Goals from Steve Morison and Shaun Williams sent Millwall into the Southern Area Final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night, as they beat Southend United 2-0. After a cup double, it’s back to the league this Saturday, as the Lions travel to struggling Oldham Athletic. Matt Chambers of the Oldham Chronicle gives us ‘The View From The Opposition’ ahead of Saturday’s game…
Name: Matt Chambers
First Oldham game: As a reporter, Brighton and Hove Albion away on October 24th, 2009.
Greatest moment following Oldham: The expected answer would be the defeat of Liverpool in the FA Cup, but for me, it is the last-minute equaliser at home to Everton in the next round. The noise inside Boundary Park was something else.
The Latics find themselves near the bottom of the league going into the Christmas period – with all the problems circling the club currently (wage issues etc), is survival the main aim this season?: At the moment, yes. It has been a difficult season for everyone. Two managers, one home win in the league and a huge amount of players used already. Fifth from bottom come early May will do very nicely at this stage.
You have ex-Millwall striker Ricardo Fuller among your ranks this season – how has he been getting on?: He has had a difficult time. More was expected from him, but perhaps the years are starting to catch up a little. He hasn’t been seen on the field since being hauled off after 45 minutes in the poor 1-0 loss at Crewe two weeks ago.
What do you make of Millwall’s season so far? Did you expect them to be near the top of the league?: Budget-wise, you would expect Millwall to be up competing near the top of what is a pretty tame division this season. It looks from this end that there is enough talent and know-how in the squad to take a play-off place.
Who are Oldham’s ‘ones to watch’ on Saturday?: The man who makes things tick in midfield is Liam Kelly. He holds the midfield together and is well capable of playing at a higher level. Other than that, Carl Winchester has plenty of talent, but Oldham haven’t seen the best of him so far this season.
Likewise, are there any Millwall players that you will be wary of?: Steve Morison is always good for a goal and never gives defenders a minutes peace. I’ve heard good things about Aiden O’Brien as well – containing his movement will be important.
How do you see the game going?: Oldham manager David Dunn is keen to tighten things up after shipping five at home to Southend, so it is doubtful it will be a game of many goals. From Oldham’s point of view, they will need to maintain a level of concentration in defence that has eluded them far too often this season.
Score Prediction: Oldham Athletic 1-0 Millwall.
Matt’s Team Prediction: Cornell; Dummigan, J Wilson, Dieng, Mills; Yeates, Wellens, Kelly, Jones;
Oldham Athletic v Millwall takes place at Boundary Park this Saturday, December 12th. Kick-off is at 3pm.
NOTE: This game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.