A sensational 5-3 win over Plymouth Argyle in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Southern Section Quarter-Finals sent Lions fans into the international break happy – four goals from Lee Gregory, coupled with an Aiden O’Brien striker sent Millwall into the last eight of the competition altogether. This Saturday, it’s back to the league, as Neil Harris’ men begin a busy period, with seven games in three weeks. First up, it’s Colchester United – their Media Manager, Matt Hudson, provides ‘The View From The Opposition’…
Name: Matt Hudson
First Colchester game: v Leyton Orient (24th February 1989) – we won 1-0.
Greatest moment following Colchester: The final day of the season (at Yeovil) as we secured our first ever promotion to the Championship. Never has a 0-0 draw been so warmly received! That said, last season’s drama, where we stayed up on the last day with an 82nd minute goal against Preston, is one that will live long in the memory of anyone who was present.
You are a few points above the bottom four as it stands – having avoided relegation on the final day last season, is the aim for this year to consolidate, or are you looking for more?: There has been enough in our games this season to encourage Colchester fans that this season holds better fortunes than last time out. We’ve signed some good players over the last year and the squad looks well placed to stay away from trouble and finish higher up the League One table.
Millwall have raced up to 9th place after a dodgy start – how do you see the Lions doing this season?: Both Millwall and Wigan appear to have found their feet in the division after relegation – the Latics are probably the best side that we’ve faced this season. In an open league this year, it’s up for grabs for any side that can put a decent run together and it looks like the Lions will be play-off contenders at the very least.
You have an ex-Millwall lad among your ranks in Matthew Briggs – how has he been getting on?: Matt is getting stronger all the time and has provided some really dynamic displays from left-back. Because of injuries, the back four hasn’t really had a chance to have a settled line-up yet this season, but, despite that, Matt is proving to be an important outlet for how we play.
Who are Colchester’s ‘ones to watch’ on Saturday?: Callum Harriott has made a big impression since arriving on loan from Charlton, whilst George Moncur has the handy knack of getting himself on the scoresheet. Owen Garvan (ex-Millwall loanee) has been an excellent signing and a really steadying influence on the team.
Likewise, are there any Millwall players that you will be wary of?: I’ve seen Aiden O’Brien play for the Millwall U21’s against Colchester and have been impressed with how he has adapted to first-team football over the last couple of months. He and Lee Gregory will need to be watched closely at the weekend.
How do you see the game going?: There have been plenty of goals at both ends this season in Colchester games, so a scoring draw may be the most popular bet among Colchester supporters.
Score Prediction: Score draw!
Matt’s Team Prediction: Jones; Harriott, Edwards, Eastman, Briggs; Lapslie/Garvan, Gilbey; Bonne, Moncur, Kent; Sordell.
Millwall v Colchester United takes place this Saturday, November 21st at The Den. Kick-off is at 3pm.