Report: Stevenage 0-1 Millwall

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Venue: The Lamex Stadium Beevers, 62

MARK Beevers headed home the only goal of the game as Millwall won their first pre-season game.

Paris Cowan-Hall, Lee Gregory and Lee Martin all returned from injury as they started for the Lions in the win, after missing the Bromley and Wimbledon draws.

And Millwall dominated the game against Teddy Sheringham’s side from the first whistle to the last.

Cowan-Hall had an early chance for the visitors when Martin picked up the ball in his own half and played a sweeping cross-field pass over to his fellow winger.

But he was in two minds whether to shoot or cross and in the end, the winger opted to square the ball to Marquis.

The striker was waiting on the edge of the penalty spot, but the ball was under hit and eventually cleared.

Jimmy Abdou had one of Millwall’s best chances of the first-half when, after a good spell of possession, Cowan-Hall delivered an inviting ball to the edge of the six-yard box.

The cross was met by a lurking Abdou but the chance was spurned when the midfielder headed just wide having been under pressure from his marker.

Five minutes before half-time, Shaun Williams had the Lions' best chance of the half.

Following some intricate, snappy passing, the ball eventually found its way to Marquis, whose cross to Martin was played off to Gregory on the penalty spot.

Instead of shooting, Gregory laid the ball off to Williams, who nonchalantly arrowed a left-footed effort onto the crossbar.

Stevenage had one real chance of note after 41 minutes when striker Dipo Akinyemi crossed to his forward partner Brett Williams but, his glancing header fell wide of Millwall’s left-hand post.

Eight minutes after the interval, Shaun Cummings dinked a ball over to Gregory seven yards out from goal.

The striker went on to chest the ball down and, on the half turn, try to fire past Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day, but the effort was miss-hit and trickled through to the keeper.

Harris made four changes on the hour with David Forde, Martin, Gregory and Cowan-Hall all replaced by Jordan Archer, Jack Powell, Fred Onyedinma and Jamie Philpot.

And it was Powell who made the quickest impact.

The Lions were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Stevenage area, and Powell would step-up to take.

The ball was delivered in with plenty of whip on it straight to the head of defender Beevers who headed past Boro keeper Day to give the visitors the most deserved of leads.

After the goal, the game itself wasn't too eventful, with Millwall continuing to dominate.

Substitute Ben Thompson picked up the ball in midfield and made a positive run to the edge of the box, before unleashing a shot just wide of the post.

With ten minutes left, Powell drilled in a corner that missed everyone in the area as the ball fell to captain Craig ten yards out.

The defender was leaning back as his foot connected with ball, sending the shot high over the crossbar.

Aside from Stevenage's one real chance in the first half, Millwall dominated the entirety of the 90 minutes.

Manager Harris might have been a little disappointed that their persistent domination didn't amount to more goals.

But Millwall saw the game out to secure a first win after two straight draws in pre-season.

Jay Taylor

(@jay_taylor18)

24 thoughts on “Report: Stevenage 0-1 Millwall

  • July 25, 2015 at 17:04
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    Good to hear some of the young lads getting a run out and doing well

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  • July 25, 2015 at 17:04
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    I think our starting line up is our strongest except Beevers at left back but after today he could stay there. Well done Millwall now to beat Tondela or whatever they're called

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  • July 25, 2015 at 17:05
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    I think our starting line up is our strongest except Beevers at left back but after today he could stay there. Well done Millwall now to beat Toned or whatever they're called

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    • July 25, 2015 at 17:14
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      @ClarkeyMFC: are you kidding me lol,and we dominated with one goal we are gonna cruise this league!!.

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  • July 25, 2015 at 17:15
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    well done for winning the game.listened to the commentary totally dominated with corner after corner chance after chance, but sad to say only 1 deflected goal. Seems we are doing everything right BUT WE ARE LACKING ONE THING......guess what ?

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  • July 25, 2015 at 17:25
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    Still undefeated, clean sheet, loads of players getting playing time, youngsters showing well, not sure you would want more except the goals but we are making chances and when, not if, they start going in I think we will have a better season than the last couple. Onward and upwards.

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  • July 25, 2015 at 17:33
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    why are we praising a win against a 2 bob outfit???

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  • July 25, 2015 at 17:39
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    STRIKER NEEDED WITH LEAGUE 1 OR EQUIVALENT EXPERIENCE, WILLING TO PLAY FOR THE SHIRT AND HAVE 20+ A SEASON GOALS IN YOU. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE ABILITY PLEASE EMAIL A VIDEO OF YOUR GOALS TO: WESONEEDASTRIKER AT MILLWALLFC. CO. UK
    (HOFF & FULLER NEED NOT APPLY AS YOU HAVE NO CHANCE OF PLAYING FOR US AGAIN)

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    • July 25, 2015 at 19:51
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      @vonhardshaft:
      Every club in our league is looking for that player. Sadly, Any player that is known for scoring 20+ goals in a season, is well out of our price range! We have to hope gregory can hit 15+ and bomber manages to unearth a diamond from somewhere for under a million quid.

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    • July 25, 2015 at 20:22
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      @vonhardshaft: I remember when I could of signed for millwall when I was 15 they scouted me :) let me tell u i definitely know where the net is also I'm a all rounder and both footed ;)

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  • July 25, 2015 at 17:57
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    Poor away crowd was expecting more played well in patches Stevenage was poor I think we controlled most of the game was a good run out

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  • July 25, 2015 at 18:17
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    Good job our strikers are banging in goals

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  • July 25, 2015 at 18:48
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    Would expect us to hold our own in L1 and try to push for a play off spot. That is not too much to ask when you look at the rest of the sides apart from 4/5 teams that have bigger gates and revenue than us. Forget these pre season games they mean nothing. Its down to the board ,the manager and the players to get us challenging in this league. If we fail to do so then we are in deep trouble because if we cant compete now then when will we be able to.

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    • July 26, 2015 at 01:27
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      @LETEMCOME: true that, but come the 8th its not going to be no walk through. hope it's not another yeovil nightmare!

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  • July 26, 2015 at 13:04
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    Shrewsbury , just promoted, will be tough, make no mistake - be tight at the back, concede maximum one and we will be in it

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  • July 28, 2015 at 19:09
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    At least we won! If baldy was in charge we would have got beaten and he would have blamed it on Teddy....

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