Here’s how the players rated in Millwall’s 1-0 season opener against Preston North End at The Den.

Frank Fielding 5

Unfortunate to see his competitive debut end before the break through injury. Made a couple of good claims but flapped and looked unconvincing in a crowded box.

Murray Wallace 7

Lacked pace against the speedy Tom Barkhuizen but marshalled him well. Going forward he gelled well with Conor Mahoney and delivered some teasing balls of his own.

Alex Pearce 7

Made a number of vital headed clearances from set-pieces when Preston started to look dominant. Lacks the pace to make up for when he’s caught out of position, which thankfully isn’t too often.

Jake Cooper 7

Remains a menace in the opposition box and a real weapon and visiting teams no that after last season. Unlucky not to get a number of decisions his way.


Report: Millwall 1 Preston 0

Mahlon Romeo 8

Made a great saving tackle after a mistake gifted Preston a chance on the break. Going forward he came alive second half showing his electric pace.

Shaun Williams 7

An un-sung hero next to the whippet Thompson. Cleans up and ticks things over in the middle. Rarely flustered and despite lacking pace, the Irishman will be key this season.

Ben Thompson 8

Grew into the game and looks the player he was after coming back from his Pompey loan. Integral in going from defence to attack. A real thorn in Preston’s side. Huge season ahead for the Lion.

Aiden O’Brien 8

The quieter of the speedy front three but not that his contribution wasn’t positive. Made a number of thankless runs creating space for Mahoney and Wallace to exploit. Worked well with Smith.

Conor Mahoney 9

Pace, trickery, delivery. Signing of the summer? Looks so comfortable on the ball going forward but his work rate off it, helping out Murray Wallace, also impressed.

Jed Wallace 8

Was unlucky not to break the deadlock after two minutes but got his goal with a fine finish. Looks lethal going forward when taking a man on. Made a few array decisions when counter attacking, but we’ll put that down to early season rust.

Matt Smith 8

Set the tone winning the first header of the day, which was greeted with a huge roar. Made a vital goal line clearance and it seems the fans have already taken to him. Linked up and held the ball up well. A Millwall forward.


Bartosz Bialkowski 6

Introduced just before the half and spent the interval having a rigorous workout. Standing head and shoulder above the rest of the park, he looks an imposing figure. Very little to do, other than warm up.

Tom Bradshaw N/A

Ryan Leonard N/A