Romeo: Millwall have players for different formations

MAHLON Romeo believes Millwall have enough versatile players in their squad to play different formations.

For the first time since he took over as Lions boss, Neil Harris switched to a 3-5-2 formation during the first half of the 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall lane on Tuesday night.

Millwall were a goal behind at that stage, after Jack O’Connell headed home John Fleck’s corner in the 16th minute.

Millwall fell two behind 10 minutes into the second half, Kieron Freeman curling a low shot beyond substitute goalkeeper Tom King into the far corner after the away side had made a hash of at least three attempts to clear the ball.

After starting with a back four, Harris changed to Byron Webster, Jake Cooper and Tony Craig in a back three, with Romeo and Shane Ferguson in the wing-back positions. Shaun Williams and Ben Thompson played deeper in midfield, with Jed Wallace pushing on to support Lee Gregory and Fred Onyedinma. Sheffield United are playing with a back three as they romp towards the League One title.

Millwall ended the game in a 4-3-3 shape after Steve Morison and Aiden O’Brien had come on, and it remains to be seen if Harris will go back to 4-4-2 for the visit of Scunthorpe to The Den this weekend.

“In the squad we definitely have the versatility to play different formations,” Romeo said. “I think at times it gave them problems and we matched them.

“We changed [to 4-3-3] and created chances in both formations that we played.

“We needed last Saturday [against Swindon] to give us a kick, maybe we got complacent on our unbeaten streak. It’s all just about going forward to Saturday now.”

Romeo lost his place in the side to Shaun Cummings after the 3-0 defeat to Scunthorpe last December, starting just once in the Lions’ subsequent 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

He admitted it wasn’t easy being out of the first-choice XI, but believes it has benefitted him and mental or physical tiredness won’t be a problem in the last month of the season, when Millwall’s entire campaign will hinge on the outcome of seven games in April.

“It’s frustrating, I want to play as much football as I can,” Romeo said. “That’s why I’m here, it’s a short career.

“Not only that, playing for a club like Millwall is an honour and I enjoy it, home and away representing a big club.

“When you’re not in the team or not around it you’ve just got to keep working hard and give the manager something to think about.

“It was my first full season being in the first team this season. Everything is a learning curve, all the ups and the downs. And I honestly feel like I’m much better now as a player and a person.

“I feel a lot more confident with my game. And I understand things looking in at the side, it’s from a whole different perspective watching the game from the sidelines. I feel much better now.

“Shaun always talks me through things and he’s a good professional.

“I feel fresh now and ready to go. I want to play as much as I can and do as well as I can. I have a good feeling about this last month of the season.”

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