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2 Millwall dilemmas facing Gary Rowett ahead of Hull City match today



Millwall will be hoping to arrest a run of three straight draws when they take on Grant McCann’s in-form Hull side.

Millwall have flirted with the play-offs in recent years and it doesn’t look like changing this season. The Lions are currently hovering around the top six in 10th, just four points of Stoke City in 6th. 

With Hull City currently on a winning run of three games while keeping three straight clean sheets, this becomes a much tougher test than before the international break when Hull were struggling. 

Ahead of this fixture, we take a look at TWO dilemmas that Gary Rowett faces. 

Should he bring Jake Cooper back into the starting XI? 

Jake Cooper missed the midweek draw with Bournemouth through suspension as Millwall looked the more dangerous side against the promotion favourites. 

The most impressive factor about their win was the form of the back three in Cooper’s absence. They nullified the second-best attack in the Championship to mostly half-chances.

Murray Wallace deputised In Cooper’s usual position on the left side of the back three and was arguably the most impressive of the three defenders. 

The question here is should Rowett drop Wallace to move Cooper back into the starting XI, or move Wallace to left wing-back and drop Scott Malone?

In dropping Malone, you lose a very good attacking threat in the side, and in dropping Wallace, you drop an in-form defender who more than earned his place in the starting XI. 

Will Tom Bradshaw be chosen ahead of Mason Bennett? 

Tom Bradshaw has largely struggled for consistency throughout his Millwall career which has carried into this season. So far he’s scored just twice in nine games, picking up an assist as well. 

But, when he came on against Bournemouth in midweek, he had a positive impact on the game and created the assist for Benik Afobe in what looked like a fluid front three of Afobe, Bradshaw, and Jed Wallace. 

Bradshaw replaced Bennett and had more of an impact on the game in a limited amount of time and Bennett’s energy and pace could be used later in the game to exploit a tiring backline. 

More importantly, Bradshaw adds a natural goalscoring instinct, which could prove to be important against a side that has improved massively in recent weeks. 

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