With the international break the Lions had a free weekend to prepare for the next match when we take on Swindon Town on Saturday (October 17) at The Den.
This is an important fixture. We need to entrench our improved home form. By stringing a few home wins together then our recent performances will be quickly forgotten.
Millwall have a few injury problems in midfield and defence so it will be interesting to see what team manager Neil Harris puts out.
He may decide to play Aiden O’Brien as a winger rather than his usual central striking role. Also open to debate is where he decides to play skipper Tony Craig within the backline.
Left-back Joe Martin came in for his first start of the season against Northampton Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in our last match with Craig putting in a good display playing as right centre-half for the first time this season.
Fellow centre-back Sid Nelson returned from injury for an under-21 match last week so could be used as a right centre-back if Byron Webster remains injured and Harris prefers an equal balance between left and right-footers in the back-line.
The draw for the South section quarter finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy was made on Saturday and Millwall have been drawn away to Plymouth Argyle which is the furthest away trip we could have faced. Shame, as a match against Dagenham and Redbridge, Southend or Gillingham would have been better for attendance.
One player we won’t be able to call on during the next three months is striker John Marquis who left the club for a loan to Leyton Orient. With Marquis signing a new contract this summer and in doing so, rejecting a two-year offer from Gillingham where he was on loan, it seemed likely he would get his chance this season for Millwall.
Things have not worked out well for Marquis and he is only fourth choice striker. He needs first-team football and hopefully he can get it at Orient as the signing of the contract at Millwall has been a backward step in his career.