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Harris looking for fine margins improvement against The Tigers

The manager looks ahead to Hull visit...

7 December 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris has declared his side will "get on with it" should they be suffering from a striker crisis when Hull City visit The Den on Saturday afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship (kick-off 3pm).

After last Sunday's valiant 1-1 draw at Bristol City, The Lions' quintet of frontmen - Tom Bradshaw, Tom Elliott, Lee Gregory, Aiden O'Brien and Steve Morison - were all suffering with injuries and, Bradshaw's season-ending injury aside, are all doubts for the visit of The Tigers.

Jed Wallace deputised for the final 10 minutes at Ashton Gate, and should the need arise, the boss told that a change of shape and/or personnel could be needed this weekend - but he will give his first-team squad members every chance to be fit before kick-off.

"Last Sunday gave everyone a lift," he said. "We were disappointed after Birmingham at home, so we went to Bristol as the underdog. It's not a tag we've had too often in the last 12 months, but it allowed us to play with freedom and have a right go.

"I was really pleased with the performance and the fact we came from behind and dealt with adversity having lost players beforehand and during the game. The players have come in this week and been excellent. We're looking forward to Saturday.

"It will be a last-minute job with regards to who is fit and who isn't. Some players haven't been a part of the group this week - we've been trying to get them out on the grass to even see if they've got half a chance of being available. We probably won't make a decision until Saturday morning on some.

"If we don't have strikers available then it's fine, we'll get on with it. Aiden played up there last weekend, whilst Jed Wallace also went up there and did very well, giving us something different. If we have to find a way with a change of shape, then so be it. What I know is the players here have big hearts and they'll want to play."

The tie will see the two sides meet at The Den for the first of two matches in a matter of weeks after The Lions pulled out Hull in the Third Round draw of the Emirates FA Cup last Monday night.

Who advances to the Fourth Round will be decided in January, but for this weekend, three vital Sky Bet Championship points are at stake. Millwall currently sit 22nd in the League table, but are just two points and three places behind their opponents.

The manager was in no doubt when speaking about the "magnitude" of Saturday's encounter.

"Myself and Nigel [Adkins] both know there's a long way to go in the season and won't want to put pressure on by talking about six-pointers, but we know the magnitude of the game and the importance of it. There's not a lot between teams at this level - we've seen that in recent weeks - and we need to make sure that our fine margins are better than they have been in recent weeks.

"We have to make sure we're every bit as Millwall as we can be. Hull have got some very dangerous players going forward and are very good on the counter attack, so we will have to be very mindful of that, then we'll have to impose ourselves on the game. That will come down to who's fit and who isn't as to how we do that, but we certainly look forward to the challenge."

Along with the striker situation, Harris will be without Shaun Williams for the visit of Hull, with the influential midfielder sitting out the festive period after suffering an injury whilst scoring last Sunday's equalising goal.

"Shaun will be out until the new year - he has torn ankle ligaments, which is a blow. Ryan Tunnicliffe came in and did well the other day, though, and I've also got Jem Karacan available, which is great."

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