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In Focus: Millwall

24 August 2017

Norwich City will hope to return to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday when they travel to The Den to face newly-promoted Millwall.

Here’s our guide to what Daniel Farke and his men can expect from their opponents this weekend.

Key players
Millwall impressed on two fronts last season. They managed to gain promotion to the Sky Bet Championship by beating Bradford City 1-0 in the play-off final.

They also made the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, beating Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester City on their way to a clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

A huge part of their success last season was their ability to score goals and a strike partnership of Lee Gregory and Steve Morison will prove a test for City this weekend.

The two scored 33 goals last season, with Morison scoring the all-important one in the play-off final, which sealed the Lions’ return to the second tier.

In behind Gregory and Morison, there’s the creativity of 20-year-old academy product Fred Onyedinma (below) who’ll look to produce moments out of nothing.

After making his debut at the age of just 17, Onyedinma has already made over 100 appearances in a blue and white shirt.

Elsewhere, experienced captain Tony Craig provides solidity at the back for Neil Harris’s men. The 32-year-old has played over 230 games for the club in four separate spells at The Den.

Canary connections
One of Millwall’s key assets last season was Morison, who played for City between 2011 and 2013.

He was part of the Canaries side which played in the Premier League under Paul Lambert and Chris Hughton scoring 12 goals in 59 appearances during a two-year spell.

His most memorable moment in a City shirt came when he scored a late equaliser at the Emirates Stadium to help the Canaries draw 3-3 against Arsenal in May 2012.

Other notable connections include Dion Dublin, who played for Millwall on loan from Aston Villa in 2002, and Darren Huckerby, who had loan spells at The Den during his career.

Previous meeting
The last time the two sides met was at The Den in 2015, with City not only looking keep up the pressure on the Championship top two but also keen for their first victory at Millwall since 2003.

Millwall, under the stewardship of Ian Holloway, were having a disappointing season and City made life worse for the London-club, storming to a two-goal lead by half-time thanks to goals from Jonny Howson and Gary Hooper.

Wes Hoolahan and Howson again made it 4-0 in the second half before Lee Gregory added a late consolation from the penalty spot. City went on to win promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season whereas Millwall were relegated to League One.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: Jordan Archer, Tom King, Harry Girling, Ryan Sandford
Defenders: Conor McLaughlin, Shaun Hutchinson, Tony Craig, Mahlon Romeo, Sid Nelson, Byron Webster, Christian Mbulu, James Brown, Noah Chesmain, Jake Cooper, Paul Rooney, James Meredith
Midfielders: Shaun Williams, David Worrall, Ben Thompson, Fred Onyedinma, Shane Ferguson, Jed Wallace, Callum Butcher, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Kristopher Twardek, George Saville, Dan McNamara, Harry Donovan, Lewis White
Forwards: Lee Gregory, Tom Elliott, Steve Morison, Aiden O’Brien, Jamie Philpot, Noel Leighton


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