Lions face tricky start at Ashton Gate

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Well, with a summer of great weather and one particular nation ruling sport at the moment, everything gets put aside as the Football League season begins on Saturday.

The excitement draws closer as well as the nerves for both fans and players as all the hard work this summer comes downs to what happens in these next 10 months.

Expectations could possibly be ruined in the first game, pundit’s prediction could be made right or be laughed at and other results could leave teams playing catch up. A slow start could falter a season but surely that first 90 minutes will leave players and fans relieved that it’s finally here and business starts.

So far this pre-season results have been a mixture to say the least, but like any fan, a good result could bring hope, a bad result could leave nerves and doubts and managers will all say that gaining match fitness is the main priority.

I believe that pre-season results are key, mainly because you can see faults in teammates generally and obviously a good performance does do well for team morale. Every sportsman of course loves a victory as well as a performance.

It looks like Millwall couldn’t start with a more difficult opener too with Bristol City at Ashton Gate. Along with a new manager has come some fantastic signings, so the Championship new boys could definitely be in for a tough afternoon.

Another thing that every football fan loves too are the transfers, and there has been some good business this summer down at the The New Den.

Millwall have already added Steve Mildenhall and Tamika Mkandawire, and I recently suggested that the Lions should look for some loan signings to add to the blend of youth and experience already in place at the Den. And some of this has come to fruition.

Kenny Jackett has done some good business so far by re-signing James Henry, who shone at the back end of last season whilst on loan, as well as the previous season with the club.

As well as the keen youngster, I feel some great business has been done in securing Kevin Lisbie from Ipswich Town.

The out-of-favour striker from The Tractor Boys might feel he has something to prove by signing for Millwall, even though he did cut it at the highest level at Charlton before drifting away slightly.

Another piece of great business is the signing of Darren Carter from Preston North End, who has got Championship pedigree and also vital play-off and promotion experience too.

This upcoming season is also great for Neil Harris.

His testimonial against Hearts was a big day and thoroughly deserved for the prolific strike.

He has had over a decade of great play and memories with the Lions, on and off of course in terms of successive years, and although the result went against him, the day was all about Neil Harris and the all-time leading scorer for Millwall will definitely hope to add to his own tally.

Come three o’clock Saturday though, hopefully the minds will be focused and spirits will be high when Millwall travel west. No doubt the following there will be fantastic and who knows, it could be an impressive start for The Lions. The Championship always throws up surprises come May.

*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.


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