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Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Millwall

The now Ian Holloway-less Millwall make their march North with an interim boss in charge - but will their fortunes change too?

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Bolton Wanderers face Millwall tomorrow in what some could judge to be a bottom-of-the-table clash in the nPower Championship (or whatever it's called these days).

News broke earlier on Tuesday that the Lions had dispensed with the services of wacky shithouse Ian Holloway, whose disastrous tenure was finally brought to an end by Chairman John Berylson. In an attempt to placate their knuckle-dragging fanbase, Berylson immediately appointed ex-player and club legend Neil Harris as interim manager with the club languishing in the relegation zone on 31 points, the same as crisis-hit local losers Wigan Athletic.

Holloway, who was appointed in January 2014, had his contract terminated with the Lions second from bottom after five defeats in six games and they will bring this disastrous form into the game on Saturday against Lennon's Bolton side who appear themselves to have overcome the recent poor run that looked like derailing their own momentum.

Millwall, under Holloway, made an encouraging start to this season, winning three and drawing one of their first five Championship matches, but have won just three times since October and are eight points from safety heading into this weekend's clash.

Top scorer is former Stoke City forward Ricardo Fuller, who has notched six goals in 35 league appearances.

The club found themselves receiving negative press recently following an away defeat to Rotherham United which saw several stewards were attacked and police officers suffered minor injuries trying control crowds at the New York Stadium. Violence flared when the home side scored a winning goal in the 85th minute in the bottom-of-the-table Championship game with a good number of Millwall fans attempting to break into the home section, attacking stewards and police.


Bolton themselves come to the game on the back of a last minute loss to Blackburn, which disappointed many, as our recent two game unbeaten run had halted a previous streak of three consecutive losses. We welcome new loanees Paddy McCarthy and Giles Coke, of Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday respectively to make their home debuts.. They boost a squad decimated by injury and both did well during Wednesday's late 0-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers.

Games between the two clubs are usually fairly tight, with results shared between the pair. I foresee the same again this weekend with the arrival of Harris providing a filip to a struggling Millwall side.

I call 2-1 Bolton.