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23 July 2022

Ladapo on target at The Den

Town's penultimate pre-season friendly ended in a draw away at Championship side Millwall.

Benik Afobe put the Lions in front early on but Freddie Ladapo's well-taken second-half goal saw the Blues hold their higher-division hosts to a stalemate.

Both sides cancelled eachother out in a largely uneventful opening 15 minutes, Millwall's Zian Flemming sending the first shot of the game high and wide of the mark.

The hosts took the lead on 16 minutes, however, with Afobe finishing past Christian Walton from inside the area.

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Town brought Bartosz Bialkowski into action for the first time 10 minutes later, the former Blues 'keeper collecting Ladapo's low shot from just inside the area after good work from Sam Morsy and Marcus Harness.

While the game remained tight, the Blues looked the more likely to find the next goal in the closing stages of the first half, with Conor Chaplin's dangerous ball across the face of goal evading everyone in the box as it drifted out for a goal-kick.

The beginning to the second half was far more open than the first, with both sides getting into good positions shortly after the restart.

Kieran McKenna's side made it 1-1 with 54 minutes played. Morsy won a challenge with Ryan Leonard 25 yards out from goal, with the ball then falling into the path of Ladapo, who curled into the bottom corner in front of the travelling Blue Army.

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Town had their tails up, and would've moved in front six minutes later had it not been for a crucial block from Murray Wallace, denying Ladapo's low strike after Matt Penney's cross had found its way to the back post.

Chaplin saw a dangerous in-swinging cross fall just wide of the post, with Morsy then slicing his effort following a pull-back from Kayden Jackson, one of four subs made midway through the second period.

It was the Blues who continued to threaten a winning goal late on, Aluko seeing a powerful volley blocked before Morsy's driven effort was punched over the top of the crossbar by Bialkowski.

Aluko almost found the winner in the dying stages with a superb strike, but his vicious left-footed effort from 30 yards out cannoned off the crossbar and against the back of Bialkowski, before being smothered by the Polish shot-stopper.

Millwall: Bialkowski, Wallace (McNamara 65'), Hutchinson, Cooper (Cresswell 65'), Afobe (Bradshaw 65'), B. Mitchell (Bennett 65'), Flemming (Burey 82'), Malone (Topalloj 82'), Shackleton (Saville 65'), Leonard, Honeyman (Evans 65').

Subs: Long.

Town: Walton, Donacien, Woolfenden, Edmundson (Burgess 82'), Burns (Edwards 82'), Evans (Harper 82'), Morsy (C), Penney (Vincent-Young 64'), Chaplin (Aluko 64'), Harness (John-Jules 64'), Ladapo (Jackson 64'). 

Subs: Hladky, Ndaba, El Mizouni, Humphreys.

Attendance: 2,430 (507 Town fans).

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