Millwall travel to newly promoted Blackburn Rovers

Millwall will play their first Championship away match on Saturday as they travel up to Lancashire looking to put their opening match to rest last Saturday after suffering the indignation of letting a comfortable lead disappear in the dying moments.

Kick off time at Ewood Park is 15:00 UK time (16:00 Malta time and CET) as both Blackburn and Millwall go into the match both looking for their first win of the season.

Last Saturday on the opening day of the season Millwall let a decisive 2-0 lead fade away in the dying minutes as Middlesbrough somehow managed to dig themselves out of a hole and salvage a remarkable 2-2 draw.

Things had started so well for the Lions in the seasons curtain raiser and it looked like possible revenge for the Lions due to the away team ending Millwall’s chances of a play off spot last season.

Middlesbrough started sweetly and had a couple of half chances in the opening ten minutes, however the opening goal came at the other end with just over 11 minutes played when a low cross was whipped over from the Millwall right and Aiden O’Brien cracked home from close range to give the Lions an early lead.

With Boro still under pressure, the Lions strove to ram home their advantage and Jake Cooper wasn’t far off target with a powerful header when meeting a left-wing corner.

It got better for Millwall with 36 minutes played when Aden Flint underpowered a back header, Lee Gregory intercepted and at the second attempt, keeper Darren Randolph having stopped the first effort, tapped in from close range to notch his first of the season.

So at the Den Millwall were 2-0 up at half time and anybody taking my half time betting tip of leading 2-0 at the halfway point would now be €69.00 better off.

A lively first half had the fans of both teams on their feet in a season-opener that was played under a baking sun.

Millwall came out for the second half looking for a third and when Lee Gregory and Steve Morrison combined to miss a sitter, Boro manager Tony Pulis had seen enough and brought on the cavalry from the bench.

It worked as Boro finally found a way through with three minutes of normal time remaining when a deep cross from Wing caused problems deep in the Millwall box. Tavernier pounced and pulled a short ball back to Martin Braithwaite who tucked in from close range.

With just over six minutes of added on time played a long throw from Shotton wasn’t cleared and in a scramble at the back post George Friend stretched to turn in the equaliser to shatter Millwall’s day.

Blackburn also started their season off in similar style with a 2-2 draw away at Ipswich Town where the home team also equalised in stoppage time.

Rovers fell behind early on when Gwion Edwards headed in Freddie Sears’ cross. But Danny Graham poked in the equaliser after Ipswich failed to clear a free-kick, before Bradley Dack slotted home from Derrick Williams’ pass. Blackburn were the better team on the afternoon but just like Millwall had done down in south London they let all the good work go to waste as Edun’s cross drifted over the Rovers defence and beyond keeper David Raya to spark wild scenes from the Tractor Boys fans.

Seeing Saturday’s games it has to be said Blackburn were a bit brutal in the tackle. With both teams looking relatively unsure at the back it could be another goal fest at Ewood Park. Expect chances galore.

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Orient Entertain Barrow at Brisbane Road

Leyton Orient will play their second home game of the season on Saturday looking to kickstart their home campaign against visiting Barrow.

The kick off time for the first weekend home game of the 2018/2019 season will be 15.00pm UK time (16.00pm CET and Malta time).

The O’s first home match of the season on Wednesday saw them lead 1-0 up until injury time when Ebbsfleet struck an equalizer to send a gleeful set of away fans back on the short trip to Kent.

Having had a tough start last Saturday up in Greater Manchester where they played newly promoted Salford City and picked up a very creditable 1-1 away draw this was Leyton Orient’s second consecutive 1-1 draw.

To let it slip so late will be both upsetting and alarming for manager Justin Edinburgh as Ebbsfleet ground out their point and battled hard throughout. Orient if anything looked a little weary as if it were end of season not just the second game in. Maybe it was the fact that 2 games in 4 days was too much for them so early in the season.

An excellent 4,710 attendance crammed into the east London ground as Ebbsfleet picked up their first point of the season following their 1-0 defeat to Chesterfield last Saturday who themselves were beginning life in the National League for the first time following their relegation from the football league in May.

The Fleet looked to be heading for a second successive 1-0 defeat in the National League but substitute Corey Whitely fired in a deflected shot from 20 yards to gain the Fleet their first point and goal of the season.

Worryingly for Orient they lost George Elokobi to injury within the first three minutes and Fleet nearly carved them open moments later but Ebou Adams’ cross was cleared behind.

Orient went ahead with their first attack on 18 minutes. Macauley Bonne got behind the Fleet defence and crossed for James Brophy to side-foot home.

Fleet were nearly level four minutes later but home keeper Dean Brill did well to turn a low Myles Weston drive behind. Sean Shields twice went close, his cross-shot was turned over and then he bundled the ball wide after a neat exchange with Chris Bush.

