Boss wary of Lions bite back after heavy FA Cup defeat in midweek
Mick McCarthy is expecting Millwall to provide dangerous opposition on Saturday as they look to respond to their heavy defeat at Bradford in midweek.
Ian Holloway’s side were knocked out of the FA Cup on Wednesday night, going down 4-0 at Valley Parade and playing most of the game with 10 men after Mark Beevers was sent-off.
“I’m not sure that was the best result we could have had,” the Town boss told the Club website.
“They would have come back with a flea in their ear and their fans will be demanding of them on Saturday.
“They had players who missed that game that will be available though and they’ve brought in one or two new players this week.
“I know what their fans are like as well. They can really get behind the team and put the fear of god into some opposition.
“If you are not doing well, they will let you know as well but I understand that.”
Mick is expecting his normal ‘warm’ welcome back from the home fans, the boss having played and managed the Lions.
“I enjoy the banter,” he added. “Two years back I got almighty abuse during the game.
“I went back there a few days later to watch Millwall play Blackburn and it was ‘great to see you back, Mickey boy’.
“You only get the stick when you are against them and I get that. I had a great time when I was at Millwall. I loved it there and have got a lot time for the club.”
Millwall: The Lions have signed Diego Fabbrini from Watford on loan and he could make his debut. Mark Beevers is suspended. Former Blue, Carlos Edwards, is out for the season with a cruciate ligament injury.
Town: Teddy Bishop misses out through illness but Cole Skuse and Jay Tabb are back after a virus. David McGoldrick is an injury concern after being forced off during the FA Cup defeat by Southampton while Dean Gerken has been ruled out for at least a month with a hip problem. Freddie Sears is included in the squad after joining from Colchester today.
Foot in both camps
Ed Upson scored Town’s winner in the 2005 FA Youth Cup final success over Southampton but was restricted to a couple of League Cup appearances at Portman Road. He spent four years at Yeovil before joining Millwall a year ago.
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Assistants: Mathew Buonassisi, Declan Ford
Fourth official: Lee Collins
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