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"We must seize the 'match-winning moments' this time," says Chopper

18 November 2016

Lions boss believes Saturday's match at Bolton will be defined by "fine margins"

If recent form is to go by, Saturday's match at Bolton is shaping up as a clash between an immovable object and an unstoppable force.

Bolton boast the League's top defensive record, while the Lions are on a five match winning streak after raising their season's goal tally to 29.

Millwall have powered up the ladder since early October, with their only recent slip-up coming at the hands of The Trotters last month.

"It was a good contest last time we played them. Two very even teams that were separated by two very good goals," Neil Harris told millwallfc.co.uk.

While reflecting on that 2-0 defeat this week, Harris highlighted the importance of making the most of every attacking opportunity in Saturday's re-match at the Macron Stadium.

"We have to be more efficient and clinical in their penalty area than we were last time, because they are so dangerous on the counter," he added.

"We have to make sure that those 'match-winning moments' are in our favour this time because they are so vital when two well-matched sides meet."

Chopper has credited The Lions' impressive return to form on the 'fear' that comes when each position is hotly contested.

"Everybody is desperate to play and we are on a great little run at the moment," he added. "No one wants to drop out of the squad because competition for places makes it so hard to get back in at the moment."

Injured striker Steve Morison has been ruled out for Saturday's match, while centre-back Shaun Hutchinson will be assessed after missing with Bristol Rovers match.

Versatile defender Shaun Cummings is included in the travelling Millwall party, having made his first League appearance since February as a sub.

"It's great to have Shaun back in the squad, he is very experienced and a great defender," added the manager. "He's able to play right-back, left-back and he's played at centre-half before. He has experience in different positions and adds strength to the squad." 

Phil Parkinson will also be forced to shuffle his pack, with first-choice goalkeeper Mark Howard ruled out for three months with a broken finger suffered in the loss to Peterborough. Ben Alnwick will deputise.

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