MILLWALL'S hectic start to the new campaign is the result of "awful planning", manager Ian Holloway has said.
After a three-month break, the Lions will play six matches in the first 21 days of the season.
"The first month of the season is Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday – it's just ridiculous," Holloway said. "It's too much.
"It's awful planning – we have to play four times in ten days."
However, Holloway admits he is looking forward to the competitive matches getting underway on August 9, when Millwall host Leeds United at The Den.
"I suppose we all want the games to get going again because these friendlies are all pointless," he said. "There were some crazy results last weekend.
"Pre-season doesn't count for anything and it's weird playing games that don't mean anything.
"I've seen teams win all of their friendlies and then lose the first four games of the season. It's all about fitness, understanding your roles and getting going again.
"I wouldn't read too much into pre-season – it's more important that the team understands how we're going to do things, how we’re going to behave and how we are with each other.
"The rest of it just takes care of itself."
Despite the opening day of the season being just over a week away, Holloway insists he has not settled on his strongest starting XI
He added: "You're having a laugh! I'm not thinking about Leeds, I'm thinking about how fit they all are.
"What I made the players do was very, very tough on Tuesday. Sometimes training is physical, sometimes it’s psychological, but this was psychological.
"I trained them hard and then made them play a full game, but the way they went about their work was excellent.
"I can't really fault them since they've been back – they've all worked well together and we've got some things going as a group of people.
"They're understanding me, I'm understanding them and hopefully we'll fall into a routine like we did at the end of last season.
"We've been back a long time now but suddenly the Leeds game will have come and gone and before you know it, it will be Fulham away.
"I'll either have problems or I won't, we'll have started well or we won’t have – but right now nothing's happening and that takes some getting used to."