Millwall travel to the second city on Saturday to take on Birmingham City in the hope making it 3 away league wins in a row.
Millwall haven’t lost in the league since New Years Day where they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Norwich City and are off the back of an impressive 1-1 draw against high flyers Cardiff City at The Den in front of the Sky Sports cameras last Friday. Birmingham on the other hand are off the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday.
Aiden O’Brien and Byron Webster remain the lions’ long term absentees however, Ben Marshall looks set to keep his place in the starting line-up after an impressive Millwall debut last week. Tim Cahill is still on his way back from regaining fitness but did come on as a substitute on Friday night. Birmingham will be without Cheikh N’Doye after getting sent off last week and will give a late fitness test to David Davis. Jonathan Grounds and Isaac Vassell remain side-lined.
This weekend’s meeting will be the 45th one between the sides with the hosts having the advantage, winning 21 to Millwall’s 11. Neil Harris’s side won the last meeting 2-0 at The Den in October courtesy of an own goal by Maxime Colin and a long range shot by Ryan Tunnicliffe to seal the three points for the lions.
Speaking ahead of the game, Harris is relishing the trip to St Andrews this weekend.
“It’s a tough place to go, playing a team that is below us in the league.”
“They are battling at the moment and will want to chase us down – that will make it even harder for us.”
“There is going to be a great atmosphere in the stadium and we’re looking forward to it.”
Similarly, Birmingham manager Steve Cotterill has urged his players to keep up the good form they are on and has praised manager Neil Harris for his side’s ‘team spirit’.
“Of late we have been in good form, we have played a certain way, I see any dramatic overhaul that we would need going into this game.”
“If I see any complacency in the players they don’t play, that’s the beauty of it, we want to keep getting better and better.”
“They (Millwall) have a way of playing and a team spirit. And I’ve always said when you go into a football club what will make you successful is a way of playing and a team spirit that everyone commits to.”