Harris glad to have Nicky Bailey back in the Millwall fold

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

NEIL Harris believes fit-again Nicky Bailey will add some "important ingredients" to Millwall's squad during the final run-in.

Bailey made an impressive cameo appearance against former club Charlton last week on his return from a back injury.

He teed up Magaye Gueye for a shot which was turned in by Jos Hooiveld for the winning goal, before bringing The Den to its feet with a crunching tackle on Jordan Cousins.

The midfielder has spent the majority of the season in the treatment room battling a series of calf problems but Harris hopes the 30-year-old can remain injury-free.

And the Lions boss reckons Bailey is an ideal impact sub to have up his sleeve.

"We knew what he was capable of achieving fitness-wise," said Harris.

"He's not fit to play 90 minutes for us at the moment because of the amount of time he's been out for.

"But he can certainly have an impact both in the dressing room and coming off the bench. He played another 60 minutes for the U21s this week and did well.

"We were confident that for 20 minutes to half an hour, he'd be OK and having Nicky's quality and winning mentality was important for us in a local derby.

"His passing range and tackling are important ingredients. I've said before that I'll pick a team to win a game and then select subsitutes that can make an impact."

Bailey is expected to be on the bench for Millwall's clash with Watford tomorrow – and could be joined by wingers Lee Martin and Paris Cowan-Hall.

"We're hoping they'll be back for Watford and that they both come through training this week," Harris said.

"If they're OK, then they'll be a consideration for the weekend.

"Both have had spells out so we'll have to balance the fact they've had injuries and that Magaye Gueye did very well when he came on the other day.

"There's certainly competition for places at the moment and that's so important."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

6 thoughts on “Harris glad to have Nicky Bailey back in the Millwall fold

  • April 10, 2015 at 14:37
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    Good news, a bit of guts and steel in the middle when we need it with 20 to go.

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  • April 10, 2015 at 15:07
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    The cheer for that tackle was only beaten by those for the goals.

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  • April 10, 2015 at 19:58
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    Good job he's back, is it just a coincidence charlton folded after Bailey & Gueye entered the fray? As a footballer at our level and expectations, I'd pick him every week now the Physio's done with him.

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  • April 10, 2015 at 20:30
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    Hope he is prepared to drop wages in new contract talks

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    • April 10, 2015 at 22:00
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      @tomharris41: could be worth a punt if we drop should stand out at the level for all the right reasons.
      Don't think he'll be offered much from the championship so can't see him holding us to ransom as he owes us big time

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  • April 11, 2015 at 11:25
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    Got to give old sick note credit where its due he changed the game when he came on last week and we looked much better going forward

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