NEIL Harris has backed Mark Beevers to continue doing a job at left-back in the absence of the injured Joe Martin.
Beevers started pre-season in the centre of defence but played full-back in the last two games against Stevenage and CD Tondela.
He scored the winner against Teddy Sheringham’s side and Harris believes the 6ft 4ins defender will be an important player from dead balls this season, though he is not ruling out bringing another left-back into the squad.
“We’ll consider adding someone in that position,” Harris said. “But Mark played a lot of games there in the Championship for Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday. He’s a very capable player in that position, he’s got a great left foot and adds some real height to the team at set-pieces in both boxes.
“Mark playing there is a really good option for us at the moment.
“Joe’s going to be missing for a couple weeks with the same injury as Aiden, ankle ligaments. He suffered that in a block tackle blocking the ball.
“It’s a blow for him and for the squad. It’s a shame. Usually you expect one of those types of injuries a season but we’ve got two in pre-season which is unlucky.
“But that gives other people an opportunity.”
Meanwhile Harris had to be patient in his pursuit of a striker this summer before finally landing one of his prime targets, and he paid tribute to chairman John Berylson after Steve Morison joined the club yesterday.
“The chairman has been really supportive and we’ve set our standards high,” Harris said. “If we’re going to bring in anyone in any area of the pitch they have got to match the quality we have in the squad and have the personality and character as well.”
The Millwall boss has had a number of days to reflect on the 3-2 defeat to CD Tondela last weekend and believes his players will take valuable lessons from the contest against their Portuguese opponents.
He said: “I’ve watched the game back and reflected on it and there was a lot of good stuff. I was really just frustrated with the game, particularly towards the end, but it was a good learning curve for us.
“As a Millwall player you do encounter that at The Den, you do encounter spells where decisions don’t go your way and teams do their best to frustrate you, so it’s important that we are switched on to that this year and that we don’t get frustrated with our play and with the referee, that we stick to our game plan.
“So from that respect Saturday was a big bonus and we can take something out of it. We’re also working hard on defensive shape this week to be better in that area on Saturday.”