Millwall will be flexible in approach this season says Harris

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NEIL Harris isn’t ruling out using the 4-3-3 formation that was successful against Scunthorpe for home games.

Chesterfield visit The Den next weekend and Harris and his management will study Dean Saunders’ side this week before settling on an approach.

He said: “I’ll definitely consider it for next week. I’ve made it clear that I want to play 4-4-2 but I’m not naïve to think that we can play that every week.

“We went with a slightly different shape with three strikers (on Saturday).

“We’ll certainly look at Chesterfield, and we’ll look back on the performance and how we’ve done and I’ll pick an XI, tactics and a formation that I feel will be most effective against them.”

The Millwall boss was pleased with the response he got from his side after three successive defeats, but feels they haven’t been getting decisions in their opponents’ box.

Shaun Williams looked like he had won a penalty for the Lions last Saturday, but referee Richard Clark waved play on after the ball seemed to strike Charlie Goode’s arms.

“At some stages of the season you just have to roll your sleeves up,” Harris said. “And then take a little bit of luck when it comes your way.

“But I still don’t believe we’re having that in the opposition penalty area.

“We haven’t got decisions, but other ones during the season will go our way.”

Williams also had the chance to open his account at Scunthorpe when he shot at Joe Anyon from 10 yards, and Harris admitted the team shape used at Glanford Park brings out the best in him.

“Shaun did very well,” Harris said. “He has played in a three-man midfield with clubs before here.

“It’s clear Shaun finds it a lot easier to control the game in a three-man midfield.

“His calmness on the ball and his defensive positioning helps everybody, but I was gutted for him with that chance, the keeper makes a great save and it could have won us the game in the first half.

“And it was the same against Barnsley, one off the line and one he couldn’t quite reach.

“He has defensive ability but he could also have had three goals in two games.”

John Kelly


17 thoughts on “Millwall will be flexible in approach this season says Harris

  • August 25, 2015 at 10:23

    no excuses for williams bomber that should have hit the back of the net mate it was a pathetic miss
    stop cuddling em tell em how it should have been 0-1 to the lions, take your chances when they come along

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  • August 25, 2015 at 10:40

    I've always wanted to see how well we'd play 4231 with Williams and Powell at CDM. That would be a strong pairing imo

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    • August 25, 2015 at 11:06

      @Dazi: i think Powell is finished with us dropping down and down the picking order Thompson is ahead of him now must tell you something when Harris don't even play him vs Barnet

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      • August 25, 2015 at 11:20

        @mfc247: Yeah I've noticed that. It's a shame really because from what I have seen, he is a good footballer.

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        • August 25, 2015 at 11:30


          Seems that way, but pre-season NH said Powell still has a part to play. So mixed messages at the moment. Guess he feels he can't play both Thompson & Powell together yet.
          Shame as he looked live a very good player...sure he'll get a chance eventually

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