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Millwall Match Preview

1 March 2021

Preston North End head to the capital for the third time this season, looking to continue their 100 per cent record in London in 2020/21.

First Team News

Watch PNE Take On Millwall Live On iFollow PNE

1 March 2021

Wins over Brentford and Queens Park Rangers have come and gone and now they head south of the River Thames to face Gary Rowett’s Millwall on Tuesday night, looking to build on back-to-back home clean sheets, including Saturday’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

The Lions have drawn more teams than anyone else in the Championship this season, with less defeats than some of the top six, proving they are very tough to break down and PNE will have to be at their creative best for the trip to The Den.

With eight players having missed the weekend’s victory over the Terriers, manager Alex Neil will hope to welcome some back in time to face the Lions, especially having been unchanged for the two games last week.

Match Information
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (34/46)
Date: Tuesday 2nd March, kick-off 7pm
Venue: The Den
Kit: 2020/21 green ‘third’ kit – click here to buy it now!
Head To Head: PNE wins – 25; Draws – 11; Millwall - 31

Team News
Alex Neil’s injury list at the weekend included Liam Lindsay, Paul Gallagher, Ryan Ledson, Sean Maguire and Billy Bodin, but he admitted in his pre-match press conference that he hoped a number would be closer to a return.

Long-term injuries to Declan Rudd, Patrick Bauer and Louis Moult mean they are still unavailable though.

Meanwhile, Gary Rowett has suggested that Jake Cooper might not be fit to return for the game: “I think he has a chance of featuring next week, probably the back end of the week if everything goes to plan,” Rowett said.

For their defeat at Barnsley, the Lions were without Ryan Leonard, Murray Wallace and Kenneth Zohore. Connor Mahoney and Maikel Kieftenbeld are the two closest to a return, but are also set to miss the Lilywhites game.


Match Officials
For the third time this season, taking charge of North End as referee on Tuesday night is experienced official Keith Stroud.

His games earlier this season were the televised encounter with Cardiff City and the Christmas victory over Coventry City, both at Deepdale, and he has also officiated the Lions once already, in a 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest in January.

Before this year, he last took charge of North End for our 2-1 home win over Fulham in December 2019. Before that he also refereed of our win at Middlesbrough in March that year and the 1-1 draw with Swansea City back in January, his first game at Deepdale for a number of years.

In 2017/18, the Hampshire official took charge of two PNE games, both away from Deepdale, the first at Birmingham City back in September 2017, when goals from Tom Barkhuizen, Daniel Johnson and Jordan Hugill saw the side come from behind at the break to end Harry Redknapp’s tenure at St Andrews and the second, the win at Burton Albion in December the same year.

In 2016/17 his only game with the whistle for a PNE game was our loss at Brentford, whilst the previous season he also took charge of another game at Birmingham, as North End came from 2-0 down against what was then Gary Rowett’s men, with goals from Alan Browne and now Bluebirds defender Greg Cunningham earning the Lilywhites a point.

That was his second North End game in two months after he took charge of PNE’s home win over Sheffield Wednesday in February 2015, as well as PNE's last clash with a steel city side at Deepdale, 2014/15's FA Cup tie with Sheffield United. The win over the Owls was his last visit to Deepdale prior to January.

The official also refereed the Lilywhites Play-Off clash with Rotherham United in May 2014 as well as the previous season’s 3-2 home win over Ipswich Town, when Joe Garner scored a second half hat-trick as a substitute to knock the Tractor Boys out of the FA Cup at the fourth round stage.

His two previous league trips to Deepdale prior to that also saw wins, the famous 6-0 triumph over Cardiff City, which led to the Play-Offs in 2009 and a 2-1 win over West Brom the previous year, when the Lilywhites ended the game with nine men after the dismissal of both Youl Mawene and Chris Brown.

On Tuesday, Keith will be assisted by Sam Lewis and Jonathan Hunt, with Nigel Lugg acting as the fourth official. It will be Keith’s 27th game of the season, having so far issued 69 cautions and two red cards.

Match Coverage
North End fans in the UK and Ireland can watch Tuesday’s game live on iFollow PNE, with purchases of a £10 match pass available now.

Guy Clarke and former North End full back Paul Sparrow are on commentary duties, with replays, graphics and coverage from The Den from approximately 6.30pm on Tuesday evening.

