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Harris considers changes for 'unique' derby

13 January 2017

Millwall manager wary of an Athletic ambush at The Valley

It's been less than a month since Millwall retained South London bragging rights with a 3-1 victory over Charlton Athletic at The Den, but both managers believe Saturday's match at The Valley presents a very different challenge.

"Of course this will be different type of test," the Lions boss told "Charlton have brought some new players in and some others are back from injury and so they will likely have a different shape for the match this weekend, in that sense it's unique."

Neil Harris has named an unchanged squad for the past five matches, and the stability has been rewarded.

"We are unbeaten in our previous five matches because the eleven that have started for us have put in terrific performances, so the team hasn't changed."

"But we are six games down the line I have to consider freshening up the team up and making a slight change. When everyone is fit it is about striking a balance between rewarding the players for good performances and employing the right shape for each match."

The Addicks have already signed four players in the January transfer window and manager Karl Robinson has hinted at making sweeping changes to the side that travelled to The Den three weeks ago.

Recovering winger Ricky Holmes, forward Tony Watt and goalkeeper Declan Rudd will all be given late fitness tests as they target a return for Charlton this weekend.

"We dominated so much of the game a few weeks ago but we will likely be facing different players this time out. We have to refocus and prepare for a physical game and be as clinical in the final third as we were against Charlton a few weeks ago," Harris added.

"They will use the scenario of the defeat at The Den to really spur them on. Karl Robinson will want to put the result right and take the bragging rights back for the fans."

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