Millwall's Harris explains why it's difficult to set up against Holloway sides

NEIL Harris expects plenty of “spice” in tonight’s clash with QPR – as he prepares to face the man he replaced as manager of Millwall.

Harris worked as a coach under Ian Holloway during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, before being named senior boss when the current Hoops manager was sacked in March 2015.

QPR have started the season positively, and are currently five points ahead of the Lions in the Championship table.

“There’s spice in it because it’s a London derby,” Harris said. “It’s a great footballing arena, Loftus Road. As a player and fan it’s a great atmosphere, nice tight pitch and it suits Millwall teams.

“And then the extra bit with Ollie being in charge, my former boss and manager of the football club. It adds rivalry as well and it’s great for myself and David [Livermore] to go up against people we know well. It’ll be enjoyable.

“What you know about Ollie, QPR are going to be very adaptable so it’s very difficult to set up a game plan against them. Ollie does like to rotate and go off the cuff quite a lot. He does it to great effect.

“We have to concentrate on ourselves and be organised in what we do. There’s a possible need for fresh legs and possibly a change in shape as well. There’s certainly a lot to consider.”

Harris will make at least one change from the side that started against Wolves at the weekend, with Aiden O’Brien suspended.

Tom Elliott is unlikely to feature tonight or against Leeds at the weekend.

“Tom is very unlikely for action this week. He damaged his quad,” Harris explained. “It’s disappointing for us and for Tom because he has been knocking on the door trying to get into the starting team in the league. That messed plans up for us at the weekend going into the game.

“We look forward to having him back sooner rather than later.

“Whatever team goes out there on Tuesday night will be a really competitive Millwall team.

“We need the fans to get behind us. It’ll be a really good atmosphere, QPR fans are great for getting behind their team so we need ours to get behind us and spur the side on as we look for a positive result.”

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John Kelly