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Into the Lion's Den!-by TMP

The season still refuses to die and drags on to the bitter end despite all the automatic promotion,play-offs and relegation places resolved a few games back!

One of those relegated teams of course include Millwall who we face at the New Den this Saturday in our penultimate game of the season and our last one on the road.

The big question is will these Lions show they have some pride or will they come out toothless? They could even just experiment and try some of their young guns with Season 2006-7 in League 1 in mind.

The news from the New Den [How long has it been 'New' now?] was even more depressing for the Millwall fans this week . The Club have now also lost their manager,David Tuttle who left his post at Millwall by mutual consent. Goalkeeping coach Tony Burns and reserve team boss Alan McLeary will take charge for the remaining games with Burnley and Crewe.

Already the speculation has begun as to who will succeed Tuttle. This is the shortlist rumoured

Ray Lewington

Peter Reid

Stan Ternent

Teddy Sheringham

Ray Wilkins

Ian Holloway

Woah, play that back! Stan Ternent? Where the hell did that come from? Most of the Clarets I know all think he has semi-retired and is painting his shed. Surely he wouldnt want to go South again? Did he not say he was homesick in Gillingham? Bermondsey doesnt seem that much more attractive!

The club will be without midfielder Alan Dunne for their home match against Burnley.

Dunne sustained a fractured cheekbone in the Easter Monday defeat at Southampton and will not play again this season.

Skipper David Livermore has been playing through the pain of a foot injury in recent weeks, and faces an operation to correct the problem. He will not feature in the remaining matches.

Midfielder Jody Morris, winger Josh Simpson and striker Barry Hayles are unlikely to play again this term due to knee injuries.

But enough of the Lions what about the Clarets?

Burnley boss Steve Cotterill has doubts over Chris McCann and Michael Ricketts. There are some who have doubts that Ricketts is even still with us!

Midfielder McCann is struggling with a hamstring problem with striker Ricketts supposedly battling against an ankle injury.

Phil Bardsley is also likely to be ruled out with an ankle injury sustained in the goalless draw at Hull.

Goalkeeper Danny Coyne (knee) and defender Wayne Thomas (foot) are of course both out for the season.

We have also been told that Steve Cotterill is experimenting in the side so we shall have to see what that entails for this match in view of the injuries.

I would expect to see the same back four as the last two games with Sinclair, Duff, McGreal and Harley. We could perhaps see Wade Elliott or Garreth O'Connor start in this match if McCann is injured but Mahon, James O'Connor and Micah Hyde would be my bet for definite inclusion with probably Branch. Andy Gray with Kyle Lafferty would be my choice for the striking duo in a 4-4-2 formation.

Well if Steve Cotterill really wants to experiment, maybe he should try something radical and play Danny Karbassiyoon and Duane Courtney but I cant see it somehow!

Oh well another pointless game which I hope does not mean of course we return pointless! I dont like these matches somehow, in theory we should beat a downcast, demoralised, relegated and managerless team but we are Burnley!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 21 2006

Time: 1:13PM

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There may be some toothless people, but they sure wont be toothless,lol.
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22/04/2006 11:24:00

Oh fig, Ricketts is fit and back in! Why the hell do we have to keep playing this chap,are we going to buy him or summat? For gawds sake, play Kyle! B Jensen, F Sinclair,J McGreal, M Duff, J Harley, M Hyde, J O'Connor, G.Branch , A Mahon, M.Ricketts , A Gray
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22/04/2006 14:42:00

With an experimental team we cannot beard the lion in his own den . We have not to worry as it seems next season will be brighter ifonly we could acquire a couple of lethal strikers .
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23/04/2006 07:45:00

Crikey, you got beat by the leagues bottom team. OK i suppose if tyou experimented again.
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02/05/2006 21:22:00


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