Millwall youngsters "ready" if needed at Wolves – Harris

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NEIL Harris says Millwall's youngsters will seize the moment if they are selected to play against Wolves on the final day of the season tomorrow.

With the Lions' relegation to League One already confirmed, Harris could pick a team for the game at Molineux with one eye on next season.

Jack Powell, Ben Thompson and Jamie Philpot have all made appearances on the bench in recent weeks, with Sid Nelson and Aiden O'Brien already established in the side.

And after four youth-teamers signed professional contracts at the club yesterday, Harris could make drastic changes to his squad if he wanted to.

But while there is nothing riding on the result, the new Millwall boss insists that beating Kenny Jackett's team – not experimenting with his line-up – is his main focus.

"The squad will be picked to win the game," he said. "It's a game we're extremely looking forward to and want to win.

"Will there be one eye on next season? Yeah, of course there will be, but we're ultimately picking a team to beat Wolves.

"This club has to have a winning mentality next year and that continues tomorrow.

"We want to take our recent good form into the last game of the season, and then into next season.

"If there are changes to the squad, it's because I feel they are important to win this game.

"Some of the U21 players have performed really well of late, and if they're given an opportunity at the weekend they will be ready to take it.

"If they're not, then they'll have to be patient and wait until next year."

Harris would like the Lions to end a difficult season on a high by beating Wolves, who still have an outside chance of making the play-offs.

Results and performances have improved steadily since he took charge in March, meaning there is a feeling of optimism at The Den despite relegation.

"Everybody has to take responsibility for the position we're in but we can also be pleased with the way the team's performed in the last nine games," Harris said.

"The reason we got as close as we did is because of some positive performances. The players took on board a new style of play and there is a belief back in the ground again.

"Even though we've been relegated, there is a belief that we are building something – but that is not to be flippant about relegation.

"On a personal note, the immediate thought when I came in was to install some confidence back into the group.

"That was the remit when we came in – to grow some confidence and get some results at home – and I don't think there's been a game in which we've been out-played.

"We've seen moments of quality from opposition – from Watford, Brentford and Derby – but I'm proud of the players for how they've fought.

"The big thing for myself and Dave Livermore is that the players have listened to us and our message has got through. That certainly bodes well for the future."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

3 thoughts on “Millwall youngsters "ready" if needed at Wolves – Harris

  • May 1, 2015 at 16:06
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    Blood as many as possible tomorrow I say, give em a flying start to next season when most of these boys should become men given the chance by the club.

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  • May 1, 2015 at 16:26
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    I recall a few posts from players, fans and I.H saying if only we could get that first goal and it did seem that the ball just wouldn't go in the net for us and as a result we was always pushing forward and got caught on the break but eventually we did get the first goal in a few games and unfortunately still lost some of those. I know I'm stating the obvious but it wasn't all about the lack of goals for was it? it's always as in many things in life it's about balance but of course lets score lots of goals next season and be a force to be reckoned with. I can remember when no team ever wanted to come to the Den no matter what division we were in and how high above us the visiting team were 10 places or 2 divisions no one relished a trip to the Den teams or fans. :o

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    • May 2, 2015 at 08:48
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      Harris talks a lot of sense

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