Harris warns Millwall players they must correct away form

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MILLWALL BOSS Neil Harris says he has a selection dilemma ahead of this Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash with Colchester.

The Lions defeated league leaders Burton on Monday night without Jimmy Abdou and Shane Ferguson, two of the club’s form players in recent months, who were away on international duty.

Both players, along with David Forde, are back at Millwall this week and will be assessed on Thursday before the trip to face the U’s, who moved off the foot of the table after a 4-1 win over Doncaster last Friday and beat Coventry 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday night.

Harris paired Shaun Williams and Ben Thompson (pictured above) in Millwall’s midfield in the 1-0 defeat to Bradford last Saturday. Both played again on Easter Monday with Williams providing an assist for Lee Gregory to make it 2-0 against the Brewers.

Aiden O’Brien also started both games, filling in for Ferguson against Nigel Clough’s side and scoring a brilliant opener, his 12th goal of the season.

Thompson has cemented his place in the starting XI with a string of impressive performances. He has started the last eight fixtures with Millwall losing just one of them as they maintain their promotion charge.

Harris has been consistent in his team selections this season, with players who come in and do well keeping their places, but he admits the return of two key midfielders makes his choice this weekend trickier.

“Jimmy has without doubt been one of our most consistent performers over the last couple of months,” Harris said. “Ferguson’s ability and quality has been a real plus since he signed.

“So they come back in and we’ll check on them on Thursday after the international break. We’ll check their fitness and their health before we focus on Colchester.

“Yeah, there are difficult decisions to make and that’s brilliant for me at this stage of the season.”

Harris was keen to ensure his players didn’t get carried away after comfortably beating a Burton side that looks destined for the Championship, reminding them that they need to improve their away form.

“I said to the boys after Monday’s game that it was a fantastic result and fantastic performance but we need to get back to winning ways away from home.

“We haven’t won away since Rochdale (on February 13) and that’s three games, that’s a long time for us this season without a win.”

John Kelly