Millwall manager: No ‘knee-jerk reaction’ with team selection ahead of Norwich clash

NEIL Harris stressed it’s up to players to prove to him they deserve a place in his team ahead of the latest attempt to win away from home for the first time this season when they take on Norwich City on Saturday.

The Lions lost 2-0 at Brentford last weekend but Harris said there would be no “knee-jerk reaction” in picking the side at Carrow Road.

Harris should have a fully fit squad this weekend, with several players pushing for recalls to the starting XI.

James Meredith has been on the bench for the last two games after starting the previous 60 in the league. Aiden O’Brien and Steve Morison haven’t started since the 3-2 defeat at home to Sheffield United on September 29, while Jordan Archer could also believe he has a case for a return for the first time since August 26.

“What I would say to people out of the team is it’s up to them to show me they should be in the team,” Harris said. “That comes from opportunities off the bench, from under-23 games, training every day. It’s down to them to prove they should be in, it’s not down to me to put them in to give them their opportunity.

“I’ll a pick a team off past performances, as well as looking at the opponent and how we can hurt them. There certainly won’t be any knee-jerk reactions off a poor performance at Brentford, because the five games before that were outstanding.”

Millwall head into the last international break of the year after this weekend, before successive home games against Bolton and Birmingham.

Harris added: “In the last international break we had a fantastic couple of weeks and worked really hard. We saw the rewards from it.

“It’s nice to go into the break on a positive. For us it’s about building that momentum. Those games that we played really well for five in a row, why wasn’t it six? We can work even harder on the training ground and in the video room to make sure that five can become six, seven, eight. Ultimately we found a way to do that last year.

“We have to find a way to do it again to build a run of sustained performances.”

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John Kelly