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Millwall Preview

By: Richard Hubbert
Date: 20/04/2002

FROM February onwards most of Town's matches have all been described as "massive". For once this one isn't with the Mariners' First Division safety secured.

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Michael Boulding

For a free transfer from third division Mansfield, Town could not really have expected much from Michael Boulding when he joined the club in September. However, from day one Boulding's pace was obvious, but since Paul Groves took over, his form has been tremendous, netting seven goals in the last eight starts. This included of course, the goals that secured Towns division one status against Burnley last week and a hat trick against Wimbledon in March. His superb pace and eye for goal means that he is a problem for any defence, as he has proved in the last few weeks.

Dion Dublin

Former Cambridge, Manchester United, Coventry and Aston Villa target man who joined Millwall on deadline day until the end of the season. After seeing his chances limited at Villa this season, Dublin's move to the New Den has been a good one for all involved, and despite his age he is a quality striker at this level. Brought in to cover for Richard Sadlier, Dublin has forged a very good relationship with fellow veteran Steve Claridge.

Vital Statistics



Biggest home win: 6-2 (Wimbledon)

Biggest away win: 1-0 (West Brom, Coventry)

Heaviest home defeat: 0-3 (Watford)

Heaviest away defeat: 0-5 (Crystal Palace)

Top goalscorer: Michael Boulding (11 goals)

Biggest home win: 4-0 Norwich

Biggest away win: 4-0 Stockport

Heaviest home defeat: 0-2 Burnley

Heaviest away defeat: 0-4 Birmingham

Top goalscorer: Steve Claridge (17 goals)

Town Team News

  • There are major doubts over Stuart Campbell, Simon Ford and Steve Croudson, none of whom are expected to travel to London for the match. This makes two places spare on the bench and could mean a recall for Paul Raven. Town are not expected to have a reserved keeper on the bench either.
  • Ben Chapman will continue at left back, with Tony Gallimore completing his two match ban. John McDermott picked up a knock in last weeks game but will start his 498th game for the Mariners.
  • Millwall Team News

  • Steve Claridge has bruised his ribs and is rated doubtful for the last game of the season. He might not be risked though, especially with Millwall destined for the play offs.
  • If he doesn't make it, Neil Harris will deputise.

  • Expected Line Ups

    Danny Coyne
    John McDermott (C)
    Ben Chapman
    Andy Todd
    Paul Groves
    Danny Butterfield
    Terry Cooke
    Alan Pouton
    Stacy Coldicott
    Bradley Allen
    Michael Boulding
    Tony Warner
    Matt Lawrence
    Stuart Nethercott
    Darren Ward
    Ronnie Bull
    Paul Ifill
    Tim Cahill
    David Livermore
    Steven Reid
    Dion Dublin
    Neil Harris
    Substitutes Substitutes
    Paul Raven
    Phil Jevons
    Wayne Burnett
    Paul Robinson
    Steve Livingstone
    Steve Claridge
    Willy Gueret (GK)
    Mark Bircham
    David Tuttle
    Robbie Ryan

    Last Time Out

    Town last played the Lions on the 17th November last year, when the two sides battled out a 2-2 draw at Blundell Park. Town took the lead twice, with goals through Jonathan Rowan and Michael Boulding, but lost the lead twice as well, and conceded a last minute goal to see Town robbed of the points.

    Grimsby: Coyne, Butterfield, Chapman, Groves, Broomes, Pouton, Willems, Campbell, Boulding, Rowan, Allen.
    Subs: Burnett, Thompson, Raven, Boulder, Croudson.  Report

    Millwall Head-to-Head (31st on The Opposition Ladder).

    Fishy Prediction

    Town will want to continue their good form, but there again, Millwall need a point to make sure of the play offs, I think it might be an open game, so I'll go for a 2-2 draw.

    Prediction: 2-2 Reader's POMs


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