DANNY SCHOFIELD hailed Town and their fans but warned: “I’ll be out to leave you disappointed tonight.”
The 30-year-old midfielder makes a high-stakes return to the Galpharm Stadium aiming to help Millwall return to the automatic promotion places in League I.
Schofield made his Town debut in the Championship – in the goalless home draw with Crewe on the final day of the 1998-99 season – and is desperate to return there.
Three points against his old club in front of the Sky Sports cameras tonight would be a huge boost, and the Doncaster-born player is more than ready for the fray.
“It will be the third time I’ve been back,” explained the man who made his final appearance for Yeovil in their 2-1 loss to Town at the Galpharm back in August.
“I guess it will always be a bit strange because I had 10 very happy years at the club, and I had a great relationship with the fans.
“They were brilliant both times I came back with Yeovil, and hopefully it will be the same tonight.
“But I’m sure they understand that I’m a Millwall player now and I’ll be doing my best to help us win what looks set to be a cracking match.”
Schofield, who left Town in the summer of 2008 after 289 games and 46 goals, sees a lot of similarities between his first and current clubs.
“Both are well established with strong histories and should be playing at a higher level than they are,” he explained.
“And in both cases, the supporters deserve to be watching Championship football on a regular basis.
“Like Town’s, the Millwall fans really get behind their team at home and go in their numbers to away games, and even though tonight’s is a Friday match and on television, I’m sure we’ll have plenty there.”
Kenny Jackett’s Lions come to West Yorkshire having lost just once in 19 games, 14 of which they’ve won, and aiming to go two points ahead of Leeds, their main rivals for the second automatic promotion spot who head to Gillingham tomorrow.
Their 2-0 win at Elland Road last month made a lot of people sit up and take notice, and Schofield says it provided a major confidence boost.
“Not many will go to Leeds and win in the way we did, and I think people did start to realise what we’re about,” he added.
“We’ve got a good, experienced manager in Kenny Jackett and a great blend of experience and youth in the squad.”
Tonight’s game marks a second return to a former club in five days for Schofield, who was frustrated by Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Yeovil.
“We never got into gear and it took a late goal (from on-loan Tottenham striker Jon Obika) to get a point,” he said.
“We’ll certainly be looking to put on a much better show tonight, although we’re well aware of how hard it will be.”
While Schofield will be more than familiar with the surroundings, he admits to knowing less about the current Town squad.
“Even though it’s not that long since I left, the only players still around from my time are Nathan and Tom Clarke, Michael Collins, James Berrett, Robbie Williams, Alex Smithies and Simon Eastwood.
“It will be nice to see them, as well as the people behind the scenes, and of course I’ll be looking out for (kitman) Andy Brook, who seems to have been at Town forever.”