Millwall’s fourth consecutive home win – and fifth in six – was notched up on Tuesday night, as an early Steve Morison double defeated Doncaster Rovers 2-0. This Saturday, October comes to a close with a meeting with an old nemesis from last season – Bradford City. Kate Eveleigh, member of the Bradford City Supporters’ Board, gives her ‘View From The Opposition’ ahead of this weekend’s match-up…
Name: Kate Eveleigh
First Bradford City game: I’m not sure exactly which game, but it was around 1995, just before City were promoted to what is now the Championship.
Greatest moment following Bradford City: It’s a roller-coaster ride supporting City and we’ve had a few memorable days over the last few years. In terms of what it meant for the club, the 2013 play-off final, but if you look at games in isolation, I’d have to go with the FA Cup game at Chelsea.
The Bantams sit in mid-table after the first three months of the season – how have you started?: Slowly! It has taken a while for us to find form and we have been very unlucky with injuries to players who had been playing well (Clarke, Davies, Morais, Morris and Anderson all injured at the moment). However, we have started to pick up in recent weeks and are unbeaten in October so far.
What have you made of Millwall’s start to the season? After losing their first five home games, they have now won 5 out of 6 at The Den and sit 8th…: I thought you’d be there or thereabouts, so I was surprised when you started indifferently, but you have had some good results in the last few weeks, particularly winning at Bramall Lane.
Two words: James Hanson. The name on all Millwall and Bradford fans lips over the summer – how has he been doing this season?: He’s started slowly and was recently dropped to the bench in favour of Davies, but he scored on Saturday and with Davies out injured, will probably be starting more regularly, so hopefully he will find his form again soon.
Who are Bradford’s ‘ones to watch’ on Saturday?: In terms of attacking threat, Kyel Reid (who recently joined on loan from Preston North End, having played for City during the ‘History Makers’ season) and Devante Cole. My West Ham supporting father has also suggested I draw your attention to Reece Burke (on loan from West Ham) who’s doing well in defence!
Likewise, are there any Millwall players that you will be wary of?: I’m not particularly familiar with your squad, but Lee Gregory was linked with us a few seasons ago, so it will be interesting to see what could have been.
How do you see the game going?: I think it will be close, as both teams go into the game in reasonable form.
Score Prediction: Millwall 1-1 Bradford City.
Kate’s Team Prediction: Williams; Darby, Burke, McArdle, Meredith; McMahon, Knott, Evans, Reid; Hanson, Cole.
Millwall v Bradford City takes place at The Den this Saturday, October 31st. Kick-off is at 3pm.