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Scotland, Fallon and Hyam Back For Millwall Trip
Scotland, Fallon and Hyam Back For Millwall Trip
Friday, 14th Jan 2011 15:23

New manager Paul Jewell is able to call on strike pair Jason Scotland and Rory Fallon and midfielder Luke Hyam for his first game in charge of the Blues at Millwall on Saturday. Scotland is OK after a calf injury, Fallon was cup-tied for Arsenal’s visit and Hyam is back after a torn hamstring.

Jewell is still without a number of senior players as his Town reign begins at the Den, where the Blues won in the Carling Cup earlier in the season: “Grant Leadbitter’s suspended and Alan Quinn and Shane O’Connor are both carrying injuries. I spoke to Troy Brown this morning and he’ll be back in in the next week or so.

“I spoke to Jake Livermore on the phone on Wednesday or Thursday, Tottenham have a policy that if they’re injured and on loan they go back and they don’t let them back out until they are fit. Hopefully it will be the end of next week.

“Other than that we’re more or less at full strength. Jason Scotland trained this morning and will be in the squad.”

Quinn has suffered a setback as he recovers from the groin injury which has hampered him since pre-season, O’Connor is on the way back after his shoulder problem, Brown has tight hamstrings and Livermore a groin problem.

The Liverpudlian says he weighed up whether to make changes to the team which beat Arsenal with possible fatigue coming into his thoughts: “You do think about it after such a high tempo, energy-sapping game. The players know the team and what I’m hoping is that most of them can take some positivity out of it.

“When you’re winning games, you almost don’t feel tired and you never get injured. It’s when you’re losing games, you tend to feel tired.

“It’s something I’ve taken into consideration and when I selected the team I thought long and hard.”

Jewell appears unlikely to make too many changes from the side which defeated Arsenal. Márton Fülöp looks certain to be in goal with options limited in the defence, so Jaime Peters and Darren O’Dea, who will be staying on loan until the end of the season, at full-back and Damien Delaney and Gareth McAuley at the centre of the defence.

The new boss may well choose to stick with the five-man midfield which beat Arsenal with Carlos Edwards and Connor Wickham wide with Mark Kennedy in the holding role behind Colin Healy and captain David Norris. Tamás Priskin will probably be up front with Wickham perhaps joining him if Jewell’ decides to go with a 4-4-2 formation.

Millwall, who are ninth in the table, eight points ahead of the Blues having played a game more, have signed 21-year-old former loanee Theo Robinson from Huddersfield for £250,000 and the striker will be in the squad facing the Blues.

Central defensive duo Paul Robinson, the Lions’ captain, and Danny Shittu are set to miss out with hamstring problems, while the versatile Tamika Mkandawire is a doubt with a groin strain.

Striker Josh McQuoid will be missing for a month with an ankle injury having signed permanently from Bournemouth.

Ex-Town man Liam Trotter was sidelined for last week’s 4-1 home FA Cup defeat to Birmingham with a back problem and is rated 50/50, while striker Kevin Lisbie is ineligible against his parent club under the terms of his loan.

Manager Kenny Jackett is frustrated by the number of players that are unavailable: "It's not good news, but you get injuries during the course of the season. Your squad and your club have to cope and adjust to that.

"Obviously those players have done well for us, but we have other good players at the club and if we need to bring players in, we will. We are working on that and we'll see how things progress.

"We'll see what we do. We'll have to have a look at our options and do some work on the training ground - it's something that we have to get through."

The Millwall boss says that he’s not known a season where there have been so many managerial casualties with Town’s Roy Keane amongst them since the sides last met: “I think it's probably unprecedented in terms of how it's gone this season - there have been a considerable amount of managers who have moved-on or lost their jobs lately.

"Each individual club will have to tell you whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. Each club is different and they all needed to make a decision, and what they chose was up to them.

"If you're looking at Ipswich, that is a club with high expectations. We owe them one. They are a good club and have a new manager on Saturday, but we are looking forward to the game because we don't want to lose to this side again."

Liam Trotter moved to the Den from Portman Road during the summer and recently signed a contract extension to 2014. Kevin Lisbie is on loan with the Lions for the season, while another former Blue, full-back or midfielder Scott Barron, signed a new three-year-deal with Kenny Jackett's club earlier in the campaign.

