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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

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1FieldingSubstituted forBialkowskiat 43'minutes
  • 12Romeo
  • 15Pearce
  • 5Cooper
  • 3M Wallace
  • 7J Wallace
  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 1, Preston North End 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ben Thompson (Millwall).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Booking

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ben Davies.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Tom Bradshaw replaces Matt Smith.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jayden Stockley.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Ben Davies.