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MILLWALL v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

5 March 2015

Essential reading on this weekend's opponents

MILLWALL

Nickname: The Lions
Manager: Ian Holloway
2013-14: 19th
Ground: The Den
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 118 miles (2 hours 14 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Millwall’s season has taken a turn for the worse this week with back-to-back defeats leaving them six points from safety in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Saturday’s loss at relegation rivals Rotherham United was the hammer-blow that deepened concerns for Ian Holloway’s side before Tuesday’s 3-0 reverse at table-toppers Middlesbrough.

Heading into this weekend’s meeting with the Canaries, they can’t even call on home form of any sort having not won at The Den since beating Cardiff 1-0 on October 25.


Norwich lead the head-to-head record between the two sides, with 32 wins in all competitions, the last of which came in their previous meeting; a 6-1 victory at Carrow Road on Boxing Day.

They have one former City player in their squad: defender Jos Hooiveld (2014-15), who made six appearances for the Canaries in a loan spell from Southampton earlier this season.

This is the Lions’ fifth season at this level after winning promotion from League One in 2010. They have no major trophies to their name but reached the FA Cup Final in 2004.
 


THE BOSS

Ian Holloway replaced Steve Lomas as Lions boss in January 2014.

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 remaining unbeaten in their final eight games of the season.


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.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: David Forde, Denzel Gerrar, Jordan Archer, Tom King.

Defenders: Alan Dunne (c), Danny Shittu, Shaun Cummings, Jos Hooiveld, Mark Beevers, Dan Harding, Justin Hoyte, Sid Nelson, Josh Siafa.

Midfielders: Shaun Williams, Lee Martin, Nicky Bailey, Martyn Woolford, Edward Upson, Jack Powell, Nadjim Abdou, Angel Martinez, Ben Thompson, Carlos Edwards.

Forwards: Diego Fabbrini, Lee Gregory, Paris Cowan-Hall, Magaye Gueye, Ricardo Fuller, Aiden O’Brien, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Stefan Maierhofer.

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