Horne Injury Doubt

TEENAGE keeper Brian Horne is Millwall's main injury worry as they
prepare for tomorrow night's Littlewoods Cup tie against First
Division leaders Park Rangers.

Horne was hurt during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Sheffield United
and the Lions reigning player-of-the-year was back at the Den on
Sunday for treatment.

"Brian was hurt when one of their players came through very late,"
explained manager John Docherty. "It was a nasty challenge and
Brian hobbled through the rest of the match but it is too early to say
whether it will rule him out.

"It is an attractive match for the player and for the fans and
hopefully they will get behind us like they did at Mancherster City
and Sheffield."

In fact it is the first of two attractive cup ties for Millwall who have
drawn First Division West Ham United in the opening round of the
new Simod Cup.

Saturday 's victory over Sheffield left the Lions tucked in nicely
in eight position and they will be looking to consolidate on their
encouraging start when they return to Second Division action
against Ron Atkinson's West Brom at the weekend.


KEEPER Paul Sansome is waiting for a dramatic recall to the
Millwall side for tonight's Littlewoods Cup dash with First Division
leaders QPR, writes BILL PIERCE.

Long-serving Sansome has been out of the reckoning because of
the outstanding talent of 19-year-old Brian Horne.

But Horne suffered severe bruising in Millwall's 2-1 win at Sheffield
United on Saturday and Sansome is ready to step up for his first
senior game of the season.

Millwall boss John Docherty says: "I'm lucky to have two top class
keepers on the books. Paul is the unlucky one, but his attitude has
been first class and I have full confidence in him."

If Sansome plays, he can expect a stern test from Rangers who aim
to bounce back from their first defeat of the season at Oxford on Saturday.

Rangers Manager Jim Smith keeps faith with an unchanged side.

 Test of character for Rangers
by Michael Hart

QUEEN 'S PARK RANGERS manager Jim Smith its to use tonight's Littlewoods
Cup match against London rivals Millwall-to restore confidence in Rangers'

The League leaders, beaten for the first time last Saturday, face a Millwall
side who will be among the Second Division promotion contenders at the
end of the season.

"This will be a very good test of the character and resilience of my team,"
said Smith. "We are obviously going to suffer setbacks during the course of
the season and the best sides are those that can overcome them-quickly.

"It's up to us to bounce back so that we restore confidence in time for
Saturday's League game against Luton."

Despite the 2-0 defeat at Oxford, Smith retains an unchanged side for the fifth
consecutive match. Nicky Coleman, who played his first game of the season
in Millwall's win at Sheffield! I United last Saturday, should retain his place
in the side tonight.

The big worry for manager John Docherty concerns goal keeper Brian Horne,
who has a bruised leg. If unfit his place will go to Paul Sansome.

 Rangers survive their first ordeal by terror
Alan Walker
QUEEN'S Park Rangers came through
smoke, police on the pitch and an
intimidating wall of noise clutching a
fragile lead last night.

If Rangers were unnerved by
Millwall's volcanic support at Loftus
Road the prospect of the return leg back
at the Den is enough to make them fear
for their Littlewoods Cup lives,
especially after conceeding a late goal
to Alan Walker.


Such vociferous backing undoubtedly
helped Millwall match the First Division
leaders for long periods, but it presented
a frightening all round atmosphere
which saw home followers deserting in
their droves well before the end.

Millwall fans rioted at Luton two years
ago and precipitated that club's ban on
QPR......................2   Millwall .............1
By Trevor Haylett

away support. Last night they filled one
end of the ground and at half-time
spread through the main stand scattering
home supporters and throwing punches.

The second half was delayed while order
was restored And coins And debris
cleared away. Visiting manager John
Doherty had only praise for his fans. The
public were absolutely magnificent for
us he said.

Rangers manager Jim Smith joked: "I'm going to get Michael Caine for the
second leg to combat the Zulus. It
sounded as though there were 100,000
of them in the ground. It was
intimidating but they didn't half get
behind their team when they were
2-0 down."

ALAN McDONALD (second right) beats Brian Horne to score Rangers' second
Rangers surfaced in the 32nd minute
when Gary Bannister gave them an
undeserved lead with his sixth goal of
the season.

Their second goal, from Alan McDonald
in the 65th minute, looked to have taken
them over the worst. Incredibly, though,
it inspired Millwall's legions to raise
their support and Walker had them
cheering with an accurate header 12
minutes from time.

Roaring Lions
By STEVE ALLAN: QPR 2, Millwall 1

MILLWALL frightened the lives out of the Division
One leaders last night - while their notorious fans
did likewise to the Rangers' followers.

Extra police had to be called in at half time to
quell Millwall fans intent on causing havoc. This
was QPR's second consecutive home game where
away fans have run riot at Loftus Road.

And it happened just hours after the Football
Association had held an inquiry into Rangers'
trouble-torn game against Chelsea 12 days ago.

The FA, who gagged QPR and Chelsea from
commenting on yesterday's inquiry, are expected
to announce their fndings today.

Last night the trouble flared when some of the
5,000 Millwall fans broke out of their enclosure
and ran loose in QPR's main stand.

Rangers get a fright on and off the pitch


Thankfully Rangers lack such a lunatic fringe and
police were able to halt the charge allowing the
second half to kick off on time.

Police lines in front of their away pen resembled
scenes from a picket line rather than a football match.

On the field QPR were relieved to be able to take
a slender lead into the second leg after fighting off
a frantic last ditch attempt by the Lions to equalise.

It left QPR manager Jim Smith mightily
relieved afterwards. "Millwall played very well,"
he said. "They gave us more problems than any
other side we've played at home this season."

Millwall boss John Docherty said: "There wasn't a
whole division difference between the two sides
over the 90 minutes."We gave a sound
performance and I'm disappointed that we lost
after playing so well.

"I was pleased with the way my players coped
on the pitch. They were not overawed.
They were magnificent."


The Division One pace setters took the lead
after 36 minutes. Speed-king Wayne Fereday
crossed to the far post where Dean Coney
knocked the ball down for Gary Bannister
to lash home.

Rangers increased their lead after 64 minute
through Alan McDonald, before Alan Walker
pulled one back 11 minutes from time.

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