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The season in stats

Millwall's 2017/18 campaign in detail...

21 May 2018

With the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship campaign done and dusted, millwallfc.co.uk dissects The Lions' remarkable season into statistics...

With 19 wins, 15 draws and 12 defeats to their name, Neil Harris' side finished the year in eighth, three points off a place in the top six and a shot at the Play-Offs.

The first of those wins came at The Den as Millwall defeated Norwich City 4-0 on 26th August. Along with Jed Wallace and Shaun Hutchinson, on the mark that day were Lee Gregory and George Saville - the first of 10 goals apiece for the pair.

The striker favoured his right foot when it came to finding the net throughout the season. Gregory fashioned 38 shots on target from 87 attempts, scoring nine goals with his right foot, with just one header coming at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Saville's goals, meanwhile, came in a more varied fashion. The midfielder scored seven times with his left foot, twice with his right, also scoring one header at The Den, this time against Reading.

Of the 56 Sky Bet Championship goals The Lions scored, 49 were from inside the penalty area, with seven coming from 18 yards or more. The large majority were scored with the right foot (30), whilst 12 were scored with the left and 10 with the head. Millwall were active in front of goal during the year, creating 13.1 shots on goal per game.

Goals are created by assists. When it came to Millwall in 2017/18, they weren't short of creativity in the middle of the park.

Wallace topped the assists chart with nine, whilst club captain Steve Morison followed shortly behind with eight. Loanee Ben Marshall created five goals in his spell at the club.

Wallace - voted runner-up in the MSC 2017/18 Player of the Year poll - was a key man during the campaign, attempting 209 crosses, the most in the division.

Morison, meanwhile, was integral in his own way, winning 683 aerial duels against opposition defenders across the course of the season. The Lions won a total of 2,878 duels in 2017/18, the third most in the division behind promoted Cardiff City and Bolton Wanderers.

Marshall executed the greatest amount of key passes (2.1) during games, with Shaun Williams (1.5) and Wallace (1.4) not far behind.

Possession wasn't the name of the game for Harris' side in most matches - in fact The Lions averaged just 43.6% over the season - but winning the ball back in the final third was a strength; clocking in at 183 times, only Cardiff and London rivals QPR and Brentford were stronger in that aspect.

Shaun Hutchinson and Jake Cooper provided the base for Millwall's success for a large part of the campaign. MSC Player of the Year Hutchinson was dominant in the air, winning 380 out of 589 duels, whilst also successfully making 7.8 clearances per game.

Cooper was just as effective, though, making 6.9 clearances per game and winning 223 out of 331 duels in the air.

Left-back James Meredith was the most sound in the tackle, coming out on top 62 times in 110. All told, The Lions were strong when going in for challenges, winning 507 out of 813.

An outstanding 19 clean sheets - nearly half the season - were kept, with Jordan Archer keeping 18 of those and David Martin safeguarding the net once in December's goalless draw at Aston Villa.

Injuries and suspensions are perhaps inevitable over the course of such a long and arduous campaign, but Hutchinson was the only man to play every minute (4,140) of every Sky Bet Championship game. Closely behind him was Archer (4,050) and Meredith (4,009), who also featured in every League game. Saville made 44 appearances, playing a total of 3,947 minutes.


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