As Millwall fans head for Wembley for their 4th visit since 2009 and a 3rd playoff final it would not be an understatement to say they consider Wembley their 2nd home. Millwall fans will be hoping it is 3rd time lucky against the men from Yorkshire, back in August at the den we lost 3-2 and in January we went to a 2-1 defeat at their place.
It is true to say the current form of The Lions bears no resemblance to the form or lack of it that we showed in the previous games. I read the other day that Barnsley are considered favourites in this match, this apparently the so called experts is because the run they put together which got them into the play-offs. But I should point out that when the league ended we finished with 81pts & they got 74 pts. But I would contend that in getting to the final the Lions had the harder opposition.
To bring some balance to this I should say that Barnsley are making their 2nd trip to Wembley this season they were successful in winning the Johnsons Paint Trophy against the favourites at the time Oxford.
Neil Harris has one major injury concern going into this game Byron Webster who has been outstanding this season in the back four picked at an injury in the last couple of minutes against Bradford’s last Friday and had to be substituted. He felt a twinge in his hamstring based on what I have read and heard it would not be a surprise if Webster ended up missing the final. But it would be a bitter disappointment to Webster. He will be given every opportunity until Sunday to overcome the hamstring problem.
If Webster ends up missing out then his place will be taken by either Tony Craig or Sid Nelson, I would expect TC to get the nod. The only other Millwall regular who will be missing is Mahlon Romeo who is still serving a 3 match ban for the straight red given against Gillingham in the final league game of the season.
Neil Harris will be on Lions Live show today and he will give us the up to date on the news on the final.
I have not seen anything about the Barnsley side that would suggest they have any injury problems, in fact reading their website in fact their manager when asked if there would be any changes in the team. He clearly indicated that the same team will take the field at Wembley that played against Walsall.
Regardless of the result on Sunday this has not been an unsuccessful season in fact it is the best season we have since the 1st season (2011/12) we got back into the championship when Kenny Jackett was manager.
Since Chopper become the manager we have had a settled side not constantly being changed like Hollowhead kept doing. The club is Cleary going in the right direction of travel. Finally this team reminds me of the team that won the League 1 title back in 2000/01 in a lot of ways.
So with that and this team it is not a matter of if this team will go up but when.
I am confident of victory on Sunday!