Preview: Bromley vs. Millwall

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NEIL Harris has included Millwall’s three summer acquisitions in his squad for the trip to Bromley this evening.

Jordan Archer, Joe Martin and Tony Craig should all feature in the Lions’ first pre-season fixture ahead of the Sky Bet League One campaign.

David Forde, who returned to training yesterday following an extended break after his involvement in Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in June, is not in the squad but could feature against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Lee Gregory, meanwhile, picked up a knock in training and has been left out as a precaution. He could also be fit to play at Kingsmeadow.

Jamie Philpot and Paris Cowan-Hall are not included as they continue to recover from their injuries.

Philpot and veteran Carlos Edwards, who is out of contract but could earn a new deal if he proves his fitness, could play in an U21 game against Kingstonians next week.

Kristopher Twardek and Mahlon Romeo, both of whom went to the training camp in the Algarve, will also get the chance to impress this evening.

Goalkeeper Tom King, who signed a new deal with the club last week, is in the squad after playing 60 minutes for a Millwall XI side in a scoreless draw with Braintree last night.

Manager Harris is looking forward to seeing the results of pre-season work at Hayes Lane after putting the players though some tough sessions in Portugal last week.

“It was important to spend six days together as a group to build friendships and bonds between them,” he said. “And also for the players to be able to enjoy themselves at the right times and to get some quality work done.

“Sometimes it’s easier to do that when you’re all in the same environment.

“We got 13 sessions done in five days, two video sessions and 60 minutes against Fulham (a 0-0 draw).

“Each player got 30 minutes in that game and 45 minutes in a game amongst ourselves on Friday. The game against Fulham was very competitive, both teams wanted to impress their managers.

“We had over-trained the boys on the Monday so that they went into the game very tired. The fitness coach then took them for extra running afterwards to really test their bodies and they all came through with flying colours.”

Harris is expected to start tonight with the same formation that he used in his ten games as boss last term.

“Shape wise, it’s as we were at the end of last season playing 4-4-2. We can also move into a 4-4-1-1 with a lot of players getting forward into the box, there’s a lot of energy and hard work in the team, they’re the mainstays for us.

“My philosophy and the club’s philosophy are the same. I want the players to show me that they’ve taken on board little things that we’ve told them. We haven’t coached massively tactically yet.

“We’ve touched on a few things. I want to see units, whether it’s the back four or the strikers, working together in combinations, but it’s really the fitness levels and work rate with and without the ball.

“Yes, we want to win the game, but it’s not massively important. It’s about getting more minutes in and hopefully everyone coming through safely.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

42 thoughts on “Preview: Bromley vs. Millwall

  • July 14, 2015 at 11:12
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    So we have had 2, 0-0 draws so far ? can anybody see whats missing ?

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    • July 14, 2015 at 11:27
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      @MIGHTY: It's obvious we could do with another striker but those results aren't really worth looking at seeing as we had trialists and youngsters playing. If we draw 0-0 with Bromley and AFC Wimbledon, you would have a point but basing your opinion on 0-0 draws with Braintree and Fulham is wrong really. Especially as we only played a 60 minute game with Fulham with everyone only getting 30 minutes on the pitch. It's the first-team friendlies you want to be keeping more of an eye on. We do need a striker but the two 0-0 draws thus far are irrelevant at this stage.

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      • July 14, 2015 at 11:37
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        @Charlie09: i make you right m8ty
        but i still want to see our forwards at any level knocking in a few and Neil did say he wanted the team to start the season with a winning mentality. Lets hope we score a few tonight....and get the ball rolling,

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  • July 14, 2015 at 12:16
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    Oh wow, yet another 0-0 draw! Are our strikers gonna start opening their respective goalscoring accounts or are we in for another season of bore draws?

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    • July 14, 2015 at 16:07
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      @NO1LIKESUS:
      Yet another ? The first team played a 60 minute warm up match and the youth team drew 0-0 with a Braintree side that beat leyton orient 2-1 the other day.

