ANDY RITCHIE has warned his players they must be wary of a Millwall backlash at the Galpharm tonight.
The relegation-threatened Lions arrive in town having produced a less than roaring performance at Tranmere on Saturday.
Goals from Andy Taylor and Ian Moore, the son of Rovers boss Ronnie and a one-time Town target, left Millwall just a place and a point above the League I drop zone.
Manager Kenny Jackett blasted: “I wanted us to hit back after giving the goals away, but we didn’t fight and I can’t offer any excuses.”
It was a third defeat in four for Millwall, who parted company with Willie Donachie in October and brought in former Swansea chief Jackett a month later.
But Ritchie, whose side were on FA Cup duty at Chelsea on Saturday and dropped to 16th because of results elsewhere, is taking nothing for granted.
“I know Kenny of old because he was at Swansea when my Barnsley side beat them in the League I play-off final in 2006,” said the Town chief.
“He’s a very experienced manager and a good one as well, and he came out with a few stinging comments after Saturday’s game.
“That could well have a big effect on the players, and I’m sure they’ll want to come here and put things right,
“We have to be wary of a backlash, and if we’re not fully focused on what will be a tough match, we’ll come unstuck.”
Jackett, who parted company with Swansea by mutual consent a year ago and was Manchester City’s reserve coach before joining Millwall, made wholesale changes during the January transfer window.
No less than seven players were snapped up to bolster the South London survival fight.
Two of them, QPR defender Marcus Bignot and Luton’s Croatian midfielder Ahmet Brkovic, were signed permanently after loan stints at the New Den.
Millwall paid neighbours Crystal Palace a combined £200,000 for winger David Martin and striker Lewis Grabban, who had been on loan at Scottish club Motherwell.
Jackett returned to Manchester City to recruit midfielder Marc Laird, who was out on loan at Port Vale before Christmas.
And in from Blackpool came goalkeeper Rhys Evans and tricky midfielder Adrian Forbes.
Jackett also extended the loan from Arsenal of 19-year-old midfielder Jay Simpson.
They have joined a squad including the likes of eight-goal leading scorer Gary Alexander, the former West Ham, Swindon and Hull striker who arrived from Leyton Orient last close-season, and Andy Frampton, the no-nonsense former Palace and Brentford centre-back.
And Jackett will be hoping another experienced man, ex-Port Vale, Crewe and Stoke player Dave Brammer, recovers from a leg gash sustained at Tranmere in time to take his place in central midfield.
Jackett also has defender Zak Whitbread back in the frame after a one-match suspension.
Town: Glennon, Sinclair, Williams, Clarke, Page, Mirfin, Brandon, Kamara, Holdsworth, Berrett, Collins, Schofield, Beckett, Booth, Jevons, Skarz, Eastwood.
Millwall: Evans, Bignot, Frampton, Robinson, Whitbread, Barron, Senda, Forbes, Harris, Brammer, Fuseini, Laird, Brkovic, Martin, Simpson, Grabban, Alexander, Edwards, Shaw.
Referee: Colin Webster (Tyne and Wear).