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Posted Friday, April 6th 2018

Big Match Preview: Millwall away

City travel to the New Den tomorrow looking to bounce back from Easter Monday's home defeat to Brentofrd (3pm kick-off).

Lee Johnson's side will come up against one of their promotion rivals in Millwall - a team City sit level on points with in the Sky Bet Championship - who are unbeaten in their last 14 league outings.

Here's a look at tomorrow's opponents.

FACTFILE

Formed: 1885
Nickname: The Lions
Website: www.millwallfc.co.uk
Twitter: @MillwallFC
Ground: The Den
Capacity: 20,146

Honours
Second Division champions 1987/88
Division Two champions 2000/01
Third Division (South) 1927/28, 1937/38
Fourth Division 1961/62
League One play-offs 2009/10, 2016/17
Football League Group Cup 1982/83
FA Youth Cup 1978/79, 1990/91
Third Division (South) Cup 1936/37
Western League 1907/08, 1908/09
Southern League 1894/95, 1895/96

Last season
League finish: 6th in League One
FA Cup: Quarter-finals, lost to Tottenham Hotspur
EFL Cup: Second round, lost to Nottingham Forest
Top scorer: Steve Morison, 19 goals
Player of the Year: Jordan Archer
Average attendance: 9,342

HOW DID THEY GET HERE?

Millwall have undoubtedly been one of the biggest surprise packages in the Sky Bet Championship this campaign.

Having overcome Bradford City in the play-off final last season to gain promotion to the division, the Lions were third favourites to be relegated before a ball was kicked but with six games remaining, Neil Harris' side are dreaming of the Premier League.

The London outfit currently possess the third best form in the division and haven't experienced a league defeat since a 2-1 loss at Norwich City in their opening game of 2018.

Although Harris' side average the fewest passes per sequence, their direct style is effective and as a result they sit in the top five when it comes to shots on target per game.

With a potential place in the top six up for grabs, City must be ready to tame the Lions, whose attacking intent will only intensified by their demanding fanbase.

Neil Harris spent ten years as a player at Millwall across two spells

MEET THE GAFFER: NEIL HARRIS

Already revered as a player, Harris’ legendary status at the New Den has only increased in the wake of last season’s promotion and this term's success.

The 40-year-old had two spells at Millwall, adding up to a combined ten years on the club’s books as a striker.

In that time he scored a total of 138 goals, won two promotions and played in the 2004 FA Cup final against Manchester United.

Harris, who also played for Nottingham Forest, ended his career at Southend United before returning to Millwall to coach the club’s Under-21 side.

Appointed as manager in March 2015, he led the Lions to back-to-back play-off campaigns, following up defeat to Barnsley with victory over Bradford City under the Wembley arch in May.

Harris was nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award in March, having guided the Lions to 13 points from 15.

Steve Morison i snejoying his third spell with the Lions

STAR MAN: STEVE MORISON

Another man with Millwall in his blood, Morison was the Wembley hero when he struck the only goal of last season’s League One play-off final with only five minutes to go.

The Londoner, who won 20 caps for Wales between 2010 and 2012, initially joined Millwall from Stevenage having scored 86 goals in three seasons in non-league football.

Morison was unfazed by the step up to League One, finishing as top scorer in his first year as the Lions won promotion to the Championship in 2010.

Before long he was being courted by Norwich City of the Premier League, but the striker would spend only two years away from the New Den before returning in 2013 – initially on loan.

His third spell began in 2015 and his tally now stands at 89 goals in 286 appearances for the club. Even at 34, Morison remains a nuisance with his committed style and goalscoring instincts.

City came back from 2-0 down to earn a draw at Ashton Gate in 1991

MEMORABLE MEETING: 1991/92

BRISTOL CITY 2-2 MILLWALL
Bryant 44, Scott 86 (pen); McCarthy 34, Colquhoun 35

Martin Scott’s late penalty rescued a point even after City left themselves a mountain to climb, as 60 seconds of madness in the first half threatened to cost them the game.

The match remained goalless until the 34th minute when rare goalscorer Mick McCarthy capitalised on a sloppy City offside trap to volley home in the last season of his playing career.

Within 60 seconds, Jimmy Lumsden’s side were 2-0 down as John Colquhoun slid in to convert a cross and a shock away win was on the cards for struggling Millwall.

But Matt Bryant’s goal on the stroke of half-time sparked a shift in momentum and the Lions were hanging on by the time substitute Bob Taylor was elbowed in the throat, prompting Scott to dispatch an inch-perfect spot-kick and ensure the points were shared.

Bristol City: Welch, May, Bryant, Caesar, Scott, Shelton, Edwards (Harrison), Rennie, Smith, Allison, Morgan (Taylor).

Millwall: Davison, Dawes, McCarthy, Wood, Cooper, Kerr, Bogie, Colquhoun, Stephenson, Falco (Armstrong), Rae.

Attendance: 10,862.

FOR FANS

Millwall have invited City supporters with families to come and join them in the pre-match Fan Zone, which is open to home and away fans.

Full details can be found here.

AND FINALLY...

Officials
Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistant Referees: Robert Hyde and Philip Dermott
Fourth Official: James Linington

Betting (via Sky Bet)
Millwall 11/10
Draw 23/10
City 5/2