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Preview | Millwall v Preston North End

Here we go again!

2 August 2019

Millwall's 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season gets underway on Saturday afternoon as Preston North End visit The Den (kick-off 3pm).

After six weeks of intense pre-season training, a number of friendlies and eight summer signings, the campaign truly begins this weekend with the visit of The Lilywhites.

Neil Harris has stated that he has already decided on his starting XI for the fixture, so it will remain to be seen whether any of the new recruits will feature. Bartosz Bialkowski and Frank Fielding will be vying for the one place between the sticks, whilst Jason McCarthy, Connor Mahoney, Matt Smith and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson will all hope to feature. Alex Pearce is set to captain the side, whilst Jayson Molumby is building match fitness.

Tickets for Saturday's game will be available up until kick-off at The Den, with a DJ playing tunes outside the SE16 Bar from 1.30pm until kick-off. Also outside the bar on Saturday, courtesy of the club's principal partner Huski Chocolate, supporters in attendance will be able to receive a FREE cold bottle of the drink. Click here for more details.

Millwall's matchday programme is back for the 2019/20 season! For just £3, all the usual stats, facts and interviews will be inside, with some new features thrown in, too. Alex Pearce is the cover star as we talk to the new skipper about his loan spell at The Den and more.

For the 2019/20 season, Millwall are proud to introduce brand-new Sensory Packs – designed to add comfort and security to disabled supporters to perfect their matchday experience. Click here for more.

Supporters travelling to Saturday's game by train are advised to check their journey before they leave, with engineering works reducing services in and out of stations nearby, whilst the club's Family Fun Zone returns from 1-2pm in the Lions Centre.

If you are unable to make it to The Den this weekend, then full match commentary will be available on iFollow Millwall from around 2.50pm, with international subscribers able to watch the game on iFollow. Click here for more information.

For more pre-match build-up, check out our opposition preview, and read from Ben Thompson ahead of the big kick-off.

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Match Reports

Opening day success for Millwall

Lions take on Preston North End...

3 August 2019

Jed Wallace's first-half goal settled a tight affair on the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship season as Millwall defeated Preston North End 1-0 at The Den.

The winger expertly struck home Connor Mahoney's cross in the 33rd minute to get The Lions off to a perfect start in 2019/20.

Neil Harris handed debuts to Frank Fielding, Matt Smith and Mahoney, whilst Alex Pearce made his first start - as captain - since signing a permanent deal in the summer.

New signings Bartosz Bialkowski and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson took their place on the bench alongside Tom Bradshaw and Jiri Skalak.

In front of a partisan crowd, The Lions made the early running and had the first effort of the game through Jed Wallace, but the winger's 20-yarder was tipped over the crossbar by Declan Rudd.

Preston then gained a foothold, with Sean Maguire dancing his way into the box, but the ball was cleared behind. After a trio of corner-kicks and a brief spell of pressure, Alan Browne's vicious strike looked to be heading towards the net, but Smith stuck his head out and managed to deflect behind.

With the game descending into a midfield battle, Jake Cooper was the next to have an effort on 21 minutes, but his tame attempt was gathered by Rudd. At the other end, Murray Wallace's teasing cross was just out of reach for Smith and cleared by the North End defence, before Ben Thompson's shout for a penalty-kick went unnoticed by referee Stephen Martin. Maguire then robbed Mahlon Romeo of possession, but the defender recovered to clear.

On 33 minutes, The Lions took the lead, as Mahoney's sublime delivery was struck home on the volley by Jed Wallace, despite Rudd getting a hand to the ball.

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The visitors perhaps should have been level five minutes later, but dangerman Maguire headed over from six yards out. The Lions were to suffer a blow shortly before half-time, though, as Fielding had to with draw through injury - Bialkowski his replacement for Millwall's fourth debutant of the day. Yet again, Maguire had the opportunity to draw level in first-half stoppage-time, but he curled just wide.

Preston were fortunate to not be reduced to 10 men on 52 minutes after Andrew Hughes - booked minutes earlier - hauled down Romeo but received no second booking, before the away side could also count their blessings that Martin decided to award a free-kick after Smith was tumbled in the box.

Ryan Leonard was introduced for O'Brien with around 20 minutes remaining as Harris shifted to a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Thompson behind Smith, before the latter was withdrawn to make way for Bradshaw, appearing in a Millwall shirt for the first time since November 2018.

Despite the visitors' attempts to get back into the game and The Lions' want to extend their lead, chances were few and far between as the game reached its conclusion - feeble claims for a penalty after Maguire fell in the box were rightly turned away a minute from time, with Millwall defending well through four minutes of stoppage-time to claim the points.

Millwall: Fielding (Bialkowski 43'), M. Wallace, Cooper, Williams, J. Wallace, Thompson, Smith (Bradshaw 77'), Romeo, Pearce, Mahoney, O'Brien (Leonard 69'). Subs not used: Hutchinson, Ferguson, Bodvarsson, Skalak.

Scorer: J. Wallace 33'

Booking: Williams, Smith

Preston North End: Rudd, Pearson, Clarke, Davies, Browne, Gallagher (Green 73'), Hughes, Bauer, Maguire, Barkhuizen (Stockley 56'), Potts (Bodin 56'). Subs not used: Ripley, Fisher, Storey, Johnson.

Booking: Hughes, Stockley, Browne

Referee: Stephen Martin

Attendance: 14,923 (1,232)

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Ticket News

Tickets | Millwall v Preston North End

Be at The Den for The Lions' season opener...

1 July 2019

Millwall raise the curtain on the club's 2019/20 season in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 3rd August (kick-off 3pm) as The Lions take on Preston North End at The Den - and tickets are now on general sale.

This game is a Category B match.

Proof of age is required when purchasing concession tickets. Age for this season is calculated on 1st August 2019. Under 12 tickets need to be purchased with an adult or senior ticket. 

Don't forget that if you are a member and purchase your ticket up until the day before the game, you will receive a £3 reduction. If you are a Junior Lion, you will receive a £2 reduction on your matchday ticket price.

To book Family Stand Tickets please call 0844 826 2004 and select option 2 between the hours of 9.30am-5pm Monday-Friday. Tickets for the Family Stand are not available online.

Group Bookings are available for this match. Please call 0844 826 2004 and select option 1 between the hours of 9.30am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Wheelchair/Ambulant Disabled supporters need to call 0207 740 3470 to book tickets between the hours and 9.30am-5pm Monday-Friday.

There are three easy ways to buy tickets:
* Online at www.millwalltickets.com (booking fees apply)
* By phone on 0844 826 2004 and selecting option 2 between the hours of 9.30am-5pm Monday-Friday (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 at the Millwall Ticket Office

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