Npower Championship Matchday Twenty Eight: Millwall v Barnsley

28 January 2011 10:30
Match Preview Team News: Barnsley are forced into a defensive reshuffle for the second time in three games as Stephen Foster is set to miss out after suffering a deep gash in his leg against Doncaster on Tuesday which required seven stitches. Like against Swansea last weekend, Nathan Doyle is set to drop back alongside captain Jason Shackell. This should mean Diego Arismendi coming into the centre of midfield, whilst Jim O’Brien is pushing to replace Kieran Trippier after impressing as a half time substitute on Tuesday. Likely Lineup: Luke Steele Matt Hill Jason Shackell Nathan Doyle Bobby Hassell Jacob Butterfield Diego Arismendi Hugo Colace Kieran Trippier/ Jim O’Brien Danny Haynes Garry O’Connor Head To Head:    This rearranged meeting between Milllwall and Barnsley at The New Den will be the first time the two sides have collided in nine years! The last time they met was back on 2nd March 2002 when they shared the spoils in a one all draw at Oakwell- A 58th minute penalty from Chris Lumsdon cancelling out a strike from Christophe Kinet. Both sides ended that game with 10 men as Millwall’s Matt Lawrence and the Reds Isaiah Rankin were dismissed in the final minute- incredibly Rankin had only been on the pitch for five minutes after replacing Mike Sheron. Teams: Barnsley: Marriott, Mulligan, Morgan, Chettle (Crooks, 77 ) , Barker, Betsy (Donovan, 80 ) , Jones, Lumsdon, Barnard, Dyer, Sheron (Rankin, 85 (sent off 90) ) Subs not used: Miller,Ward, Millwall: Warner, Lawrence(sent off 90), Ward, Nethercott, Ryan, Cahill, Ifill, Livermore, Kinet, Claridge, Sadlier Subs not used: Gueret, Harris, Bircham, Bull, Naylor, This followed a 3-1 defeat at the Den the previous September. Bruce Dyer had given Barnsley a half time lead but the Lions roared back after the break as Steve Claridge bagged a brace and Tim Cahill completed the scoring. Teams: Millwall: Warner, Ryan, Nethercott, Bull, Tuttle, Reid, Livermore, Cahill, Ifill (Kinet, 56 ) , Sadlier (Harris, 61 ) , Claridge Subs not used: Gueret,Phillips,Moody, Barnsley: Marriott, Crooks ( Chettle, 28 ) , Morgan, Barker, Barnard, Neil, Gorre, Ward, Regan, Dyer, Sheron ( Jones, 67 ) Subs not used: Miller, Tinkler, Donovan, Barnsley were relegated from Division One at the end of that season, and when they returned via the League One Play-Offs in 2006, Millwall fell through the Championship trapdoor so both sides have had to wait until now to meet again. Barnsley have won only four of their 23 trips to this part of South East London, but the 2002 defeat is one of only two in the last six. Indeed Barnsley have won three of the last five. They secured 1-0 triumphs in 1995 and 1994- Andy Liddell grabbing the only goal in November 94 and Neil Redfearn doing the same in September 1995. Those two results followed on from a stunning 4-0 triumph in February 1993. The hat-tricks of 1990s victories are sandwiched between 12 defeats and only one more victory – 2-0 back in May 1929 and they also suffered a 2-0 defeat at the Den in September 1993 with John Kerr and Alex Rae netting. Last Six Millwall v Barnsley results: 2/3/02 Barnsley 1-1 Millwall (Division One) 18/9/01 Millwall 3-1 Barnsley (Division One) 27/2/96 Barnsley 3-1 Millwall (Division One) 9/9/95 Millwall 0-1 Barnsley (Division One) 21/2/95 Barnsley 4-1 Millwall (Division One) 19/11/94 Millwall 0-1 Barnsley (Division One) Overall Record: Millwall Wins: 17 Barnsley Wins: 16 Draws: 12 Millwall Goals: 70 Barnsley Goals: 69 At Millwall: (4 at New Den, 19 at Old Den) Millwall Wins: 12 Barnsley Wins: 4 Draws: 7 Millwall Goals: 46 Barnsley Goals: 29 This Season: Millwall still harbour hopes of a second successive promotion despite sitting six points outside the play-off places. This is because Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Leicester was their first loss in 10 league matches. The Lions have also won their last four league matches at the Den, conceding just one goal during that time. Millwall were looking good for a top six spot at the start of the season as they sat fourth at the end of August, before suffering a poor run of one win in nine, which including a 6-1 home hammering by Watford. Kenny Jackett’s side have picked up significantly since November however, losing just two of their last 13 matches in all competitions, with one of those defeats being in the FA Cup to Birmingham. Barnsley are looking for back to back away victories for the second time this season, and the omens are on their side judging by the fact that before the 2-0 victory at Doncaster on Tuesday, The Reds only other away wins this season were the back to back ones at Preston and Ipswich in November. Both these sides have mirrored home and away records with Millwall having won seven drawn three and lost three at home, whilst Barnsley have won three drawn three and lost seven away. If Barnsley win tonight they will leapfrog Millwall in the table and go 10th, but if you take out the six goals Watford smashed past them in September, the Lions would have only conceded six goals at home- only Swansea who have let in a miserly five have a better home defence. Last six 2010-2011 results: Millwall: 22/1/11 Leicester 4-2 Millwall (Championship) 15/1/11 Millwall 2-1 Ipswich (Championship) 8/1/11 Millwall 1-4 Birmingham (FA Cup) 3/1/11 Derby 0-0 Millwall (Championship) 1/1/11 Millwall 3-0 Crystal Palace (Championship) 28/12/10 Millwall 2-0 Leicester (Championship) W: 3 D 1: L: 2 F: 10 A: 9 GD: 1 Points: 10 Barnsley: 25/1/11 Doncaster 0-2 Barnsley (Championship) 22/1/11 Barnsley 1-1 Swansea (Championship) 15/1/11 Hull 2-0 Barnsley (Championship) 8/1/11 West Ham 2-0 Barnsley (FA Cup) 3/1/11 Barnsley 2-1 Coventry (Championship) 1/1/11 Nottingham Forest 2-2 Barnsley (Championship) W: 2 D: 2 L: 2 F: 7 A: 8 GD: -1 Points: 8 Mad Sites: Official Site Other Fixtures: Saturday, 29 January 2011 Crystal Palace v Norwich, 15:00 Hull v QPR, 15:00 Scunthorpe v Preston, 15:00