Millwall’s pre-season winning run came to an end as they lost 2-0 to Dover Athletic on Tuesday night.
Striker Ricky Miller put the National League side ahead in the second half before Jamie Grimes nodded in a second with six minutes left.
Neil Harris named a youthful side at Crabble Athletic Ground, with Paul Rooney partnering Sid Nelson in the centre of defence and James Brown at right-back.
Kyron Farrell and former Arsenal player Harry Donovan started in midfield with Kris Twardek on the right wing. Fred Onyedinma and Jamie Philpot were the front pairing.
Dover started much more brightly, and Tyrone Marsh fired a free-kick just over Tom King’s crossbar early on.
Millwall were struggling for any coherence in attack, with Onyedinma often getting the ball with his back to goal searching for support.
Jim Stevenson was next to threaten for Dover when he found space to shoot from 25 yards, with King forced into a full-stretch save to tip the ball over.
Millwall’s best chance of the first half was all of Rooney’s making. The big centre-back crashed into a tackle on Stevenson in midfield in the 29th minute before quickly getting to his feet and striding forward. He evaded a tackle on the edge of the box but he dragged his left-footed shot wide.
The Lions started the second half more proactively and Nelson went close when he moved forward to shoot just wide from 20 yards.
At the other end Nelson had to be sharp to slide in on Ricky Modeste as the winger tried to find a way through.
Dover took the lead in the 61st minute when some slack marking in the box allowed Miller to nod Marsh’s corner past King.
The home side stretched Millwall again eight minutes later and King had to get down low to save Stevenson’s shot after the midfielder had broken into the box.
King made an ever better save in the 76th minute when he saw Stevenson’s low drive through a swarm of bodies late before pushing the ball away.
The Millwall goalkeeper denied Dover a second with 10 minutes to go, this time after Miller had got in behind the away defence.
Grimes eventually did double the lead when he headed in Aswad Thomas’ free-kick.
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