Millwall assistant manager David Livermore has spoken of plans to rotate many of the starting players ahead of tonight's pre-season trip to Colchester United (kick-off 7.45pm).
The assistant boss highlighted the importance of building up match sharpness and minutes on the field and said there were plenty of good showings from the team’s last outing – a 2-0 win at Cambridge United – to take towards the visit of Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship’s opening match on 4th August.
“The starting XI will be rotated,” Livermore stated.
“The lads that didn't play on Saturday will start tonight and then the Bochum game, we will start to look towards something that might resemble the team that starts against Middlesbrough, given one or two positions.
“At the moment, it's just about getting the guys' minutes up and trying to push them towards the 90-minute mark.”
Last Saturday’s victory over Cambridge at the Abbey Stadium saw The Lions pick up their third win of pre-season after defeating Dartford and S.C. Farense of Portugal so far.
Livermore said the team were generally happy with the performance and particularly the improvement on attacking set plays, with the progress boding well ahead of the League season.
“There were a lot of positives to take. It was good to see a lot of the attacking work we've done and the patterns in training paying off. Maybe the final ball and some of our runs into the box could've been better, but we were happy.
“It was a tough test. Cambridge sat off us, which gave us a different problem to deal with, but we were pleased with how things went.
“We've got good size and good delivery, so it's good to score the goals how we did. We need to score more goals from set plays this season - it's something we've looked at and something we need to work on more regularly to get more goals in the team.”
This evening’s journey to Essex represents Millwall’s penultimate first-team friendly match, before the return of Jimmy Abdou this weekend against Bochum, followed by the remaining crucial days of training ahead of the Championship opener at The Den.