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"No game at The Den will be easy for us," warns Harris

Bolton Wanderers to travel to SE16 on Saturday

11 August 2017

Neil Harris has highlighted the importance of home form this season, ahead of Millwall's first League match at The Den since gaining promotion to English football's second division.

The Lions' dominance at The Den paved the way for a 17 game unbeaten run last term, and will be relying on results in front of their supports staying positive this time around.

But the manager has warned that while an intimidating atmosphere is an important weapon in his side's armoury, it may be a double-edged sword.

"No game is going to be easy for us at The Den this season," the Lions boss declared. 

"We will play very expensive sides and against players who have played World Cup football or Premier League football and they will thrive off big, hostile crowds.

"We have had a really good home record over the last couple of years and we will certainly look to continue that this year."

Millwall and fellow Championship new boys, Bolton Wanderers will be seeking to open their accounts on Saturday after suffering narrow defeats in their respective season openers.

"It's good to be playing Bolton early in the season, we know them well. They will present a different test than what we saw at Nottingham Forest last week or against Stevenage on Tuesday.

"They're a big, physical side and we will have to be ready for whatever they throw at us."

Jake Cooper (ankle) and striker Lee Gregory (hamstring) both came off during Millwall's mid-week Carabao Cup win over Stevenage and will be assessed prior to kick-off.

Meanwhile, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson is expected to make changes for Saturday's match. 

Midfielder Josh Vela picked up an ankle injury in the 3-2 defeat Leeds United, while a number of players have struggled to shake a virus that has swept through the camp this week.

Captain Darren Pratley is expected to be available for the trip to SE16 after returning from injury in the 2-1 win over Crewe in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

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