League One
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Millwall 3-1 Shrewsbury Town

Ben Thompson
Ben Thompson's 25-yard volley was only his second goal of the season

Millwall kept up their pursuit of a League One play-off place with a 3-1 win at home to relegation-threatened Shrewsbury Town.

The visitors, now just a point above the bottom four in 20th, led at half-time through on-loan Larnell Cole.

But Millwall then scored twice in four minutes through Ben Thompson's 25-yard volley and a Steve Morison header.

Lee Gregory completed victory with a late penalty after being fouled by Town keeper Mark Halstead, who was sent off.

Millwall, unbeaten at home in six games, are fourth and seven points behind Burton in second, but are the same margin clear of Barnsley in seventh.

Millwall boss Neil Harris told BBC Radio London:

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Neil Harris on Millwall v Shrewsbury

"I can change the shape, I can change the team, but it's down to the players at the end of the day.

"I said to the boys 'Go and express yourself in the second half. We've got to be brave and get on the ball'.

"First half, we were too direct, too long, we needed the extra pass. Second half, we were excellent."

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"We did well in the first half, but in the second half we didn't tough it out. We got caught at the edge of the box with a volley, then we lost another sloppy goal from a set play.

"You have to commit and win the individual battles, otherwise you will concede goals and we didn't win enough of those battles.

"The manner in which we have lost is difficult to tactically pull apart but, as individuals, we have to do our jobs better."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 13Archer
  • 27Romeo
  • 16Beevers
  • 17Webster
  • 3MartinSubstituted forO'Brienat 45'minutes
  • 19Taylor
  • 6Williams
  • 24Thompson
  • 18Ferguson
  • 9GregorySubstituted forUpsonat 90+2'minutes
  • 20MorisonBooked at 31mins

Substitutes

  • 1Forde
  • 8Upson
  • 10Onyedinma
  • 15Nelson
  • 22O'Brien
  • 26Abdou
  • 28Philpot

Shrewsbury

  • 21HalsteadBooked at 89mins
  • 24HendryBooked at 42mins
  • 31Smith
  • 3SadlerSubstituted forManganat 64'minutes
  • 15Grimmer
  • 6BlackSubstituted forWellensat 45+2'minutes
  • 17Ogogo
  • 18DemetriouBooked at 74mins
  • 29Cole
  • 11Kaikai
  • 7VassellSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 8Wellens
  • 10Whalley
  • 14Wesolowski
  • 19Mangan
  • 22Clark
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
9,583

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 3, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 3, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Ed Upson replaces Lee Gregory.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 3, Shrewsbury Town 1. Lee Gregory (Millwall) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Mark Halstead (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the red card.

Penalty Millwall. Lee Gregory draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Mark Halstead (Shrewsbury Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Byron Webster.

Attempt missed. Mark Beevers (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Andy Mangan.

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town).

Hand ball by Ben Thompson (Millwall).

Booking

Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Thompson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt saved. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Byron Webster.

Attempt saved. Sullay Kaikai (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Byron Webster.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Byron Webster.

Attempt saved. Sullay Kaikai (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (Millwall) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Mark Beevers (Millwall) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Dominic Smith.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Dominic Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro replaces Kyle Vassell.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Andy Mangan replaces Mat Sadler.

Mark Beevers (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Shrewsbury Town).

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 2, Shrewsbury Town 1. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Taylor with a cross.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Mat Sadler.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 1, Shrewsbury Town 1. Ben Thompson (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan412214571363580
2Burton412371151351676
3Bradford412010114738970
4Millwall412091263451869
5Gillingham4019111065442168
6Walsall391911957411668
7Barnsley401951661501162
8Rochdale411710145953661
9Scunthorpe411611145044659
10Sheff Utd411611145853559
11Southend411611145554159
12Port Vale421611155051-159
13Coventry4115121459451457
14Peterborough41166196965454
15Bury411412155063-1354
16Swindon41149185767-1051
17Chesterfield41147205463-949
18Oldham401017134050-1047
19Fleetwood411113174851-346
20Shrewsbury401210184965-1646
21Blackpool42129213951-1245
22Doncaster41911214159-1838
23Colchester41911215287-3538
24Crewe41612234075-3530
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