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  • July 14, 2015 at 12:29
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    To blame it all on strikers is wrong we also need a more creative midfield that can pick a pass instead we play sideways or backwards missing our forwards runs let's give em a chance

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    • July 14, 2015 at 13:23
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      @dave666: spot on dave,the strikers can only score when supplied from mid-field on a regular basis,yes the striker's did miss a few last year but brentford 2-2 and derby 3-3 showed the strikers can get it right when given the right ball's to get on the end of.
      I know we had 2 pens against derby,but we had to get the ball in the right places to win those pen's,and gregs more than made up for his charlton miss with the way he put those 2 pens away,so i make you right when you say it is not all down to the striker's.
      I can see Upson doing well this year and it would not surprise me to see him made captain,but william's has to get his act together as he seemed to start the season well, but he began to fade as the season went on.

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      • July 14, 2015 at 14:03
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        @jim1222: Jim it's a team game mate we need all our players to preform this season whatever position they play no passengers no excuses I'm open minded at the moment I hope most fans are

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  • July 14, 2015 at 12:40
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    I'm not expecting miracles this season,it may take two seasons with the young players to develope and gain experience, but we don't want to be in this division ,4 or 5 seasons as the gap money wise will get bigger between l1 and championship, Marquis has a big season a head of him to prove he can cut it with no excuses with Harris in charge, but we need a statement of intent and that starts with bringing in a quality striker!!

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    • July 14, 2015 at 12:51
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      @The Roar: I can only see it is a matter of time (sooner rather than later) that the Championship will become Premiership 2.
      And that financially will become even more of a struggle to compete above the League we are now.
      You only have to look a the Managers,players that Clubs in the Championship are recruiting to see this is the way it is going.
      And is it only me,or has it all gone very quiet on the Striker front since the Hanson episode ?

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      • July 14, 2015 at 13:41
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        @Longfield Lion: Our proper level is the Championship - even if its the lower end of that division. We're a relatively big fish in Division One, but unless we invest in some quality players I can see us being down here for a few years yet. Even if we do get promoted, I can't see us competing properly in the Championship until we have a change of ownership.

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        • July 14, 2015 at 14:30
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          @Micky Lions: Micky I think our level was Championship a few years ago - but am not sure it is now.
          We have struggled in the Championship (big time) for a few seasons because of - bad signings,small crowds,poor Manager choices and as you say owners that have to invest even more (unlikely as they have lost so much already).
          I think we are in for a longish stay in League 1 - Sheff Utd have been trying to get out for a while now - and are still in there.

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          • July 14, 2015 at 17:38
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            @Longfield Lion: I’ll admit we’ve slipped down the pecking order, but I think much of it has been down to the way the club is managed. We're never going to a big club, but average crowds of 14-15,000 could have been achieved if we’d been served up decent football and fans knew we had a team that could compete. The last four years were bl00dy awful – one poor free signing/loan after the other, clueless managerial appointments and an embarrassing farce off the pitch with the land around the ground.

            There’s a lot of re-building needed and I hope Harris is the man to do it. But the club needs to give him some backing – especially in key positions where we all know we lack quality. Hopefully Berylson will prove me wrong, but I want to see a Millwall chairman with proper ambition, rather than someone happy just to keep the lights on and the club ticking over.

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      • July 14, 2015 at 13:45
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        @Longfield Lion: I don't like seeing the club paying over the odds for Hanson,I'd thought he'd be a welcome addition myself tho that brings something different, but with loan strikers,frees , trialist , it hasn't bode well the last couple of seasons and that worries me,just hope it doesn't take a long time to get back .

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  • July 14, 2015 at 14:06
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    Is anyone else surprised to hear Tom King got a contract, I don't remember it being reported? No idea if he is good or not but make sense to keep the guy on if he showed promise last season.

