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.