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Millwall 1-0 Preston North End: Jed Wallace volley earns Lions opening day win

Jed Wallace's volley screams past Declan Rudd
Jed Wallace's volley screams past Declan Rudd for Millwall's winner

Jed Wallace's spectacular volley got Millwall's season off to a winning start against Preston, securing only their second home victory of 2019.

Wallace clipped in Connor Mahoney's left-wing cross for what proved to be the winner, after Declan Rudd had earlier tipped over his shot.

Preston, winners on the past two season-opening weekends, had plenty of the ball in both halves without creating enough chances.

Sean Maguire's marauding run and shot wide was their brightest opportunity.

There was even an early introduction for Millwall's summer signing Bartosz Bialkowski, after Frank Fielding was forced off by injury in the opening 45 minutes.

The home side had the better of few clear-cut chances across the board and took the key one, while Preston perhaps missed the presence of striker David Nugent, who was unavailable with a knee injury.

Last season's lower-half finishes proved something of a disappointment for both of these clubs having challenged for promotion the season before, and none more so than for Millwall.

They went from eighth to 21st in a season as they struggled against relegation for much of the campaign, and this morale-boosting win lifted the crowd at The Den.

New signings were on show for both clubs, notably the hosts' big target-man forward Matt Smith and defender Patrick Bauer for Alex Neil's North End.

Andre Green was brought on for Preston as they chased the game for the final quarter of an hour, while Lions forward Tom Bradshaw made his first appearance since November 2018 following a knee injury.

Millwall boss Neil Harris:

"The team were in complete control. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't remember my goalkeeper making a save.

"There was a different feel (to last season), I've got a different group of lads. What was special was the group that's building in that changing room got to play in and witness that atmosphere. That was quite phenomenal.

"It surprised me but it was great and I was delighted for the fans. The fact we finished last season with disappointment, relief in the end, and over the course of the summer the excitement has grown because of the acquisitions that we've made."

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"I don't think there was much in the way of chances for either team - apart from the goal, Declan (Rudd) only had one other save to make so it wasn't a great game.

"We didn't do enough, it was a very average performance from us.

"We always knew it was going to be tough game. Millwall turn the ball up to (Matt) Smith, they get round it, play for second balls, put it wide, get balls into the box and put you under pressure.

"That is exactly what happened and in the first half, we didn't deal with it well enough."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1FieldingSubstituted forBialkowskiat 43'minutes
  • 12Romeo
  • 15Pearce
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Wallace
  • 7Wallace
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 30mins
  • 8Thompson
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22O'BrienSubstituted forLeonardat 70'minutes
  • 10SmithBooked at 62minsSubstituted forBradshawat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hutchinson
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 11Ferguson
  • 18Leonard
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 26Skalak
  • 33Bialkowski

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 5Clarke
  • 21Bauer
  • 6Davies
  • 16HughesBooked at 49mins
  • 4Pearson
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forGreenat 74'minutes
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forStockleyat 57'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 8BrowneBooked at 87mins
  • 44PottsSubstituted forBodinat 57'minutes
  • 24Maguire

Substitutes

  • 2Fisher
  • 11Johnson
  • 14Storey
  • 19Green
  • 20Stockley
  • 25Ripley
  • 39Bodin
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
14,923

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 1, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Preston North End 0.

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Thompson (Millwall).

Attempt blocked. Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Alan Browne (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Ryan Leonard (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Murray Wallace (Millwall) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

Jake Cooper (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Preston North End. Andrew Hughes tries a through ball, but Sean Maguire is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tom Bradshaw replaces Matt Smith.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jayden Stockley.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Foul by Sean Maguire (Preston North End).

Jake Cooper (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Andre Green replaces Paul Gallagher.

Foul by Ben Davies (Preston North End).

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Ryan Leonard replaces Aiden O'Brien.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jed Wallace.

Offside, Millwall. Jake Cooper tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Booking

Jayden Stockley (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Matt Smith (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Smith (Millwall).

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Smith (Millwall).

Hand ball by Sean Maguire (Preston North End).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Wed11003123
2Wigan11003213
3Charlton11002113
4QPR11002113
5Swansea11002113
6West Brom11002113
7Barnsley11001013
8Birmingham11001013
9Millwall11001013
10Luton10103301
11Middlesbrough10103301
12Bristol City00000000
13Derby00000000
14Huddersfield00000000
15Leeds00000000
16Cardiff100123-10
17Blackburn100112-10
18Hull100112-10
19Nottm Forest100112-10
20Stoke100112-10
21Brentford100101-10
22Fulham100101-10
23Preston100101-10
24Reading100113-20
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