Marshall shrugs off Town visit

FORMER Blues keeper Andy Marshall has shrugged off the visit of his old club Ipswich as nothing hugely significant, writes Derek Davis.Marshall joined Millwall last season after being bombed out at Portman Road by Joe Royle and his stay at Portman Road was not made easy by Town supporters who could not forget his Norwich connections.

FORMER Blues keeper Andy Marshall has shrugged off the visit of his old club Ipswich as nothing hugely significant, writes Derek Davis.

Marshall joined Millwall last season after being bombed out at Portman Road by Joe Royle and his stay at Portman Road was not made easy by Town supporters who could not forget his Norwich connections.

He played in the FA Cup final against Manchester United and signed a permanent deal in the summer expecting to be first choice.

Now he faces his old club again after sitting on the subs' bench in Millwall's 2-0 loss, at Portman Road in September.

Marshall said: "I can't deny that I'm pleased to be in the first team now. That is what I came here to do.

"I'm really looking forward to playing against Ipswich because they were a former club of mine but I don't really have any more issues with them than that."

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Marshall is back in the starting line-up after missing out for most of the season to on-loan Arsenal custodian Graham Stack, who has been dropped after recently appearing in court to answer rape allegations.

He showed his worth in the 2-0 victory over Brighton in their last home game with a superb diving save and a penalty stop in the dying seconds.

Marshall added: "It is great to be playing. That is all I have wanted all season. It's what I needed. I had spoken to the boss Dennis Wise several times and he was very understanding. He and Ray Wilkins have been great."

Marshall would have been top of a few Championship teams' shopping list had he failed to play before now. He is now keen again to help Millwall win promotion.

Marshall said: "We are in a strong position. But where it goes now for me, I don't know. All I can do is play my best and hopefully that will keep me in the team."

The Lions are in ninth position after a 1-1 draw with Leeds United last weekend and have been impressive at home with eight wins and one draw in their 12 games.

They have Kevin Muscat back from a three-match ban and are likely to deploy four at the back, although Millwall do switch to three centre-backs on occasions.

The Lions are unpredictable in their line-ups but is it expected Danny Dichio will spearhead the attack supported by Barry Hayles and Scott Dobie.

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