Millwall boss: Chance for more preparation before Gills visit

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris was looking at the positives after Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture at Oldham was rained off.

The players were scheduled to have Monday off before they begin their preparations for their second-last home game of the year against Gillingham on Saturday.

Harris and his management team usually pore over the footage from the previous game to prepare specific clips with head of analysis Dan McLoone before the squad arrives for training the following week.

But that extra time will have been given to further study of Justin Edinburgh’s side.

“We’ll stick to our plan, stick to our schedule,” Harris said. “We’ve a lot of games in a small space of time. What this does is give the boys an opportunity to recover from those games, spend a bit more time with their families leading up to Christmas and a busy schedule for us.

“It gives me and my staff a bit more of an opportunity to prepare for Gillingham. What it does do, though, is put another fixture into the calendar in January or February for both sides.”

Details of that rearranged game have yet to be finalised, but a slot could open up on January 9 when Millwall are scheduled to play Scunthorpe and Oldham are due to face Shrewsbury.

However, if Scunthorpe and Shrewsbury both win their second round FA Cup replays on Tuesday night – at home to Leyton Orient and Grimsby, respectively – then their involvement in the third round of the competition would free up that Saturday date for Millwall and Oldham to play their postponed game.