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

(@jkelly1882)

19 thoughts on “Preview: Shrewsbury Town vs Millwall

  • August 7, 2015 at 11:59
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    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
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      @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
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        @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
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      @brooker: hollow head was always wrong so perhaps we might win .Big hunt that he is

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    • August 7, 2015 at 12:49
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      @brooker: he probably forgot he's not our manager anymore

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    • August 7, 2015 at 13:49
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      @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
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    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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