SHREWSBURY Town boss Micky Mellon says his side have done their homework on Millwall and is expecting a “terrific occasion” on Saturday.
Mellon also revealed he has kept a close eye on Millwall during the summer, in particular the restructuring work carried out on their squad.
“They’ll be a huge test coming down from the Championship, they’ve done some rebuilding and they’ll be looking to bounce straight back,” Mellon told the Shropshire Star.
“They play at a really high tempo and they’ve done a lot of recruitment, so their team is unrecognisable from last season.”
“We’ve got quite a few DVDs on them and we’ve watched them continuously – they’ll be a very committed side.
“But we’ve got enough here to deal with that, we’ll be ready for that challenge and we’re really looking forward to it.”
Mellon has himself been busy working on his squad over the summer, bringing in the likes of Mat Sadler from Rotherham, Martin Woods from Ross County and striker Liam McAlinden on loan from Wolves.
And the former Blackpool midfielder paid tribute to Neil Harris, who he will be trying to get the better of this weekend.
He added: “You hear their manager talking about the ‘Millwall way’ and that’s what we’re trying to build here, where everyone knows the history of the club and what we’re all about.
“There are a lot of lads who have come through the ranks, starting with the manager, and they all love Millwall and really play for the badge.
“It’s a very partisan club and it makes it a very difficult game – that’s the danger and the size of the task we face.”
“It will be a terrific occasion.”