A home win. An extremely rare occurrence in the life of a Millwall fan over the last few seasons, but last Saturday, the Lions were victorious at The Den for the first time this season in the league, as they beat Rochdale 3-1, thanks to Jimmy Abdou, Shaun Williams and Steve Morison. This Tuesday, their unbeaten record away from home will be severely tested, as the Lions travel north to pre-season favourites, Wigan Athletic. Barry Worthington takes up ‘The View From The Opposition’…
Name: Barry Worthington
First Wigan game: Halifax Town, FA Cup, November 20th, 1971. We won 2-1.
Greatest moment following Wigan: Winning the FA Cup in 2013. I’ve never experienced anything so emotional – without a doubt, the greatest day of my life. I have been married twice, have two kids and five grandchildren, but winning the FA Cup ranks at number one.
Like Millwall, Wigan were relegated from the Championship last season. After spending a bit of money in the summer, is an instant return to the second tier the aim?: I hope so. We have recruited well – proven players at League One level – but with a brand new squad (19 new players coming in), it will take time for things to settle down. If we can stay in touch with the top two up until Christmas, then I think we may be in with a shout for automatic. Otherwise, I’d settle for a play-off spot.
How do you see the Lions coping in League One?: Like us, I think you will be there or there abouts come the end of the season. You have good away form so far, coupled with a formidable home ground, The Den. That should stand you in good stead.
Who are Wigan’s ‘ones to watch’ on Tuesday night?: We have a few injuries at the moment, but out of those certain to be fit, Michael Jacobs definitely has a touch of class about him. Left wing-back, Reece James, is good going forward, too.
Are there any Millwall players that you will be wary of?: Steve Morison always looks good and capable of scoring a goal or two!
How do you see the game going?: I feel this one will be a draw.
Barry’s Team Prediction: O’Donnell; Daniels, Barnett, Pearce; Power, Chow, Perkins, McCann, James; Jacobs; Davies/Grigg (depending on who is fit and available).
Wigan Athletic v Millwall takes place at the DW Stadium on Tuesday, September 29th. Kick-off is at 7:45pm.