Millwall boss to choose between trio to replace Romeo

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MILLWALL manager Neil Harris looks set to decide between Tony Craig, Carlos Edwards and Sid Nelson to start at right-back against Bradford on Sunday.

Mahlon Romeo, who had started 18 consecutive games since being handed his debut at Walsall in February, is suspended after his red card at Gillingham last weekend.

Craig came on in the 88th minute at Priestfield after Romeo had been sent off but has only played 17 minutes for the first team since October.

Edwards’ last start was in the 2-2 draw at Swindon in March, when he played at left-back. Nelson has also featured at right-back this season, against Barnet in the League Cup in August and in November's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Plymouth when Edwards went off injured.

“Carlos has been biding his time and waiting for an opportunity to get back in,” Harris said. “When Mahlon got sent off Tony Craig went to right-back. Young Sid’s played at right-back this year, Carlos a lot.

“So I’ve certainly got a lot of options to consider before naming the team at the weekend.”

Harris echoed club captain Craig’s belief that the last-gasp 2-1 win at Gillingham was the ideal preparation for the crunch fixture at Valley Parade.

“It’s brilliant, what I said after the game I stand by,” Harris said. “For us as a group and for the players that was the most perfect game we could have had going into the play-offs.

“Gillingham were really competitive, with everything to play for. It was a fast and competitive game and the atmosphere was really good.

“There was a lot at stake for both teams and I put the players under pressure to win the game. So I was really pleased with the game and delighted that we came through with the points.”

With Romeo out, Harris will likely be calling on the more experienced Edwards or Craig against a physical Bantams side.

Harris believes it is important that the older players set the tone in the build-up to the fixture, but he has no worries about the likes of Ben Thompson, Aiden O’Brien and Jordan Archer dealing with the occasion.

Harris said: “The young players enjoy it. The senior players take the pressure, they’re dealing with the expectation level. They keep the young players calm and tell them what to expect and guide them through it.

“For the young players this is all a learning curve and they’re going from strength to strength. It’s making sure we get the mix right between youth and experience at the weekend.”

John Kelly