Burnley an example for Millwall – Lions boss Harris

NEIL Harris has pointed to the example of Sean Dyche’s Burnley as his side aims to turn their season around and end a six-game winless league run this weekend.

Harris’ friend and former Millwall team-mate Dyche told his players to “get back to what we’re about” before they defeated Bournemouth 4-0 last Saturday, their first league win of the season in their sixth game.

After nine league games, Millwall have made their worst start in four seasons under Harris, last weekend’s 2-0 loss at West Brom dropping them into the Championship’s bottom three.

Harris echoed Dyche’s comments about his own Lions side when he said “we have to do it the Millwall way” ahead of the clash with Sheffield United at The Den on Saturday.

In the corresponding fixture last season, Millwall won for the first time in seven league games to kick-start their campaign and ascent up the table.

“I look at Burnley. They didn’t win in their first five league games and all of a sudden beat Bournemouth 4-0,” Harris said. “What did Dychey change? Nothing.

“We’re not used to being in situations like this. We’re not used to being on a losing run, so we have to find a way to get out of that.

“But we have to do it in the Millwall way. There won’t be wholesale changes, we’re not in a transfer window, we can’t change personnel.

“I’ll say as a manager we’ve got to be better. That’s where we’re at as a group, that one per cent short. We’ve got to find that.

“In this game hard work changes luck. Hard work, a moment of magic and it completely flips itself on the head.”

Sean Dyche (left) playing for Millwall with Neil Harris.

Harris has been unable to settle on an established league XI so far, and has made 15 changes to his starting sides this season compared to five at the same stage in 2017-18.

He could tinker with his line-up again on Saturday, but not at the cost of being disloyal to players.

He said: “We’re not winning games because we’re not hitting the standards that we’ve hit over a period of time. That’s just individual form, it’s not a lack of effort or desire, of course it’s not.

“It’s just at the moment there are too many big players that aren’t at the best of their ability, and then we struggle to win games.

“We’ve got to get players back to their best or if they’re not then give other players opportunities.

“You have to balance that off with a bit of loyalty. These players are good players and they’ve done well for me. We want to support them through a little sticky spell.”

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly