Harris: Pre-season helping Millwall adapt to smaller pitches

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NEIL Harris believes Millwall’s pre-season fixtures are helping his side play on smaller pitches ahead of the new season.

The Lions are expected to encounter surfaces smaller than that of the 106 meter long pitch at The Den next season and have extend their training ground pitches to mirror what is used at their home ground.

Playing on two small pitches at Bromley and Wimbledon, Harris feels his side have improved their understanding of smaller surfaces.

And with Stevenage on Saturday having a slightly bigger pitch than the aforementioned clubs, Harris believes it will be a good experience for his young squad.

“We've extended the pitches at the training ground,” Harris said. “We want them as close as we can to get them to the pitch at The Den.

“We played at Bromley and Wimbledon, two small pitches so far, Stevenage is a little bigger and The Den is bigger than that, so it's a progression for the players.

“Bromley and Wimbledon have adopted two very different style of play. Bromley had a little bit of football with a little bit of directness. Wimbledon were extremely direct and Stevenage play a bit of football.

“That was the idea of the games, organising them for that purpose, we will come across those types of teams throughout the season.”

Millwall will venture to stadiums with smaller, more compact pitches next season, and Harris has said they he will do as much as he can to secure a home advantage.

“I think it's definitely going to be different we play on a bigger pitch and we will have to adapt to smaller pitches.

"Teams will come to us that play on a smaller surface, so they won't be used to playing on a bigger pitch.

“It's about how you want to play and try to get an advantage on your home pitch.

“When we go away we will be properly prepared, organised and ready for a slightly different game.”

Meanwhile, Millwall’s assistant groundsman Steven Chalk has used Twitter to unveil the new goals that'll be used at The Den this season:

Jay Taylor

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54 thoughts on “Harris: Pre-season helping Millwall adapt to smaller pitches

  • July 22, 2015 at 09:15
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    Morison on he way? Where to?
    He scored for Leeds in a friendly against Eintracht Frankurt in Austria yesterday.
    So, WHO are we after as the 4th striker?

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  • July 22, 2015 at 09:17
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    I bet someone says we need a striker. It's like kids asking for sweets or something they can't have.

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      • July 22, 2015 at 11:16
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        @brooker: brooker,you naughty boy go to your room and don't come out till we have signed a striker.
        On second thought's that may be a long time,so go to the pub instead.

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        • July 22, 2015 at 13:08
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          @jim1222: i am a man of my word i said i'd use WE NEED A STRIKER!!!!! as my default post until we actually get one, its making me laugh now the more i type it, so get used to seeing it on every post :) it keeps me entertained while i wait for football to return, i'm going a little it mad without

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  • July 22, 2015 at 09:26
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    If anybody lacks faith in the Chairman. He has just written off 8.4 million pounds in interest owe to him by the club. Despite me and family supporting the Lions for over fifty years we could never show that sort of monetary support if we lived a hundred lifetimes. Thanks JB>

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      • July 22, 2015 at 10:37
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        Benzo he doesn't own it like you own a car he owns it as a business and his personal money has to be kept separate from company money - so he has made loans to the club at market rate interest - but then written off the interest element - the loan element would then be repaid or converted into more equity depending on the company set up

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      • July 22, 2015 at 10:40
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        @benzo:

        A loan against the club as security probably, like a mortgage effectively?

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    • July 22, 2015 at 11:17
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      @lennie the lion: I wrote off mine and my deceased Dad's shares in the club after Mr Berylson kindly took them from us. A few thousand pounds that had become worthless perhaps, but they still meant a lot to fans like me. People like Berylson don't become billionaires by being altruistic - he's a hard nosed businessman who took a risk and is simply cutting his losses because he knows he'll never get that money back. He's not a fan like most people on this website and never will be. I don't think he's a bad Chairman like many other foreign owners nowadays, but I don't think he's a particularly good Millwall Chairman either.

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      • July 22, 2015 at 13:39
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        @Micky Lions: Micky, great post! I also think by writing off any "interest" he is owed makes Millwall a better proposition to sell.... maybe he is looking for a way out!! No owner ever says they are selling up unless you don't have much to sell, because they want the best possible deal.... could this be his way of tempting someone to buy the club??

