Neil Harris: Selecting my first Millwall squad wasn't easy

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris made some "tricky" selection decisions for Saturday's game at Bolton but says every fit player at the club can earn a place in his squad.

Diego Fabbrini, Sid Nelson and Martyn Woolford travelled up to the north west but were not included in Harris' matchday 18.

Harris also left a number of other players behind as he took charge of the Lions for the first time as interim manager.

He said: "Deciding not to pick Diego, Sid and Martyn was tricky, definitely, and it was tricky telling the boys that they weren't involved.

"There were players that didn't travel as well like Michael Tonge, Justin Hoyte and young Ben Thompson. We've got a big squad of players.

"When you're picking a starting XI and an 18, there are decisions to be made."

Harris will be without captain Alan Dunne for games against Brighton and Brentford this week because of suspension.

Dunne picked up his tenth yellow card of the season at the Macron Stadium, triggering a two-match ban.

But Danny Shittu, who was banished by Ian Holloway in January, is not in the frame to return to the side.

"Danny's injured and he's been injured for four or five weeks now," said Harris. "Danny has been struggling with his calf.

"He's not in the reckoning at the moment. Until he's back on the training pitch and then regains fitness levels, he's not a consideration.

"But the door's not closed on anybody and all players that are match fit are available for selection."

Despite Saturday's result, Harris cherised his first taste of management.

"It's been a mad few days but the attitude of the players has made it easy for me to enjoy it," he said.

"The desire of the boys has been fantastic.

"I enjoyed watching them against Bolton and the spirit they showed. Given the chances they created for themselves, I'm gutted that they didn't get something out of the game.

"It was a disappointing result but, yes, I enjoyed it and I've enjoyed the last few days."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

24 thoughts on “Neil Harris: Selecting my first Millwall squad wasn't easy

  • March 16, 2015 at 12:34
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    Forget pre-match interviews Neil. Get the result then talk about it afterwards.

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    • March 16, 2015 at 13:28
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      @NO1LIKESUS: I think it’s fair enough what he's saying. It’s going to be difficult after 14 months of Holloway, but we've got to learn not to be so cynical and remember that not everyone at the club is a bullsh*t merchant. Saying that, enough of the jibber-jabber Neil and please just give us a home win.

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  • March 16, 2015 at 12:52
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    Got to play Diego please bomber,COYL!!!

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    • March 16, 2015 at 14:00
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      @333lions: He's obviously and understandably only playing those who have a chance of still being with us next season. No point playing Fabbrini when we can give the likes of Upson etc game time and hope they'll pick up some kind of form going into next season. It's a shame but I don't think we'll see Fabbrini or Tonge with a lion on their chest again.

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    • March 16, 2015 at 14:31
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      @333lions: agree m8 he are best player

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    • March 16, 2015 at 19:00
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      @333lions: why would you not

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    • March 17, 2015 at 00:48
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      @333lions: While we have him we should play him, he opens up defenses and creates chances - just need someone to put them away. HARRIS PICK YOURSELF ⚽️

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