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Harris hints at tactical changes as Millwall prepare to play Wigan

29 September 2015

Chopper suggests that he could freshen things up at the DW Stadium

Millwall boss Neil Harris has hinted that he could alter his side's formation when they play Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night.

When the two sides last met back in April, which ended 2-0 to Millwall in a game at The Den, Harris changed shape at half-time to combat Wigan's strengths - a tactical move which paid dividends in the second period.

And the Lions boss has suggested that he could tweak his side's system from what we've seen in recent weeks from the start when they meet again on Tuesday.

"Change of shape is definitely at the forefront of my mind," Harris said.

"Against a footballing side we will have to look at our options personnel-wise and how we want to play.

"Sometimes you have to adjust tactically and freshen up different areas of the team."

Gary Caldwell's Wigan side are unbeaten at home so far this season and sit one point and two places above The Lions in the League One table.

But Millwall will also be looking to defend an unbeaten record of their own having not lost on the road so far in 2015/16 and Harris hopes that the momentum his side are carrying can continue against The Latics.

"I was delighted on Saturday," he said, "and it's been a nice couple of days for the players, the staff and for the fans to finally enjoy a home win on a Saturday afternoon.

"It has helped to boost the morale and the confidence, which was already sky high within the squad going into what is a really difficult game against a very good Wigan side.

"They've done well at home and we've got the best away record in the Football League, so it's certainly got the makings of an interesting match.

"Gary has had a large turnover of players. A lot have gone and he has added a lot of new faces and will have been trying to bed them in.

"They are a good footballing side who try and make passes because possession is key for them. We've played teams similar to that in Crewe and Rochdale in recent weeks.

"We have to be wary of the threat they possess and respectful to it but with our confidence and momentum we will also be looking to focus on ourselves and what we are good at."

Chopper's side came through the win over Rochdale unscathed and he has also been handed a timely boost in defence ahead of Tuesday's game.

"Shaun Cummings comes back into the squad," he said. "He has had a few days training so will certainly be in my thinking for coming back into the side.

"Sid (Nelson) still won't make it I don't think. It will be a last-minute look with him, and Paris (Cowan-Hall) is missing for us.

"We played on Saturday, have a game on Tuesday and then another one on Saturday, so we will be looking to freshen things up, especially on a big pitch against a footballing side.

"We need to compete so making changes is definitely a possibility."

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