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"The squad is in a really good place," says the boss

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16 August 2019

Millwall boss Neil Harris has stated that his squad is "really competitive" ahead of The Lions' Sky Bet Championship outing against Sheffield Wednesday at The Den on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

With two wins and one draw to their name so far in 2019/20, Millwall face the table-topping Owls, themselves looking to extend a 100% record following wins over Reading and Barnsley.

Having made eight changes for Tuesday night's 2-1 Carabao Cup First Round victory over West Bromwich Albion, the majority of those who started in the League game at The Hawthorns will be fresh for the weekend - should Harris decide to select them in his starting XI. 

"It's a great position to be in as manager, because we've got players playing well," he said to millwallfc.co.uk. "There's still a question mark over how many minutes certain players can play at the moment, though, so some decisions are easier than others due to past injuries or how long they've played over the last seven-10 days already.

"The squad is in a really good place. Everyone is really competitive, and standards have been created in the games we've had and how good things are on the training pitch. Sheffield Wednesday is another tough one for us - you want to face teams that are out of sorts at the beginning of the season, and there is quite a lot of luck involved in that.

"But, we're coming up against a Wednesday side that has won two out of two, so we know it is going to be difficult. They'll come down here high on confidence, but there again, so are we. We're flying at the moment, even at this early stage.

"The atmosphere inside The Den against Preston was phenomenal - I went on record to praise the fans straight away for the noise levels, and the same on Saturday will be very welcomed by the lads. It does make a difference."

Having beaten The Royals 3-1 and The Tykes 2-0, Wednesday have had seven days to rest following their suspended Carabao Cup tie with troubled Bury, and Harris expects Lee Bullen's side to show "pace and end product" in SE16 - but also stressed the need to make The Den a "fortress."

"Lee Bullen has done a great job, not just in these two games. What can we expect from Sheffield Wednesday? They can pass the ball around, but can also get it forward into Steven Fletcher, who is a top, top striker at this level - there has been a lot of praise for him in his performances. They have other exciting players, with pace and end product.

"It's a good one for the fans. It's important that we use The Den this year as a fortress. It has to be a tough and intimidating place for opposition players to come, and we have to make sure the performance drags the fans along and vice versa."


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