Millwall boss drops selection hint for Barnsley tie

NEIL Harris has hinted he could pick a strong side to face Barnsley in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday – to give players the chance to make up for the 2-1 defeat to Norwich on New Year's Day.

The loss leaves the Lions just six points above the relegation zone, and Harris admitted the league is the priority this season.

Harris was unhappy with the nature of the concession of the Canaries' first goal on Monday when Millwall, usually so strong when defending set-pieces, allowed Tom Trybull head an equaliser before James Maddison's winner.

Millwall's fixture schedule is less hectic in January than it was in December, and they will hope to avoid a replay with against Paul Heckingbottom's side.

Harris indicated after the defeat at Carrow Road he was unhappy with the impact of a number of players. They could get the opportunity to make amends this weekend.

The Lions won all five of their FA Cup games at The Den last season.

"The FA Cup run we had last year was outstanding, it really boosted us financially as a club and on the pitch as well, beating three Premier League sides," Harris said.

"It's not the most glamourous tie, Barnsley at home, for me or Paul. We'd both much rather focus on the league. However, it's an opportunity for people to perform better than they did [Monday].

"We'll reflect on that game. You give people an opportunity and you expect them to stake a claim for the next game. Some players didn't do that. Certainly the subs that came on were non-existent.

"It wasn't just the pass and finish for the second goal, it was the fact we didn't get near the ball. We didn't press the first pass, we didn't press the second pass. And then it's a good run and finish.

"At the very least, we should be saying Norwich got a point out of it after a well-worked goal. Instead, we're talking about the first goal, which was a sloppy defensive set-up by us."

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John Kelly