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2018/19 Season Review: Mixed bag kicks off landmark Den year

August, September and October...

13 May 2019

Millwall's 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship campaign - and the club's 25th year at The 'new' Den - began in earnest on Saturday 4th August as Middlesbrough visited SE16.

Aiden O'Brien and Lee Gregory's goals put The Lions into a 2-0 lead in the sunshine, but a late Boro double ensured the spoils were shared.

A goalless draw - despite Millwall hitting the post twice - followed at newly-promoted Blackburn Rovers the following week, before loanee Ben Amos was the penalty hero as Neil Harris' side advanced to the Second Round of the Carabao Cup at the expense of Gillingham on spot-kicks.

Jake Cooper and Shaun Williams were on target as a first League victory of the season was secured at home to hotly-tipped Derby County, but consecutive losses to Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United ensured a mid-table position at the end of August.

A last-gasp O'Brien goal put Millwall into Round Three of the Carabao Cup as Plymouth Argyle were defeated 3-2, but back in The Championship, 10-man Swansea City scored two late goals to claim all three points in a televised clash.

Jed Wallace's effort looked to have given The Lions all three points against Leeds United until a late equaliser denied Millwall glory, with back-to-back losses at Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion coming before a Carabao Cup exit to Fulham and a defeat to Sheffield United.

October was a fruitful month for Millwall, however, with three victories and one draw coming in five matches.

It began with a 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest, in a game which The Lions dominated, but came from behind in to salvage a draw after Shaun Williams and Gregory found the net; Tom Bradshaw also had a goal chalked off.

Shane Ferguson and Tom Elliott then found the net as Millwall overturned an early deficit to defeat big-spending Aston Villa at The Den, before consecutive home wins against Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town followed a loss at the Madejski Stadium against Reading.

Take a look at our gallery from the first third of the campaign above.

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