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At Millwall, scoring more, the next three seasons, facts and a video

There is a game today so we're going to get to that, but I need to write a little more on Steve Bruce and the open position. And I've also got to say that I'm not actively looking for news or stories on this, it's really just what I've stumbled on.

And I'm not stumbling on many stories where a pundit or a football man thought it a good idea to sack Bruce. And in the pre-match banter with reporters Kevin MacDonald also suggested that he's not going to change much because the side is close.

He did say something about supporters and he called for unity. He's not going to say that Aston Villa supporters never give a manager a chance or that it doesn't really matter who takes over now, that in two or three seasons some supporters will be saying he's got be sacked. It's what we do.

And it can also be quicker. The likes of McLeish, Lambert, Sherwood, Garde and Di Matteo were all mistakes when appointed but supporters didn't like Bruce for the style of football, despite having the best win record since Graham Taylor, during his first stint.

And maybe it's that we need a manager that is going to get us playing that way because obviously playing that way is all that is needed. We'll see.

At Millwall

So today obviously we all want a win and Millwall sitting in the bottom three should be easy pickings. Or so you'd think. I think it will be because we've got Kevin MacDonald and he will hopefully send them out with the purpose of scoring more than them and hopefully it will happen because if it doesn't, we'll have to sack him.

Because it wont be players that don't deliver.

I also think we've got to start with players that like to attack. I know this sounds obvious but against Preston we didn't really start with any wingers and not having that as an option is a little daunting. If you try to do everything through the middle, you're going to get stuck and I know Grealish can play anywhere, but he still needs a little time.

Today, we need to go out to win. We should drop Kodjia and let Tammy play up front by himself and have him as our focus. With Adomah, Bolasie, McGinn, Grealish and Bjarnason sitting behind, opportunities will be created and delivered and we will score goals and if our focus is on attach, it takes a little pressure of the back four.

I'm not even going to attempt to look at that, but I do think we will be okay. It's not rocket science and we've got the experience. And today it's about scoring more.

MacDonald speaks

Match facts from the BBC

  • In all competitions, Millwall have won their last six home matches against Aston Villa.
  • In 2017-18, Millwall were the only side that Aston Villa failed to score against in the Championship.
  • Both teams have found the back of the net in 10 of Aston Villa's 11 league games this season.
  • Millwall have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine Championship games, and are winless in their last eight (D2 L6).
  • Millwall have lost the most points from winning positions in the Championship this season (10), while Aston Villa have gained the most from behind (10).
  • Aston Villa have won just one of their last nine Championship games (D6 L2).


And I'm going to end if on Dwight Yorke and we all know he's having financial problems but Dwight, if you want the job, prove you're worthy of it.