Millwall’s home form took a turn for the worse on Saturday, as Chesterfield eased to a 2-0 win at The Den, courtesy of a Jay O’Shea double – the last coming in stoppage time. This Tuesday, the road to Wembley gets under way, as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clicks into gear. An extremely low crowd is expected as the Lions take on Peterborough United in SE16. Posh fan, Josh Crowson, takes on ‘The View From The Opposition’ ahead of Tuesday’s tie…
Name: Josh Crowson
First Peterborough game: The first game I can properly remember was back in 2004. A 1-0 win at home to Tranmere on the opening day.
Greatest moment following Peterborough: It’s been a great few years supporting Posh – two automatic promotions, a play-off final win at Old Trafford and a JPT final success at Wembley. The one that stands out, though, is the win over Huddersfield in the play-offs, with Darren Ferguson returning a few months earlier and after a turbulent relegation the season before – it was a great turn around for the club.
The JPT is a competition that some teams take seriously, while others see it as a throwaway tournament. How do a) you see it and b) Peterborough see it?: Having won the trophy two seasons ago, it doesn’t bother me if were to go out in the First Round, but the further you go in the competition, the more you want the team to do well, as the day out at Wembley is fantastic.
The club will take it seriously, as the Chairman will want another trip to Wembley. It’s great finance earner for any club at this level, too. Also, with our poor league form, it could be a welcomed distraction.
Who are Peterborough’s ‘ones to watch’ on Tuesday night?: Marcus Maddison has been our best player by far this season; he is our top scorer and probably top of our assists chart, too. Alex Davey has been very impressive in defence since joining on loan from Chelsea. Jon Taylor and Souleymane Coulibaly are also possible match winners.
Which Millwall players will you be wary of?: To be honest, I’m not entirely familiar with Millwall’s team these days, but looking through the squad, there are some players that could cause us some problems. Fred Onyedinma, Lee Gregory, Shane Ferguson and Steve Morison are all good going forward, whilst Mark Beevers and Tony Craig are both decent defenders for this level.
How do you see the game going?: Both teams are struggling in the league, so a win is needed for both to get their respective seasons going. I can see this one being a close, scrappy game.
Score Prediction: Millwall 1-1 Peterborough United. Millwall to win 4-3 on penalties.
Josh’s Team Prediction: Alnwick; Bostwick, Santos, Davey, Elder; Madison, J. Anderson, Beautyman, Taylor; Vassell, Coulibaly.
The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Southern Section First Round tie between Millwall and Peterborough United takes place at The Den on Tuesday, September 1st. Kick-off is at 7:45pm.