Mark Kennedy started his career with the Lions, making 46 starts and eight sub appearances and scoring 12 goals between 1992 and 1995. Jaime Peters had trials at Millwall and then-boss Dennis Wise was keen to sign him before the Canadian joined the Blues in 2005.

Town just have the edge historically, Millwall having won 15 games (14 in the league) and Town 16 (13), while 12 (12) have ended in draws.

In September the teams met in the third round of the Carling Cup at the Den, the Blues winning 2-1. Tamás Priskin and Gareth McAuley put Town 2-0 in front at half-time with Lions’ frontman Steve Morison netting the home side’s only reply early in the second period.

A month later, Jason Scotland’s fifth goal in six home league games and a Grant Leadbitter penalty saw the Blues to a 2-0 victory over the Lions at Portman Road. Scotland struck what was only Town’s second first half league goal of the season, then Leadbitter sealed it after the break from the spot, Danny Shittu having fouled Tamás Priskin.

Town’s most recent league game at the Den was back in August 2005 when Darren Currie and Sam Parkin scored for the Blues and Ben May for the Lions as the game ended 2-1 to Joe Royle’s side. Richard Naylor was sent off just prior to the Blues’ 80th minute winner.

Saturday’s referee is Iain Williamson from Berkshire, who has shown 77 yellow and two red cards in 19 games so far this season. Williamson’s most recent Town game was the 1-0 home defeat to Birmingham on Boxing Day 2008 in which he booked Alan Quinn, Tommy Miller, Moritz Volz and two visiting players.

Prior to that Williamson was the referee who red-carded Pablo Couñago and Scunthorpe loanee Jack Cork for a clash during the Blues’ 2-1 win at Glanford Park in March 2008.

Squad from: Fülöp, Lee-Barrett, Peters, Eastman, O'Dea, Delaney, McAuley, Smith, Kennedy, Norris, Healy, Hyam, Lambe, Hourihane, Civelli, Wickham, Priskin, Scotland, Fallon, Murray.

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MaySixth added 15:40 - Jan 14
Millwall 1-1 Ipswich Town

Ipswich24 added 15:41 - Jan 14
Keep same side Jewelio we need stability the team were magnificant against the gooners it will really send positive message to the team plus after tommoro got another week until next game sop plenty rest time hey COYB!!!!

osborne1nil added 15:43 - Jan 14
Don't think PJ will make too many changes to the team, although those on the bench may change. May rest if showing tiredness in training but would hope team is fit enough for 90 minutes then 2 days recovering time.
Peters McAuley Delaney Odea
Norris Hyam Kennedy Edwards
Priskin Wickham

Scotland, Lee Barrett, Fallon, Eastman, Smith, Healy, Civelli

Seasider added 15:46 - Jan 14
As long a Tamas Priskin starts and is not dropped for Jason Scotland who looks like a Suffolk Punch alongside thorough bred racehorse Tamas.

blueblood66 added 15:49 - Jan 14
good luck lad Paul and the lads

fifeblue added 15:52 - Jan 14
I don't rate Scotland but Hyam is going to be a superstar.

devontractorboy added 15:57 - Jan 14
Excited about a league game for the first time in a long time!!

btrevelyan added 16:12 - Jan 14
If we play like we did against Arsenal we'll win comfortably

Bluebaz added 16:18 - Jan 14
Would like to see Civelli at some stage but not sure if this is match to throw him in on, might be a bit of a high tempo battle and the expected rain will make it even more interesting!

Big_Foot_Blue added 16:18 - Jan 14
What have people got against Scotland? Admittedly he is getting old for a footballer so struggles running but his finishing is 2nd to none (Goal against Cardiff particularly stand out as well as 1st vs Leicester) and his 1st 10 yards of sprinting is very good, as long as hes only 20 yards out he gets to the ball and scores. Dont forget he is our top goalscorer and has already equalled Walters from last year.