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  • July 14, 2015 at 14:51
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    It's All Very Good Giving The Kids A Chance But We Have Spent Naff All After All The Promises Made That Harris Has A Budget And Would Be Given All Help He Needs We Seem To Have More Coaches Than Actual Players If You Want To Show Some Kind Of Intent You Have To Put your Hand In Your Pocket This Board Don't Seem To Have The Balls To Do This And People Thought Reg Burr And Mickey Purser Were Bad At least These Boards Gave There Managers Money To Spend So Come On Millwall Give Us Something To Get Excited About We Have Had Fk All To Cheer Us Up The Last Few Seasons See Woolford Just Joined S United Mistake In My Opinion Watch It Come Back To Haunt Us

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  • July 14, 2015 at 15:18
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    Looking forward to tonight's game, should be the first real test considering Bromley are no mugs. Would like to see as many of the lads play as possible of course, but i'm more so looking forward to seeing the young players play. Think we should start with...
    GK-Archer
    RB-Romeo
    CB-Nelson
    CB-Craig
    LB-Martin
    CM-Williams
    CM-Abdou
    CM-Powell
    RF-Fred
    ST-Marquis
    LF-O'Brien

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    • July 14, 2015 at 16:25
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      @James_SE16: that's as good a team as any to start the first proper pre-season. t*** up between letting Powell have a run out to start with, or start with Upson. Forward line picks itself with Gregory out for this one.

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  • July 14, 2015 at 15:30
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    COYL let keep a clean sheet and couple of goals I say craig 2 score first can't believe we still ain't got no strikers so we only had 1 option Hanson what a joke

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  • July 14, 2015 at 16:25
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    @Peckham exile: He should have been kept on good enough in the Championship so even better in Div 1, all the best .

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  • July 14, 2015 at 17:44
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    Just seen Wigan signed will grigg he scored 22 goals at this level last year and only 24 shame we couldn't get him aye. Oh well I'm sure NH has it all sorted

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    • July 14, 2015 at 18:08
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      @cmj23: The difference is, that Wigan are spending money to try and get back up straight away.
      We are not !

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      • July 14, 2015 at 18:39
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        @Longfield Lion:
        Wigan 2012 - 13 season 60 million for winning FA CUP and relegation from the prem ..
        Wigan 2013-14 season in Europe and parachute payments 20million
        Year 3 of parachute payments ? How ever millions

        Millwall biggest budget failed relegated start to this season (minus) -7million before any transfers...
        You do the math .

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  • July 14, 2015 at 18:11
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    Exactly What I Said You Got To Show Some Sort Of Intent . We Haven't

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    • July 14, 2015 at 19:01
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      @wolla5:#Millwall starting Xl v @bromleyfc | King; Cummings, Nelson, Beevers, Martin; Thompson, Upson, Williams, Onyedinma; Marquis, O'Brien

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  • July 14, 2015 at 19:30
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    Coyl,let's hear the real lions start to roar again now we have a decent boss,time to let London know who the real lions r(not those p**** cats down the road CFC)

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  • July 14, 2015 at 20:27
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    LEAGUE 1 FOOTBALL FOR EVERMORE!!! SHOCKING!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • July 14, 2015 at 20:36
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      @millwallmark:

      Yep pony mate big improvement needed second half marquis miss open goal speaks volumes

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  • July 14, 2015 at 20:39
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    1-0 Bromley incase anyone was wondering. My prediction is lions win 3-1

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  • July 14, 2015 at 21:02
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    2-1 lions at the moment I should have put a bet on

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  • July 14, 2015 at 21:34
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    Only a trial but it's good to be back into it. From a distance, looks like things are taking shape. Cold there tonight boys???

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  • July 14, 2015 at 21:39
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    Obrien played well won marquis penalty why take him off

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  • July 14, 2015 at 21:52
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    Still feel we need a striker with height early doors I know but there will be a lot of bully centre backs who will see through the tippy tappy stuff

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