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Harris urges Lions to find 'clinical edge' against Oldham

24 February 2017

Defender Jake Cooper available for clash with Latics

Millwall manager Neil Harris has urged his players to take a more ruthless approach to Saturday's fixture with Oldham Athletic as The Lions look to return to winning ways.

The Lions were held to a goalless draw by Chesterfield on Tuesday evening, despite dominating possession and peppering the Spireites goal.

"I'll admit I was frustrated after the Chesterfield match," Harris told millwallfc.co.uk.

"I was frustrated because we had played well, dominated the match and had so many chances but couldn't put the game to bed. We should have been out of sight in the first five minutes."

The midweek result extended Millwall's unbeaten run to 14 matches, but the manager says players must "take their chances" or risk losing touch of the play-off places.

"We need to be more clinical and make the most of the goalscoring opportunities at this stage of the season," Chopper added.

"However, I am really pleased with the contribution of the players who came into the team. They showed their quality and importance to this team and helped us control the match on Tuesday."

Injuries have forced Harris to shuffle his pack recently and is again expecting to be missing key personnel for the trip to Boundary Park.

"Goalkeeper Jordan Archer, Steve Morison and Jed Wallace aren't likely to be fit enough to play. But Jake Cooper becomes available after serving his suspension and is probably going to be the only addition to the squad."

Meanwhile, Oldham will again be without the services of the suspended Anthony Gerrard, while fellow defender George Edmundson is expected to be available for selection after shaking a foot injury.

The Latics have enjoyed an impressive run of form since John Sheridan returned to the managerial role last month, losing just 2 of their last 7 matches to climb out of the relegation zone.

"We have to make sure we are ready to travel to Oldham, which is a really tough place to go at the moment," Harris added.

"John knows what it takes to be successful at that club and he has made them really hard to beat. It will be a tough fixture because it's two form sides going head to head and we will have to be strong, organised and aggressive to get a good result."


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