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Neil Harris on Gigg Lane test

Posted: Fri 25 Nov 2016
Author: © Millwall FC

Boss says beware Bury backlash

Saturday's opponents Bury set an unwanted club record on Tuesday night when they recorded their ninth consecutive League defeat.

But after shipping ten goals in two encounters with Wimbledon, The Shakers put in a gutsy display at Sheffield United where, having been reduced to nine men, they only lost to a goal three minutes into stoppage time.

Looking forward to the visit of Millwall to Gigg Lane, caretaker boss Chris Brass said: "The team gave a performance that gets everybody proud again and it can be a good turning point for us. We have got a big game now against Millwall. Let’s continue to get back to what we are, let’s get everybody understanding it and let’s do it in front of our home fans.”

This may prove to be an important game for Brass himself, after Shakers chairman Stewart Day said he wanted a permanent man in place after the Lions match. Bury will have to do it without suspended midfielder Jacob Mellis and left-back Greg Leigh, who were both sent-off in the 1-0 defeat at Bramall Lane.

However, striker Tom Pope and Craig Jones returned from injury in midweek and are likely to feature again this weekend.

In contrast to the hosts' recent form, only Bolton (twice) have beaten Millwall in their last ten outings, but the manager has warned his men to beware a Bury backlash.

Neil Harris will wait on the fitness of striker Lee Gregory and defender Shaun Hutchinson before finalising his squad. He said: "Lee is getting closer all the time but we'll have to assess whether he is ready to travel, and likewise Shaun is not too far away either.

"We don't have any additional worries and we'll be looking to take some of the positives from Tuesday night into this game. We're expecting a tough encounter up there after their backs-to-the-wall effort on Tuesday night in which they were unfortunate not to get a point, and they'll be determined to put on a show now in front of their own fans to demonstrate that the tide's turned.

"We have to make sure we are as good without the ball as we were against Wimbledon and be slightly wiser in possession than we were on that occasion."