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Preview | West Bromwich Albion v Millwall

Lions head to The Hawthorns

9 August 2019

Millwall's 2019/20 away Sky Bet Championship campaign gets underway on Saturday afternoon as The Lions travel to West Bromwich Albion (kick-off 3pm).

Following last Saturday's opening day 1-0 victory over Preston North End, Neil Harris' side make the first of two journeys to The Hawthorns, with Tuesday night's Carabao Cup First Round tie on the horizon following the weekend's encounter.

The boss has positive selection headaches ahead of the trip - he could stick with the same XI from the success over The Lilywhites - Bartosz Bialkowski replacing the injured Frank Fielding aside - but if Harris opts for change, then names such as Shane Ferguson, Shaun Hutchinson, Jason McCarthy, Ryan Leonard, Jiri Skalak, Tom Bradshaw and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson are waiting in the wings, alongside new recruit Luke Steele.

For those travelling - approximately 1,500 Lions fans are expected to descend on West Bromwich - The Baggies have issued the following advice:

  • The away entrance leading to the ground - the Middlemore Road ramp - is monitored by CCTV. There have been issues where opposition fans have been seen urinating on this ramp area, and stewards have taken a dim view and refused entry. Supporters should seek to use toilet facilities prior to leaving any refreshment locations.
  • West Bromwich Albion will be serving alcohol to away fans, however, all drinks will be decanted.

If you are unable to attend, then full match commentary will be available on iFollow Millwall, with coverage starting at around 2.50pm. International subscribers can watch all the action on The Hawthorns on iFollow - and those yet to do so can make savings on an International iFollow Early Bird Season Video Pass!

On the squad front, Jake Cooper has been speaking to millwallfc.co.uk in the build-up to the game, whilst you can read from manager Harris here.

Want to know more about the opposition? Click here.

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Match Reports

Super-sub Smith rescues Albion point

Our take from The Hawthorns...

10 August 2019

Matt Smith stepped off the bench to score his first goal for Millwall and gain The Lions a valuable point at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon as Neil Harris' side drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion.

Kyle Bartley opened the scoring for The Baggies just before the hour-mark, but Smith - through a tactical reshuffle by Harris - came on and popped up with the equaliser 15 minutes from time.

Millwall boss Harris made three changes - one enforced - from the side that was victorious over Preston North End last Saturday, as Bartosz Bialkowski, Ryan Leonard and Tom Bradshaw all came into the starting XI in place of the injured Frank Fielding, Aiden O'Brien and Smith.

After a quiet opening on the pitch - both sets of supporters were making themselves heard off it - Filip Krovinovic curled home from 25 yards out, but an offside flag had previously gone up.

The home side were making most of the running in the early stages, but owing to some dogged defending - Leonard with one potentially goal-saving challenge especially - The Lions held firm. Matt Phillips and then Krovinovic once more tried their luck, but again Millwall stood tall.

The Lions' first real chance of the game came in the 15th minute, but after Jed Wallace's deep cross, Ben Thompson rose to head just inches past the post. Leonard then struck well wide with a first-time hit six minutes later.

With 32 minutes on the clock, indecision from Jake Cooper looked to have cost Millwall dearly, but after Phillips squared to Kenneth Zohore, a combination of Bialkowski and captain Alex Pearce heroically blocked the ball on the line.

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Mahlon Romeo had to withdraw nearly 10 minutes into the second-half through injury, with Shane Ferguson his replacement in an unfamiliar right-back role - and on 57 minutes, The Baggies had the lead. Phillips' free-kick saw Bartley rise highest, and although Bialkowski got a hand to the ball, it was not enough as it bounced up and into the net for the opening goal.

Shortly after the hour-mark, Smith's introduction - for Murray Wallace - saw Ferguson switch to his usual left-sided role, with Leonard taking on the right-back slot and Millwall switching to a traditional 4-4-2. The game was now opening up at both ends, with half chances for either side, but no truly threatening shot to either goal - that was until the 74th minute, when Smith's header crept inches wide of Sam Johnstone's net.

From the resulting corner, however, after the ball had made its way to Jed Wallace and the winger had crossed to the back post, Smith was well placed to poke into the roof of the net and level the scores.

The Hawthorns was now near silenced - one corner aside - and The Lions looked to nudge themselves into the lead, but a shot on the turn from goalscorer Smith and a grubber from Ben Thompson failed to find the net.

Thompson again tried his luck, this time from around 20 yards out, six minutes from time, but the ball flashed wide of the post with Johnstone an onlooker. 

The Baggies threatened late on and in five minutes of stoppage-time, but Bialkowski was equal to Nathan Ferguson's effort in the final action of the game - one which produced a solid point on the road for Millwall.

West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone, N. Ferguson, Bartley, Ajayi, Gibbs, Livermore (Burke 80'), Sawyers, Krovinovic, Phillips (Brunt 86'), Edwards, Zohore (Robson-Kanu 58'). Subs not used: Bond, Townsend, O'Shea, Harper.

Scorer: Bartley 57'

Booking: Ajayi

Millwall: Bialkowski, M. Wallace (Smith 64'), Cooper, Williams, J. Wallace, Thompson, Bradshaw (Bodvarsson 74'), Romeo (S. Ferguson 53'), Pearce, Leonard, Mahoney. Subs not used: Steele, Hutchinson, Skalak, O'Brien.

Scorer: Smith 75'

Booking: J. Wallace, Thompson

Referee: David Webb

Attendance: 24, 305 (1,567)

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Ticket News

Tickets | West Bromwich Albion v Millwall

On sale...

19 July 2019

Millwall make the first of two journeys to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 10th August - and tickets for The Lions' opening away game of the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season are now on sale to season ticket holders and members.

Tickets are priced at £20 adults, £15 65s and over, £15 under 23s, £10 under 18s and £5 under 11s.

Tickets will go off sale at 2pm on Friday 9th August. We have an initial allocation of 1,498 tickets.

UPDATE - Millwall have received an extra 137 tickets, taking the total allocation to 1,635.

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 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

COACH TRAVEL: Coaches will leave The Den at 10am. Coach tickets are priced at £24. These can be purchased by season ticket holders and members in person at the Ticket Office, online at www.millwalltickets.com 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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