Despite five consecutive away wins, the Lions’ home form reared its ugly head once more on Tuesday night, as Scunthorpe left The Den with a 2-0 victory. This Saturday, Millwall welcome fellow play-off candidates Peterborough United to SE16. Posh fan Ashley Thorpe provides ‘The View From The Opposition’…
Name: Ashley Thorpe
First Peterborough game: Peterborough United 2-0 Cardiff City – April 16th 2003.
Greatest moment following Peterborough: It’s a tough call between the 2011 play-off final against Huddersfield Town, which we won 3-0 and the 2013 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final against Chesterfield, which we won 3-1. Probably for the importance and the atmosphere, though, the play-off final just edges it.
The Posh have slightly fallen away from the play-off places in recent weeks, but are still just six points off of – ironically – Millwall in 6th. Do you still believe you can make the end of season lottery?: I don’t think that we will. The form has dropped off and the loss to Bradford last weekend (0-4) was a kick in the teeth, especially with them also being in contention. I think that we will finish 9th or 10th, missing out by about six points or so – although, now we’re out of the FA Cup, we might be able to recoup some form.
What are your thoughts on Millwall’s chances of making the top six, too? It is it possible that both sides could make the play-offs?: Better than ours! Although Millwall have the worst goal difference in the top six, they’ve got a good side and I can’t see them losing many games. However, with key games such as Sheffield United, Burton Albion, Coventry City and Wigan Athletic still to play (as well as us), it could go right down to the wire.
Who are Peterborough’s ‘ones to watch’ on Saturday?: Midfielder, Chris Forrester, is a player who is very good on the ball and showed that against West Brom (in the FA Cup). Martin Samuelsen’s trickery and pace could also prove a problem for Millwall’s defence.
Erhun Oztumer may be small at only 5’3”, but he has a lot to offer and Michael Bostwick – either a midfielder or a defender – (and also an ex-Millwall youth team player) is very comfortable on the ball and in the role that he is given.
Are there any Millwall players that you will be wary of?: John Marquis and Lee Gregory; both good strikers and are very well suited to this level of football.
Finally, how do you see the game going? These games always seem to produce goals…: There will definitely be goals for both sides, but it won’t be as many as the goal eight-goal thriller earlier in the season! I’ll go with…
Score Prediction: Millwall 2-2 Peterborough United.
Ashley’s Team Prediction: Alnwick; Smith, Santos, Baldwin, Fox; Forrester, Bostwick, Samuelsen, Oztumer; Nichols, Coulthirst.
Millwall v Peterborough United takes place at The Den on Saturday, February 20th. Kick-off is at 3pm.