Preview: Millwall vs Barnet

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NEIL Harris said yesterday he did not anticipate making wholesale changes for tonight’s clash with Barnet, but admitted that with four games in the next 12 days he will have to juggle his resources.

The Lions face Barnet in round one of the League Cup before two crucial home league games in four days.

He must decide whether to give David Forde more minutes of first-team action or hand a first start in a competitive fixture for Millwall to Jordan Archer.

However, he may wait until the JP Trophy first round against Peterborough in three weeks to give Archer that opportunity.

With Joe Martin still out, the Lions boss could start Shane Ferguson at left-back, but he also has the option of playing the Northern Ireland international further forward if he decides to leave Lee Martin out.

Jack Powell could come into central midfield after some impressive cameos in pre-season. He added the necessary urgency when he came on against AFC Wimbledon and his quick, accurate set-piece deliveries eventually led to Sid Nelson’s equaliser.

Nelson, meanwhile, offers Harris the option of giving Shaun Cummings a break before Saturday’s game at home to Coventry.

Harris will also be wary of protecting Fred Onyedinma – who has been in scintillating form and at just 18 years old is emerging as a key player for the Lions – with Paris Cowan-Hall eager to prove his injury concerns are finally behind him.

The Millwall boss must also decide whether to rest either or both of what is now his first-choice strike partnership.

Lee Gregory got through a huge amount of work at Greenhous Meadow, while Steve Morison has had a hectic seven days having still been training with Leeds little over a week ago.

Supporters might be intrigued to see how John Marquis and Jamie Philpot would fare against Martin Allen’s side, but Harris could opt to retain some experience alongside either one of them.

Barnet lost 2-0 at Leyton Orient in their opening fixture in League Two following promotion from the Conference Premier last season.

Allen was proud of his team’s performance at the weekend, though he admitted the game was a big learning curve for his side and he will make some changes for the trip to face their London rivals.

He told Barnet’s official website: “Overall I’d say it’s a massive step up from 16 months ago when I first got to Barnet.

“There are no new injuries, apart from Shaun Batt who had a tight calf when he was warming up.

“I’ll make changes to the team on Tuesday night and freshen it up.

“Some players deserve to play after what has been a fantastic pre-season for us.”

Match odds: Millwall 3/4 Draw 14/5 Barnet 3/1

Probable Millwall team: Forde; Nelson, Webster, Craig, Ferguson; Cowan-Hall, Powell, Williams, Lee Martin; Marquis, Morison.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

40 thoughts on “Preview: Millwall vs Barnet

  • August 11, 2015 at 08:09
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    COYL! Philly and the Marquis of Lewisham upfront please Bomber!

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      • August 11, 2015 at 09:51
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        @bermlion: Hello Norman ,great start to the season,hope all is well at your end say hello to sue for me.

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        • August 11, 2015 at 10:03
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          @jim1222: HI JIM, SUE SENDS YOU A 2015 / 16 KISS ( X ), YES, GREAT START ! ALSO HELLO TO FOXY ( JOHN ), KEEP THE GOOD SUPPORT UP & STAY - COOL THIS SEASON. THE STORM.

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          • August 11, 2015 at 14:40
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            @bermlion: great support saturday..lets keep it up for the home games lads

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      • August 11, 2015 at 18:41
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        @bermlion: lets just smash who ever comes our way league. cup.whatever!!!!!!!

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  • August 11, 2015 at 09:03
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    Build momentum and confidence I say.

    Forde
    Cummings
    Craig
    Nelson (would say Webster but give Sid a game)
    Ferguson
    PCH
    Williams
    Upson
    Martin
    Gregory
    Marquis (with Morison to come on second half)

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  • August 11, 2015 at 09:11
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    What a difference a few months make! Got some good quality attacking and defensive options there for Bomber to choose from... Would prefer Marquis and Philpot be given the nod together and leave Greggs and Moro on the bench as back-up. Save them both for the Coventry game. Also would rather see Ferguson be played as LW because he will get goals tonight given half a chance. Paris another good choice, again save Fred for Saturday. Also would like to see Powell and Thompson feature tonight in CM positions along with Archer in goal... Basically another team there!

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    • August 11, 2015 at 10:42
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      @Bexley_Lion: someone said yesterday that "Cup rules" state you can only change 6 players from previous game, i'm trying to find that rule but cant see it in the cup rules so far

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  • August 11, 2015 at 09:21
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    A nice comfortable shift would do tonight, but Barnet will be restless after their result on saturday.
    2-0 me thinks.
    Forde
    Nelson
    Webster
    Craig
    Ferguson
    Cowan - hall
    Williams
    Powell
    Martin
    Marquis
    Gregory
    Would like philpot to start but after his injury it's not worth the risk.
    Reckon harris will wait for the other cup game to throw all the kids in.

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    • August 11, 2015 at 09:57
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      @lukesmithmfc: Interesting choice of nelson at RB,if i recall he played part of a game at RB due to some one being injured and he looked really comfortable playing their,could be a good move IMO,as it would give us even more flexability in defence if it worked.

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      • August 11, 2015 at 11:33
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        @jim1222: hello jim.
        Yeah I'm thinking the same.
        Just trying to read between the lines with the above report and sid has played a few games at youth level at RB. Harris has also mentioned it a few times as well.
        As you say it's worth testing the water as you never know when that option is needed.
        Personally I'd play romeo just to keep players in their correct positions but I'm not getting paid to make those decisions.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 09:24
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    This cup could be a great thing to give all the squad 1st team experience. It could also be a distraction for a new team. Curious to get opions. "Like" if you like a big effort in this cup; "Dislike" if you prefer we focus on the league.

