Report: Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Millwall

STEVE Morison scored on his second Millwall debut to help Neil Harris’ side to the three points against Shrewsbury at Greenhous Meadow.

Morison tapped in at the back post for a 59th-minute equaliser before the excellent Lee Gregory scored from the spot eight minutes later.

It was no more than the Lions deserved after a battling display, and Gregory and Fred Onyedinma in particular were key to the win.

Gregory worked non-stop throughout and was embraced by Neil Harris when he was replaced with five minutes left.

Morison will rightly get some of the headlines, but it was Onyedinma who was central to both goals and he looks like he has hugely benefitted from last season’s loan spell at Wycombe.

This was an impressive Millwall performance and though Shrewsbury had their chances, the away side were well-organised and showed impressive hunger to close down their opponents.

It was also a first win away in the league since February 10 against Birmingham City and Harris could hardly have imagined it going much better in the first game of his first full season as manager.

He handed a debut to Morison with the former Leeds man partnering Gregory up front.

Mark Beevers continued at left-back in the absence of the injured Joe Martin while on-loan Newcastle winger Shane Ferguson was on the bench.

Harris also went for the more physical Byron Webster to partner captain Tony Craig in the centre of defence with Shrewsbury possessing some robust forwards.

And it was Millwall who were first to threaten when Onyedinma, with the new number ten shirt on his back and looking confident, took on and beat Mat Sadler but his cross was headed away.

But Shrewsbury have a formidable recent home league record and they quickly settled with Ryan Woods in particular looking composed in midfield.

Clearly the instructions from Micky Mellon were to try to get Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro in behind Shaun Cummings on the left and on 14 minutes the tactic almost paid off when the winger beat the defender to cross for Tyrone Barnett who headed over.

David Forde, who was shaky in the last pre-season game against CD Tondela, was looking much more confident here and he was quickly off his line to thwart James Collins as he attempted to muscle through in the box.

Gregory spent much of the opening 45 minutes chasing down and battling for loose balls and after he had won a free-kick 35 yards out, Shaun Williams almost surprised Jayson Leutwiler with a stinging drive but the keeper gathered at the second attempt.

Leutwiler then did even better to tip Lee Martin’s deflected free-kick over the bar as Millwall enjoyed a period of possession.

And they came closest to opening the scoring shortly before half-time when Beevers climbed at the back post to head Martin’s corner towards the top corner, but Abu Ogogo had done well to scramble back and he headed the ball off the line.

Shrewsbury’s front pair were causing Millwall’s defence a few problems and Barnett again headed over a difficult enough chance before the break.

Ironically it was after the game’s quietest period that Shrewsbury went ahead on 55 minutes.

Ogogo did well to fizz a cross behind Millwall’s back four and Collins beat Forde from a tight angle close in.

But Millwall quickly recovered after that shock and equalised four minutes later.

Onyedinma took on and teased Matt Tootle to cut the ball back for the onrushing Gregory. He missed it but Morison arrived at the back post to tap in.

That goal didn’t just transform the away side as Morison suddenly began to look a real threat as well.

With just over 20 minutes left Onyedinma again drove at the heart of the Shrewsbury defence to find Morison who collected the ball in the box and was taken down by Sadler.

Shrewsbury fans were upset with the decision but Gregory kept his composure to fire into the top corner.

Upson went close with a couple of snapshots and Millwall hung on through six minutes of added time to hand Harris the perfect start.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

32 thoughts on “Report: Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Millwall

  • August 8, 2015 at 17:06
    Permalink

    Get in there you lions. " delighted"

    Like (87)
    Dislike (2)
  • August 8, 2015 at 17:09
    Permalink

    Perfect start. Goal down, fight back, both strikers score, three away points. Two so-called favourites for division get beat.

    Like (84)
    Dislike (3)
  • August 8, 2015 at 17:10
    Permalink

    Great start.
    Both main strikers scored and both played well.
    Bring on Coventry.

    Like (46)
    Dislike (5)
  • August 8, 2015 at 17:12
    Permalink

    Moro and Gregs will be dynamite this season.

    Like (61)
    Dislike (3)
  • August 8, 2015 at 17:13
    Permalink

    Perfect start for the young Lions. Well done to Bomber and the boys. coyl nolu wdc

    Like (41)
    Dislike (3)
  • August 8, 2015 at 17:19
    Permalink

    Great start boys, was always going to be tough playing a promoted team. Sounds like Greggs run his self into the ground, good on ya son. I'm not a big Morro fan these days, bit lazy for me, but if he finds the net 20 times this season i'll forgive him. Fred having a blinder too, long way to go but think were on the right track. COYL

    Like (31)
    Dislike (8)
  • August 8, 2015 at 17:33
    Permalink

    Great win, would have been happy with a draw.
    Confidence boost for striker's is a bonus.
    Let's get a good crowd down for Coventry and momentum built on.

