League Position: 21st (17/18 8th)
Average league attendance: 13,624 (13,368 in 17/18)
Top league goalscorer: Lee Gregory (10)
With expectations potentially raised a bit too far following a remarkable late charge towards the Play-Offs during the 17/18 Sky Bet Championship season, Millwall were brought firmly down to earth last term, embroiled in a relegation battle right up to the final week of April. A run to the Quarter-Finals of the Emirates FA Cup, which included a victory over Premier League side Everton, brought some solace for Lions' fans but frustration was bubbling on and off the pitch.
Goals have never flowed freely for Neil Harris' Lions, their tally of 48 this term was only eight fewer than they scored the previous term, but it was at the other end where the most noticable change occured. 12 months ago Millwall conceded the fifth-fewest goals in the second tier, this term they condeded the eighth-most.
Pressure began to show towards the end of the season with club-legend Neil Harris coming under fire from sections of The Den faithful. He responded with an extraordinary post-match interview following the home defeat to Bristol City in April by declaring "there will be a lot of change in the summer, a lot of change. Some players have really let me down this year, have let the football club down. What I want is a ... group of players that show commitment to the cause, that are good in the dressing room, that are professional within the football club, have a winning mentality and want to be better and learn. Players this year haven’t had that, that has told me they don’t ever want to play for this club again."
It looks set to be an interesting summer at The Den ...
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Despite a difficult last campaign, club-legend Neil Harris continues to do a remarkable job on limited resources at The Den. As a player, the wiley striker spent ten years with Millwall over two spells. He scored 138 goals in all competitions, beating the previous club-record held by Teddy Sheringham. Harris also battled and beat testicular cancer during a playing career that took him to Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest and Gillingham but was mostly spent at Millwall.
Harris had a spell as caretaker boss during the 2013/14 season, having worked with the Under-21 side at The Den after his playing career ended. When Holloway left, Harris took over again but couldn’t keep Millwall in the second tier. He was given the job permanently in the summer of 2015 and led The Lions to the Play-Off final during his first season. He went one better with promotion the following campaign before an eighth-place finish back in the second tier a year ago.
The Key Man
Jake Cooper - 2018/19 51 appearances, 5 goals
While Neil Harris might be looking to offload some in his squad, towering defender Jake Cooper is one he will be desperate to keep. Influential at both ends of the pitch, Copper is the embodiment of the player that Harris wants in his side. The 24-year-old played more games than anyone else in a Millwall shirt last year and led the side with seven assists. A big-money offer might prize the 24-year-old away from South London but, if he stays, Harris knows he will have a strong character at the heart of the Millwall backline.
Head to Head
Brentford wins: 24
Millwall wins: 21
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