I know he isnt great to watch and wouldnt have done what Priskin did against Arsenal but at this level hes a player who does a job.

jas0999 added 16:25 - Jan 14
Looks like draw to me.1-1. Priskin to score for Town.

tractorblue99 added 16:26 - Jan 14
Normaly im mr pesimistic but im feeling quite confident for once after a great performance on wednesday.

blueherts added 16:28 - Jan 14
Hyam and Murray stars of the future - I think Hyam can be very very good - Pumped!!

dirtydingusmagee added 16:38 - Jan 14
often cup performances bare no resemblance to league, heres hoping spirits are lifted and the boys are fired up good luck PJ and team . coyb

lunatic38 added 16:46 - Jan 14
Same formation as Wednesday, Hyam in for Kennedy, Kennedy in for ODea.
0-2 Ipswich.

I would also put Peters in for Edwards! play Brown at RB. (need a RB)

osborne1nil added 17:05 - Jan 14
Brown has tight hamstrings so may not be available lunatic38 hence Peters would continue as makeshift RB until either Brown or new RB takes over, but if Brown is fit then Peters can then move to RW with Edwards on LW and Norris and Hyam in centre and Kennedy drops back in place of Odea.

Mark added 17:09 - Jan 14
Jewell's team selection will be interesting to say the least, but I trust him to make the right calls so we will see how the side develops.

Scotland hasn't scored away from home all season, that has to be the concern with him. Going forward I think Priskin and Wickham might be our best partnership if we can coach the best out of them and develop them. I'd like to see a new Jewell striker signed, along with Scotland and that gives us good options. I'd send Fallon back as I don't see him being a first teamer long term for us, and Murray might just be too small to make it.

clive_baker added 17:14 - Jan 14
Hyam is not going to be a superstar. Dont get me wrong he's decent at this level but he will be playing league 1 or 2 when he's 25, ala Westlake.

No need to change the side after that in my opinion. Back 4 and keeper picks itself. I would play Priskin up on his own with Edwards and Wickham wide. Midfield 3, due to lack of options should remain the same.

Edwards for me has 4 months to prove he deserves another year deal. Ideally Leadbitter and Livermore would be in contention but after Arsenal Healy and Kennedy deserve another run out.

The best news is that Robinson (Millwall captain) and Danny Shittu are out (both centre backs) and Trotter is 50/50. We're catching them at a good time and a good chance to do the hatrick over them this season.

pippaine added 17:26 - Jan 14

4dy added 17:34 - Jan 14
unless pj going 2 up front i think scotland will be on the bench.as we've seen recieving the outlet ball is not his cup of tea.

ParisBlue added 17:35 - Jan 14
Confident for tomorrow - with the buzz of Wednesday, a new manager and Millwall's injury list I predict a comfortable 3-1 win.

StowTractorBoy added 17:39 - Jan 14
Sorry Clive Baker I don't agree with you re Hyam. He is a completely different type of player than Westlake to start with and already he oozes class and tenacity. I think he is in for greater things and we need him on another contract sooner rather than later. Just remember that the slump of ITFC started when Hyam was out injured. As for Scotland I believe that most of the players that come here are not as fit as our lads and Scotland to me still is not fit. Give him a tough pre season programme and I believe we will see a better player next season. Not sure about tomorrow whoever Millwall put out it will be tough at their place as you have to contend not only with a passionate crowd but the match officials as well and I am not inspired by Mr. Williamson.

Lightningboy added 17:47 - Jan 14
Seriuosly tough game 2moro but at last I can look forward to my saturday afternoon's once again now that the keane farce is behind us.

Good luck lads.

neillrumsey added 17:52 - Jan 14
No suprise to still read negativity on this website. Surely all the team deserve a start againsy Milwall. Why would anyone drop Healy who was superb against the gooners or Edwards who also played a key role. We should remember that Keane brought in these players and for whatever reason played them out of position axed players at the drop of a hat and failed to motivate so good tecnical players. Funny how some fans who wanted rid of Priskin are shouting his name from the roof tops after the Arsenal game. I thinks he has quality but was not motivated by Keano and needs a midfielder with vision as his movement is excellent. Also pleasing to see Wickham put in his first decent performance of the season. Showed all that he is a raw talent who will definitely get better as confidence grows. Onwards and upwards.

Worcester added 17:56 - Jan 14
After the lord mayors show...?
Not for me I have a good feeling about this one
millwall 1 - 2 Ipswich (with us to score first in the first half)

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