PREVIEW: Millwall vs Sheffield Wednesday

NEIL Harris has some tough selection calls this Saturday after a number of understudies so far this season impressed at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening.

Tom Bradshaw will surely keep his place after scoring his first Millwall goal this week, with Matt Smith likely to be recalled up front.

“I had a fair few games in pre-season and it was just about getting minutes in the tank, that’s the only way you get your match sharpness and fitness back,” Bradshaw said.

“I feel like I’m almost there now if not there. I’m ready whenever the gaffer calls upon me.

“The lads did exceptional to beat Preston the first game, and then there were changes the following Saturday. The gaffer is going to pick a team to try to beat the opposition, and that can differ massively whether we’re playing against a direct side or a footballing side.

“The gaffer is great tactically and knows which team to put out. I’m sure it will vary from week to week.”

Centre-backs Alex Pearce and Jake Cooper should return against a side that have scored five goals in two games and sit on top of the Championship table.

That’s something of a surprise given how turbulent their summer was, with manager Steve Bruce and his backroom staff walking out to join Newcastle.

Lee Bullen is in caretaker charge and the Owls have made some good signings, including Massimo Luongo from QPR and Jacob Murphy on loan from the Magpies.

Millwall have conceded just two goals in three games, coming from behind in their last two to claim a draw in the league against West Brom and then a win in the EFL Cup against the same opponents.

“The key to our first three games has been our solidity, our reliability behind the ball to force teams into very few chances against us,” Harris said.

“But then when we’ve got it I thought the counter-attack was really good [Tuesday night]. Our possession, we don’t always get the credit due for that. I thought we deserved to win the game.”

Wednesday could have midfielder Barry Bannan back after he missed last weekend’s 2-0 win over Barnsley with a calf injury.

Bullen said: “As a coach, you control what you can control and that is picking a team and trying to keep players fit.

“It is for other people at the club to make a decision on that and I'm sure they are relatively happy with the way things are going at the moment.

“We have a tough, tough game down at Millwall and my aim is to try and put a team out that can hopefully win three points down there.”

Possible Millwall team: 4-4-2: Bialkowski; Romeo, Pearce, Cooper, M Wallace; J Wallace, Thompson, Williams, Mahoney; Bradshaw, Smith.

Match odds: Millwall 7/5 Draw 2/1 Sheffield Wednesday 15/8

Last season: Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Millwall (Bannan 16, Lees 46; Tunnicliffe 72); Millwall 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday.

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly