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Harris talks tactics ahead of Millwall's game against Swindon

15 October 2015

Boss Chopper looks for patience from his players at The Den

Millwall manager Neil Harris believes his side are learning to be more patient in their play when they face teams at The Den.

The Lions lost their first four home League games this season but have improved in recent weeks, winning three of the last four matches at The Den in all competitions.

Ahead of Saturday's visit of Swindon Town, Harris has opened up about his side's tactical approach to games in SE16, revealing how The Lions need to find the right balance between a high-intensity pressing game and one which requires plenty of discipline and organisation when out of possession.

"It is easier nowadays, with different formations, for teams to overload areas and make passes," he said.

"If you try to match areas then the opposition play it forward a little bit quicker and it can become one versus one.

"We really have to be careful with how we do it and we are. We definitely want to press but we want to do it at the right times and if we have to be slightly patient, and then we press, then that is what we want to do.

"An early goal at home is always ideal. The first goal is really important in any game of football and the stats show that. I think the first goal at The Den is really key so ideally we want that, but not to the detriment of keeping a clean sheet.

"If we get to 0-0 at half-time and we come out firing in the second-half then we have no problem with that. 

"It's about patience. The boys are learning that we can't expect to be one, or two or three-nil up in the first 20 minutes. It does take time to win a game of football."

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