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The Season In Stats: 2019/20

A campaign to remember...

6 August 2020

Now that the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship campaign has - finally! - reached its conclusion, millwallfc.co.uk, in association with Playmaker Stats, the club's official statistical partner, dissects the season into statistics...

With 17 wins, 17 draws and 12 defeats to their name, The Lions finished eighth in the League table, with 68 points. A total of 57 goals were scored in The Championship, whilst 51 were conceded - a final goal difference of +6.

Millwall bookended the campaign with victories on the opening day and the final day of the season - against Preston North End and Huddersfield Town - with Jake Cooper becoming the only man to play in every minute of all 46 League matches, a total of 4,140 minutes. Bartosz Bialkowski, who replaced Frank Fielding in the first-half on the first day of the campaign, played 4,097 minutes on his way to becoming the MSC Player of the Year, whilst Jed Wallace (3,798), Mahlon Romeo (3,749) and Murray Wallace (3,417) completed the top five.

In fact, the big defender has now completed that achievement for two seasons in a row, meaning his tally stands at an undefeated 8,280 minutes - great work, Coops!

Matt Smith finished as the club's top scorer with 13 goals across the season, whilst Jed Wallace finished just behind him with 10 strikes to his name. The wing wizard was the king of assists in 2019/20, setting up an incredible 13 goals - his next challenger being Connor Mahoney, who registered five.

Of the 68 points, 38 came at The Den, with 30 being achieved on the road. In the 23 games at home, The Lions won 10, drew eight and lost five, scoring 33 goals, whilst on the road, seven matches were won, nine were drawn and seven were lost, with a total of 24 goals scored.

Set-pieces and aerial duels are a strength of any Millwall side, and the statistics back that up. On average, 31.6 aerial duels per game were won by The Lions in 2019/20 - the most in The Championship - whilst only Cardiff City scored more set-pieces than The Lions (26 to 25).

The number of substitutes went up from three to five after lockdown, and The Lions were one club to benefit from their bench across the season, scoring 14 goals from subs, level with West Bromwich Albion and, again, only behind The Bluebirds (19).

Meanwhile, three key men in Millwall's season were Romeo, Shaun Hutchinson and Jed Wallace: and below, you can read some stats on the trio.

The Lions' number seven excelled last season, becoming the only player to register double figures for Championship goals (10) and assists (13) in 2019/20. The winger finished second in the division for key passes (99), second to The Baggies' Matheus Pereira, and also second in the League for successful dribbles (132) to QPR's Eberechi Eze. No player in the League, however, registered more assists (five) from corners this season.
 
No defender scored more Championship goals than Hutchinson in 2019/20 (six), whilst the centre-back took the bronze medal in interceptions across the year, cutting out 81 attacks. Romeo, meanwhile, ensured that no defender made more successful tackles during the campaign, winning the ball 113 times.
 
Finally, Player of the Year Bialkowski finished at the top of the tree - alongside Brentford goalkeeper David Raya - in keeping clean sheets (16), sharing the Sky Bet Championship Golden Glove award.

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