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Preview | Millwall v Crystal Palace

A showdown awaits...

7 January 2022

Millwall contest a South London derby with Crystal Palace in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 12.45pm).

The tie - LIVE on ITV - will see the two clubs meet for the first time in nearly nine years, with a place in Round Four on the line.

There will be no replays in this season's Third and Fourth Rounds, meaning that extra-time and a penalty shootout will be required if the score is level after 90 minutes.

Furthermore, all teams are permitted to use five substitutes in the FA Cup across a maximum of three opportunities. If the match proceeds to extra-time, each club will be permitted to carry over any unused substitution opportunities into that period and will be permitted an additional fourth opportunity (excluding the break between full-time and extra-time and half-time of extra-time).

Gary Rowett's side will be looking to bounce back from a Sky Bet Championship defeat at Bristol City last time out. Jed Wallace missed the trip to Ashton Gate and is a doubt once more, whilst Maikel Kieftenbeld may come back into the fold for the visit of The Eagles. Ryan Leonard and Daniel Ballard will miss out, whilst Benik Afobe and Sheyi Ojo have both been given permission to play by their parent clubs.

With nine substitutes able to be named in the matchday squad, the likes of Besart Topalloj, Nana Boateng and Zak Lovelace, who have featured in recent times, may take their places on the bench once more. Tyler Burey's loan deal at Hartlepool United has expired, meaning he may also be amongst the subs.

The Lions will warm up in United For Change t-shirts, with the starting XI holding the United For Change banner shortly before kick-off.

If you cannot make it to The Den, then - as well as on ITV - audio commentary will be available on iFollow, with Audio Match Passes on sale here.

All the important information ahead of this weekend's fixture can be found here - including opening times for the Lions Store, Ticket Office and SE16 Bar. Supporters attending are reminded of the need to produce their COVID-19 vaccination pass or a negative lateral flow test to enter the stadium.

In line with the government's recently increased terror threat, the club is having to further its own policies to stay in line with this change. As such, there will be increased searching of supporters on arrival. Please allow for additional time to enter the stadium. The car park will close to vehicles strictly 45 minutes before kick-off.

Saturday's matchday programme is on sale online and around the ground here, with the front cover inspired by Millwall's meeting with The Eagles in 1922 - 100 years ago.

There's plenty in the way of preview content - if you need something to keep you occupied before kick-off, then manager Gary Rowett, goalkeeper George Long, right-back Danny McNamara and Lions legends Alan Dunne and Paul Robinson have all spoken to millwallfc.co.uk.

Furthermore, you can see how The Lions prepared for Saturday's game with our training gallery here, with the lowdown on the visitors available here.

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Match Reports

Lions defeated in Emirates FA Cup

Our Third Round report...

8 January 2022

Millwall exited the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Benik Afobe got The Den rocking with the opener in the first-half, but two early second-half goals from Michael Olise and Jean-Philippe Mateta turned the tie on its head.

Gary Rowett made two changes to the side which lost 3-2 at Bristol City on Sunday, with George Long starting between the sticks in place of Bartosz Bialkowski and Scott Malone coming in for Murray Wallace, who attended the birth of his child.

Roared on by a sell-out crowd, it was The Lions who created the early running and the first chance, but Malone's corner-kick bounced out of play via the top of the crossbar.

With eight minutes on the clock, Tom Bradshaw received the ball on the left-hand side of the penalty area and threaded a pass through to Afobe, but his effort was struck over.

With 17 minutes played, The Lions took a deserved lead. After Jack Butland spent too long dallying on the ball, he was closed down by a combination of Bradshaw and Afobe, with the latter able to slot into an empty net and open the scoring.

It could have been two just three minutes later, but George Saville poked the ball into the arms of Butland after a throw-in was knocked down and into the box. The Eagles' first chance then fell at the feet of Jeffrey Schlupp on 22 minutes, but he skewed an attempt wide.

Schlupp then tested the palms of Long with a shot from just outside the area, with Sheyi Ojo skidding an attempt off the surface and into the grasp of Butland shortly after.

There were warning signs for The Lions just 10 minutes before the break as Conor Gallagher let fly from 20 yards out after some patient Palace build-up, but his effort sailed just wide of the far post. An expert challenge from Saville then prevented the visitors from getting a strike on goal in stoppage-time as The Lions went in one up at the break.

The second-half was less than a minute old when Crystal Palace levelled - Olise cutting inside before curling an attempt in off the post and past Long.

Five minutes later, a carbon copy was nearly produced, but, this time, after Olise shifted the ball onto his other foot and curled towards goal, the ball struck the base of the post and bounced clear.

Maikel Kieftenbeld - who replaced the injured Saville after 50 minutes - sliced an effort over from the edge of the area as The Lions probed for the next goal, but the turnaround was complete with 58 minutes on the clock as Mateta ghosted in, unmarked, to head past Long.

Gallagher struck over as Palace looked for a third just after the hour mark, with Afobe having an effort blocked at the other end as the final 20 minutes came into view. Substitute Mason Bennett then aimed and fired on 78 minutes but found the clutch of Butland.

Rowett opted to bring Matt Smith, Tyler Burey and Nana Boateng - for his Millwall debut - on with 10 minutes remaining in a last roll of the dice, but despite a late Smith header, The Lions could not muster any further chances.

Millwall: Long, McNamara, Hutchinson, Cooper, Bradshaw (Smith 81'), Malone, Ojo (Boateng 80'), Pearce (Bennett 62'), Saville (Kieftenbeld 50'), Afobe (Burey 81'), B. Mitchell. Subs not used: Bialkowski, Evans, Topalloj, Lovelace.

Scorer: Afobe 17'

Booking: B. Mitchell

Crystal Palace: Butland, Ward, T. Mitchell, Guehi, Olise (Clyne 87'), Eze (Benteke 64'), Hughes (Milivojevic 81'), Mateta (Edouard 64'), Schlupp (Riedewald 88'), Andersen, Gallagher. Subs not used: Matthews, Kelly, Wells-Morrison, Rak-Sakyi.

Scorer: Olise 46', Mateta 58'

Booking: T. Mitchell, Butland

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 16,646 (1,998)

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