Millwall v Cardiff City. Match Preview.

Last updated : 22 October 2004 By Matthew Gabb
For the second time in a week City are on their travels; this time to South London to face Millwall.

The Londoners have had a good start to the season and are sitting 7th, just two points of a playoff place. They have also played in the UEFA cup this term after their remarkable FA Cup final appearance last season. A 1-1 draw at home to Hungarian side Ferencvaros was not good enough, as the Lions lost 3-1 away and went out.

Millwall are managed by ex-Wimbledon and Chelsea "hard man" Dennis Wise, and boast a number of ex-Premiership players in their ranks. Jody Morris (remember him?), Barry Hayles and on loan Jo Tessem will all be in contention for the home team.

Lennie Lawrence will no doubt look to continue with the same starting eleven who were unfortunate not to get three points at Brighton on Tuesday.  Continuing injuries to Page, Fleetwood, Boland and Parry mean that he hasn't a great deal of choice!   Andy Campbell has picked up an injury which will mean the return of Cameron Jerome to the bench; and Weston's return to fitness wasn't swift enough to allow him a place in the 16.

So we will see a second start for left midfielder Joe Ledley, and the Thorne/Lee partnership to continue up front.

Last season we managed a creditable goalless draw at the New Den on the Wednesday after Millwall won an FA Cup semi final. This was after a fiery encounter at Ninian Park was won 3-1 by the visitors the week before Christmas.

It's going to be a difficult match, playing against a side who have won their last three home games on the trot. However, if City play like they can I'm sure we can be more than a match for them and get something out of the game.

The Bluebirds will be backed by around 700 travelling fans tomorrow, who have to endure Police restrictions on travel to get to the game. An excellent turnout and I'm sure they'll give City the backing they need.

Come on City!