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    • August 11, 2015 at 09:41
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      @SE14: The focus should always be the league, but a good cup run and the associated money would be welcome. We could maybe then buy a new scoreboard! I think the rules state that at least six first-team "regulars" have to start, but with all the chopping and changing last season I don't know who the Football League would deem to be our regulars, other than Forde. If Harris makes five changes then he'll probably have to leave Forde between the sticks tonight.

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      • August 11, 2015 at 10:11
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        @Canterbury pilgrim: A new state-of-the-art scoreboard is on the way according to AA. Should be here in a couple of months.

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          • August 11, 2015 at 13:00
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            @NICKOLA:

            God helps us Nic lol

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    • August 11, 2015 at 12:30
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      @SE14:

      League for me every time but no reason why Harris can't rotate for experience and rest reasons in cup/jpt.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 09:31
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    Very hot day Saturday and they all worked extremely hard, so I'm in the rest your main players camp, particularly morro,Fred,Greg Nd anyone else I think needed it.

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    • August 11, 2015 at 10:05
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      @bollocky: I am told greggs ran his nut's off as he alway's does,so a rest for him in particular may be a good idea,that's not forgetting a few other's could warrent a rest as i am told they all put in a shift.
      Whatever NH does it is great to see he has good option's that look as though they can do a job ,his big problem is to keep player's fit and fresh.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 09:37
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    I agree let as many players in the squad play let's concentrate on the league with the 'First team' whilst other members of the squad are, in effect, a cup team. That means they all get to play, and injuries, fatigue become less of an issue.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 09:40
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    I'm looking forward to tonight's game, who ever he's plays just get behind um, a nice 3-0 win will do me.

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    • August 11, 2015 at 10:07
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      @foxy: Thta's the way foxy,alway's the optimist ,i cannot get there tonight,but i cannot wait fir sat and the coventry game.
      be lucky
      PP1

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      • August 11, 2015 at 10:35
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        @jim1222: hello Jim how are ya, looks like everyone on here are all well, Norman,Jim28,ect see ya soon.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 09:47
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    Kevin Lisbie might score a header for them.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 09:48
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    Archer
    Romeo
    Nelson
    Craig
    Ferguson
    Powell
    Thompson
    Martin
    Paris Cowan hall
    Marquis
    Philpott

    Eager to learn and eager to prove there good enough

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  • August 11, 2015 at 10:17
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    Hiya all you Lions fans what a great day on Saturday I have just recovered.What a result. Super super Neil. Hi Jim28 hope your behaving.NOLU

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  • August 11, 2015 at 10:51
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    personally, I'd like the defensive unit to stay exactly the same for as many games in a row as possible familiarity will stop all the silly mistakes. Only change it when you have to, or the full strength is available.
    Up front and midfield where all the running was done would need a change
    so greggs and Fred and martin all off
    marquis PCH and Ferguson on (if Newcastle allow him to play in cup games)
    maybe give Moro and Greggs half each to stay sharp but not knacker themselves

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    • August 11, 2015 at 11:30
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      @brooker: you beat me to it I two would play the same back 4 & goalkeeper they still need to gel after they all let that goal in sat. The more they play the better.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 11:22
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    Surely near on 3 days rest after only playing 1 game so far this season is enough? Although I would aim to give Thompson, Powell, PCH, Ferguson and Marquis some game time. Archer an idea or not?

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  • August 11, 2015 at 11:33
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    It's 3 days now, but come the end of the season when we are pushing for promotion and need every player giving everything to go up then rest now might prove crucial

    And don't forget we'll be in the final of the Paint trophy, 1/4 finals of the coca cola/carling/capital one/crapcunt cup and semi finals of FA Cup so we need to rest when we can

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    • August 11, 2015 at 12:20
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      @brooker: now we talkin!!! Full bottle for the whole season....let em Cum let em cum let em cum let em all come darn to the den.... Let em allllllllllllll cummmmmm darnnnnn toooooooo the dennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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  • August 11, 2015 at 12:27
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    Afternoon all,

    3-1 for me as it'll be their cup final but not bothered about the score as long as we win and no injures.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 13:37
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    Archer - (We'll get to see if the bloke is any good)
    Cummings
    Webster
    Nelson
    Craig
    Ferguson
    Powell
    Williams
    PCH
    Gregory
    Marquis

    Boooooooom ... Would put Abdou in there instead of Williams, but not sure if he's injured? Solid defence either way!

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  • August 11, 2015 at 15:11
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    Gonna be tougher than we think, Barnet have nothing to lose, Millwall full of confidence (potntial to be complacent), so personally i would play a whole new 11 and give our high quality youngsters a shot in the first 11.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 17:21
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    Capital one cup rules
    6.5 Each Club shall play its full available strength in and during all Cup Competition matches, unless some satisfactory reason is given. The Board will from time to time issue a policy as to what constitutes ‘full available strength’. In the event of the explanation not being deemed satisfactory the Management Committee shall have power to impose such penalties as they shall think fit. The provisions governing disciplinary matters in relation to the Competition are contained in Rule 23.

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    • August 11, 2015 at 17:22
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      @brooker: we wont be able to change all 11, i cant find the rule about 6 players, maybe that is a league rule stopping you from putting a weak team out

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  • August 11, 2015 at 17:39
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    Rest ! what's everyone talking about? We are Millwall super Millwall no rest needed ;) Twist or stick that is the question, no seriously folks there's lots of good reasons one could put forward in favor of either starting with the same 11 or making changes but we don't have to worry our heads with all that, we have SUPER SUPER NEIL in charge.

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