Click here now to sign up for a match pass

Linked Stories
Alex Neil On Tough Decisions Ahead Of Lions: Preston North End manager Alex Neil admits he will have a tough decision to make when it comes to naming his team for Tuesday night’s trip to Millwall. Click here for the full interview.

A Match To Remember: Back in September 2005 North End picked up a positive result at a sunny Den, when Patrick Agyemang scored the winner for the Lilywhites to ensure Millwall remained bottom of the early Championship table. Click here for the details.

Scott Sinclair Wants More Goals: Preston North End top scorer Scott Sinclair is one away from going into double figures for the season and the attacker is looking for that and more between now and the end of the season. Click here for Scott’s thoughts.

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Match Reports

Millwall 2 Preston North End 1

2 March 2021

Goals from Scott Malone and Mason Bennett gave Millwall the three points at The Den, despite a stunning opener from Ched Evans.

The striker gave PNE the lead with a 25-yard volley 12 minutes into the game, but Malone scored from 25 yards just before half-time and Bennett won it with a looping header in the final five minutes.

Manager Alex Neil made one enforced change, with skipper Alan Browne out with a minor injury, replaced by former Millwall loanee Jayson Molumby in the midfield, whilst there was a place for 17-year-old first-year scholar Lewis Leigh on the bench; Greg Cunningham taking the captaincy in Browne’s absence.

North End’s confidence, buoyed by the recent results started the game confidently and had much more of the ball in the first half.

They had already gone close through a Ben Whiteman free kick to the left of the penalty area, after
George Evans had fouled Brad Potts, before the opener.

But when the first goal came, on 12 minutes, it was a stunner. Molumby won the ball midway inside his own half and he played Scott Sinclair down the left, before drilling a ball across the field towards Anthony Gordon. It was headed up by Evans, but smashed home on the volley by Evans across Bartosz Bialkowski into the bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the ‘D’, for his third goal in a PNE shirt.

The hosts had been kept at arm’s length by the Lilywhites for much of the half, but with ten minutes to go before half-time a Shaun Hutchinson shot on the turn was needed to be blocked by Daniel Iversen with his legs, after a flick on by Jake Cooper from a free kick near half-way by the Lions.

And they drew level with six minutes to go before half-time and it looked the only way they were going to get back in the game – a superb strike. It began in their right back position with Mahlon Romeo, who switched play from right to left to find Malone, who drove to 25 yards out before unleashing a left-foot strike into the top left corner, giving Iversen no chance.

The second half began in a similar format, with North End having more possession and a corner from Whiteman on the right eventually fell to Andrew Hughes in the sixth minute of the half. His last PNE goal had come at The Den, but his strike on this occasion, from the edge of the penalty area, was over Bialkowski’s cross bar.

A long throw from Romeo, flicked on by Cooper to Jon Dadi Bodvarsson almost brought a chance for Millwall, but the header was straight at Iversen as the game entered its final quarter.

At the half’s mid-point a break down the right through Bodvarsson saw Gary Rowett’s side go close to a second, as he drilled a right-wing cross into the box to find the run of Mason Bennett, who beat Iversen, but saw his shot come off the top of the cross bar.

And the home side grabbed the lead with four minutes left. A long ball forward by Ryan Woods bounced in behind the PNE defence and Bennett got in and nodded the ball over Iversen into the empty net from 12 yards out.

Five minutes of stoppage time was added on by referee Keith Stroud with Emil Riis added to North End’s attacking options, but they were unable to earn the equaliser.

Millwall line-up: Bialkowski, Hutchinson (c), Cooper, Wallace, Romeo, Malone, Woods, Bennett (Thompson, 90), Bodvarsson (Smith, 86), Mitchell, G Evans. Subs not used: Fielding, Williams, Ferguson, Pearce, McNamara, Tiensia, Burey.

PNE line-up: Iversen, van den Berg, Cunningham (c), Whiteman, Storey, Hughes, Sinclair (Johnson, 80), Molumby, Evans, Potts (Riis, 89), Gordon (Barkhuizen, 58). Subs not used: Ripley, Bayliss, Rafferty, Huntington, Rodwell-Grant, Leigh.

Referee: Mr K Stroud

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