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Swindon Town vs. Millwall

The County Ground

09/10/09

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PREVIEW: STFC vs. MILLWALL

Swindon look to continue their unbeaten run as they take on Millwall in what will be no doubt a tough test for Danny Wilson's men.

Vital Quotes: Wilson

Town manager Danny Wilson remains cautious but optimistic as Town try and maintain their good start to the season. Talking to BBC Radio Wiltshire that 'you've got to get past the halfway mark at least before you really start to have a look at the league... There's not much in the league at the moment. We've just got to make sure we keep that momentum going.'

Swindon Town Team News:

Obviously Hasney Aljofree is out, as is Alan O'Brien. Kurt Hammonds remainds sidelined while to my surprise I learn the Kasali Yinka Casal is also injured (as if he would be contention!)

Tope Obadeyi and Lloyd Macklin are unavailable through injury

Player to watch: Simon Ferry

He was rested against Exeter City in midweek so it was a great opportunity for him to recharge his batteries and continue his partnership with Jonny Douglas in the centre of midfield.

Millwall Team News:

Swindon welcome the return of former Town defender Jack Smith who will be looking to show Danny Wilson that he was wrong to release him last summer. I imagine that Smith will be given a decent reception on his return.

Darren Ward and Ali Fuseini are definately out while Paul Robinson is unlikely to feature. Ashley Grimes (remember him?) has been passed fit.

Gary Alexander is another ex-Town players to be currently on the books at the New Den.

Millwall's last fixture secured John Barnes' fate as the Londoners destroyed Tranmere 5-0.

Millwall Squad that Beat Tranmere: Forde, Smith, Frampton, Craig, Barron, Abdou, Laird, Martin (Schofield '70), Henry (Hackett '86), Alexander, Morison
SNU: Price, Sullivan, Harris, Bolder, Dunne.

Player to watch: James Henry

A midfielder who is on loan from Reading. Many Town fans mentioned Henry's name as a potential target during the Summer.

He grabbed a hat trick against Tranmere Rovers last week so will be looking to add to his goal tall.

Match Facts & Stats

The last fixture between the two clubs finished 1-1 after a sublime equalising goal in injury time by James Henry broke Town hearts. Billy Paynter gave Swindon the lead in the first half but were unable to hang on (!)

17/02/09: Millwall 1-1 Swindon Town

MFC: Forde, Frampton, Whitbread, Duffy (Dunne '75), Craig, Grabban (Grimes '66), Henry, Abdou, Bolder, Harris, McLeod.

SNU: Barron, Laird, Pidgeley.

STFC: Brezovan, Vincent, Greer (Jean-Francois '77), Ifil, J. Smith, Robson-Kanu (McNamee '69), Kanyuka, Timlin, Amankwaah, Paynter (Sturrock '84), Cox.

SNU: P. Smith, Razak.

28/09/08: Swindon Town 1-2 Millwall

M: Easter
S: J. Smith
M: Grabban

03/05/08: Swindon Town 2-1 Millwall

M: Senda
S: Cox
S: McNamee

29/09/07: Millwall 1-2 Swindon Town

S: Cox
M: Simpson
S: Ifil

Among those who have played for both clubs

Phil Smith
Jack Smith
Gary Alexander
Ashley Grimes
David Mitchell
Paul Allen
Rhys Evans
Neil Ruddock
Sammy Igoe
Sam Parkin
Bryan Hamilton
Jamie Vincent
Alf Dean

Ref Watch:

K. K. Wright

Wright has officiated in six matches this season thus far giving 16 yellow cards.

His last Town match was an early (if not first) Paul Sturrock games, the 3-1 win in the FA Cup against Carlisle in November 2006.

Match Prediction:

1-1

Next Fixtures:

Swindon welcome Hartlepool United to Town on October 17th.




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