Millwall boss insists defender Webster still has part to play

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© Edmund Boyden

BYRON Webster’s Millwall career is alive and well, says manager Neil Harris.

The former Yeovil defender spent the second half of last season back with his previous club on loan.

Under former boss Ian Holloway, the defender’s time in London look like it was coming to an end.

But current Lions manager Neil Harris has revealed he wished he had had the 28-year-old back to aid Millwall’s unsuccessful plight to stave off relegation.

And Webster has received a ringing endorsement by Harris, and looks set to be in his plans for the forthcoming campaign after an indifferent start to his Lions career.

“Byron, I thought had a mixed start,” Harris said. “He did really well in some games and a couple of games he played in we lost and he was left out afterwards.

“A couple of games we got beat in, I thought he played well. Football is all about opinions.

“I would have liked him available at the end of last season to have been involved, I couldn't as part of the loan agreement with Yeovil.

“We had the chance to bring him back, I always wanted to with a view to have him stake a place for the team.”

Harris cited Webster’s leadership qualities as one of the main reasons the defender was handed a return to The Den.

And the Lions boss hasn't ruled out Webster, or other candidates, for vice captaincy should newly appointed club captain Tony Craig be unavailable.

“He’s come back in and had a real go,” Harris explained. “I think he’s enjoying being back and with the competition of places at centre back, I'm quite fortunate.

“It's important the group leader and the dressing room has a voice. Someone who the players look to and trust, Tony Craig fits the bill.

“There are some real good guys in there with big spirits. There are some young guys, like Sid Nelson, who talk really well.

“If Tony [Craig] is it available for any game, then I would have a real decision to make because, there are four or five guys who would be really suitable.”

Jay Taylor

(@jay_taylor18)

19 thoughts on “Millwall boss insists defender Webster still has part to play

  • July 24, 2015 at 09:11
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    Tbh he never really got a fair crack at it. I think given half a chance he would be decent! Good luck Webster having a proper go at it is all we ask

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  • July 24, 2015 at 09:56
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    tbf we actually have a strong defence for league 1 stability

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  • July 24, 2015 at 10:05
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    None of the new boys that Holloway brought got a fair chance with a good run in the team. Good luck Byron, I'm sure you'll feel more confident alongside TC.

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    • July 24, 2015 at 10:52
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      @Bolland: You are so right,some manager's have been called tinkerman,IH was the original chop and change man, and for no good reason did he chop and change.
      I thought Webster was bought to partner Beaver's ,so when the question of who should be captain came up i thought Webster would be a good choice,but coco made Dunne captain and converted him to a CB,that must have shot Webster's confidence to piece's to see a man who did not have the stature or positional sense of a CB take his place.
      I recall Gordon Strachan being asked who would win the premiership,which was about a third through last season,his reply was chelsea and his main reason was that Chelsea had a regular back four and goalkeeper,alas coco did not see it that way,and continual chop and change with all the team had the player's not sure of what each other was doing.
      A prime example of this was the hoff,how many time's was the ball played to him,and the support player and hoff had no idea where he should play or flick the ball on to,then he held on to the ball got caught in possesion,i just hope NH works out the best position for each player and play's him in that position'unless a run of injuries force him to play men out of position.
      Talking of injurie's young Twadeck has broken his toe,when will this run of injured player's stop.

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  • July 24, 2015 at 10:42
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    I'm not so keen , wasn't that impressed of what I saw of him being a tall presence,and didn't do a lot back a Yeovil in defence ,they got relegated didn't they!!, hope Harris works his magic with him......striker anyone lol.

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    • July 24, 2015 at 11:01
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      @The Roar: Are you saying it is one man's fault a team get relagated,also if he was that bad in his first stint at Yeovil why the hell did we buy him and if the media is any thing to go by two other club's wanted him but coco talked him in to coming to millwall.Along with you i hope NH work's his magic not just with webster but some of the other's as well.
      PS this is not a dig at you.

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  • July 24, 2015 at 10:54
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    With all players, stability is the key...would Messi be the player he is today if he was left out of the squad when he was younger? Coco didn't have a clue and ran around like a headless chuckie...if NH feels he's good enough then so be it...would rather have competition in the back than panic, like the last 3 seasons! Oh has anyone seen a Striker laying about...reward if found!

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  • July 24, 2015 at 11:10
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    Didn't we have this story last week?!

    Until we get a striker I couldn't give a t***

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    • July 24, 2015 at 15:12
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      @millwalltel: Shhh, Byron IS the new Striker. They are just breaking it to us gently. drip by drip.

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  • July 24, 2015 at 11:18
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    My understanding is NH and the club have identified a couple of targets and talks for one or two is ongoing but I think they are having real trouble for whatever reason in getting players of the right fit and quality in and to sign on the dotted line. But they are activity trying and until they come off nothing will be said at the minute alas we end in another Hanson situation.

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    • July 24, 2015 at 13:32
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      @Bexley_Lion: Lg1, no money, small crowds, comments on sites like this, some reasons we can't get quality strikers/players

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  • July 24, 2015 at 11:19
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    I've been critical of Webster in the past but it's clear to see now how playing under the nut job affected him, I watched him at Bromley and although it was only a friendly he was like a different player. Little gee ups like this from Harris shows that bomber understands the mental side of the game sometimes is as important as the physical side, and Webster seems one of those fellas who responds to that. If he does manage to do well this year then he deserves a lot of credit especially after putting up with Holloway's antics last season, good luck to him.

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  • July 24, 2015 at 11:32
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    confidence is so much - he will be suited to the direct style of our oppos - he can play a bit on the floor when he gets his confidence back

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  • July 24, 2015 at 12:01
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    So far he has looked a bit of a liability to me.

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  • July 24, 2015 at 12:41
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    When we lost to Yeovil on the first day a couple of years ago, he is the main player I remember for being strong and a leader at the back which got them the win, and Lomas didn't know what he was doing.

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  • July 24, 2015 at 14:07
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    Anyone remember around 71-72 when we were challenging for promotion and lots of people were saying we need another goal scorer and Mr Fenton bought FranK Sewel, sewer or sual can't remember the correct spelling for £25k, what was that all about? he never had a goal in him well I can't remember him scoring one. We finished third and missed promotion and if my memory serves me right the following season they changed it to 1st 2nd and 3rd automatic promotion still we did mange to get there some sixteen years later with the help of two proper goal scorers.

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  • July 24, 2015 at 14:07
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    Good news IMO Byron was good alongside Beeves and has the physical qualities and technical qualities to succeed. I just want to see him lead the team and be very vocal!

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  • July 24, 2015 at 19:58
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    Websters quite old and hasn't played in a while so how has still got a place in the squad if he hasn't played for ages

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