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No Injury Worries Ahead of Millwall Clash
Friday, 12th Sep 2014 15:19

Boss Mick McCarthy has no injury worries ahead of Saturday’s home game against his old club Millwall. Wingers Cameron Stewart and Stephen Hunt are both back from spells on the sidelines but won’t be risked against the Lions or in Tuesday’s home game against Brighton.

Stewart is yet to make his Blues debut having suffered a broken jaw towards the end of pre-season training, while Hunt picked up a calf problem and was unavailable for the entire friendly programme.

“They’re both back training,” McCarthy said. “Cameron only had two and a half games before he got injured in pre-season, maybe three games, and he’s done nothing since in terms of playing.

“Whilst he’s fit now and he’s injury free, he’s not had any minutes on the pitch, so he needs that. He’ll probably play in the U21s on Monday.

“And Hunty will be the same, he’s had even fewer minutes on the pitch. But as we saw with him last year, when he does come back and he’s fit he’d got this amazing ability to get through games.

“Probably over a long period of time he’s built that stamina and that will power to get through games.

“Both are back training, both will probably play in the U21s on Monday, which will mean they won’t be playing on Saturday or on Tuesday. But we’ve got plenty of games coming up.”

He added: “Other than that, everybody’s fine, everybody else is out training today.”

McCarthy says he’s not surprised that Millwall, who are currently fifth, have made a decent start to the season under Ian Holloway, who took over in January.

“I’m not because they’ve been doing it since March,” he continued. “They’ve only lost one game since then, they lost to Rotherham at home.

“He kept them up, they looked like they were relegation fodder. I think everybody thought they were gone, except him and his players obviously because they kept themselves up.

“And he’s just continued that, they’ve had three wins and a draw, so a great start for them and they’re a good side.”

The Town boss expects to see old boys Carlos Edwards and Lee Martin in Holloway’s XI: “I think they’ll start. I’ve watched them and Carlos was playing at right-back and Lee Martin was playing wide and drifting in.

“They actually both played very well against Blackpool. But I know they can both play, but they weren’t the future for us, we needed to do something else. But good luck to them both, except on Saturday.”

McCarthy has a few decisions to make regarding his line-up with a number of fringe players making a case for regular inclusion during the 1-1 draw at Derby a fortnight ago.

Keeper Dean Gerken seems likely continue in goal, while Christophe Berra - who has signed a new contract until 2017 - and Tommy Smith will be at the heart of the defence.

Skipper Luke Chambers looks set to keep his place at right-back, but McCarthy will have to choose between Tyrone Mings and Jonny Parr - who made his debut against the Rams - on the left.

The Blues manager also has decisions to make in midfield. Teddy Bishop, who has extended his Town terms until 2016, impressed in his full debut against Derby and may well retain the role alongside Luke Hyam, despite Cole Skuse being over the illness bug which forced him out of the side at the iPro Stadium.

McCarthy could opt to stick with the system he employed at Derby with Jay Tabb on the left and Paul Anderson on the right and a third central midfielder ahead of Bishop and Hyam.

Kevin Bru did well in that role against the Rams but seems likely to make way for recent Leicester target David McGoldrick, who is back after his dead leg. Daryl Murphy will keep his place as the main out and out striker.

Darren Ambrose, who returned to the Blues for a third spell yesterday, is likely to be amongst the subs, alongside Conor Sammon, who returns to the squad having been unavailable against his parent club Derby.

Millwall boss Holloway has added former Blackpool midfielder Angel Martinez to his squad, while ex-Blue Ed Upson is back from a hamstring problem.

Former Southend and Charlton midfielder Nicky Bailey is out with a calf injury and defender Sid Nelson is sidelined with foot problem.

Blues manager McCarthy was a Millwall player at the end of his career between 1990 and 1992, when he took over as boss. He remained manager at the Den until 1996 when he took charge of the Republic of Ireland.

McCarthy’s record as manager of the Lions reads played 203, won 74, drew 70 and lost 59. In 1993/94 they finished third in what’s now the Championship but lost out to Derby County in the play-off semi-finals.

Town U21s coach Mark Kennedy started his playing career with Millwall, making 46 starts and eight sub appearances and scoring 12 goals between 1992 and 1995.

Former Blues skipper Carlos Edwards joined the Lions in the summer after being released by Town, having spent a successful loan spell at the Den sat season.

Ed Upson, who scored the winning goal in Town’s 2005 FA Youth Cup triumph while still a schoolboy, joined the Lions from Yeovil in January. Now 24, Upson made two League Cup sub appearances for the Blues before being released in 2010 when he joined the Glovers.

