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WALSALL V MILLWALL: MATCH PREVIEW

29 September 2016


Walsall manager Jon Whitney will be demanding an immediate response from his players after Tuesday night’s 4-1 reverse against leaders Scunthorpe. It was the Saddlers’ first defeat in four league matches, and the third time in four years that Walsall had lost at home to the Iron by that scoreline. Last season’s beaten play-off finalists Millwall are 17th, two points above Whitney’s men, and have lost their last three league games. The Lions have the leakiest defence in League One, having conceded 20 goals in 10 matches, although only the top two have scored more than their 17. 


Walsall: 21st – P10 W2 D4 L4 F11 A16 PTS10 
Millwall: 17th – P10 W3 D3 L4 F17 A20 PTS12 


27th September – Walsall 1-4 Scunthorpe – League One 
Josh Morris scored a hat-trick as Walsall crashed to a heavy home defeat against leaders Scunthorpe. Two goals in as many minutes from Morris – the first a penalty – put the Iron 2-0 ahead inside a quarter of an hour. Erhun Oztumer’s super solo strike gave the Saddlers hope, but further goals from Neal Bishop and Morris earned Graham Alexander’s table toppers a comprehensive win.


27th September – Port Vale 3-1 Millwall – League One 
Goals from Alex Jones, Martin Paterson and Remie Streete condemned Millwall to a third successive league defeat at the hands of Port Vale. Lee Gregory scored a late penalty for the Lions, who are now winless in five.


Walsall wins: 20 
Millwall wins: 37 
Draws: 19 


6th February 2016 – Walsall 0-3 Millwall – League One 
Walsall stayed second in League One despite losing heavily at home to play-off chasing Millwall. Anthony Forde and Rico Henry each rattled the woodwork for the Saddlers, but Lee Gregory put Millwall ahead after the hour-mark. Mahlon Romeo doubled the Lions’ lead and Gregory added a late third to consign Sean O’Driscoll’s men to a first league reverse in five matches.


Millwall Manager: Neil Harris 
A Lions legend, the 39-year-old is into his second full season as the club’s first-team manager. The former striker has won 38 of his 84 matches since taking charge in March 2015 following the dismissal of Ian Holloway. Harris, who guided Millwall to fourth and the League One play-off final last season, is the club’s all-time record goalscorer, having scored 138 goals in 432 appearances over two spells. 



Millwall Star Man: Lee Gregory 
The Sheffield-born hotshot finished as Millwall’s top scorer last term after netting 27 goals in 53 matches in all competitions. The 28-year-old moved to The Den for £250,000 in June 2014 after three years with Halifax, where he scored 94 times in 145 appearances. He started his career in non-league with Staveley Miners Welfare. 


Joe Edwards is still suspended. Reece Flanagan and Rory Oliver are long-term absentees. 


Lee Probert 
The Wiltshire-based official has taken charge of eight matches this season, brandishing 18 yellow cards and one red.


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