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"Competiton for places is going to be key," says Neil Harris

28 October 2016

Lions boss believes return of players from injury is a huge boost

Last season Millwall recorded no fewer that 15 away wins during the course of the campaign, 11 of them in the League, and manager Neil Harris is looking for a return to that level of form on the road.

On the back of an impressive success at Northampton, the Lions' boss believes his side are capable of rediscovering their awayday prowess, continuing at Oxford United on Saturday.

"We played well at Northampton and were also particularly impressive at Chesterfield, but against that we under-performed at Southend and Walsall," Chopper told

"September was a difficult month for us, but it is no coincidence that the first team, the U23s and the U18s have all enjoyed a good run of results more recently as they find themselves with better balanced squads with players returning from injury.

"Competition for places is going to be key to our success going forward, and having Aiden O'Brien back after a four week absence along with Shaun Hutchinson and Shaun Cummings available again is a real bonus for me.

"Unfortunately Sid Nelson came off during our midweek U23s game with a slight stomach strain so he won't be available for selection on Saturday, but otherwise I have a full complement to select from which is very good news."

Millwall take on an Oxford side once again missing Wes Thomas (calf) and Ryan Ledson (knee). Ledson played an hour in United's development game against MK Dons this week, but Saturday could come too soon to be considered for inclusion in the squad.

Defenders Curtis Nelson and Joe Skarz returned to the side at Port Vale last weekend and are likely to continue, whilst Dan Crowley, who has scored in the last two games, is likely to continue alongside Chris Maguire up front.

Oxford have been beaten just once at home this season so far and sit one point and two places above The Lions in the League One table.

In an unbelievably tight division, Harris' men are just five points off a Play-Off place with a game in hand on most of their rivals, having been in danger of dropping into the bottom four prior to last Saturday's victory against Fleetwood.

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