The Lions exited the Capital One Cup at the First Round stage on Tuesday night, courtesy of a 2-1 after extra time defeat to League Two newcomers, Barnet, but they will be back in league action this Saturday, as The Den hosts its first League One game in half a decade. Coventry City will be the visitors – and former Head of Communications at the Sky Blues, Nick Connoll, provides this weekend’s ‘View From The Opposition’…
Name: Nick Connoll
First Coventry Game: v Everton – FA Charity Shield, 1987 at Wembley. We lost 1-0. I was 4!
Greatest moment following Coventry: Watching them beat Manchester United 3-2 at Highfield Road (1997), when Darren Huckerby scored that wonder goal to win it late on.
Coventry are a big fish in the small pond known as League One – now that you are back at the Ricoh Arena for a full season, is promotion back to the Championship the aim for Tony Mowbray’s men?: Promotion has always been the aim and with Mowbray’s managerial record for promotion, I’m sure that will be intensified. He’s been there and done it – and with a contacts book like his, I’m sure it will enable the club to bring in players that can make a real impact. Adam Armstrong scored twice on the opening day (a 2-0 victory v Wigan Athletic) whilst Sam Ricketts looks like he will be a big signing, so I’m excited about what the remainder of the transfer window will bring.
How do you view Millwall’s chances in League One this season after relegation from the Championship in May?: It’s always difficult for a team to get their confidence back after relegation, so their first half dozen games will be a big indicator. Everyone will be looking at them as a scalp, being a former Championship side, but they got off to a good start on the opening day, so I think they will be contenders.
Both sides endured lengthy Capital One Cup games on Tuesday night – do you think they will have any effect on Saturday’s game?: I wouldn’t have thought so just yet. Both clubs have had tough pre-seasons and all the players will have been itching to get the season started, so this early on in the campaign, I think all the players will still be running on adrenaline, so the need to make a good start will probably make them forget about any tired legs.
Who are Coventry’s ‘ones to watch’ on Saturday?: Adam Armstrong scored twice on his debut, so he’s got to be an obvious one.
How do you see the game going?: Sorry, but I fancy a City win and a clean sheet! We looked dangerous all afternoon last week and we were solid at the back, so I’m going 1-0 City.
Nick’s Team Prediction: Burge; Willis, Johnson, Ricketts, Stokes; O’Brien, Fleck, Vincelot, Lameiras; Maddison, Armstrong.
Millwall v Coventry City takes place at The Den on Saturday, August 15th and kicks off at 3pm.