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Rotation key during busy period, says Harris

The manager previews Owls visit...

12 February 2019

Millwall boss Neil Harris wants every player playing to the best of their ability as a frantic February continues at the club.

The Lions have already faced fixtures against Rotherham United and Swansea City, but from Tuesday night's Sky Bet Championship meeting with Sheffield Wednesday to the visit of Norwich City on Saturday 2nd March, the club will play six matches in 19 days - including this weekend's Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round trip to AFC Wimbledon.

Speaking in Tuesday night's matchday programme, the manager stressed the importance of keeping every player fresh through squad rotation. Ben Amos, Conor McLaughlin and Tom Bradshaw are all recovering from injuries, but with Tom Elliott nearing a return, Harris has selection dilemmas, beginning with The Owls.

"We are looking forward to tonight's game and amassing points as quickly as possible in the League. Securing Sky Bet Championship status for next season is the absolute priority," he said. "However, we have the added excitement of the AFC Wimbledon fixture at the weekend in the Emirates FA Cup. We know that will be an extremely tough challenge, but it also gives us the opportunity to advance to the last eight of the greatest Cup competition in the world.

"Games are coming thick and fast during February, and I have expressed the importance of rotating the players and the role that the whole squad is going to play. Changes to the starting XI will be important, and there will be rotation due to people being Cup-tied, but also due to the nature of the season. It has been a long slog already, and we've got to make sure we are fresh as possible going into each fixture.

"It is important that everybody, when called upon, is not just in a fit and healthy state to play, but also making sure they are focused and ready to produce their best football, because ultimately, at this stage of the season, it is about building and carrying momentum, and the best way to do that is for individuals to play well and to their best of their ability.

"That is when you get good team performances and that is what carried us last season, and in previous seasons, to strong finishes. That is the aim this year – making sure that every player is playing to the best of their ability."

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