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Opposition View: Millwall

Omer of That Millwall Podcast speaks to Alicia Povey.

20 February 2021

After dropping points last minute to Derby County on Tuesday night, the Chairboys are back this afternoon and will be looking to right those wrongs against Millwall.

Ahead of the trip to South East London, Alicia Povey spoke to Omer of That Millwall Podcast to get the inside scoop on the Lions, who sit 11th in the Championship table.

Only the top four teams in the Championship have won more games than Millwall, and they seem to have built up some great momentum. Can you talk us through their recent form?
We’ve gone a tad under the radar in the last month; we’ve been the draw specialists of the season so far but we’ve found a way to turn those even games into three points. It kicked off at Huddersfield a month ago, changing to a new 5-3-2 setup and has stuck since. The last three games have been great for us, stringing together three important wins including a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, having been 1-0 early on.

Our previous meeting in October ended 2-1 to Millwall. What did you make of that game?
Wycombe made it hard for us on the day, I believe Kashket profited from a rare mistake from Bialkowski, our number one in goal. However we managed to convert the chances in the second half, something we couldn’t do in the first half of the tie. I’m sure Wycombe will try to do the same today and I’m sure it will be a tough opposition to impose our game on them.

Jed Wallace tops both the goal scoring and assist tables at Millwall so far this season, but which other players are key in Gary Rowett’s side?
“One of our own” and home grown player Ben Thompson has been recalled to the side in recent times, coinciding with the upturn in form. He is a non-stop, all action midfielder who runs his socks off every game in a Millwall shirt, chipping in with a few goals since the turn of the year he has become a real threat from midfield going forward.

New signing George Evans has also been resolute in our defence, forming a good understanding with the existing back-line very quickly and showing some real quality when on the ball. He loves an aerial duel in the box too so I’m sure the Wycombe front-line won't have it easy today.

What are the main strengths of the Millwall side that will make things difficult for Wycombe?
Our formation allows our wing-backs Scott Malone and either Danny McNamara or Mahlon Romeo (depending on who gets the nod) to have a big impact on our attack going forward. You’ll, at times, find them both popping up as the furthest forward attackers in the team, with Malone in particular having a real eye for goal.

Jed Wallace also gets more of a free license in the side, either operating in a number ten position or at times as the second forward, he picks up great positions by drifting off defenders, leading to complete chaos for opposition.

Who do you think Rowett will be telling his players to be aware of in the Wycombe side? Where do you think lies Wycombe’s biggest threat to the Lions?
I’m sure the expectancy from Rowett will be a “workmanlike” performance, we know from the last meeting Wycombe will be hard working and looking to out-work us, and as long as we match that I feel we will have enough to get one over them.

Is there any early Millwall team news that we might have missed?
Injuries look to be taking their toll on the squad at the moment. Jake Cooper looks to have dislocated his shoulder for the second time this season, and is likely to be out for the rest of the season it's feared. Elsewhere West Brom loan signing Ken Zohore has picked up another injury having come back into the side at the start of last month. We’ve also lost the likes of Murray Wallace, Conor Mahoney and Ryan Leonard, with the latter scoring against Wycombe last time out.

How do you think the Lions will set-up against the Chairboys?
I think we’ll continue with the 5-3-2; if it’s not broke don’t fix it, as the saying goes…

I’d expect the team will be quite close to this: Bialkowski; McNamara, Hutchinson, Pearce, Evans, Malone; Woods, Thompson, Wallace; Smith, Bennett.

Finally, do you think Millwall will come away with another three points? What’s your score prediction?
I always hope we do well and having won the last three, I do think we will have enough to win again against Wycombe today. Injuries have not been kind but I think we win comfortably, especially if we get the breakthrough early. I’ll go for 2-0 Millwall with Smith and Wallace on the scoresheet.

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