Millwall boss: Beevers' qualities make him valuable option

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© Edmund Boyden

NEIL Harris has backed Mark Beevers to continue doing a job at left-back in the absence of the injured Joe Martin.

Beevers started pre-season in the centre of defence but played full-back in the last two games against Stevenage and CD Tondela.

He scored the winner against Teddy Sheringham’s side and Harris believes the 6ft 4ins defender will be an important player from dead balls this season, though he is not ruling out bringing another left-back into the squad.

“We’ll consider adding someone in that position,” Harris said. “But Mark played a lot of games there in the Championship for Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday. He’s a very capable player in that position, he’s got a great left foot and adds some real height to the team at set-pieces in both boxes.

“Mark playing there is a really good option for us at the moment.

“Joe’s going to be missing for a couple weeks with the same injury as Aiden, ankle ligaments. He suffered that in a block tackle blocking the ball.

“It’s a blow for him and for the squad. It’s a shame. Usually you expect one of those types of injuries a season but we’ve got two in pre-season which is unlucky.

“But that gives other people an opportunity.”

Meanwhile Harris had to be patient in his pursuit of a striker this summer before finally landing one of his prime targets, and he paid tribute to chairman John Berylson after Steve Morison joined the club yesterday.

“The chairman has been really supportive and we’ve set our standards high,” Harris said. “If we’re going to bring in anyone in any area of the pitch they have got to match the quality we have in the squad and have the personality and character as well.”

The Millwall boss has had a number of days to reflect on the 3-2 defeat to CD Tondela last weekend and believes his players will take valuable lessons from the contest against their Portuguese opponents.

He said: “I’ve watched the game back and reflected on it and there was a lot of good stuff. I was really just frustrated with the game, particularly towards the end, but it was a good learning curve for us.

“As a Millwall player you do encounter that at The Den, you do encounter spells where decisions don’t go your way and teams do their best to frustrate you, so it’s important that we are switched on to that this year and that we don’t get frustrated with our play and with the referee, that we stick to our game plan.

“So from that respect Saturday was a big bonus and we can take something out of it. We’re also working hard on defensive shape this week to be better in that area on Saturday.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

39 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Beevers' qualities make him valuable option

  • August 5, 2015 at 15:07
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    Millwall are trying to sign Jermaine Grandison.

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  • August 5, 2015 at 15:08
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    Totally agree, had a dream the other night that he scored the first goal in the first five minutes against a team in blue, I will defiantly put money on him scoring first this Saturday.

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  • August 5, 2015 at 15:09
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    I hope one of the "valuable lessons" the players learnt from the Portugeezers is a dread of defeat.

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  • August 5, 2015 at 15:09
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    NH said after Saturdays game that we need to defend better, Beevers is a centre half not a left back
    Craig is a left back, 2+2 should equal 4

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    • August 5, 2015 at 15:13
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      @richjob: TC is about as much of a left back as Beevers - was the same with Lowry! Not sure why we're in this position - which other club has 1 recognised left back in the whole squad?!

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    • August 5, 2015 at 21:55
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      @richjob:
      Craig started out as a left back yes, but he is now a centre half. He played his best football for us before at centre half, and he was captain of brentford playing that position. Having said that, I do agree that Beevers isnt a left back. We need to sign one.

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  • August 5, 2015 at 15:15
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    Need a first choice left back now then.

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  • August 5, 2015 at 15:21
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    Another lb, cb and winger. Better to be safe than sorry!

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  • August 5, 2015 at 15:32
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    I see that Forde has still got the Number 1 shirt and Archer is 13.

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  • August 5, 2015 at 16:04
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    Can't understand why TC wouldn't fill in at left back with Beevers in the middle. Doesn't make sense to me

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  • August 5, 2015 at 16:18
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    I see the squad numbers are out and the 4 Shirt hasn't been allocated read into that what you want is it being held for a fellow that's been out injured or may be some one else coming in or is Hurlock making A Come back lol

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  • August 5, 2015 at 16:20
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    Yep just stick craig left back dont get it

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  • August 5, 2015 at 16:24
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    I think there is a difference between playing home and away -
    Away, beevers can be tight - at home where we might expect our full backs to get forward and attack , he is limited

    so I think he can do a job if we focus on clean sheets and nicking a goal

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  • August 5, 2015 at 16:32
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    You guys know TC is 30 right yes that's Thirty!! He's not as mobile as he once was for us.... maybe he's not up for playing LB??

