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Harris talks up squad togetherness ahead of Millwall's trip to Sheffield United

23 October 2015

Boss Chopper previews his side's game at Bramall Lane

Millwall boss Neil Harris believes that this week's busy schedule will have only increased his squad's togetherness and spirit.

The Lions beat Swindon Town 2-0 at The Den last Saturday before earning a 1-1 draw away to Blackpool on Tuesday night and they now face another long journey on the road with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane next up.

And rather than bemoan lengthy, back-to-back away days, Harris - who will check on the fitness of Shaun Williams ahead of Saturday's game - instead insists that Millwall could benefit from their time on road this week.

"Everyone is getting the message that the squad is really close and together," he said. "It can only be good for spirit.

"Spending time together on the long journeys isn't a problem because they don't moan - they just get on with things which is really key for us as a group.

"We will see how everybody recovers and reacts to another game. Shaun came off the other night so he will be struggling but we will give him every opportunity to be fit up to the last minute. If not we've got guys who can step up and play."

The Lions conceded a cruel 82nd-minute equaliser at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday but Harris says that the experience of seeing out the closing stages with 10 men after Carlos Edwards was sent off will stand his young players in good stead moving forward.

"While we didn't play in the second-half with the control we did in the first we were still quite comfortable," he added.

"It was a blow but having said that in the past we may not have stood strong and firm. The young midfield who finished the game, with Fred (Onyedinma), Ben (Thompson), George (Saville) and Aiden (O'Brien) as a four, bodes really well in that they have got that character.

"It was a great experience for them to dig in and roll their sleeves up."

Sheffield United, led by boss Nigel Adkins, are currently fifth in League One and have already scored 16 goals at home - the second highest tally in the division so far.

Last time out they beat Fleetwood Town 3-0 and Harris believes that The Blades are one of the frontrunners for a return to the Championship this season.

"We know that they are a good team and they have got dangerous players," he said.

"There is a lot of physical presence in their team, some pace, and they score goals.

"It's a good test for us and for the young players to go to Bramall Lane and play against a good side. Sheffield United have been there or thereabouts for the last few years so undoubtedly they are one of the favourites for promotion."

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