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  • July 22, 2015 at 09:46
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    I would of thought we needed a SCOREBOARD more than we need new goals ?

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  • July 22, 2015 at 09:50
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    Probably a slight difference in cost for goals vs scoreboard I imagine...

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    • July 22, 2015 at 13:41
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      @JBMMFC: Maybe we can offer the broken scoreboard as part of any deal to sign Morison... just a thought.

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  • July 22, 2015 at 10:01
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    Any bets on who's going to be injured after the Stevenage game?

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    • July 22, 2015 at 10:10
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      @REAL Supporter:

      The books open on Paris' next injury when he comes back after rehab, the boys made of chalk ffs!

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    • July 22, 2015 at 10:24
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      @REAL Supporter: Paris and Lee Martin will be the 2 favourites IMO, thats if thay manage to get on the team sheet, i do have a concern about Gregory having injections in his knee tendon though !

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      • July 22, 2015 at 10:41
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        @rowanonthewing7: Think you may well be spot on there Rowan and as MillwallSteve said, Paris seems to be made of chalk.

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        • July 22, 2015 at 11:00
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          @REAL Supporter:

          I don't see how's he's going to be up to the physicality of league 1 even though he's obviously league 2 experienced.

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          • July 22, 2015 at 11:29
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            @jim1222: It's wrong I know but that made me laugh!

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  • July 22, 2015 at 10:09
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    Morning all.

    All we need to do going forward is to avoid playing AFC in pre-season friendlies, we've now have two players crocked against them ffs!

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  • July 22, 2015 at 10:40
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    I'm sure they're talking to strikers - but we don't really want it publicising too much as it can effect negotiations - I suggest we get behind the club and bomber - and watch this space

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  • July 22, 2015 at 11:30
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    Didn't the club say they wanted to go down the root of having more players on the books than on loan,it seems to me with the striker situation they might be looking at a loan if their leaving it later than sooner if you ask me to see who's available ,it was meant to be a priority arfter all?.

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  • July 22, 2015 at 11:44
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    I check this every day and every day I seem disappointed by the so called "news" this is absolute pointless this story here

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  • July 22, 2015 at 11:53
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    By the sounds of this I don't think Morison is going anywhere and if he does it will be to a Championship club... Unless Leeds do their usual like every club does to us "Don't want to sell to a rival" and then the player turns up elsewhere in the same division! http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2015-07-22/uwe-rosler-on-billy-sharpe/

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    • July 22, 2015 at 12:03
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      @Bexley_Lion:

      See what you mean, every player on the trip has a role to play for Leeds - so time to look elsewhere .

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    • July 22, 2015 at 12:22
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      @Bexley_Lion:

      Leeds fans saying not to place too much on that as Rosler said the same about Ajose, so much so that some fans were saying he could be the winger they are wanting and now he's off!

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  • July 22, 2015 at 11:54
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    Are these new goals designed so we can score more goals.lol

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  • July 22, 2015 at 12:38
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    Do these new goals suck the ball into the net?...that could be quite useful.

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  • July 22, 2015 at 12:52
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    Get big Darius Henderson back at the club. Forest are letting him go and he scored 1 in 3 on loan for Orient last season. COYL

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  • July 22, 2015 at 13:05
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    Oh they irony when i said we needed more goals this isnt what i meant lol

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  • July 22, 2015 at 13:10
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    What do we want new goals for we hardly wore out the old ones did we?

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  • July 22, 2015 at 13:26
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    On the subject of the weeds...I see they got it handed to them by Frankfurt fans in Salzburg!!

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    • July 22, 2015 at 13:34
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      @vonhardshaft:

      a few Nazi types - got to be aware of some cowards trying to make a name for themselves when you go abroad - not that we are allowed - here you can see why

      http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/jul/22/leeds-friendly-eintracht-frankfurt-crowd-violence

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  • July 22, 2015 at 18:48
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    exactly , Leeds are of course the victims, we would never be - -

    difference is there might have been a couple of dead Germans

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