Preview: Shrewsbury Town vs Millwall

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STEVE Morison could go straight into the Millwall side for their Sky Bet League One opener against Micky Mellon’s Shrewsbury Town.

Morison participated in a full pre-season with Leeds before sealing his switch back to The Den this week.

If manager Neil Harris does opt to put the 31-year-old straight in it will be to partner Lee Gregory, with John Marquis, who started up front with Gregory in Millwall’s last two pre-season games, missing out.

Harris will be reluctant to leave out Marquis who he rates very highly.

“I saw John a number of times last season when he was at Gillingham and he was the best player on the pitch each time,” Harris told a fans forum at The Den last night.

“If I was a manager from another club watching him I’d have wanted to sign him.”

Joe Martin will miss the game with an injured ankle meaning Mark Beevers, more comfortable in the centre of defence, is likely to continue at left-back.

Captain Tony Craig will probably be partnered by Byron Webster with Sid Nelson on the bench as Harris would prefer a more physical presence at the back, particularly against a robust Shrewsbury attack that could include new loan signing from Wolves Liam McAlinden.

Paris Cown-Hall was handed the number seven shirt for the season this week but Fred Onyedinma has been impressive in pre-season and scored a fine solo goal against CD Tondela last Saturday and should retain his place on the right wing.

Meanwhile Shane Ferguson, signed on loan from Newcastle on Friday, is included in the squad but Lee Martin should start on the left of midfield.

Harris rates Jimmy Abdou “touch and go” with Ed Upson and Shaun Williams set to start as the midfield pairing.

Shrewsbury have won four of their last six home league games, while Millwall’s last league win on the road was against Birmingham on February 10, a run of eight games. The Lions have won just three league games away from home in their last 20.

Two divisions separated the sides last season but a record of 14 wins and just two defeats at home in the last 20 league games will give the Shrews huge confidence.

They were boosted yesterday when forward Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, who scored nine goals in 26 league starts last season, signed a new deal.

They were also hopeful that defender Jermaine Grandison, linked with the Lions this week, would commit before the season opener.

Sky Bet odds: Shrewsbury 11/8 Draw 9/4 Millwall 2/1

Probable Millwall team: Forde; Cummings, Webster, Craig, Beevers; Onyedinma, Upson, Williams, Martin; Gregory, Morison.

John Kelly


19 thoughts on “Preview: Shrewsbury Town vs Millwall

  • August 7, 2015 at 11:59

    FORMER Millwall manager Ian Holloway has predicted his former club will lose their opening fixture to newly-promoted Shrewsbury.
    The ex-boss, now a Sky Sports pundit, also believes new signing Steve Morison will score on his debut.
    Holloway told Sky Sports News: "Steve Morison is a great signing for Millwall; he lives and breathes the club and he helped them stay up the year before.
    "They’ll need his experience but I know Micky Mellon well and I think his Shrewsbury side - promoted last season, great home record - will make it really difficult.
    "I’m going for Shrewsbury - with Morison to get himself on the scoresheet at least."

    see he is a complete c***

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    • August 7, 2015 at 12:17

      @brooker: hollow head was always wrong so perhaps we might win .w***** that he is

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      • August 7, 2015 at 17:06

        @bobthelion: what a result if Holloway has worked it all out and thinks we will lose, that will be three points to us then.

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    • August 7, 2015 at 12:18

      @brooker: hollow head was always wrong so perhaps we might win .Big hunt that he is

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    • August 7, 2015 at 13:49

      @brooker: we dont want to such fowl words on this site so can you stop spelling out coco's name

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  • August 7, 2015 at 12:14

    It is worrying that the manager rates Marquis so highly - he must be the only one who does.
    Even Holloway had more sense
    Presumably NH answered a probing question at the FF as to marquis capability - he couldn't really answer it any other way - having brought him back.
    He is rubbish

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  • August 7, 2015 at 12:23

    I just do not get this Marquis thing ?
    To me he has no height,not a good header of the ball,no pace,and is just not a goalscorer.
    If he proves me wrong then fine I will admit I was way out !
    Cannot question his work rate but there are lots of players who run around a lot but achieve little.

