Harris to shuffle Millwall deck for AFC Wimbledon clash

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

MILLWALL hope to have Lee Gregory and Paris Cowan-Hall back to face Stevenage next week, but it seems Saturday’s game at AFC Wimbledon will come too soon for them.

Jack Powell and Lee Martin picked up quad strains earlier in the week and weren’t risked at Bromley.

Both could be available on Saturday and striker Jamie Philpot is also close to a return.

Harris stressed the club were being extra cautious with Powell and Martin.

“They both wanted to play,” he said. “But at this stage of the season we can’t take any chances where a slight niggle suddenly becomes a four- to six-week injury.

“Hopefully we’ll have them both back come Saturday.

Ben Thompson hobbled off at Hayes Lane, but Harris had intended to name a different starting line-up at Kingsmeadow anyway as he is keen that individual team units get the chance to form understandings.

“There will be different personnel playing together,” Harris said. “Certain boys will play for longer (than they did at Bromley). The youngsters will get another chance. We’ve an U21 game coming up against Kingstonians as well so there will be plenty of minutes for everybody.”

Harris will also shuffle his defence after Sid Nelson and Mark Beevers played the opening half on Tuesday before making way for Byron Webster and new signing Tony Craig.

“The idea was to give the guys 45 minutes each,” the Lions boss explained. “We’ve rotated the centre-halves to play with different people.

“We’ve got two left-footers and two right so they’ve played with each other now and we’ll continue to do that during pre-season until I pick my final pairing.

“The subs we made (at Bromley) were what we had decided prior to the game.”

Goalkeeper David Forde was at Bromley and could also make a return to face Neal Ardley’s side.

Meanwhile Norwegian trialist Henrik Breimyr may also get another chance to impress.

Harris said: “Henrik came highly recommended. It was a great opportunity with a couple of boys not making it to give him 20 minutes with the first team.”

Carlos Edwards will probably not be risked but should make a playing return next week.

“Carlos is keen to get going,” Harris said. “His enthusiasm is fantastic and it rubs off on the group. We’re putting no pressure on Carlos, he’s been out a long time.

“But he’s looking great and we’ll give him an opportunity to feel his way back in.”

John Kelly


12 thoughts on “Harris to shuffle Millwall deck for AFC Wimbledon clash

  • July 17, 2015 at 13:38


    Millwall 49th in the list of % of tickets sold
    Average attendance 10,902 of 20,146 - 54.11% of tickets sold

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    • July 17, 2015 at 14:02

      @brooker: Will be very interesting Brooker to see what happens this year if we are are winning games at home and are generally successful in the league overall. JB has said that season ticket sales are up which is a good thing and if we do start to make the Den a place where we expect to win instead of having the feeling of dread every home game then the crowds I am sure will be bigger, even if it is league one. More people, the more the place rocks and hence bigger crowds, not sure you could ever get the same atmosphere at a premiere league ground full of tourists.

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    • July 17, 2015 at 14:31

      @brooker: WHO CARES! i know loads of bods who wouldn't come to millwall coz of that dip s*** holloway. the ones who go regular make enough noise to make up the short fall of fair weather wall fans.

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  • July 17, 2015 at 14:00

    Dislike all you like, and I hope I am wrong, but I think I am being realistic here: this season we'll finish about 15th. We'll progress and in a couple of years we will be knocking around the play offs. 2020/21 we might be back in the 2nd tier. This is the path a club like ours is expected to follow, and look back at the last 15 years - anything inconsistent with this prediction?

    I don't understand people banging on about buying 20-goal-season strikers...we need to make this machine ourselves. It's not computer game football and I hope young players are not going to get the stick like Ifill used to get when he was starting out.

    In saying this, I am looking forward more to this season than the last 3.

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    • July 17, 2015 at 14:26

      @SE14: my lad who's 17 and been following the wall home and away seems to think we'll breeze this league, but I've got 41 years under my belt with wall and with experience comes caution. I've told him expect between 8-12 anything better will be a bonus. hopefully more wins and build a proper wall team for the future. wimbledon here we come !! SATURDAY P*** UPS WATCH THE WALL !! WUBBLE U!

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    • July 17, 2015 at 14:47

      @SE14: I can't say whether you're being realistic or pessimistic as we don't know yet who Harris will be bringing in. I agree we won't be buying a proven 20-goal-a-season striker. How much do they cost? Exactly. However, if PCH is now playing again and Edwards continues his recovery, who knows? I think we will be late starters but could still make the play-offs.

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