Lee Gregory notched for the sixth straight league game on Saturday, as the Lions ground out a 1-0 win at Rochdale to remain in the play-off places. The first of two consecutive home games this week sees Scunthorpe United visit SE16 on Tuesday night. Chris Sumpter of the Scunthorpe Telegraph provides ‘The View From The Opposition’…
Name: Chris Sumpter
First Scunthorpe game: May 4th, 1991 – Scunthorpe United 2-1 Darlington.
Greatest moment following Scunthorpe: This one’s going to hurt! There’ve been some great achievements – Wembley 1992 and seeing the Iron score twice in the final eight minutes to fight back and snatch a draw with Reading, which secured them Championship survival in 2010, to name but two. But, for sheer drama, excitement and probably pandemonium, the play-off final victory in 2009 was about as emotionally-charged as it’s got being a Scunthorpe fan! (Thanks for reminding us, Chris…)
After Saturday’s games, Scunthorpe sit in 13th place, neither here nor there with regards to the play-offs/relegation. Would a mid-table finish do this season?: It’s progress on last year, definitely. But, having spent all of last summer talking of a desire to be in and around the play-offs, it will tinged with disappointment – and a nagging feeling of what might have been.
After their win against Rochdale, Millwall have now strung together 5 wins on the trot on the road, but are a bit patchy at home. How do you rate their chances of finishing in the top 6?: There’s a lot of football to be played and you’d have to think, with the nature of League One this season, as many as 10 or 11 teams will think they are still in with a shout at crawling into the play-off pack.
Who are Scunthorpe’s ‘ones to watch’ on Tuesday night?: It’s impossible to look past Paddy Madden – his winner against Southend United on Saturday was his 17th of the campaign, matching the tally he achieved last season at this level. But, Scunthorpe have much more to their game than just the Irishman’s goals. Work rate has been huge collectively during their three successive wins and striker Tom Hopper and skipper Stephen Dawson lead that tireless ethic.
Are there any Millwall players you feel your team will need to be wary of?: The front two are as good as you’ll find at this level. Lee Gregory scores goals and Steve Morison appears to be a good foil for him – I noted with interest Keith Hill’s comments about the latter during the Lions’ win at Rochdale at the weekend.
Finally, how do you see the game going?: It will be tight and the first goal will probably go a long way to deciding how it ends up. Most League One games seem to revert to that type. I’m glad the Lions have had a couple of positive results at The Den since losing a couple – that probably means they’re due another defeat.
Score Prediction: Millwall 1-1 Scunthorpe United.
Chris’ Team Prediction: Daniels; Wiseman, Mirfin, Wallace, Townsend; Bishop, Ness; Williams, Dawson, Hopper; Madden.
Millwall v Scunthorpe United takes places at The Den on Tuesday, February 16th. Kick-off is at 7:45pm.