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  • August 5, 2015 at 17:04
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    TC was always a CB, but ended up at LB because we had no other options. I'm pretty sure we've brought him back to play CB.
    Beevers also isn't a LB, and he didn't look convincing there on Saturday. Against any pace he will be exposed.

    Would like us to sign a LB and a winger. We need options, and currently we have 3 wingers? (PCH, Fred and Lee Martin?)

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  • August 5, 2015 at 17:30
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    Most clubs get 1 ankle injury a season we get 2 in pre season. Why do we keep getting so many injuries something needs fixing either in training or in medical room

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  • August 5, 2015 at 18:23
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    Sorry to be a bit on the negative side, but NH says "There was a lot of good stuff in Saturdays game" sorry I must of missed that when I nipped out for a cup of tea. I saw two pretty good goals, a few minutes of good attacking play in the first half and two good performances from Martin and Fred. I also saw our defence give away three poor goals and not a lot of football played, just the old hoof it up field and hope someone gets on the end of it. But also as he says lessons have been leant, so really looking forward to Saturday, hopefully Morrison and Gregory will bang a couple in and our defence will watertight, COYL

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    • August 5, 2015 at 18:32
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      @rikkiatwall: martin chased but f*** all else, gave a throw to us to one of them result goal. gave away free kick result goal. martin is a couple of games away from being right! we won't get the runaround on sat like we did against tombola fc. but not expecting more than a draw to be honest.

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  • August 5, 2015 at 18:28
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    team 4 sat; archer, cummings , sid, tc, beevers ( with regret) fred, williams, upson, paris, gregs, moro. stiffs: forde, martin, webster, carlos, marquee, philpot. youth and experience. not bad for this div methinks !

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    • August 5, 2015 at 21:59
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      @TONY BLOCK28:
      We're allowed 7 subs and Carlos Edwards isnt signed up yet. Forde will start over archer and Martin will start over PCH.

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  • August 5, 2015 at 18:33
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    Think the number 4 squad no might go to Carlos if he has couple of good run outs and gets fit , gives NH options . But it would be nice to have a left back covering left back it saves putting players out of position there and then getting slated if they have a bad game .

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  • August 5, 2015 at 18:39
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    Dislike if your wet spam the nigles or an anorack

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  • August 5, 2015 at 18:56
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    I think Beevers is gonna be a left back, I have seen we are eyeing up another central defender from Shrewsbury who is out of contract and is only 24.

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  • August 5, 2015 at 19:38
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    Totally agree that Beevers can only be emergency cover, we need two genuine full backs for right and left side. TC was never really a full back and neither is Beevers, go get a proper full back Bomber!

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  • August 5, 2015 at 20:35
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    In my opinion beevers is to slow at LB and craig they will get left behind with the paste of the wingers in this league would rather play them at CB we do need cover in most areas I say a LB CAM LW OR A RW maybe another striker on loan I think we should get rid of fordy know as slow coach so a GK not asking 4 much COYL

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    • August 5, 2015 at 22:08
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      @I fear no foe:
      Don't forget we are working on a budget, and we are trying to bring through the youngsters, so I wouldn't expect too much more. We 100% need a left back though. Forde is a good player at this level, and would be first choice keeper for most sides in the league, that is a fact. 15 clean sheets last season playing for a very bad side isn't exactly awful, plus he has a decent amount of international experience and on his day can be a match winner. No one could name 5 better keepers in league 1. Everyone who is calling for archer to play hasn't even seen him play a handful of times in their lives so I don't know why people think he's going to automatically be better than forde. If he is that good, he will get the no1 position when he's EARNT the shirt.

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  • August 6, 2015 at 00:29
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    Dare I say it, but i think we're looking a bit fragile down the left-side. Think we need to get a left-sided full back signed up, then maybe look in the loan market for a left-sided winger with a bit of pace to worry defenders, the Puncheon / Townsend type please.

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  • August 6, 2015 at 00:31
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    Beevers and Craig both not agile enough to play full-back, would be skinned all day long like a turkey on christmas day..

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  • August 6, 2015 at 08:28
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    I agree - the modern day full backs game has changed. I believe we need to find a more athletic full back that can support our LW and get up top. Beevers I think can do a job there as a stand in but not a long term option. Any comments on this J Martin?

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    • August 6, 2015 at 08:48
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      @PerthLion: that's right, fitness and mobility are more important than ever but also lets not forget that fullbacks are expected to deliver quality crosses as well. Can't see TC or Beevers being able to do that.

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  • August 6, 2015 at 17:30
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    Beevers has barely been a centre arf since he signed for us let alone a full back!

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