SID Nelson says the standard of Sky Bet League One this season is a lot higher than people think.
Millwall looked like they would justify their pre-season billing as one of the favourites for the title after successfully negotiating a tricky opening away fixture at Shrewsbury.
But a defeat to Coventry, who in Adam Armstrong had a Premier League striker, emphasised the nature of the challenge of making a swift return to the Championship.
They then lost in injury time to a Barnsley side that came within 12 minutes of knocking Everton out of the League Cup on Wednesday night.
“I think in the Championship the opposition will keep the ball for longer periods and then, bang, they’ll go,” Nelson said as he outlined what he has found to be the key differences between the divisions.
“In League One, it’s back and forth, back and forth, and you get so much pressure put on you.
“But you have to be able to deal with that. I think the standard has been a lot better in this division than what people thought it would be.
“I think a lot of people thought that after coming down to League One that it would be easy for us, but in terms of the standard there hasn’t been a whole lot of difference.”
Nelson made his first league appearance of the season against the Tykes as Millwall conceded goals from three set-pieces, but was part of a defence at Glanford Park that kept a first clean sheet of the season. .
The 19-year-old centre-back says gaining a knowledge of his direct opponent is key and he has been doing his own homework on forwards who aren’t as familiar to him as those in the Championship were.
He explained: “Paddy Madden was sharp on Saturday and Hendo (Darius Henderson), who I trained with here when I was younger, he was a handful. He’s a big boy and likes to throw the elbows about!
“But that’s something I learnt last season, you’ve got to know who you’re coming up against. I haven’t played against a lot of these guys before so I’ve got to know their strengths and weaknesses.”
Nelson, who partnered Mark Beevers in the centre of defence against the Iron, also believes his natural attributes suit the style of play Harris is attempting to impose on the side.
“I like playing a high line,” Nelson said. “At the back end of last season me and Beevs kept a high line and I thought it was quite successful.
“The way I am I try to be the organiser on the pitch. At the end of the day it’s about getting your line right and getting cover around.
“For me I’m not as physical as some of the other lads, I’m still young. So if I’m playing too deep I’ve got to come and attack everything and the strikers can pin me in.
“If I hold a high line and the ball gets put in behind I feel like I’ve got the pace to cover.”