BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Millwall were comfortable winners in their opening pre-season friendly – Shaun Williams, Ben Thompson, Reuben Duncan and Fred Onyedinma all on target.
Matt Smith’s aerial power was showcased inside the opening two minutes when he headed Tom Bradshaw’s cross against the Concord bar.
The first-half goal was direct but deadly. Frank Fielding’s long kick was flicked on by Smith and allowed Jed Wallace to slot over a low cross – dummied by Tom Bradshaw – for Williams to ram in.
Fielding made a solid stop from Rangers striker Joel Nouble before a piece of combination play by the Lions’ front two saw them go close again.
Smith provided the flick on for Bradshaw and the former Barnsley man took a touch before ramming the ball narrowly over.
The last action of the opening period saw Jed Wallace, a typically lively presence, cut in from the left but send his effort over the bar.
Millwall switched their entire side at the start of the second half and Thompson nearly made it 2-0 in the opening seconds but Dan Confrey dived low to his right to turn the ball around the post.
Millwall were forced into an early change as Tom Elliott came off with a knock – the striker heading straight to the dressing room.
The Lions made it 2-0 on 72 minutes. Mahlon Romeo surged in to the right of the box and then his low cross was turned in by Thompson from 10 yards out.
Moments later and Millwall had another. This time it was Ryan Leonard with the delivery from the right and Duncan finished from close range.
The Lions added a fourth right before the full-time whistle was blown. Tyler Burey, a summer signing from AFC Wimbledon, did well to work a yard of space on the right of the box and his cross was converted by Onyedinma.
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