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Millwall boss Harris talks tactics ahead of Bury

21 April 2016

The manager previews another vital League One clash

Injuries may force Neil Harris to alter Millwall's formation and tactics against Bury this Saturday, the Lions boss has confirmed.

Shane Ferguson missed Tuesday's win over Fleetwood Town, during which strike duo Lee Gregory and Steve Morison were both forced off.

Harris' side face a tough challenge against a physical Bury team at Gigg Lane and the Millwall manager believes that he may have to tinker with his system to cope without players who could potentially be missing.

"We've got a few injuries," Harris said.

"Fergie missed the game the other night and he will have a real outside chance for Saturday. Steve picked up a whack at Coventry and got through the 90 minutes, but couldn't do that again on Tuesday. Again it's an outside chance and we'll give him every opportunity to prove his fitness.

"I've spoken about Lee's ongoing problem with his stomach muscles. He has had a real difficult six-week period where he has hardly trained so it's been about managing the pain. He's a brave lad and he puts himself up week after week, so we will just have to see if we can get him any minutes on the training pitch ahead of the game.

"If Steve and Lee are struggling then there's a problem with our number of forwards, so a change of shape is possible.

"We've done it a few times in games recently and that is something we have to consider personnel wise."

Regardless of any possible selection headaches for the game, Harris insists that his side go to Gigg Lane "in high spirits" following Tuesday's crucial victory at The Den.

"It's a tricky one because Bury have got a very good home record," he added.

"By their own admittance they've been a little bit inconsistent this year but have still had a good season back at this level.

"We do go there in high spirits because even though we weren't great the other night against Fleetwood we still managed to get the three points.

"We've been consistent with points gained and performances for a long period of time now so we look forward to it. Saturday is our last long trip of the year and while we know it is going to be a difficult game, it's one we're fully motivated for as we look for more points to consolidate our place in the Play-Offs."

Bury go into Saturday's game sitting in a comfortable midtable position but Harris has laughed off the notion that The Shakers have 'nothing to play for' and as such will prove to be easier opposition.

"They're playing for their club, their shirts and for contracts for next year. For me that's everything to play for," he said.

"It makes them real dangerous opposition because I'm sure the manager is saying to them to go out and give it everything, but play with some flair also. They're in a comfortable position and they can go out there and enjoy themselves, and that brings different dangers for us.

"But we've not felt pressure all year because of how far we have come. We are in a great position and while it will be a difficult test on Saturday, we are more than capable of winning the game."

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