Millwall boss wants to send right message with derby selection

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris hasn’t decided whether to pick the same starting XI for the sixth successive game but says it’s important to “reward players for doing well”.

Millwall have won four of their last five games and drawn 2-2 at AFC Wimbledon in their last league outing.

The Lions knocked AFC Bournemouth out of the FA Cup last weekend, with substitutes David Worrall and Shane Ferguson combining for the third goal in a 3-0 win.

Millwall face south London rivals Charlton for the second time in less than a month on Saturday.

“We’ve been fortunate we haven’t had to change the side,” Harris said. “We’ve considered it in various games and we will again on Saturday.

“It’s important in a tight-knit group and a group with really good spirit that you reward players for doing well. Maybe the Wimbledon game was the one I got slightly wrong, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

“If players are playing well then you want to reward them and send a message to the squad that if you’ve been out in the cold or out through generic lexapro weight gain injury you can force your way back in and if you play well you can stay in.

“Five games in a row was a big ask for the players, can they do a sixth? They’ll want to and that’s my decision before the weekend.”

Millwall defeated Charlton 3-1 at The Den on December 21, and Harris knows Lions fans will be travelling in large numbers to The Valley hoping to see their team extend their unbeaten run against the Addicks to 10 games.

“There will be a terrific atmosphere,” Harris said. “There’ll be a large support there to get behind the team and they’ll have been delighted with what they’ve seen over the Christmas and New Year period from their players.

“Again it’s about bragging rights against your local rivals. What matters is the result and not the performance.

“We’ll have to get the balance right between treating it like a local derby and putting in the right kind of performance with an end product.”

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John Kelly