Millwall fans turned up at the Den for the 3rd time in six days. After the match, regardless of the result, the Lions are at home three more times this month. Including the match against Shrewsbury, there are 18 points available over the Christmas/New Year Period.
The last two years have been a lean period for points. In my judgement, if the Lions are to launch any type of promotion push in January 2017, they will need maximum points over the period.
Coming into this game, Millwall’s recent playing record is WWLDW compared to Shrewsbury’s which was DWLLD. And Shrewsbury were sitting firmly at the bottom of the division, up until yesterday. All this season Shrewsbury had only won 1 away game.
This was a game dominated by the home side, the game was only 7 minutes old until the Lions picked up their first booking (Ben Thompson).
Yet in the 17th minute, Shrewsbury took the lead which was against the run of the play. Lou Dobbs found himself in the middle of the box unmarked & slotted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner after being assisted by Toney. The goal was easily scored and for me, their inability to keep a clean sheet will prove to be their undoing this season.
In the 23rd minute, Harry Smith was on target again from close range but the keeper was in good form and kept it out.
Shrewsbury were always looking to play good football and play their way out of any potential disaster. I have to say anyone sitting in the Den who was watching them for the 1st time and knew nothing of their League form or position would have thought they well up the table.
The Shrewsbury keeper was in good form they had a wide player Junior Brown who was a handful all afternoon for the Lions defenders and their central striker. Striker Ivan Toney also looked a useful player.
In the 2nd half of the game, it was the same as the 1st half, Lions could not breakthrough they needed someone to do something special to unlock the back four but we could not.
Harry Smith had two other good chances and was thwarted by the Shrewsbury keeper who was having a good game. Harry could have got his second hat trick. Lee Gregory came near in both the 1st & 2nd halves.
At the final whistle, the Lions fans showed their frustration and Shrewsbury managed to beat Millwall at home for the first time in 54 years. With the scores being Millwall 0, Shrewsbury 1.
Millwall Line-up: Archer, Martin, Craig, Williams, Thompson, Gregory, Onyedinma, Romeo, Nelson, Ferguson, Smith
Subs for Millwall: O’Brien for Martin, Worrell for Onyedinma, Butcher for Nelson
Shrewsbury Line-up: Leutwiler, Sadler, McGivern, Ogogo, Toney, Dodds, O’Brien, Brown, Smith, Deegan, El-Abd
Subs for Shrewsbury: Grimmer for McGiven, Riley for Dodd’s