    Like (28)
    Dislike (6)
    • August 8, 2015 at 19:58
      Permalink

      @kenfromtheden: just looked at the last few comments all spot on who the f**k is putting dislikes!!!! Must be wet spam supps!!!

      Like (8)
      Dislike (11)
  • August 8, 2015 at 17:34
    Permalink

    Get in . Perfect result . A tricky game and this has set the standard . Bring on Barnet and Coventry

    Like (30)
    Dislike (3)
  • August 8, 2015 at 17:47
    Permalink

    So happy atm great win fred was outstanding and greggs and Morrison what happened 2 Sheffield and Wigan lmfao and clown was wrong again he don't no f*** all about football both strikers scores played bomber and the hole team great win

    Like (24)
    Dislike (1)
  • August 8, 2015 at 17:49
    Permalink

    I wonder how long the carrot crunching loon will last on sky. Week 1 and I dont think he has predicted one correct result. Another job that he will not see out. Cnut.

    Like (45)
    Dislike (1)
    • August 8, 2015 at 20:29
      Permalink

      @LETEMCOME:

      Exactly mate the f****** carrot crunching numpty but was right about Moro and thankfully not the result.

      Like (1)
      Dislike (1)
  • August 8, 2015 at 17:51
    Permalink

    Three things i learnt today.
    1 - the team are a unit. The team responded to the fans and harris bit of spirit and fight throughout.

    2- webster actually impressed me today..he was full on. Commited won majority of his headers. Really got stuck in and looked like he had a point to prove.

    3- we need to keep gregory and fred fit. Both gamechangers. Fred didnt do much today but when he did lead to the goals and amount of free kicks he won with his flair and pace saved us. Really a blessing we have needed for so long.

    Such a brilliant support today 2 of my mates come for the first time and they were fixed on it. Loved it. Great day. P.s dont under estimate the return of tony craig. Solid as they come not spectacular but gets the job done.

    Long way to go.. going to be hard but millwall are back in terms of a unit. Well chuffed.

    Like (66)
    Dislike (4)
  • August 8, 2015 at 18:20
    Permalink

    I really couldn't give a t*** what Holloway predicts. He had his chance, in fact he got longer then most and a lot longer then he deserved. Jog on loser and save your predictions for fans who give a sh#t what you think. This is Bombers time. COYL

    Like (37)
    Dislike (2)
    • August 8, 2015 at 18:59
      Permalink

      @NPEgentlemansclub: I dont give a s*** what he predicts either but after what he done to us its good to see him make a c. unt of himself.

      Like (15)
      Dislike (2)
  • August 8, 2015 at 18:28
    Permalink

    They score when they want, they score when they waaaaaaannnntt, lee and stevie, they score when they want miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    Like (14)
    Dislike (5)
  • August 8, 2015 at 18:40
    Permalink

    The productivity of all Millwall fans will go up at work this week!!

    Like (16)
    Dislike (1)
  • August 8, 2015 at 19:16
    Permalink

    excellent result.fred will be the key this season,good that marquis had a run out to .goal a piece from our strike force well done to neil and all the staff.a great start.

    Like (12)
    Dislike (1)
  • August 8, 2015 at 19:21
    Permalink

    Evening all. Well pleased with this start, keep it up lads

    Like (8)
    Dislike (0)
  • August 8, 2015 at 19:40
    Permalink

    The only away winners in the league!

    Like (19)
    Dislike (0)
  • August 8, 2015 at 20:13
    Permalink

    Nothing like a happy ending to a s*** day

    Like (3)
    Dislike (0)
  • August 8, 2015 at 20:18
    Permalink

    Great result wall.
    Well done chopper and the boys.
    Rest the lads Tuesday night and get em fit and ready for a tough home game on Saturday, I can't wait.
    COYLs

    Like (5)
    Dislike (2)
    • August 8, 2015 at 23:16
      Permalink

      @lukesmithmfc: can't agree mate this time they have loads of time off unlike the rest of us working all though the summer, we need the team to gell so Tuesday might help, I'll be there.

      Like (1)
      Dislike (1)
  • August 8, 2015 at 20:23
    Permalink

    where's jIMMI ABDOUOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Like (1)
    Dislike (4)

Leave a Reply