Millwall Preview - Away, January 31
WATFORD GET back to Championship action tomorrow evening with a tough trip to the Lions' Den.
The Hornets face Kenny Jackett's Millwall at The New Den just four days after being ousted from the F.A Cup by Tottenham.
Millwall are just one point and two places behind the 'Orns, 20th in the Championship table but are enjoying an unbeaten run of three league and F.A Cup games.
There has been just one January addition by former Hornet Jackett, with ex-Aston Villa defender Shane Lowry penning a permanent deal with the club following a loan spell.
Another former Hornet arrived in the summer in Darius Henderson. The 30 year-old powerhouse has been in inspirational form for his new club having left Sheffield United on a free transfer in the summer.
Henderson spent three years at Watford between 2005 and 2008 before moving to Bramall Lane in a £2m deal. The strapping striker already has 12 league goals in 17 starts for Millall and previously hit 30 in 81 whilst in WD18.
Another former Hornet at the Den nowadays in left-back Jordan Stewart. The former Leicester, Derby and Sheffield United defender wasn't everyone's cup of tea and eventually left before the 2008 Play Off campaign.
Signed on a free transfer from Greek outfit Skoda Xanthi, Stewart, 29, has made just three league starts since returning to Blighty in the summer though.
Also on the books is academy graduate, Jack Smith. Brother of Tommy, the versatile full-back is now 28 and has been with the Lions since 2009.
Formerly of Swindon Town, Smith made 23 league starts as Hornet before moving on to Wiltshere.
Fellow defender Darren Ward also came through the ranks at the Vic', as did explosive left-winger-cum-forward, Hameur Bouazza, back in England after spells in France Turkey.
Ward briefly returned to the Vic' in 2008 on-loan from Wolves. The six foot centre-half is one of a number of experienced defensive heads amongst Jackett's back line.
Jackett will be without Stewart, Paul Robinson (not the ex-Orn), Tamika Mkandiwire and Therry Racon for the Hornet's visit.
Sean Dyche will be without long-term absentees Martin Taylor and Stephen McGinn. Alex Kacaniklic will rival Sean Murray and Craig Forsyth for the left-wing slot.
Jonathan Hogg missed the Spurs clash and could well miss out once more whilst Lloyd Doyley may be preferred to Carl Dickinson.
Millwall: Forde; Smith, Ward, Craig, Barron; Henry, Trotter, Abdou, Feeney; Henderson & Kane.
Watford: Loach; Hodson, Mariappa, Nosworthy, Doyley; Yeates, Eustace (c), Buaben, Murray; Deeney & Sordell.
Match Officials: (R) Mr K Stroud; (ARs) Mr S Daly & Mr C Fitch; Mr J Hillier.