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    • August 7, 2015 at 12:57

      @Longfield Lion: Harris was none of this things himself as a player and look at him now.... Hard work and determination speaks volumes.

      @bazzer - Harris said last night that we signed a left winger from newcastle but didnt say who..

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  • August 7, 2015 at 12:48

    rumour going round we've signed a winger shane fergesson??? anyone else heard anything????

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    • August 7, 2015 at 12:54

      @bazzer: Yeah, on loan for a season from Newcastle. I think they want to sign him so that he can play tomorrow?

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    • August 7, 2015 at 12:55

      @bazzer: I've heard we might loan him for a year,but at 24 seems like an odd loan, if he was good enough he'd be in the 1st team at 24 not sent out on loans for experience. maybe its loan with a view to a permanent move.

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  • August 7, 2015 at 12:56

    HITC Sport understands from sources close to the deal that Newcastle United winger Shane Ferguson has agreed a move to Millwall.

    The 24-year-old was offered an opportunity to impress during pre-season by new Magpies boss Steve McClaren, but remains some way down the pecking order at St James’ Park.

    He has also entered the final year of his current contract, so both sides have decided that a parting of ways is the best option at this juncture.

    Ferguson has spent much of the last three seasons away from Newcastle, taking in two loan spells at Birmingham City and a stint at Rangers which was blighted by injury

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    • August 7, 2015 at 12:58

      @brooker: The decision to try and kick-start his career in League One has now been taken, with Millwall looking to regroup and kick on following their relegation out of the Championship.

      Ferguson will also be hoping that the switch helps to keep his international fires burning, with Northern Ireland pushing hard for involvement at next summer’s European Championship in France.

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  • August 7, 2015 at 13:10

    Got to say I don't rate Marquis either,hope Harris don't persist with him if he can't score but best way to prove us wrong and shut us up is to score running and commitment gets you so far but goals gives you respect ,show us Marquis your not Kevin Braniff in disguise!!

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  • August 7, 2015 at 13:38

    Totally agree with all the Marquis comments, what on earth is Harris talking about, hard work or not Marquis simply does not score goals, he has been given numerous chances and never impressed for me. We need to move forward and Marquis is just like a bad penny, scored a few for another club aand we begged him to come back, didn't score on loan for various league 2 sides, got lucky and scored half a dozen for Gillingham and all of a sudden he's in our starting lineup, even the looney Holloway knew he was s***. Marquis isn't good enough and is holding back the likes of Pavey and philpott. On a positive like the Newcastle signing and Morison changes everything. Miiiiiiiiiiiii

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  • August 7, 2015 at 13:53

    I think Marquis can do a decent job in League 1. He's never going to be the best player, but he seems to get in good positions. Just needs to finish them off.

    Hopefully Ferguson plays at left back, with Beevers replacing Webster. Other than that I'm fairly happy with the probably line up.

    Glad that NH has seen we need left sided cover, and hopefully Ferguson can do both. Be an alternative for Lee Martin and cover for Joe Martin when he's fit.


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  • August 7, 2015 at 14:00

    Honestly don't think marquis is a goal scorer had so many opportunities and never took it totally s*** hopefully he proves me wrong but me can't see it if he don't score atleast 8 goals come January get rid in my opinion anyway COYL and f*** that clown he don't no f*** all about football that why he gave up he day job the c***

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  • August 7, 2015 at 14:45

    GK - Archer
    RB - Cummings
    CB - Beevers
    CB - Nelson
    LB - Craig

    RM - Paris-Hall
    CM - Upson
    CM - Williams
    LM - Fred

    CF - Morro
    CF - Gregory

    Subs: Forde, Webster, Shifa, Martin, Powell, Thompson, Marquis

    Come on you f****** Lions

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