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04 August 2017 Venue The City Ground Attendance 28,065

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Preview | Nottingham Forest v Millwall

Our look ahead to The Lions' Sky Bet Championship opener...

4 August 2017

Nottingham Forest and Millwall meet for the 66th time as they open up the Sky Bet Championship season on Friday night at the City Ground (kick-off 7.45pm)

With pre-season done and dusted, the moment Lions fans have been waiting for since the final whistle at Wembley Stadium in May is nigh.

Millwall boss Neil Harris has a fully-fit squad to choose from, with new signing Ryan Tunnicliffe the only doubt as he brings himself up to speed following his late arrival at the club.

"We're ready. The boys are itching to get going," Harris told "The fans saw a strong performance against Granada last Saturday - pre-season doesn't really mean much, but the boys looked physically ready.

"It is a tough start - the City Ground on a Friday night, but what a great way to announce ourselves back to The Championship. There'll be close to a couple of thousand Millwall fans up there creating a great atmosphere. It's a great opportunity for my players."

Six of The Lions' summer signings in James Meredith, Tom Elliott, Jed Wallace, George Saville, Jake Cooper and Conor McLaughlin will look to be involved in the matchday squad and Harris praised his charges as "competitive," as well as stating that patience is key as the club look to adapt to life in the second tier.

"I've got a very competitive squad. The time for judging my new signings will be in October and November, when they've settled in and made some appearances. Let's not expect too much from those players early on and likewise let's not expect too much from players who performed well last year. Let's be calm and methodical about things.

"But, we have got a healthy squad which gives me selection posers. However, that's the way I want it to be as a manager. The ones who miss out on Friday will be disappointed, but they'll understand. They'll come back stronger and fight for their place back in the team."

Millwall hold the upper hand historically against The Tricky Trees, having won 24 of the previous 65 encounters. The last meeting between the two at the City Ground came in January 2015, when Ricardo Fuller's solitary strike gave The Lions three crucial points in their battle to pull themselves away from the Championship relegation zone.

The most recent meeting between the two came at The Den last season, as Forest overcame a young Lions side in Round Two of the EFL Cup.

International subscribers to iFollow can watch all the action from the City Ground LIVE on Friday night, whilst UK subscribers can listen to live commentary from Nottinghamshire from 7.40pm.

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Match Reports

Lions lose out in Nottingham after equaliser disallowed

Our take on Millwall's first game back in the Sky Bet Championship...

4 August 2017

Barrie McKay's 41st-minute strike condemned Millwall to defeat in their opening Sky Bet Championship match of the season at the City Ground on Friday night.

The visitors had a host of chances, hit the crossbar and had a goal controversially ruled out, but were unable to grab what would have been a more than deserved draw or better.

Lions boss Neil Harris opted for his tried and trusted 4-4-2 formation, with Jake Cooper at the heart of the defence alongside Shaun Hutchinson.

Conor McLaughlin and James Meredith debuted at full-back, whilst Cooper, George Saville and Jed Wallace made their first appearances as permanent Millwall players.

The Lions made a blistering start to life back in the second tier, but were unable to take the lead despite a host of chances. Saville, Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien narrowly missed the target, whilst Steve Morison crashed an effort against the crossbar.

On 23 minutes, with the visitors well on top, Gregory forced a smart save out of Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith, with O'Brien just unable to pounce on the follow-up.

Ben Brereton's shot was well blocked by Cooper minutes later, with the Forest attacker firing just over the crossbar seven minutes before the half-time break.

At the other end, The Lions were playing some silky passing play and nearly edged into the lead, but Gregory's shot was deflected into the path of Smith.

However, just seconds later, the home side broke away and opened the scoring through McKay's shot, which went in off the post.

On 51 minutes, Millwall were presented with an outstanding opportunity to level the scores, but after Morison took advantage of a poor clearance from Smith and played in Gregory, the striker blazed over the crossbar.

With 64 minutes on the clock, the trio of Gregory, Morison and Wallace combined well, but the latter's shot was expertly stopped by Smith.

On 76 minutes, The Lions had the ball in the net after Morison turned home Wallace's cross at the back post, but referee Mr Bankes controversially disallowed the seemingly legitimate goal for an unknown reason.

Millwall kept plugging away, however, with substitute Fred Onyedinma striking low, only for his shot to be palmed away for a corner-kick by Smith. Onyedinma also missed a header from point-blank range in stoppage-time.

But, despite more possession and attempts on goal, The Lions were to undeservedly come away from Nottinghamshire pointless.

Nottingham Forest: Smith, Macienne, Traore, Murphy (Murphy 77'), McKay, Osborn (Cohen 59'), Clough, Brereton (Dowell 59'), Vaughan, Darikwa, Worrall. Subs not used: Evtimov, Lichaj, Cummings, Vellios.

Scorer: McKay (41')

Millwall: Archer, McLaughlin, Meredith, Hutchinson, Williams (Elliott 83'), Gregory (Ferguson 77'), Wallace, Morison, O'Brien (Onyedinma 67'), Saville, Cooper. Subs not used: King, Craig, Thompson, Webster.

Booked: Saville

Referee: P. Bankes

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Ticket News

Tickets | Nottingham Forest v Millwall

On sale now...

24 July 2017

Millwall travel to Nottingham Forest on the opening weekend of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season - and tickets are now on sale to members with 90 or less loyalty points.

UPDATE - As of Tuesday 1st August, the club have received a further 140 tickets, taking the final allocation to 1,923.

To find out the number of loyalty points you currently have, please log in to your account at, click 'My Account', click 'Loyalty Points' and your points total will be displayed.

Alternatively, please call the Ticket Office on 0844 826 2004 and select option 1.

Tickets are priced at £23 adults, £16 65s and over, £12 under 18s and £6 under 12s. 

Tickets will go off sale at 5pm on Thursday 3rd August. 

Wheelchair/Ambulant Disabled supporters need to call 0844 826 2004 and select option 1 to book tickets.

There are three easy ways to buy tickets:

* Online at (Booking fees apply)
* By phone on 0844 826 2004 – option 2 
(calls to this number will cost 7p per minute from your BT landline.  Calls from other networks may vary and from mobiles will be considerably more. Booking fees apply)
* In person/by post at the Millwall Ticket Office

COACH TRAVEL: Coaches will leave The Den at 2.30pm. Coach tickets are priced at £22. These can be purchased by season ticket holders and members in person at the Ticket Office, online at or via the call centre on 0844 826 2004 and selecting option 2 . All coaches operate a strict no-alcohol policy. No coach refunds.

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