Fleet were forced back after the break, as Orient enjoyed the majority of possession and only a fine save by Ashmore then denied Orient substitute Josh Koroma a second goal with 10 minutes left,

Orient nearly won it in the fourth minute of stoppage time but Ashmore held on to Bonne’s header.

Barrow the visitors on Saturday saw Jack Hindle scored twice as Barrow secured all three points with a comfortable home win over Havant and Waterlooville in the National League before they went down 2-0 to Halifax in their opening away game on Tuesday.

Orient and Barrow met twice in the National league last season where their first game in October saw a mad 2-2 draw with the O’s at Holker Street with all goals in the first half.

David Mooney stroked Orient ahead when he controlled and dispatching James Brophy’s left-wing cross, before Bedsente Gomis levelled shortly after with a looping header.

Craig Clay then connected with a rebound to restore the O’s’ advantage, only for Jordan White to square up things just before the interval with a close-range finish.

The corresponding match at Brisbane Road in April saw Orient muller Barrow 4-1 and without doubt the O’s will be firm favourites going into this particular match though.

Orient will be looking to make a point by snatching all 3 points on Saturday.

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Orient Home Start Sees Ebbsfleet United Visit

Leyton Orient will play their first home of the season on Wednesday night looking to kickstart their home campaign against visiting Ebbsfleet United.

The kick off time for the first midweek home game of the 2018/2019 season will be 19.45pm UK time (20.45pm CET and Malta time).

The O’s had a tough start on Saturday up in Greater Manchester where they played newly promoted  Salford City who are off the back of having won 3 promotions in the last 4 seasons. Salford City have been on a roll the last few seasons thanks to help, money and input from former Manchester United class of ‘92 members Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt.

Orient came away from Salford City with a very creditable 1-1 away draw and both teams will have been pleased to have got on the board at least.

This was the first time the two teams had ever played against each other as new manager Graham Alexander led out his troops on home turf looking for an opening victory in their first season in the National League.

The home team started well and looked busy, running after everything all over the park. Perhaps running on adrenalin in front of an excellent 2,156 attendance. Rory Gaffney had opened the scoring shortly after half-time, converting Danny Lloyd’s accurate cross which he volleyed well to send the home supporters into elation.

In the second half Orient left it late to get back to level pecking but bit back with just 2 minutes left on the clock. A corner from Jobi McAnuff was floated into the back post where Craig Clay lashed the ball back across goal, saw a deflection of Salford’s Hogan and smack bang into the net to give the travellers that all important first point of the season. The home team had started as favourites so this will be a happy manager Justin Edinburgh after the first game.

The team selection was not a million miles away from the team that ended last season although Alabi was making his debut opposite Orient’s scoring dynamo from last season Macauley Bonne.

Wednesday nights opponents Ebbsfleet didn’t start off their campaign too impressively as they played Chesterfield who were beginning life in the National League for the first time following their relegation from the football league in May. The Kent team lost 1-0 thanks to a Zavon Hines’ second-half penalty to give Chesterfield a great incentive to kick on and thrust themselves back into the second division.

The Spireites dropped out of the Football League for the first time in almost a century after finishing bottom of League Two last season, but they made an ideal start to this campaign.

Ebbsfleet will feel hard done by, however, as Ebou Adams’ header clattered the bar in the first half while Danny Kedwell’s chipped effort was cleared off the line just after the interval.

Orient’s last competitive home game ended in a 1-0 defeat to Maidenhead United at the end of April 2018 and they will be looking to get 3 more points for the league table come the final whistle on Wednesday.

Interestingly there was no place for Matt Harold or David Mooney in the team on Saturday and neither made the bench either and at 33 and 34 years of age respectively you do wonder if either will feature for the O’s this season.

In the corresponding match at Brisbane Road last season you only have to go back to March 10th where the teams carved out a 1-1 draw, Orient scoring through a 32nd minute equaliser after Corey Whitely had given Ebbsfleet a 15th minute lead.

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Millwall Entertain Middlesbrough

Millwall will commence the season at the New Den on Saturday as they entertain Middlesbrough looking to begin the season on a high against their north east rivals.

Having lost out on the final game of last season to miss the play off places, confidence in the Lions camp will be high and then will be looking to continue where they left off having enjoyed a wonderful set of results in 2018. Despite this, weariness took the puff out of the Millwall express in the last few games as they almost pulled off a major shock in making the play offs having been stuck in the bottom half of the table for the first 5 months of the campaign.

Kick off is 15:00 UK time (16:00 Malta time) and is one of eight games on Saturday in the Championship due to begin at this time with only Sheffield United v Swansea starting at 17:30 UK time on the opening weekend of the season.

