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Big Match Preview: Millwall home

City return to Ashton Gate to take on Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow (3pm).

Lee Johnson's side are looking to get back to winning ways after taking one point from two away games, while the Lions are yet to taste victory in the league since securing promotion.

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’s last trip to Bristol only three months ago turned out to be hugely significant.

Pegged back to 3-3 by Bristol Rovers with time running out and in need of victory to book a play-off place, big defender Shaun Hutchinson was the Lions’ hero with a headed winner from a corner.

The rest, as they say, is history. Millwall went on to overcome Scunthorpe United over two legs and Bradford City in a tense final at Wembley to return to the Championship after a two-year absence.

Instantly touted as underdogs, Neil Harris’ side were bravely beaten at Nottingham Forest on the EFL’s opening night, before being held by fellow promoted side Bolton Wanderers at The Den.

An 80th minute equaliser from in-form striker Tom Elliott was not enough to rescue a point against Ipswich Town in midweek as former City loanee Jordan Spence headed an even later winner for the Tractor Boys.

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 Den has only increased in the wake of last season’s promotion.

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.

Steve Morison has scored 19 goals in each of the last two seasons

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 Den before returning in 2013 – initially on loan.

His third spell began in 2015 and his tally now stands at 86 goals in 247 appearances for the club. Even at 33, 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.

AND FINALLY...

Officials
Referee: Darren England
Assistant Referees: Billy Smallwood and Mark Pottage
Fourth Official: Nigel Lugg

Betting (via Sky Bet)
Bristol City 10/11
Draw 13/5
Millwall 29/10

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