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01 September 2020 Venue The New Den Attendance

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Match Previews

Palace Preview: Eagles hunt third straight win across south London

1 September 2020

Crystal Palace take on Millwall today at the New Den (14:00 BST kick-off), with Roy Hodgson’s Eagles having won both of their opening two pre-season friendlies so far.

In their second south London friendly of the summer, Palace will be looking to build on their confident 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic against Gary Rowett’s Lions. But the visitors’ task is not an easy one, with the hosts having come close to securing a play-off spot last season and having recently defeated Southend United 3-0.

You can watch how the Eagles fare in this clash live. For more information, click here now.

Pre Season

How to watch Millwall v Crystal Palace friendly live

29 August 2020

Millwall’s 2019/20 season began with club icon Neil Harris leaving his management role in October, with Rowett taking his place shortly afterwards. The Bermondsey side then sat in 11th following the league’s suspension and looked unlikely to secure a top six finish. Four wins from six saw them push up to eighth, however, and the Lions ended the campaign just two points away from the play-offs.

Supporters have praised a more attractive style of play under Rowett, and will be hoping for a Premier League return in 20/21.

Their efforts were boosted last week with the signings of Scott Malone and Mason Bennett from Derby County. The duo bring Millwall’s summer tally up to four new arrivals.

History

Facing another local rival, Palace’s history with Millwall stretches back and is well documented. However, with the leagues separating them since 2013, the Eagles and Lions haven’t locked horns in some time. The two clubs last met competitively in a 0-0 draw during Palace’s 12/13 promotion campaign, with the reverse leg that season also seeing a point each - 2-2 at Selhurst.

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Mile Jedinak scored a memorable 30-yard drive that day, before Damien Delaney added the second and Dean Moxey was sent off for a deliberate handball - enabling the Lions to pull themselves level.

Since then, Millwall have dropped into and climbed back out of League One.

One to watch

Matt Smith ended last season as today’s host’s top scorer, bagging 13 goals from all competitions. However it was at the back where fans elected their Player of the Season.

Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski earned the Supporters’ Club accolade after 48 appearances and 17 clean sheets.

The Poland international played until the 61st-minute against Southend on Friday, so can be expected to line-up again today.

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The manager

Rowett has impressed since taking over from the popular Harris in October 2019 and brought experience to the role as both a coach and player.

On the pitch, the now 46-year-old represented Derby County most notably and also had spells with Birmingham and Leicester City, racking up over 440 competitive appearances as a defender.

He moved into management at Burton Albion, who he last played for before retiring. He famously led Burton to the League Cup third round before being offered a role with Championship outfit Birmingham. From one former club he then joined another, Derby, before departing for Stoke City.

How to follow 

Supporters will be able to watch this game live for £5. For further details, click here now.

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, the best photos and more.

Our club website, cpfc.co.uk, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes and views.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Millwall clash. With team news and alerts, access to broadcasts, an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

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Match Reports

Report: Eagles edge south London rivals in narrow clash

Millwall 0-1 Crystal Palace

1 September 2020

In the tightest meeting of their pre-season schedule and against the toughest opponent yet, Crystal Palace overcame a well organised Millwall side to record their third straight victory of the summer and second triumph over local adversaries.

Summary

  • Roy Hodgson makes three changes to the side which kicked-off against Charlton Athletic, starting Vicente Guaita, Max Meyer and Jeffrey Schlupp
  • Meyer opens the scoring, netting on the end of a masterful Wilfried Zaha assist
  • Palace show promising signs on the attack, but Millwall defend well for the most part
  • Half-time: Millwall 0-1 Crystal Palace
  • In a quieter second-half, Palace remain dominant but Millwall enjoy a stronger spell
  • Each side makes a host of changes as the game enters its final throes
  • Full-time: Millwall 0-1 Crystal Palace

As in their clash with Charlton, Palace began at a high tempo - wasting no time in restarting play or seeking the incisive through-ball. But, unlike in their clash with Charlton, the Eagles were unable to break their opponent’s backline with such regularity.

