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Harris searching for "strong and aggressive" Millwall against Birmingham

The manager previews Saturday's encounter...

20 October 2017

Millwall boss Neil Harris has promised a reaction from his players ahead of Saturday evening's Sky Bet Championship game against Birmingham City at The Den (kick-off 5.30pm).

The Lions return to The Den this weekend for the first time since September's 3-1 defeat to Barnsley, with the international break and last weekend's narrow loss at Brentford contributing to a three-week break from home games.

Harris looked back over the two defeats, telling "Barnsley at home seems a while ago now. We weren't at the races on the day. We were still competitive and perhaps should have had something out of the game, but we were nowhere near the levels we've been at in previous games.

"Perhaps that was due to too much football in a short space of time, which is something that me - as the manager - can learn from, but as a group, too many mistakes cost us goals.  

"That was the first time during my tenure that we had gone into an international break with a defeat and - I've got to be honest - it was quite a different feeling.

"We came back after the break and there was a lot of positives at Brentford. However, we weren't clinical enough. After the goal, we dominated the game but didn't get anything out of it. We should've got all three points, but fate went against us with the penalty miss."

As The Lions look to get back to winning ways, the manager has called on his side to put in a "good, solid performance" when The Blues come to town.

"With Birmingham coming to The Den, in front of a big crowd, live on Sky - there will be a reaction from my players. We have to put in a good, solid Millwall performance. It is key that we impose ourselves on the game and on the opposition."

On the injury front, apart from long-term absentees Shaun Williams and Byron Webster, the fitness of Steve Morison and Tom Elliott remains paramount for the manager and his staff.

"Injury wise, we're being patient with Steve Morison and trying to get him up to speed. Steve being Steve, he wants to be out on the pitch as soon as possible, but we have to be patient with him.

"We have to make sure Tom Elliott stays healthy, too, but other than that, we're good to go. We have to make sure we're strong and aggressive against a really competitive Birmingham side."

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