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'Meticulous' planning a factor in away form, believes Millwall boss Harris

12 February 2016

The manager previews Saturday's trip to Rochdale

Neil Harris believes that Millwall's impressive away form this season is in part down to making 'meticulous' travel arrangements.

The Lions have won 11 matches on the road this term, eight of which have been in the League - a record only top two Burton Albion and Walsall can better.

Last Saturday's 3-0 win over The Saddlers was a third straight League One away day success for Millwall, who will aim to stretch that run to five when they face 14th-placed Rochdale at Spotland this weekend.

"We've been very good," the boss said. "Travelling doesn't bother us and the lads just get on with it. We make sure we do it properly and prepare meticulously in terms of our travel arrangements.

"It is going to be another really tough one, and I seem to say that most weeks. They're a good side and certainly very threatening going forward with good size in their team. They pass it well and look to retain possession, but also have the threat of putting the ball in the box. 

"There will be no stone unturned video analysis wise. And then we focus on a gameplan to stop them playing and also about us hurting the opposition. In recent weeks we've got the balance just right."

The 3-0 win last time out was arguably Millwall's best of the season so far, but Harris, who has fit-again right-back Carlos Edwards available for selection, hasn't ruled out making changes to his starting line-up.

"It's always tempting to stick with the same side but as I showed after a very, very good performance at Oxford, and a victory, I'm prepared to change things if I believe that's the best team to win a game," Harris added.

"We've certainly got options to look at players who came off the bench last week and also ones who I believe could do a good job of stopping Rochdale and effecting the game going the other way."

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