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Lions ease to victory over Granada Club de Futbol

Our take on Den pre-season friendly...

29 July 2017

Goals from Jed Wallace, Shaun Williams and Aiden O'Brien handed Millwall a comfortable 3-0 pre-season friendly victory over Granada Club de Futbol at The Den on Saturday afternoon.

Wallace opened the scoring shortly before the half-hour mark, whilst a quick-fire second-half double from Williams and O'Brien made it the perfect start to Millwall's 2017/18 campaign in SE16.

Lions boss Neil Harris opted for a strong XI ahead of next Friday's opening Sky Bet Championship encounter at Nottingham Forest, with Lee Gregory and Steve Morison starting up front in a side that included summer recruits Conor McLaughlin, James Meredith and George Saville.

The game was a little under four minutes old when The Lions nearly took the lead in extraordinary circumstances, but Byron Webster's attempt from just inside his own half landed on the top of the Granada net.

Further half-chances from Saville and Aiden O'Brien followed, but the lead was gained on 28 minutes, when Wallace deceived the goalkeeper with a free-kick that snuck inside the near post.

In an otherwise quiet opening half, Jose Luis Moreno Barroso briefly troubled Jordan Archer on 41 minutes, but his shot was comfortably saved.

On 52 minutes, the lead was doubled. A loose ball on the edge of the penalty area was pounced on by Williams, who thundered a shot low to goalkeeper Rui Silva's left to make it 2-0 to The Lions.

Barely 60 seconds had passed when Millwall went three to the good. Clever work from Wallace carved an opening for a cross - one that found O'Brien given the freedom of south London at the back post to head home.

Archer was called into action on 65 minutes, expertly tipping over Antonio Rodriguez Diaz's long-range drive. 

Tom Elliott, introduced into the game with a little under 20 minutes to go, nearly made it 4-0 on 74 minutes, but after chesting down and firing towards goal, his shot was stopped by Silva. The chances kept coming, but Shaun Hutchinson could crash a header off the post following substitute Shane Ferguson's whipped-in free-kick.

Gregory rounded the goalkeeper on 80 minutes and squared for Elliott, but his attempt was cleared off the line. 

Millwall: Archer, McLaughlin (Romeo 81'), Meredith (Craig 81'), Hutchinson, Williams (Worrall 81'), Gregory (Butcher 81'), Wallace (Onyedinma 72'), Webster (Cooper 46'), Morison (Elliott 72'), O'Brien (Ferguson 62'), Saville (Thompson 72'). Sub not used: King.

Scorers: Wallace (28'), Williams (52'), O'Brien (53')

Granada Club de Futbol: Silva, Martinez, Acosta, Baena Urdiales, Rodriguez Diaz, Petralanda, Diaz Miguel, Moreno Barroso, Montoro Sanchez, Fernand Saunier, Khrin. Subs: I'Anson, Barahona, Varas Herrera, Sanchez Monino, Marin Ruz, Foulquier, Garcia Adamez, Grande.

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Attendance: 1,926

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