The Lions return to action this Saturday, after an eleven day break due to international call-ups. With morale slightly lifted courtesy of a 1-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Peterborough United on September 1st, Millwall head to Crewe this Saturday, looking to maintain their unbeaten away form in League One. Alex fan, Warren Scoffin, takes on ‘The View From The Opposition’ ahead of the weekends tie…
Name: Warren Scoffin
First Crewe game: This is a bit of a tough question to answer, because my Dad was taking me while I was still a baby in a pram. Of the top of my head – and looking at the old kits – it may have been a game within the 1995/96 or 1996/97 season. With regards to what game, I have no idea.
Greatest moment following Crewe: For me, one of them would have to be the 2011/12 promotion season. Crewe went on a 16 match unbeaten run to qualify for the League Two play-offs, beating Southend United and then getting to Wembley and beating Cheltenham Town 2-0, with a fantastic goal from Nick Powell.
We then went back to Wembley in 2013 in the JPT final, where we played Southend. We also won this 2-0 – these were two good seasons following Crewe.
The main one that will stick with me, though, will be the 2003/04 season away to Wigan Athletic. Dean Ashton scored his first league hat-trick – and what a game it was. Three penalties were given in the game; two for Crewe and one for Wigan. The game looked as though it was going to end as a 2-2 draw, but minutes before the final whistle, Ashton popped up with a winning goal from the tightest of angles with his weaker foot.
What have you made to Crewe’s start to the season?: Being honest, not a great deal. We are still looking for our first league win out of the first five games [at the time of writing – that became six with a 3-1 defeat to Swindon Town last Saturday]. After two awful seasons, avoiding relegation twice, we all thought this season was going to be another long one; a lack of signings doesn’t help, either.
We played better at Wigan on the 29th, having a lot of possession, but, as we all know, possession doesn’t get you three points. We just have to try and stand by the team and see how we get on – there’s still a lot of games to be played, so we’ll see.
Likewise, what have you made to Millwall’s start? Did you expect them to be at the bottom, or nearer the top?: It doesn’t look like you are much better than us (!), so I think our game could be interesting. In all honesty, I don’t really expect teams to be anywhere at this point of the season – we are only five games into it. I was quite surprised you beat Shrewsbury on the opening weekend, as they had a decent home record last season, but even they are around us in the table at this current moment.
Who are Crewe’s ‘ones to watch’ on Saturday?: Top of the list would be the goal-keeper, Ben Garratt. He has kept us in a lot of games with some good saves – mainly last season – but he stopped a couple of one-on-ones with Bury in a 3-3 draw. We have Ryan Colclough and Brad Inman who, if they put their heads to it, can be really good players – pacey and skilful. Another player I like is centre-half, Ben Nugent. I wouldn’t say he is ‘one to watch’, but he has impressed me.
Are there any Millwall players you will be wary of?: I don’t really look at other teams in the Football League (apart from Shrewsbury, as my fiancé is a fan – although, I’ve transferred her into Crewe more!). Looking at your stats, though, its Steve Morison and Fred Onyedinma that are scoring your goals.
How do you see the game going?: As I said above, I think it will be an interesting game. We both need the three points.
Score Prediction: I will take a 2-2 draw, but with it being my team, a 3-2 win would be good!
Warren’s Team Prediction: Garratt; Turton, Nugent, Ray, Kingsley; Bingham, King, Fox; Inman, Dalla Valle, Colclough.
Crewe Alexandra v Millwall re-starts the Lions’ campaign after the international break on Saturday, September 12th. Kick-off at Gresty Road is at 3pm.