Millwall’s inconsistent form continued this past Sunday, as a Lee Gregory double and a strike from Steve Morison condemned Port Vale to a 3-1 loss. Neil Harris’ men go on the road again this Saturday, as Chesterfield play host to the Lions. Josh Smith provides ‘The View From The Opposition’…
Name: Josh Smith
First Chesterfield game: It was when I was about 6. I couldn’t tell you the match, but I was sat on an old wooden bench seat in the main stand at Saltergate. There, the love affair began. I think we won!
Greatest moment following Chesterfield: We’ve had more recently than when I first started watching them, but Glynn Hurst’s winner to keep us up in 2004 against Luton lives long in the memory; tears of despair soon turned to tears of joy. It was a magical moment.
As the season rolls into its second half, the Spireites find themselves just above the relegation zone – would you deem survival a success, or do you want more, considering that you reached the play-offs last season?: I think every team needs a consolidation season once in a while. Chesterfield haven’t had a chance to take a breath in a while, storming League Two and then mounting a play-off charge. Obviously, we’ve sold a number of key players which has an effect, but once the bills are paid on the new ground, we can put together a much more plausible promotion campaign.
Likewise, Millwall sit just outside the play-off placed as the end of January nears – is that were you expected them to be?: Millwall are a big side for this division. I never put money on sides bouncing back at the first attempt at any level – it’s not that simple. Top ten wouldn’t have surprised me at the start of the season and they’re on track for that.
Who are Chesterfield’s ‘ones to watch’ on Saturday?: With a new manager, they’re all ones to watch! (Danny) Wilson’s brought the best out of them and they’re playing like last season again.
Gboly has been getting plaudits for his recent performances – especially the Rochdale game. Novak’s finding the back of the net freely in 2016, as is O’Shea. Plenty to keep Millwall’s defence occupied!
Are there any Millwall players that you will be wary of?: Millwall strike me as a team of solid players. No one catches my eye as such; there’s a great number of threats in the side. I’ve always been a fan of Gregory, though – a very talented striker.
How do you see the game going?: It’ll be a competitive, lively game I think. Both sides have enough in the locker to win it. Chesterfield are still hard to predict with the recent managerial appointment. I’ve got a feeling it’ll end a draw.
Josh’s Score Prediction: Chesterfield 2-2 Millwall.
Josh’s Team Prediction: Lee; O’Neil, Hird, Raglan, Donohue; Herd, Morsy; Ariyibi, O’Shea, Novak; Ebanks-Blake.
Chesterfield v Millwall takes place at Proact Stadium on Saturday, January 23rd. Kick-off is at 3pm.
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