a bad return at this stage.

"It happens in football sometimes that a team goes flat and when you haven't performed particularly well you want to get back playing again as quickly as possible, so we are looking forward to Monday's match already."

Team news

Millwall could have both Chris Taylor and top scorer Lee Gregory available again for selection after the duo started Saturday's match at Bradford City on the bench as a precautionary measure.

Winger Taylor and striker Gregory were used as second half subs by Lions boss Neil Harris, with the duo both being assesesd before any final decision is made regards their availability for the visit of Burton.

A trio of Lions players are away on international duty - David Forde (Republic of Ireland), Jimmy Abdou (Comoros) and Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland) so will again be missing, which could see teenage goalkeeper Harry Girling on the bench again, whilst Kyron Farrell was involved with the senior squad at Bradford for the first time as an unused sub.

Tony Craig (knee) is now back in full training, but not ready for senior action yet. Shaun Cummings remains a long term absentee.

Burton boss Nigel Clough hopes to welcome England U20 prospect Tyler Walker to his squad for Monday's game.

Walker, son of former Nottingham Forest and England star Des, joined Burton on loan from Forest until the end of the season last week. However, the frontman was called up for international duty with Keith Downing's England squad to face Canada U20s this weekend.

Speaking after Saturday's goalless draw with Oldham, Clough stated that he had no fresh injury concerns for the Millwall match, but may be tempted to freshen things up a little without making wholesale changes to his starting XI.

When we last met

Millwall's maiden trip to the Pirelli Stadium on 1st December 2015 ended in disappointment as Burton Albion held off a second-half Lions fightback to move two points clear at the top of the table.

Damien McCrory smashed in a 15-yard strike to put the home side ahead before Nasser El Khayati doubled Burton's lead after a stunning counter attack.

The Lions side dominated after the break and halved the gap when Joe Martin pounced after a goalmouth scramble to bag his first goal in a Millwall shirt.

Aiden O'Brien was then hacked down but no penalty given and Fred Onyedinma hooked an effort inches wide as Harris' men kept the pressure on. Any hopes the visitors had of gaining anything from the game were all but over when The Lions were reduced to 10 men.

Following another Lions attack, defender Mark Beevers ended up in the back of the net after he appeared to trip over the keeper. Unfortunately for Beevers - and to the disbelief of the away fans packed behind the goal - the centre half was shown a second yellow card. It really did add insult to injury and ensured that there was to be no way back for Millwall.

Burton Albion: McLaughlin, Edwards, Mousinho, Flanagan, McCrory, Duffy, Naylor, Butcher, O'Connor, El Khayati (Akins, 90+2mins), Beavon (Thiele, 49mins). Subs not used: Matthews, Reilly, Joachim, Binnom-Williams, Palmer.
Scorers: McCrory (35mins), El Khayati (42mins)

Millwall: Archer, Cummings (Upson, 90mins), J.Martin, Nelson, Beevers, Ferguson (Gregory, 46mins), Williams, Saville (Thompson, 46mins), Onyedinma, O'Brien, Morison. Subs not used: Forde, Wood, L.Martin, Edwards. 
Scorer: J. Martin (75mins)

Betting

Millwall are 7/5 for Monday's Sky Bet League 1 clash with Burton Albion, who can be backed at 21/10 with the draw also at 21/10. 

The Lions have not conceded a goal in their last four home matches against Peterborough (3-0), Wigan (0-0), Blackpool (3-0) and Sheffield United (1-0) and you can get 11/4 for The Lions to win to nil against Burton with Sky Bet,

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Coverage

All of Monday'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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