Millwall's Edwards drove to play for U21s to keep up fitness

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MILLWALL manager Neil Harris revealed the extent to which Carlos Edwards went to keep up his match sharpness during a spell of more than two months out of the first team.

Edwards hadn’t started for the Lions since the 2-2 draw with Swindon in March, with the emergence and then consistency of Mahlon Romeo keeping him on the bench.

But Edwards replaced the suspended Mahlon Romeo in the side for the first leg of the League One play-off semi-final at Bradford on Sunday.

The 37-year-old defender played the full 90 minutes as Millwall withstood incessant Bradford pressure in the second half at Valley Parade to take a 3-1 lead back to The Den for the second leg this Friday night.

Harris was full of praise for the veteran defender as he explained Edwards took it upon himself to play for Justin Skinner’s U21 side at Ipswich last month.

“I thought Carlos was excellent,” Harris said. “He really managed the game and showed his experience, which was key.

“We’ve praised the young players who’ve come through and done really well this year. Mahlon was brilliant for 18 games in a row, arguably been our best player over 18 games.

“But we lost him so we had the opportunity to bring Carlos back in. I knew he’d manage the game and lead for us.

“He went and played an U21 game down in Ipswich against his former team, he drove down himself and played the game because if his first-team chance came he wanted to be fit.”

John Kelly