‘We owe Ipswich one’ - Millwall boss

MILLWALL manager Kenny Jackett says the Lions owe Ipswich Town one after losing in the Carling Cup at the Den and in the league at Portman Road already this season.

Jacket’s injury-hit side entertains Town (kick-off 3pm) and the boss saying: “We owe Ipswich one.

“They are a good club and have a new manager, but we are looking forward to the game as we don’t want to lose to them again.

“I think it’s probably unprecedented in terms of how it’s gone this season - there has been a considerable amount of managers who have moved-on or lost their jobs lately.

“Each individual club will have to tell you whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

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“Every club is different and they all needed to make a decision, and what they chose was up to them.

“If you’re looking at Ipswich, they are a club with high expectations.”

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Jackett expects to name new signing Theo Robinson in his squad today after signing the 21-year-old for a fee in the region of �250,000 from Huddersfield.

Millwall could have as many as six regular first-teamers likely ruled out with central defenders Paul Robinson and Danny Shittu expected to be missing after suffering recurrences of their hamstring injuries in last weekend’s 4-1 FA Cup defeat by Birmingham City.

Utility man Tamika Mkandawire picked up a groin strain in that fixture, and will miss out along with Josh McQuoid who has an ankle problem.

Former Town midfielder Liam Trotter missed the Birmingham game with a back injury, and Jackett rates 50/50 to face his old club while loan striker Kevin Lisbie is ineligible to face his parent side.

Jackett is continuing to work hard on bringing in a loan signing to plug those gaps, but says that he will not dwell on the Lions’ injury problems.

“It’s not good news, but you get injuries during the course of the season,” he added.

“Your squad and your club have to cope and adjust to that.

“We have good players at the club and if we need to bring players in, we will. We are working on that and we’ll see how things progress.”

Today’s likely squads

Millwall: Forde, P Robinson, Smith, Craig, Barron, Shittu, Ward, Abdou, Henry, Harris, Schofield, Morison, Mildenhall, Grabban, Marquis, Hackett, Trotter, Carter, Laird, Hackett. T Robinson.

Ipswich Town: Fulop, Peters, McAuley, Delaney, O’Dea, Smith, Eastman, Kennedy, Edwards, Norris, Healy, Wickham, Priskin, Fallon, Lee-Barrett, Murray, Civelli, Scotland, Hyam, Lambe.

Referee: Mr I Williamson (Berkshire)

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