London Derby Requires Wall Performance

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Tomorrow Millwall travel across London to Putney, SW London as we take on Fulham at Craven Cottage. Still winless on the road and a more concerning run with no win in five league games, Neil Harris and his players are going through their biggest test of the season so far.

The perfect timing for a big Wall performance then? Strikers struggling to score and goalkeeping mistakes meaning we’re missing out on valuable points. Might we regret not taking these chances come the season end in May? With 4,000 fans likely to be in that away end at 3pm tomorrow, the players will do well to find any excuse not to be up for this game.

Form across the team has dipped with too many members of the squad lacking confidence to be the hero in our side. Of course injuries and suspension haven’t helped with Byron Webster, Shaun Williams and Jed Wallace all unavailable for tomorrows tie. All three would probably be starting this game if available.

Nonetheless it’s time for players less depended on in recent times to step up and make a contribution to get us out of the run we find ourselves in at the moment. Players such as Fred Onyedinma, who the club invested heavily in over the summer to keep at the club, surely now is the time to provide some return on that investment.

Ryan Tunnicliffe and Shaun Hutchinson return to Craven Cottage for the first time since joining Millwall from Fulham, both of whom are expected to start and will equally want to be on top form to prevent their former employers taking all three points. The latter has been in top form this season and probably our best defender so far this season, however with Tunniciffe we haven’t seen that match winning performance just yet from the midfielder.

Selection debate will continue for the entire season on whether Harris opts for Tom Elliott or Steve Morison. However, with Morison starting from the bench the last two games, I expect Harris has pinpointed this game as a Morison sort of game.

With Lee Gregory still on two goals this season and Morison without a single goal to his name, the onus is on the front pair who caused havoc in League One to up their game and start scoring the all-important goals at this level.

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Fulham fresh from a 5-4 win away to Sheffield United (yes that was five-four) will be looking themselves to get a run of form to mount a push into play-off contention. The hosts themselves are without a home win in five, with defeat to Bristol City and four draws.

With 17-year-old sensation Ryan Sessegnon helping himself to his first career hat-trick in midweek, and with Tom Cairney slowly returning to form of last season since injury. The home side will be one of the more difficult sides we will come up against on the road this season. Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo was also on hand midweek to score two himself, another young player with bags of pace.

Last time we played at Fulham I’m sure we all remember the moment Martyn Woolford scored the only goal of the game and leave us joint top of The Championship under Ian Holloway. Though we all know how that season ended up…

Following suit to our form away from The Den so far this season, I’d be more than happy to take a point from the game tomorrow. However, with that backing in The Putney end lets dream of another successful trip to South West London…

London Derby Requires Wall Performance