MILLWALL boss Ian Holloway has admitted that Ed Upson was "unfairly dealt with" when he was dropped from the side last month.
Upson marked his return from injury with his first Lions goal at Huddersfield in September.
But he was substituted at half time in the following game against Birmingham and had not started a match before playing 90 minutes in the win over Cardiff.
On reflection, Holloway feels he gave the 24-year-old a rough ride – and is set to stick with him in midfield alongside Shaun Williams and Scott McDonald at Watford tomorrow.
"Ed is starting to look like the player that I wanted him to be," Holloway said. "He needs to go forward and score.
"We're probably a little attack-minded with those three in the team but I thought it was Ed's turn to play last weekend.
"He was unfairly dealt with when I brought him off at half time against Birmingham.
"When he came on against Nottingham Forest he did so well and that was probably his best game for us.
"So he started the next two games but because we were 2-0 down to Birmingham, I needed to change things.
"That was down to his fitness at the time but he's a really nice footballer."