Essential reading on this Boxing Day's opponents
Nickname: The Lions
Manager: Ian Holloway
Ground: The Den
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 118 miles (2 hours 14 minutes)
Millwall head into their Boxing Day meeting with the Canaries having picked up just one win in their last eight matches.
That came in their last away game, however, as Ian Holloway’s men beat Brighton & Hove Albion in front of the television cameras on December 12.
Last Friday saw them suffer their third home defeat on the spin though after Bolton Wanderers took all three points from The Den thanks to Darren Pratley’s winner.
“This is a critical phase of their season - a good run over Christmas will see them looking up the table rather than down it as we enter the New Year,” says Alex Aldridge of Southwark News.
“Results have been pretty mixed. Expectations rose massively after Millwall won their first two games of the campaign in August, but since then they've struggled to be consistent and victories have been few and far between.”
Norwich lead the head-to-head record between the two sides, with 31 wins in all competitions, the last of which came in their previous meeting; a 2-1 victory for the Canaries at Carrow Road in February 2011.
Ian Holloway replaced Steve Lomas as Lions boss in January this year.
The 51-year-old had been out of work for nearly three months after leaving Crystal Palace by mutual consent the previous October, a club he guided to the Premier League.
He led Millwall to 19th place and safety in the Sky Bet Championship largely thanks to them remaining unbeaten in their final eight games of the season.
“Holloway is trying to build for the long term without losing sight of the here and now, which is a very difficult balancing act,” added Aldridge.
“He has over 20 players with contracts that expire in the summer so there's quite a bit of uncertainty within the squad. That said, Millwall finished 19th last year and I see no reason why Holloway can't better that in 2014-15.”
Holloway’s 19-year playing career as a midfielder ended when he retired to focus on the Bristol Rovers manager’s role in 1999. He was previously combining the two responsibilities.
He left to take the reins at another of his ex-teams, Queens Park Rangers, in 2001 before shorter spells at Plymouth Argyle and Leicester City.
‘Ollie’ memorably took Blackpool to the Premier League in May 2010 and did the same with Palace, via the play-offs, in 2013.
Goalkeepers: David Forde, Denzel Gerrar, Tom King.
Defenders: Alan Dunne (c), Danny Shittu, Matthew Briggs, Mark Beevers, Byron Webster, Justin Hoyte, Scott Malone, Andy Wilkinson, Sid Nelson, Josh Siafa.
Midfielders: Shaun Williams, Lee Martin, Nicky Bailey, Martyn Woolford, Edward Upson, Jack Powell, Nadjim Abdou, Richard Chaplow, Angel Martinez, Ben Thompson, Carlos Edwards.
Forwards: Jermaine Easter, Lee Gregory, Magaye Gueye, Ricardo Fuller, Aiden O’Brien, Scott McDonald.
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