NEIL HARRIS says he might switch back to 4-4-2 at the Liberty Stadium this weekend – which could mean a start for Steve Morison.
Morison and Lee Gregory haven’t started up front together in the league since December 15 when Millwall lost 3-2 at Preston.
Harris has played 4-3-3 the last three games and has players vying to fill the midfield and attacking positions.
Shane Ferguson and Ryan Tunnicliffe found themselves back on the bench despite impressive displays in the FA Cup win over Everton. After the league clash against Swansea the Lions go to AFC Wimbledon for the fifth round of the FA Cup. Ferguson and Tunnicliffe are likely to be kept in reserve for that Kingsmeadow meeting, as Ben Thompson, Ben Marshall and Fred Onyedinma will be cup-tied.
Harris has to decide whether to start Gregory as a lone striker against Graham Potters’ side or restore his captain.
“Steve has shown his best qualities this season when he’s come off the bench,” Harris said. “I don’t expect him to come off the bench every week and be outstanding because that’s not possible.
“He has time and time again come on and made an impact in games. There was a spell before and after Christmas when he came on against Preston, Ipswich, the home games when he came on late and helped us see them out, that’s invaluable. In the Everton game he comes on in the 90th minute and wins a free-kick that leads to a goal. That nous is crucial, buying cheap free-kicks whether you’re chasing a game or needing a goal to win it.
“I’ve enjoyed him having that role within the team. He’s understanding that it’s a good position to be in at his age in Championship football, still having that importance to the group. But I won’t hesitate to start him.
“I’ve started 4-3-3 the last few games but going 4-4-2 is certainly a possibility this weekend.”
Tom Elliott was hoping to be back in full training this week but this match comes too soon for him, as it does Conor McLaughlin.
Swansea are without Leroy Fer and striker Oli McBurnie is a doubt.
Possible Millwall team:
4-3-3: Archer; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, M Wallace; Leonard, Williams, Thompson; J Wallace, Gregory, Marshall.
Swansea 4/6 Draw 11/5 Millwall 11/5
Millwall 1-2 Swansea (J Wallace 62'; Baker-Richardson, sent off 5', Naughton 76', McBurnie 85').
Image: Millwall FC