Two back to back 8-0 defeats have left the Lionesses rock bottom of the championship with only 1 point from their opening 6 league games. Things must improve on the pitch after last weeks result against Charlton and Chris and his side will be hooping they will when they kick off November with n away visit to second bottom Aston Villa. Some have already labelled this as a cup final for Millwall, highlighting this is their biggest game of the season but the Millwall boss will see it as another game as his side go in search of a win. Chris will hope he has seen the worst o his side and that the reaction comes on the pitch Sunday in a cannot afford to lose situation for the Lionesses. A win for Millwall would take them off the foot of the of the table but a defeat would see them be at least 3 points off of second bottom with other results dependant.
Leanne Cowan made her return to first team football in the defeat to Charlton, the captain played the first 45 before being taken off at half time, the full back showed her quality was missed and will be hoping to get even more minutes this Sunday at the Lamb ground. Riva Casley suffered with a knock at half time and had to come off, It's unclear whether she will be ready for Villa. Beth Harford was on the bench again this Sunday just gone, the young striker has had to be very patient in her wait, not playing first team football for almost 2 years but Sunday could be her chance, especially with Millwall not scoring in their last two.
Aston Villa started the season off on the wrong foot with that 12-0 hammering against Manchester United but while results may have not changed since then, they have certainly improved in their performances, The side from the midlands have 2 points to their name so far but could have had more on Sunday when they played Spurs, Villa took the lead early on but Spurs eventually levelled but a late penalty would bring heartbreak amongst Villa fans as former Lioness Dean tucked it away and maintained Spurs 100% start to the season.
It's really a must win game for both sides, neither side can afford to taste defeat and Millwall will go their looking to restore some pride and passion in their performance as they go in search of a first league win before the international break, It's Millwall's first game outside of London this season and with two big games upcoming, you feel they will have to take this one.
Beth came through the under 23 squad for Millwall last season and has been an ever present figure in Millwall's first team this season. The versatile player that has featured in center back, right back and center mid this season has put in more than a shift when required and has made herself a name and one Chris definitely has on the team sheet each week. A future Millwall commando, Beth and her teammates will be in search of their first clean sheet this Sunday.
Featuring on the odd occasion in the WSL cup last season for Millwall, this is Beth's first real taste of first team football and like the rest, the growth in quality is present and with experienced players like Georgie and Leanne helping her through her development, Beth has a lot of potential to show and unlock in the short and long term future at Millwall.
In need of a win on Sunday, Beth will be hoping that herself and the rest of the back line can do their job and hope that goals will come up top. Likely to be playing alongside Lenny and Leanne it's a good mix of experience and youth and after last seasons success with the under 23s, Beth will be hoping that feeling can come back.
After the start to the season when Manchester United won 12-0 n the opening day, Villa fans could have only feared the worst and with results not getting any better from the midland side, it is worrying times for Villa fans. Despite all the negatives, it has been evidently clear that the sides performances have been improving after pushing Spurs all the way last week before missing out.
Villa currently sit second bottom above Millwall in the league, currently on two points and a win against Millwall at home on Sunday could see them jump up in the league and get clear of Millwall. Last season Villa were beaten 2-0 by Millwall but it is a completely different situation this time and both teams need a win, it really is a massive six pointer.
Villa know how important this game is and can't afford to rest up, Millwall are in need of a win and are likely to come out all guns blazing, it is set to be one big clash at the Lamb Ground.
Team: Aston Villa
Venue: Lamb ground
Date: Sunday 4th November