Millwall boss weighs up selection options for Wigan clash

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

NEIL Harris admits fresh legs are a consideration for tonight's crunch-clash with Wigan – but won't make changes to his team "for the sake of it".

The Lions boss will decide this morning whether any alterations to his starting line-up or tactics are required ahead of the Latics' visit to The Den.

Harris' players put everything into a draining contest with Watford at the weekend so he admits there are "opportunities" for him to shuffle his pack.

That could also include a slight adjustment to Millwall's formation for a fixture that has become even more critical in light of a potential points deduction for Rotherham.

Harris said: "You have to look at the mental side of things, especially after a defeat, and the group is really strong mentally at the moment.

"We lost on Saturday but it was another positive and encouraging performance.

"We were beaten by two quality goals but the performance was really good, so there are no negative thoughts and the group is ready to go again if need be.

"If we want to change it, there are opportunities to do so.

"Yes, it's only our second game in a short space of time but we have five games in 14 days, so squad rotation is definitely a factor.

"But I don't want to make changes for the sake of it – the structure of the team has to be right and the organisation needs to be spot-on."

Harris is sweating on the fitness of centre back Jos Hooiveld and also hopes to have Paris Cowan-Hall available again.

"Paris is really touch-and-go as to whether he's fit enough to be involved," said the interim manager.

"With Magaye Gueye having an impact of late and Lee Martin having an impact on Saturday, we don't have to rush Paris back sooner than we have to.

"Three players have had medium-term injuries – Lee, Paris and Nicky Bailey – so, even though we're in a vital part of the season, we've got to be conscious of their well-being.

"But the three of them will be in our thoughts again.

"Jos will also be touch-and-go. We need to see today who's fit in terms of picking the team, the bench and the shape that we play as well."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

12 thoughts on “Millwall boss weighs up selection options for Wigan clash

  • April 14, 2015 at 08:35
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    C'mon you lions we can beat these Wigan pie eaters tonight, if we cant i fear it may be it for this season! But Millwall til I die, we will never give in!

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  • April 14, 2015 at 08:42
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    Don't mind who you put out there tonight has long as they give 100% and come away with the 3 points,And then lets hope Fulham beat Rotherham tomorrow night

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  • April 14, 2015 at 08:56
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    Neil aint you forgetting the fletch..one of our best loan players and you always get 100% from him.
    but i agree this might be a case for fresh legs.

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  • April 14, 2015 at 09:22
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    Wigan have caused as all sorts of suffering over the years. Twice at Wembley & a play off semi! They say what goes comes around COYL

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  • April 14, 2015 at 09:22
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    Hopefully Hoov is back fit enough to play and I wouldn't mind seeing Bailey in the middle alongside Abdou. Need commanding experience and strength in the spine of the team for a game like this.

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    • April 14, 2015 at 10:04
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      @Bexley_Lion: with out of a doubt a fully fit bailey is better then lightweight williams....at least SW aint been a pounce

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  • April 14, 2015 at 10:40
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    Got a funny feeling tonight is payback for Wigan two bogey teams back to back come on the Wall massive game tonight

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  • April 14, 2015 at 11:04
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    It's about time we turned these mugs over. Could see Maggie starting instead of woolford but would be happy with Saturdays lineup. 4.0 to the wall. Coyl

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  • April 14, 2015 at 12:13
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    Got to fancy us tonight and then that will be cheerio to Wigan. Then it's us or Rotherham. I thought the last two seasons were nerve racking enough but this season is something else. At least we're making a fight of it.

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  • April 14, 2015 at 15:37
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    This is the biggest game for years.....Weve been given a chance so we HAVE to take it The Championship next season could be the making of Neil and his team....The Wigan team will all get transfered to other clubs so they cant be that bothered.....Millwall can win our young players deserve to play at this level .....COME ON YOU LIONS

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  • April 14, 2015 at 15:53
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    This is a must win game tonight COYL let f****** batter them

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