Millwall boss on most pleasing aspect in August

NEIL Harris expects to have even tougher selection decisions to make following the international break after players impressed when they were given first-team opportunities in August.

Harris rotated his squad in the opening month of the season, and players such as Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Jayson Molumby and Jason McCarthy are set to press for their first league starts since joining in the summer.

Shaun Hutchinson is also still waiting for his first Championship start of 2019-20 and looked back to something approaching his best form in the Lions’ two EFL Cup games.

Harris should have Jiri Skalak back from a foot injury for the trip to Blackburn on September 14.

“I’ve rotated the squad quite a lot over the first month of the season, so most players have played quite a few minutes, which is a huge positive,” Harris said after Millwall took nine points from six league games in August.

“The biggest thing is most players are playing well, they’ve taken their opportunities. I want that to continue. I think I’m going to have more difficult decisions coming up than what I’ve had so far.

“The break comes at a time when we can regroup, refocus. We’ve got boys going away and I want them to play for their international teams. I want them to enjoy themselves and come back fit.

“The boys that are here, we’ve got work to do with and without the ball. Recovery time also becomes key for players that have been carrying knocks.

“It’s crazy to think we played eight games in August and we’ve only got three or four in September, it’s a bizarre, really.

“I’m pleased with the group I’ve got and I’m pleased with the points return we’ve got – but there’s more to come.”

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John Kelly