The Lions suffered a third home defeat in seven days on Tuesday night, as Barnsley netted an injury-time winner, taking a 3-2 victory away with them. This Saturday, Millwall are on the road for the first time since the opening day as they travel to North Lincolnshire to take on Scunthorpe United. Luke Thornhill, a board member of the Iron Trust, takes up the view from the opposition ahead of the weekend…
Name: Luke Thornhill
First Scunthorpe game: November 1995, against Rochdale at Glanford Park. We conceded after a couple of minutes and lost 3-1. It could not have been more ‘basement division’.
Greatest moment following Scunthorpe: May 29, 1999, when we beat Leyton Orient to win the Division Three play-off final at Wembley. It got us out of that division for the first time since the early eighties and can really be pinpointed as the start of a period over a decade and a half after, which raised expectations to the point where we’ve had three seasons in the Championship.
How have the Iron begun the season? What is the aim for this campaign?: The chairman has backed the manager with money for signings and has been quite clear the aim is the play-offs. With one win and two defeats in the league, there is a temptation to be negative, but another victory on Saturday would ensure we are keeping in touch in terms of points.
Millwall have just suffered three home defeats on the spin, but seem a different proposition away from home – are you looking forward to playing a team low on confidence, or feel that the Lions could bite back on Saturday?: Of course we’d love to take on a team low in confidence; it will be hard to break us down at Glanford Park this season and the hope is we will go on to record a lot of routine 2-0 home wins – as we did last time out against Crewe – as a result.
How do you see the Lions faring in their first season back in League One?: As we proved, the key is to snap out of the losing mentality quickly. You have not brought in too many players, so I guess you are hoping those you have will benefit from dropping down a level.
Who are Scunthorpe’s ‘ones to watch’?: Paddy Madden is our most consistent scorer. Fans are particularly taken with fellow attacking players Hakeeb Adelakun and Kevin van Veen, but both are currently limited to cameo roles off the bench.
Are there any Millwall players that you feel Scunthorpe will need to watch out for this Saturday?: Paris Cowan-Hall. He looked a world-beater while on trial for us in the reserves, but failed to reproduce that when signed onto a permanent deal. We all know the rules about players scoring against their former clubs…
How do you see the game going?: Neither side has started the season with great results, which does not lend itself to fluent football – as much as we try to play the ball around.
Score Prediction: I’m hoping for a routine 2-0 home win.
Luke’s Team Prediction: Daniels; Wiseman, Mirfin, Laird; Clarke, McAllister, Dawson, Bishop, King; Hopper; Madden.
The League One clash between Scunthorpe United and Millwall takes place at Glanford Park, this Saturday, August 22nd. Kick-off is at 3pm.