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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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Match Reports

City beaten at The Den

26 August 2017

City went down to a 4-0 defeat at The Den after Millwall took advantage of some generous defending.

Goals from Lee Gregory, George Saville and Jed Wallace compounded a torrid first-half for the Canaries, and Shaun Hitchinson finished the scoring midway through the second half.

City made four personnel changes to the starting XI from Villa Park. Nelson Oliveira had recovered from a groin injury and took his place up top, while Wes Hoolahan came in for Marco Stiepermann on the right while James Maddison replaced Steven Naismith in the centre of midfield. At the back Ivo Pinto was fit to take his spot at right-back while captain Russell Martin moved to centre-back, with Christoph Zimmermann dropping to the bench.

Norwich had a chance after just five minutes. Marcl Franke got on the end of a Maddison corner, looping the ball back into the box but Vrancic couldn’t get enough power behind his headed effort and Jordan Archer saved easily. Hoolahan then went close, and this time Archer was less comfortable as he parried the 20-yard effort behind.

With the early pattern set – City dominating the ball and Millwall happy to go long – two defensive calamities gifted the home side a 2-0 lead. First, Gregory was left completely free from a knock-on after a long punt forward and he finishes easily under Angus Gunn. Things got worse four minutes later when Millwall had two men free in the box and George Saville finished low into net with Gunn stranded.

On 25 minutes City almost pulled a goal back. Oliveira turning on the edge of the box and firing low towards the bottom corner but Jordan Archer did brilliantly to turn it around the post. Seven minutes later Archer did well to smother a Josh Murphy effort from a tight angle.

But shortly before half-time it got worse for City. Jed Wallace picked the ball up 30 yards out, travelled with it untroubled and was allowed to pick a spot into the bottom corner. Gunn got a hand to it, and may be disappointed not to have saved it.

Straight after the restart it should have been four. The ball was rolled across by former Canary Steve Morison, but Aiden O'Brien's shot from five yards was somehow deflected over the bar.

City switched to three at the back when Christoph Zimmermann came on for Russell Martin and Marco Stiepermann for Harrison Reed.

City upped the pressure and camped on the edge of Millwall’s box as they looked to get back into the game. But City wobbled again when Shaun Hutchinson rose highest at a corner to head in at the back post.

A few minutes later Alex Tettey replaced Maddison.

The match petered out after that, with City unable to carve out too many opportunities – Zimmermann heading straight at Archer from a free-kick – and Millwall happy to sit back and soak things up.

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Ticket News

Millwall tickets on sale

3 August 2017

Tickets for Norwich City’s away trip to Millwall have now gone on sale.

The newly-promoted Lions will host the Canaries at The Den on Saturday August 26, with a 3pm kick-off. The match will be Daniel Farke’s third away test of the 2017-18 Sky Bet Championship season.

Tickets are priced from £26 for adults, £17 for 60+, £13 for U16s and £7 for U12s.

Coach travel costs £20 with a £1 discount for season ticket-holders and members.

You can buy your tickets HERE.

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