New Millwall signing was ill in bed on Saturday morning – but insisted on making debut

NEIL Harris revealed Jason Shackell battled through illness to make his debut for Millwall in the 2-2 draw with Rochdale on Saturday.

Shackell was one of nine changes from the Lions’ 4-3 win over Leeds last weekend, as Millwall struggled against their League One opponents.

Jed Wallace fired Millwall in front in the 17th minute from the penalty spot, before Ian Henderson and Matt Done put their side in control.

Ben Thompson scored in injury-time, his second goal in successive FA Cup ties to earn his side a fourth-round replay.

Shackell played for 59 minutes, before being replaced with Steve Morison.

“I was delighted he played, to be honest,” Harris said. “He got food poisoning yesterday. He wasn’t playing this morning, I sent him back to bed, back to the hotel for a couple of hours.

“At a quarter past one he said, ‘get me out there’. He needed the minutes. He said it was probably the worst he’s ever felt on a football field. Sixty minutes is a bonus for us, because if he hadn’t played it would have been a bit of a disaster. He needs to get minutes in his legs.

“I’m really pleased with his introduction to the group, he’s made a big impact the last couple of days, leadership-wise. He’s a really, really good player and he’ll be a good player for us.”

Millwall were below-par against their League One opponents, before Thompson (above) struck late on.

“As soon as the final whistle went I went straight to Sky Sports to see how QPR and Barnsley were getting on,” Harris said. “I’ll worry about the replay when we get around to it.

“We’ve got games against Derby and Reading coming up which is the priority for us.”

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John Kelly