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"We cannot afford to be complacent against Shrewsbury," warns Livermore

9 December 2016

Assistant boss looks ahead to Saturday's Den encounter

Shrewsbury will have to overcome form, injury and history to leave The Den with all three points on Saturday (3pm).

The Shrews currently languish at the foot of the League One table and haven't beaten The Lions in more than three decades - but assistant manager Dave Livermore says that there can be no complacency tomorrow.

"They will come out fighting because it's another opportunity for Shrewsbury to turn their season around," Livermore told millwallfc.co.uk.

"Just because they are at the bottom of the league doesn't mean they will be a push over. They have a new manager and will no doubt be trying to improve their form against us," he added.

The Lions assistant boss has highlighted the importance of squad depth as Millwall prepare for their third match in just six days.

"We have seven games in December and they are all coming thick and fast. We have to strike the right balance between playing, training and resting because we are looking to gain points and climb up the table," he added.

"The Cup competitions we have played in this week have been valuable to us. We have had the opportunity to give some debuts to players recently also, and allow others to get vital match minutes and experience." 

Both Millwall and Shrewsbury suffered defeats in their most recent outings and are expected to shuffle their respective packs for the League One clash.

Shrews midfielder Abu Agogo is available for selection after a three game suspension, but the game will come too soon for Joe Riley, AJ Leitch-Smith and Shaun Whalley.

Meanwhile, Millwall striker Lee Gregory will be given until kick-off to prove fit for the match after being rested against Wycombe on Wednesday night and his inclusion would add fire-power to The Lions line-up.

"We feel we have goals in this team," said Livers. "We know we can score but we also need to make sure that our defence is right. We are still conceeding too many goals and that is something we are looking to improve."

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