Blackpool’s Alex Rae knows exactly what to expect from tonight’s trip to Millwall.
Paul Ince’s no.2 played more than 200 games during a six-year stint as a player there in the 1990s.
Millwall are bottom of the Championship, with suggestions that a fifth defeat in seven games tonight could result in the sacking of manager Steve Lomas.
But Rae is expecting a tough evening. He said: “I know Mick Harford and Steve Lomas very well and I’m sure they will have their team competing tonight.
“I played down at Millwall for years, so I know exactly what to expect. It can be an extremely hostile place.
“I’m in the hall of fame down there ... but that’s another story.
“I have very fond memories of my time at Millwall. I had six great years there. I think I probably had a night out with each of their fans at some point, so I’m looking forward to going back.”
Blackpool go into the game looking to continue their best ever start to a Football League season. They will be without the suspended Jack Robinson, while Steven Davies and Craig Cathcart are again expected to miss out through injury.
On Pool’s table-topping start, Rae said: “It’s a phenomenal achievement after we had such a tough summer trying to get bodies in. We had something like 40 players on trial over the course of six weeks, so it’s been tough.
“We are pleased with the squad we’ve got and the qualities we have at the club. It’s a collective thing at the moment. Everyone’s working so hard and it’s really showing.”
Pool had to survive 30 minutes with 10 men at Bournemouth on Saturday after Robinson’s second yellow card. It has resulted in a few walking wounded but Rae insists they are ready to go again tonight.
He revealed: “We had the players in on Sunday for rub-downs and some recovery, and we are ready. We have had to regroup and dust ourselves down. There were no injuries as such, but a lot of tired limbs. It was a hard shift on Saturday.”