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Opposition watch: Millwall

Posted: Thu 07 Nov 2013
Author: @ENorris_BWFC

The low-down on Saturday's opponents from the capital

Bolton Wanderers and Millwall meet for the 38th time this Saturday, with the Lions currently edging just ahead with 16 wins as opposed to the Whites' 14.

A rare fixture with there having been just seven meetings between the teams in the past two decades, last season's corresponding clash was the London outfit's first visit to the Reebok Stadium - a game which finished all square after a Keith Andrews penalty cancelled out Andy Keogh's earlier spot kick.

Earlier in the campaign Wanderers slipped to a last minute 2-1 defeat at The Den, but did emerge victorious during an FA Cup game in February 2011 on the way to the club's recent semi-final appearance.

A team that avoided relegation from the second tier by just two points last term, Millwall have experienced a similar start to life in the Championship this season and currently lie in 18th position in the league standings - a point ahead of the Whites.

The Lions' recent struggles resulted in a summer of change in south London, namely with the departure of manager Kenny Jackett who had spent six years in the Millwall hotseat.

The appointment of Steve Lomas was met with a mixed reception by the club's supporters given the former Northern Ireland international's affiliation with fierce rivals West Ham United, but the 39-year-old appears to have won over some of his doubters with victories against the likes of Blackpool, Charlton Athletic and Leeds United so far.

The former midfielder also moved to strengthen his squad during the summer months, with the arrival of experienced players such as Scott McDonald and Steve Morison at The Den.

Having collected just one win on the road all season however, the Millwall faithful will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes when they visit the North West this weekend.

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