Ex-Town loan striker Ricardo Fuller signed for Millwall this summer after leaving Blackpool.

Fuller, 34, scored two goals in three games while on loan with the Blues from Southampton at the end of the 2005/06 season, also picking up a red card while at Portman Road.

Then-boss Joe Royle wanted to sign him on a permanent basis but the £500,000 fee was beyond Town’s means and the Jamaican joined Stoke City.

Lee Martin joined Millwall after leaving Portman Road in the summer of 2013, while ex-Blues loan keeper Stephen Bywater also moved to the Lions during that close season after departing Sheffield Wednesday. He is currently on loan at Gillingham.

The sides are closely-matched historically, Millwall having won 19 games (18 in the league) and Town 18 (15), while 13 (13) have ended in draws.

When the teams last met at the Den in January debutant right-back Ryan Fredericks netted freak goal shortly before the break to see Millwall to a deserved 1-0 victory.

Town, who had midfielder Luke Hyam stretchered off early on, were second best for the most part and would have lost by a greater margin had former Blues winger Martin not spurned a 70th minute chance.

In August, in Town’s first home game of the 2013/14 season, the Blues beat Millwall 3-0. After a goalless first hour, Shane Lowry diverted an Aaron Cresswell ball past keeper Bywater in the 63rd minute before Smith powered home a trademark header on 70.

Mark Beevers inadvertently converted an Elliott Hewitt cross with seven minutes left on the clock, Paul Anderson subsequently being somewhat generously awarded the goal.

The club are leaving it up to each individual player whether they join in with this weekend's anti-homophobia Rainbow Laces campaign.

Stonewall, the Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) and Paddy Power have joined forces and sent rainbow laces to every player in Britain in order for them to show support for gay players and fans.

Saturday’s referee is Carl Berry from Surrey, who has shown 13 yellow cards and no red in five games so far this season. Berry will be taking charge of his first Town game.

Squad from: Gerken, Bialkowski, Chambers, Hewitt, Mings, Parr, Berra, Smith, Bishop, Skuse, Hyam, Anderson, Ambrose, Tabb, Henshall, Bru, McGoldrick, Murphy, Sammon, Bajner.

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mroberts added 15:26 - Sep 12
Conner Salmon, waste of money he wont score any goals for us. Lets see a bit of Ambrose tomorrow maybe he can give us the lift we need.

pazelle added 15:27 - Sep 12
Parr, Berra, Smith, Mings
Anderson, Hyam, Skuse, Henshall

bedsitfc added 15:33 - Sep 12
I almost agree apart from Murphy ahead of mcgoldrick Ambrose on bench and bishop for skuse.
Hensall pace and younger legs could hurt Edwards.

Bluetone added 15:39 - Sep 12
Going to see now whether McCarthy's has real ambition and go for a creative team or his old play it safe favourites.
Skuse or Bishop being the main indicator.

pauljewelsbarmyarmy added 15:40 - Sep 12
Parr, Berra, Smith, Chambers
Anderson, Hyam, Bishop, Henshall
McGoldrick, Murphy

AYACCA added 15:45 - Sep 12
I bought a new SatNav it's really good,,,
Yesterday I drove past a Zoo and it said Bear Left .....
Now that's clever !

Mariner1974 added 15:49 - Sep 12

Norwich City Carrot Road - You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy…we must be cautious

ipswichdave added 16:06 - Sep 12
Sure MM will go with the old 4 4 2 and be over the moon with a scrappy 1 0 win
Chambers Berra Smith Parr
Anderson Hyam Scuse Tabb
McGoldrick Murphy


kuyski added 16:07 - Sep 12
Parr, Berra, Smith, Mings
Hyam, Bru
Anderson,McGoldrick, Henshall

riley26 added 16:09 - Sep 12
Hoping to see at least one of Bru or Bishop retain their place in the side. Can quite easily see Mick putting Skuse back in but hoping he gives us a pleasant surprise and goes with one of those two.

Two home games in a week, let's give those players who impressed away at Derby another chance, if it doesn't work out there's a chance to tinker before the Tuesday night game.


Chambers. Berra. Smith. Mings/Parr.

Anderson. Hyam. Bishop. Henshall.

Murphy. McGoldrick.

Difficult to call the full back positions, Parr and Mings both promising players, then Chambers is not a natural right-back but I think he actually gets forward quite well, and is of course the skipper.

