Another week, another test for the Lions

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A month into the season and Millwall find themselves up against another tough side pushing for the Promised Land that is the Premier League. At the same time, though, it’s another club with a new manager, the third time already this season.

Aidy Boothroyd is the man this time and has started very well with one of the league's major under-achievers, and along with him could be a familiar name in Marlon King.

It would be an understandable acquisition though seeing as he helped Boothroyd gain promotion with unfancied Watford and of course has Premier League pedigree. To partner this potential signing is the now ‘well travelled’ Freddy Eastwood, who has started fairly well this term and I’m sure is playing in his much preferred role of central striker.

Even though I had much sympathy for Chris Coleman getting sacked, the whole squad at Coventry has much quality and I feel Boothroyd could propel the club to the Premier League in their fifth anniversary of the Ricoh Arena, which in itself is made for top flight football.

Coventry have started well enough with two wins and a draw so far but, with Millwall’s terrific start and a very good midweek win over a strong Middlesbrough side in the Carling Cup, that could come to a brief end with a defeat at The Den, which has turned into a Championship fortress.

But with King on the brink of joining City, Kenny Jackett has made it clear that he is very happy with his current squad and is unlikely to add fresh faces anytime soon. And along with that, Kevin Lisbie seems happy enough to show what he’s got.

Lisbie has made it known that Ipswich isn’t the place he would like to go back to at the end of this loan stint. Surely he’ll try and get a move elsewhere or make this stay a permanent one. In that case he must try hard to gain that move he feels he deserves. He has already scored one and caused trouble for Richard Naylor last weekend when the Leeds man scored that unfortunate own goal. But one signing which was crucial was Scott Barron.

The 24-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Lions, and although he is unfortunately injured, his versatility and workrate makes him such a great asset to the side.

For the first time this season I feel Millwall really have what it takes to claim the three points here. The credentials the side has shown has left me confident, let alone themselves and even though Coventry are a top team who are confident themselves, the fixture list has thrown another fantastic side at the Lions, which hopefully they’ll tear apart and send them away licking their wounds.

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