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Preview | Millwall v Shrewsbury Town

8 April 2016

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall will look to record a fourth straight home win when Shrewsbury Town visit The Den this Saturday (3pm).

The Lions have won four of their last five games in SE16 without conceding a goal - a run which has helped Neil Harris' side maintain their position in the top six.

Before last week's defeat to high-flying Wigan Athletic, Micky Mellon's Shrewsbury Town were on a nine-game unbeaten streak which has boosted their chances of League One survival. The Shrews go into Saturday's match two points clear of the drop zone in 18th having played a game less than many of their relegation rivals.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "They are a team who, like Colchester, have been in good form up to last weekend. They will prove to be extremely tough opposition but it's another exciting challenge for us, which which we have been looking forward to all week.

"Our task, as I've been able to say consistently of late, is to repeat the manner of our last home display.

"The players have to put in a Millwall type performance every week and should they achieve that, coupled with quality and good finishing, then we will be able to continue securing positive results."  

Micky Mellon: "They're a good side, they have a real drive and determination to represent the football club.

"There's a real fight about them, and they're at that end of the table that would suggest that they're getting an awful lot of stuff right.

"It's a good place to go and play football. A good atmosphere and a group of fans that get right behind their time." Read more by clicking here.

Team news

Millwall boss Harris has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of this weekend's game but Shrewsbury face a defensive crisis with three key players unavailable for selection on Saturday.

Manager Mellon will be forced to reshuffle his back four for the second successive game with both Junior Brown and Zak Whitbread now sidelined.

Skipper Nathaniel Knight-Percival was forced to sit out last weekend's 5-1 home defeat by Wigan as he started a three-match ban. Former Lions defender Whitbread was dismissed in the second-half of that game on what was his comeback match from injury. He is now suspended and misses a return trip to his former club.

To add to Mellon's woes, pacey left-back Brown limped out of the action early in the first-half of The Shrews game with Wigan last weekend. An MRI scan this week has shown knee ligament damage that is expected to rule him out for around eight weeks.

Midfielder James Wallace has returned to training and James Wesolowski is also edging closer to a return, though Saturday's game may come too soon for him.

Head-to-head

Millwall's record against Shrewsbury Town in recent years makes for pleasant reading - if you are a Lions fan! Of the previous 13 meetings since 1966, The Lions have tasted defeat just once, in February 1976, winning eight and drawing four of the other games played during this period.

Overall Shrewsbury have nine wins to Millwall's 16 in all competitions with the remaining nine encounters finishing all square.

When we last met

Millwall kicked off their League One campaign with a first-ever visit to the Greenhous Stadium - and a 2-1 win to mark the occasion.

Strike partners Steve Morison and Lee Gregory grabbed a goal each in a spirited display that saw The Lions fight back from a 1-0 deficit to claim an excellent away day win. 

After a goal-less first-half the game sprung into life when Shrewsbury took the lead through James Collins in the 54th-minute. But Millwall, inspired by the outstanding Fred Onyedinma, were back on level terms five minutes later. Onyedinma was the provider with a great driving run that took him into the penalty area and to the byline, where his low cross picked out Morison, who finished crisply.

It was a great response from The Lions and things got even better on 67 minutes when Onyedinma again caused problems to the home defence, this time with a superb threaded pass through to Morison, who was upended just inside the penalty area. Gregory lashed the ball into the roof of the net from the resulting spot-kick as Millwall turned a 1-0 deficit into 2-1 lead - and three points - within the space of eight minutes. 

Shrewsbury: Leutwiler, Tootle, Sadler, Woods, Grandison, Goldson, M.Woods (Brown, 67mins), Collins (McAlinden, 78mins), Ogogo, Barnett, Akpa Akpro (Whalley, 74mins). Subs not used: Burton, Lawrence, Ellis, Vernon.
Scorer: Collins (54mins)

Millwall: Forde, Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Beevers, Craig, Webster, Williams, Upson, Martin (Ferguson, 73mins), Gregory (Marquis, 84mins), Morison, Onyedinma. Subs not used: Archer, Cowan-Hall, Nelson, Powell, Philpot.
Scorers: Morison (59mins), Gregory (68mins, pen)

Dockers' Day itineray

Saturday's match will be the tenth annual Dockers' Day hosted by Millwall, when the club celebrates its history and heritage.

This year Tom Walley's FA Youth Cup winning team of 1991 are getting together for a reunion, and will be joined by 20 dockers, who will be enjoying a complimentary VIP day at The Den.

Join the former players and dockers at the blue bus from around 2pm to have your photo taken, get some autographs, or simply have a reminisce about days gone by. The group will go on the pitch at around 2.30pm to receive a presentation medal and Millwall's players will warm-up in exclusive Dockers' Day T-shirts. 

Betting

Millwall are 8/13 favourites for Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 clash with Shrewsbury, who can be backed at 17/4 with the draw also at 3/1.  

The Lions have not conceded a goal in their last five home matches against Peterborough (3-0), Wigan (0-0), Blackpool (3-0), Sheffield United (1-0) and Burton (2-0) and you can get 13/8 for The Lions to win to nil against Shrewsbury with Sky Bet.

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Coverage

All of Saturday's action will be covered with full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD.  
   
Updates from The Den will also be available by following @MillwallFC - the club's official Twitter account.  

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