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Shrewsbury Town need a strong pair of shoulders. They are currently bearing the weight of 23 other teams as they languish in 24th spot at the bottom of League One. As the season teeters towards the half-way mark, their points total of 15 is almost half that of Millwall's with The Shrews having played an extra game.
Manager Paul Hurst was drafted in at the end of October 2016 to shore up the club's crumbling foundations after a run of 10 games without a win, and for a brief moment, the clouds over Greenhous Meadow parted and the sun shone down on the beleaguered Shrews.
The arrival of the new manager heralded an upturn in the club's fortunes. His first game in charge against Southend United ended in a 1-1 draw but the next three fixtures would see the Shropshire side come away with all nine points. The future was suddenly looking rosier.
However, their next game on the 19th of November against promotion-chasing Sheffield United resulted in a 2-1 defeat and the result brought the club's upward trajectory to a grinding halt. They are currently four games without a win.
In previous encounters Millwall have the advantage over their Shropshire rivals. The Lions have won 17 out of 37 meetings, with Shrewsbury claiming victory on 11 occasions. But it is their recent history which really tells the story here.
The last year in which The Shrews took all three points from The Lions, the Conservative Party chose Margaret Thatcher as it's first woman leader, excited cinema-goers were filing in to their local picture house to watch a film about a shark (Jaws), and people had just voted YES in a referendum to keep Britain in the EU. That year was 1975.
Their last encounter took place at The Den, just seven months ago on 9th April, towards the business end of the 2015/16 season.
The Lions went into the game in a rich vein of form but an early strike after just four minutes, by Shrewsbury midfielder Larnell Cole, immediately knocked them off their stride and Millwall went in at the break a goal down and facing their first home defeat in eight games.
However, the team that emerged from the tunnel for the second-half took just 12 minutes to level with what proved to be the Goal of The Season - Ben Thompson's stunning volley into the top corner which gave Mark Halstead in the Shrewsbury goal no chance.
Shortly after, Steve Morison added his name to the score-sheet with a firm header from Chris Taylor's teasing corner and The Lions took control.
A third goal duly arrived late on when Lee Gregory intercepted a woeful back pass and his resulting run into the box was only stopped by a rash lunge from the Shrewsbury keeper. Halstead earned himself a red card for his trouble and, with no further subs available, was replaced between the sticks by defender Mickey Demetriou.
Gregory's resulting spot-kick buried itself in the bottom right-hand corner earning him his 24th goal of the season and added a final layer of icing to the Millwall cake.
Striker Gregory, who is hoping to be available for selection after missing Wednesday night's Checktrade Trophy tie, is 7/2 with Sky Bet
to score first or last against The Shrews on Saturday, and 6/5 to hit the target at anytime.
Midfielder Thompson is priced at 14/1 with Sky Bet
to be first or last on the score-sheet whilst Harry Smith, who has six goals in six starts for The Lions is priced at 9/2.
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