Millwall boss ponders selection for Bolton clash

NEIL Harris said the performances of some players in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Stevenage has given him “lots to think about” ahead of the first home league clash of the season this Saturday.

Harris could be forced into at least two changes from the side that lost at Nottingham Forest last Friday when Bolton Wanderers visit The Den at the weekend, after Jake Cooper and Lee Gregory went off injured against League Two Boro.

Tom Elliott took his chance after he was given a starting spot up front, heading a brace as Millwall eventually comfortably advanced to the second round of the EFL Cup.

Fred Onyedinma, one of nine changes from Friday, was also impressive, setting up the first and giving former Millwall defender Joe Martin a difficult time when he moved to the right of midfield.

Cooper and Gregory will be assessed for ankle and hamstring problems, respectively, before Saturday. If they miss out then Byron Webster will start in the centre of defence and Harris will choose between Elliott and Onyedinma to partner Steve Morison up front.

“I thought there were some strong performances,” Harris said. “A few people had a point to prove not playing the other day.

“The games come around thick and fast and you have to prepare yourself and put in performances.

“There’s a lot to ponder, it was a strong second half and I was really pleased with a clean sheet and to get through to the next round.

“It’s good to have players in form and it gives me lots to think about for Saturday.”

Millwall were sluggish in the first half against Stevenage, but Harris dismissed the idea some of his players were trying too hard to impress to force their way into his preferred XI.

“They should be composed enough,” Harris added. “We didn’t really gel first half and I can think of five or six occasions when we could have been more patient on the ball.

“We did have moments when we were more patient on the ball but then got closed down quickly. Our decision-making was off, that’s probably the best way to sum it up. We picked the wrong choice too many times. Technically, our passing and crossing was poor.

“However, in the second they found their rhythm and got the goals.”

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