Let's hope for a sunny afternoon, some home grown talent on display, two natural wingers, attacking full-backs and our talismanic £10M rated striker up top. Dare I say that side has a slight feel of 'the good old days' (not that long ago) about it.

StowTractorBoy added 16:36 - Sep 12
I agree with Ipswich Dave that will be the side MM picks and if we need to chase the game he will change it.

Len_Brennan added 16:42 - Sep 12
Parr, Chambers, Berra, Mings
Anderson, Hyam, Ambrose, Henshall
McGoldrick, Murphy

Trust the defence, we wouldn't swap any of our 3 centre halves for another in the Championship, so just have one holding midfielder alongside a player who can put his foot on the ball & see a pass through the middle. Start with Ambrose or Bishop there, in the knowledge that they'll probably won't see out the 90 minutes & can be replaced with the other.
I agree with Bedsitfc, that Henshall could hurt Edwards at right back, but similarly Chambers can be attacked at right back, so I would prefer to have an actual full back play there, hence Parr in to deal with the threat of Martin who can certainly take on man & get into dangerous positions.
Henshall's pace should definitely be used to pick up on better service from a more forward thinking midfield.

battyblue added 16:45 - Sep 12
Bishop has to start ahead of Scuse or my respect for MM will be totally shot.

battyblue added 16:48 - Sep 12
And i still don't agree with Chambers playing right back just to fit him in the team its not his best position and we have other options.

gibbo added 16:49 - Sep 12

Chambers,berra, smith

Parr, skuse, hyam,mings


Murphy, mcgoldrick

jas0999 added 16:50 - Sep 12
Last season we challenged for a top six place, therefore at the start of this season it was a given that we will do so again, otherwise it would be a backwards step. After a relatively poor start to the season (5 points from 5 games), it's essential that we beat Millwall at home. Failure to do so would be a poor result in my opinion. I hope we attack from the start as frankly there is no need or indeed any excuse to be cautious and play defensive. Bishop has to start. Skuse has been terrible.

Seasider added 18:00 - Sep 12
Agree jas 0999.As others have said if Scuse and Tabb start we will know that Mick wont change even if he has better more attacking players to choose from,
Interesting in Harry's bit about our opponents,a Millwall fan said after MM took over there they became a boring team.
I wish our Manager would show a more offensive side,instead of seemingly trying to negate the opponents especially at home.
I hope that Mick will surprise us all tomorrow;but as usual wont hold my breath.

therein61 added 18:02 - Sep 12
I'm driving up tomorrow(no beer! bugger!!) 400 odd round trip I really hope that MM sticks with young Bishop in midfield instead the exSKUSE for a midfielder who brings nothing to the side for me(my opinion go easy) Bishop is exciting when pushing forward (bit like Eric Gates) he's a pest to defenders and has an eye for a through ball with Hyam anchoring behind him I feel very encouraged with the pairing and of course Ambrose on the bench when the poor little bugger is knackered will keep the movement going, I just have a feeling that Bishop is going to develop into a midfielder in what used to be our tradition but then I've been spoilt having seen some world beaters in a town shirt in over 50 years since my 1st game let's rock Portman Road tomorrow Millwall will not roll over but if we get at em then 3-1 for me.

Andy32Cracknell added 18:08 - Sep 12

Chambers Berra Smith

Hewitt Parr

Ambrose Bishop

Mcgoldrick Murphy

thebeat added 18:10 - Sep 12
Chambers Berra Smith Parr,
Hewitt Hyam Bishop Henshall
McGoldrick Murphy

Id love to see this youthful attacking team tommorow but i fear Mogadon will go back to his tried, failed yet still trusted trio of Anderson, Skuse and Tabb.

Andy32Cracknell added 18:11 - Sep 12
Hewitt Chambers Berra Smith Parr
Ambrose Hyam Bishop
Mcgoldrick Murphy

Obviously attacking full backs and Ambose and Bishop infront of Hyam and anchor man in midfield

buddsterblue added 18:19 - Sep 12
Like it riley26

442 predictable but let's face it under McCarthy probably safest

chepstowblue added 18:25 - Sep 12
How many of the 1981 squad would get into this current line up ?!

muccletonjoe added 18:57 - Sep 12
I think we would all like to see teddy bishop in the starting 11, he might just get there

Pip50 added 19:09 - Sep 12
Holly must be pleased Hunt is fit but won't be risked FFS!!
Now we have Ambrose we must be close to being able to field a full team of has beens or never had it's.
Millwall please take him back with you. You know who!

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