Their hosts for the afternoon also adopted an attack-minded attitude to the south London clash, with Millwall initially playing directly and efficiently when in possession. Yet, in spite of the two teams’ proactive approach on the ball, neither ‘keeper was seriously troubled within the opening 10 minutes.

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That changed when Jeffrey Schlupp looked up alertly at the Millwall goal, unleashing an eye catching shot from 25 yards which ran just wide of the post. Joel Ward released a smart, teasing cross into the Lions’ box, but no one in red and blue pushed far enough forward to capitalise on it, and Millwall defended well in numbers against other attacks.

The home team sought to switch play, spreading passes across the pitch when given the chance while Palace looked to congest their shape defensively and punish any roams forward by leaving men around the halfway line.

Perhaps the clearest chance of the first exchanges then arose when this exact plan came to fruition, Wilfried Zaha feeding Schlupp into the box and the Ghanaian chipping a smart cross towards the penalty area. Frustratingly, Shaun Hutchinson headed to momentary safety, only for Ryan Leonard to foul Jordan Ayew on the edge of the box.

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Ayew struck the resulting free-kick hard into the wall from barely 20 yards, and Zaha could only fire over having regained possession. These chances were worked hard and left Bartosz Bialkowski’s gloves clean, but Palace were knocking on their hosts’ door.

This knock grew with intensity when Zaha jinked his way into Millwall’s box, masterfully overcoming his marker and forcing the ball towards Max Meyer in the box. The German midfielder strode forward to ensure his teammate’s efforts weren’t wasted, and duly struck home from close range to hand Palace the lead.

Energised by finally breaking the Lions’ backline, the Eagles almost doubled their advantage half a minute later, but Schlupp’s goal-bound prod was deflected wide for a corner.

Having been let in, the Eagles stopped knocking, allowing Millwall the time to push forwards but with little impact.

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Shortly after re-emerging for the second-half, Bialkowski made a save that epitomised Palace’s frustrating attacks - adeptly catching a Schlupp shot after finely worked build-up play.

The hosts continued to nullify Palace attacks, with Hutchinson knocking a seemingly nailed-on Ayew effort over the bar from yards away and then forcing Zaha to shoot wide from the right-wing.

At the other end of the pitch, Vicente Guaita was finally forced into serious action when Millwall’s recent loanee Scott Malone volleyed in his direction, but the Spaniard was comfortably equal to the effort.

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This defensive competence and offensive rebirth spelt a passage of dominance for the home side, with Millwall testing the Palace backline around the 70-minute mark as the Eagles had for much of the game.

As in the last two clashes, each side then made a raft of changes and shifted the game’s dynamic - a move which often ‘kills’ the match, as Roy Hodgson put it last week.

But this meeting remained very much alive, with Millwall retaining their momentum and the Eagles rediscovering their offensive energy.

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The youthful Palace side, pitted against far more experienced opponents, were tasked with holding on to the team's slender lead, something they managed adeptly. 

After such a host of changes and as pre-season begins to near its end, each side sustained their efforts until the final whistle, and prospects Nya Kirby and Brandon Pierrick both showed confidence to shoot from range. At the other end, Tom Bradshaw flicked a cute effort at goal from yards out, but his quick-thinking effort skewed narrowly wide.

By full-time, a single goal was enough to split the closely based south London clubs.

Millwall: Bialkowski, Hutchinson, Cooper (Brown 74), Williams (Mahoney 62), J. Wallace (Burey 74), Bradshaw, Malone (Thompson 74), Pearce (Woods 62), Leonard (Smith 74), Bennett (M.Wallace 63), Muller (Tiensia 74).

Subs not used: Sandford, Wright.

Palace: Guaita, Ward (Woods 74), Kouyaté (Jach 74), Dann (Kelly 45), Mitchell (Inniss 74), Schlupp (Kirby 74), Riedewald (Gordon 86), McArthur (Malachi Boateng 74), Meyer, Zaha (Pierrick 74), Ayew.

Subs not used: Henderson. 

Full highlights and post-match reaction from this clash will be available to watch for free via Palace TV. Head over to Palace TV by clicking here or 'Palace TV' within the app!

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