For all Millwall’s great football and results in 2018 they failed at the last hurdle at the end of April when playing their play off rivals Middlesbrough whom they entertain at the Den on Saturday. They were soundly beaten 2-0 in a match sadly that saw a number of crowd disturbances. The brilliantly named Britt Assombalonga scored in the first half and Jonny Howson in the second to heap misery onto the Millwall fans. In reality, Middlesbrough were on hand to put the final nail in the coffin of Millwall’s fragile hopes of providing an extraordinary season for the Lions. Millwall if truth be told never really got going in the match as the home team attacked with patience and a decent formation.

Still it was a brilliant season in retrospect for the Lions and it was unfortunate the game was marred at full time when dozens of home supporters ran onto the pitch and started goading Millwall fans in the away end. Plastic bottles were thrown by both sets of fans as stewards tried to avoid confrontation and it took about 10 minutes for police to restore order as the situation became heated.

In 2018 celebrating 25 years at the Den, Millwall have had a big clear out in the summer discarding 10 players including Tim Cahill their Aussie legend, Tom King  and Noah Chesmain to Colchester United. Only two new players have been brought in, Tom Amos from Bolton and Murray Wallace from Scunthorpe United.

Middlesbrough have toughened up their defence with centre backs Paddy McNair and Aden Flint arriving while they have got rid of Patrick Bamford to Leeds United, Fabio to Nantes in France and Antonio Barragan to Real Betis in the Spanish La Liga.

Middlesbrough finished off last season in 5th place but were knocked out in the play offs in the semi finals where they looked totally lacking in any sort of rhythm and were deserved of their defeat 1-0 on aggregate where Aston Villa shut up shop.

For Millwall their eventual position was a more than commendable 8th. They lacked more goals than anything else with only 56 from their 46 games. They only conceded 45 goals so the defence were doing their jobs but a statistic of 19 wins was excellent.

For the ‘Brough 22 wins in their campaign was a wonderful return for the season but with the money spent the previous summer they were hoping for an immediate return to the Premiership.

Millwall will be looking for a partial revenge on Middlesbrough effectively ending their season in April and will have their tails up. Whether they have enough new players is a different question.

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Orient Start Campaign Against Salford

Leyton Orient will head up to the Peninsula Stadium in Greater Manchester to take on Salford City on Saturday aware that a win is an important pointer for the rest of the season.

The kick off time for the first game of the campaign will be the incredibly early hour of 12.30pm UK time (1.30pm CET and Malta time).

This will be a stern test for Leyton Orient as Salford have won 3 promotions in the last 4 seasons. For those unaware Salford are owned 50% by former Manchester United players, the class of ‘92 members Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, with businessman Peter Lim owning the other 50%. Salford City have come a long way in a very short period of time and their next step up would be the football league.

As the O’s found out last year the National League is no kids party. A mid placed position was exactly what they required for some type of stabilisation for the club as manager Justin Edinburgh was wise with signings and got Orient to play his way. So the new season beckons and everyone connected with the club will be quietly hoping to obtain at the minimum a play off place.

The two teams have never played against each other so statistics are non existent for them however for the winners of the National League North it is a superb indicator that Salford City are certainly not in the National League to make up the numbers. Graham Alexander is the new man at the helm and took over in May 2018 with Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson who were appointed joint-managers in January 2015 making way. All the players for the club went professional in 2017. They won a mind boggling 27 of their 41 games they played in the league last season and were promoted as champions with a whopping 75 goals to their name. Not bad for only their second season in the 6 tier of English football.

For Leyton Orient now the storm of the last few seasons appears to have subsided Edinburgh is still driving the bus as manager with Ross Embleton his assistant with Martin Ling director of football. Last year the O’s finished the season in 13th place with 60 points after having post Christmas stumbles that worried a lot of the fans. With the collywobbles disappearing they grabbed important points in the spring to keep them nicely stationed in mid table. They won 16 of their 46 matches and scored only 58 goals. They will need a few more than that to heave them into a play off spot at minimum this season.

Dale Gorman has come in from Stevenage on a free transfer, a 22 year old central midfielder with dual British and Irish nationality. James Alabi has signed a deal, the 23 year old centre forward might be exactly what the doctor ordered with pace and agility. He comes in from Tranmere Rovers and going the other way up to Merseyside to join the Rovers is Jake Caprice. Christian Scales has been released as has Romuald Boco. Charley Barker has also departed for pastures new along with Ryan McLean. You have a feeling another couple of acquisitions would be required to beef up the squad a little.

Orient had a great result in their last friendly before the beginning of the season with a spirited fighting 2-2 draw with A13 rivals Southend United last weekend. The good news is top scorer from the previous campaign Macauley Bonne settled in well with new boy Alabi. This could prove crucial in the coming season.

Salford will be favourites but let’s see what the new strike force can do.

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