Despite twenty attempts on goal, some woeful finishing, coupled with a vintage performance from Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen ensured that Tuesday’s game finished goalless. This Saturday, the Lions will look to go a third consecutive game at home without defeat as they welcome troubled Blackpool. John Campbell takes on ‘The View From The Opposition’…
Name: John Campbell
First Blackpool game: Huddersfield, 1995-ish – so my Dad tells me!
Greatest moment following Blackpool: The seasons in the Premier League – there were some great away days!
The Tangerines dropped into the bottom four of League One on Tuesday night – do you feel you have enough to stay up, or are back-to-back relegations on the cards?: It’s a tough one – at times, the team have shown some real fight and determination. Defensively, we’ve not gone on to concede too many (least goals against out of the bottom 7) but if we do concede first, we’ve not had enough goals to turn matches around. Going forward we have a few strikers who look good in patches, but none of them have managed to hit a run of games; with 33 goals, we are the joint lowest scorers in the division. We play long-ball often to Cullen and Redshaw, who are both below 6 foot – it’s not worked.
If you look at the players, they are League Two/bottom of League One standard, so the table doesn’t lie.
The off the field saga at Blackpool is well known – what are your personal views on it?: The Oystons have to go. Next season, there will be around 1,500 – 1,750 home fans, if that – considering we had attendances of 15,000+ only 4-5 years ago, it shows the effect they have had on the club. We can take the team being crap; if that was the case, there would be 7, 8 or 9 thousand at matches.
All relationship with the fans has gone; some of the things they have done are unbelievable. As far as most fans are concerned, Karl (Oyston) wants to slowly wind the football side of things down and will be content with the money from the property side of the business. Someone has to come in to buy us – The FA and the Football League are standing by doing nothing.
Could you imagine if the Chairman of Liverpool or Aston Villa was seen saying in messages that his aim was to get them relegated and called a fan a ‘retard’? They wouldn’t stand by and allow them to slowly kill the club.
Millwall sit 5th in the table with just two months of the season to go – how do you view their chances of an instant return to the Championship?: Play-offs are all about form – we’ve seen that in the past with our three play-off promotions. At the moment, Barnsley look good and I expect Coventry to try and hit some form again.
Who are Blackpool’s ‘ones to watch’ on Saturday?: We don’t really have any! Colin Doyle has done well in goal, but that’s been slightly helped by the performances of other goal keepers. Uche Ikpeazu is on-loan from Watford, who is a huge striker, very powerful and has scored some goals for Port Vale this year, but he is yet to find his feet at Blackpool.
Are there any Millwall players you will be wary of?: Steve Morison has always done well against us. He scored a cracking goal against us in the Championship – the third in a 3-1 loss on September 17th, 2013.
That was the game that sparked the start of the downfall – since then, we’ve only won 20 games; that’s two years and five months ago now.
Finally, how do you see the game going?: I think we’ll lose. We’ll start in a 4-4-2 formation and end up 3-2-5 with five strikers all running around trying to chase the game.
Score Prediction: Millwall 3-1 Blackpool.
Last Time Out: Doyle; White, Robertson, Aldred, Ferguson; McAlister, Potts, Norris, Redshaw; Philiskirk, Ikpeazu.
Millwall v Blackpool takes place at The Den this Saturday, March 5th. Kick-off is at 3pm.