Much of the attention in the Championship will no doubt be drawn to Saturday’s upcoming south London derby between Millwall and Charlton Athletic, with the two rivals going head to head for the first time in two years.
Given how hotly anticipated the tie is, onlookers could be forgiven for forgetting there is a football match to be played, with both Millwall and Charlton fans alike trading verbal blows on social media ahead of the clash.
The atmosphere is sure to be electric at the New Den come three o’clock on Saturday afternoon, however this isn’t a prospect that will cause any concern for Addicks boss Lee Bowyer, with the former Leeds United midfielder stating the following when asked about potentially receiving stick from the home support this weekend:
Lee Bowyer on the prospect of getting stick at The Den on Saturday: “All I can say is I’ve been to worse places in my playing days. I have been to Old Trafford and Anfield and been abused by 50,000 people." #cafc #Millwall pic.twitter.com/qVyQVkdsQM
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) November 7, 2019
Bowyer will no doubt be keen for his side to focus on matters on the pitch, with the Addicks seeking a victory away at Millwall for the first time since December 1995.
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It is bullish approach to the game from Bowyer, who is seemingly focused on securing a first victory for his side in four games, with the Addicks currently experiencing a mini slump of late.
I believe the manager’s comments are clearly a way of using ‘mind games’ to his side’s advantage, by showing he isn’t bothered by the Millwall fans, his players should feel they have no reason to be either, with matters on the pitch likely to decide how much the Lions faithful make themselves heard.
Charlton need to look to score an early goal to quieten down the boisterous home crowd, as this will surely go some way towards securing a much needed victory that would improve morale amongst the squad.
With Millwall also looking to bounce back from their recent defeat to Reading, this promises to be one the most intriguing south London derbies in a long time.