MILLWALL manager Neil Harris doesn’t expect Coventry to be in the relegation zone for long – but will be urging his players not to give them hope of starting their resurgence at The Den this Saturday.
Tony Mowbray’s side will arrive in south London in 23rd place in the League One table after collecting just three points from their opening six games.
After the same number of league fixtures last season Coventry were second in the table with 13 points, three of them coming after a 4-0 win at Millwall (above), and they looked strong favourites for promotion before a slump after Christmas saw them fall down the table and out of contention.
Mowbray hasn’t yet adequately replaced striker Adam Armstrong, who scored 20 league goals on loan from Newcastle last season, though his dip in form coincided with the club’s in the new year.
Mowbray hopes the loan signing of striker Andre Wright – who featured for West Brom’s U23s in their 2-0 defeat to Millwall in the EFL Trophy – will help boost an attack that has scored just two league goals this season.
Wright is one of 12 signings Mowbray has made since the end of last season, and Harris acknowledged the time it takes to integrate new recruits could be one factor in their winless league start.
Asked if he was surprised by Coventry’s poor form, Harris said: “I am because they’ve got some very good players, some really good young players. I think they’re a team that are finding their feet, probably a bit similar to us last year.
“It’s only going to be a matter of time before Tony’s team finds some consistency and gets some points on the board. There’s no doubt they won’t be in the position they’re in now for long.
“We’ve got to make sure we’re on top of our game on Saturday and that we don’t give them any opportunity to build some momentum.”
He added: “What we know about them is they’re going to keep the ball very well, they’re going to make a lot of passes and keep the ball moving across the backline.
“Similar to a lot of teams we face they’re going to try to keep the ball and frustrate us and we have to be patient and organised and make sure we use the ball a lot better than we did last weekend.”
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